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USA Lower 48 Triple Divide Points

Minimum basin size of 1500 square miles

RankPeak Elev-Ft Basin 1Basin 2Basin 3Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Crumbly Spire13,240South San Joaquin BasinOwens ValleySan JoaquinSierra Nevada 
2.Headwaters Hill11,862Rio GrandeMississippiColoradoSouthern Rocky Mountains 
3.Three Waters Mountain-North Slope11,600ColoradoColumbiaMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies 
4.Reeds Peak10,015Rio GrandeChihuahua BasinsColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges 
5.Commissary Ridge Triple Divide9920ColoradoColumbiaGreat BasinWestern Rocky Mountains 
6.Winnemucca Lake Southeast9800Great BasinSacramentoSan JoaquinSierra Nevada 
7.Chiricahua Peak9759YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges 
8.Salton-Santa Ana-Great Basin Triple Divide9070Great BasinSanta AnaSalton SeaCentral and Southern California Ranges 
9.Sawmill Mountain-West Peak8749Santa MariaSanta ClaraSouth San Joaquin BasinCentral and Southern California Ranges 
10.Oregon Buttes8558Great Divide BasinColoradoMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies 
11.South Great Divide Basin Peak8480Great Divide BasinColoradoMississippiSouthern Rocky Mountains 
12.Triple Divide Peak8020MississippiColumbiaNelsonCentral Montana Rocky Mountains 
13.Miller Mountain7513KlamathUmpquaColumbiaCascade Range 
14.Desert Ridge6995KlamathRogueUmpquaCascade Range 
15.Colorado-Wilcox-Yaqui Triple Divide6444YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges 
16.Mount Washington6288AndroscogginSacoConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
17.North Skylight Ridge6234EelKlamathSacramentoNorthwest U.S. Coast Ranges 
18.Dishpan Gap North5892SkagitSnohomishColumbiaCascade Range 
19.Sproats Meadow Northwest5700Great BasinKlamathColumbiaGreat Basin Ranges 
20.Mud Lake East5210Great BasinKlamathSacramentoGreat Basin Ranges 
21.Little Tejon4760Great BasinSanta ClaraSouth San Joaquin BasinCentral and Southern California Ranges 
22.Mississippi-Rio Grande-Brazos Triple Divide4740BrazosMississippiRio GrandeGreat Plains 
23.Rio Grande-Colorado-Brazos Triple Divide4480BrazosColorado [TX]Rio GrandeGreat Plains 
24.Mount Field4320SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
24.Watering Pond Knob-Northeast Ridge4320JamesMississippiPotomacAppalachian Ridges 
26.Mount Field-Northwest Summit4280SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
27.Young Lick Knob3800SavannahApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains 
28.Mississippi-Santee-Pee Dee Triple Divide3720Pee DeeSanteeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains 
29.Sassafrass Mountain-East Peak3520SanteeSavannahMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains 
30.Salmon Mountain3400St. LawrenceAndroscogginConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
31.Border Monument 441 Peak3340St. LawrenceAndroscogginKennebecNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
32.Styles Peak-North Peak3287St. LawrenceHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
33.Long Mountain3200AlabamaApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains 
34.Brush Mountain - New-James-Roanoke Triple Divide2840JamesRoanokeMississippiAppalachian Ridges 
34.Mississippi-Susquehanna-Potomac Triple Divide Point2840PotomacMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus 
36.Mississippi-Roanoke-Pee Dee Triple Divide2800RoanokePee DeeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains 
37.Woodchuck Hill2680DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus 
38.Woodchuck Hill-East Peak2660DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus 
39.Potter County Triple Divide Point2520St. LawrenceMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus 
40.Guadalupe Benchmark2383GuadalupeNuecesSan AntonioGreat Plains 
41.Colorado-Nueces-Guadalupe Triple Divide2380Colorado [TX]GuadalupeNuecesGreat Plains 
42.Hudson-Connecticut-Housatanic Triple Divide2106HousatonicHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
43.Border Monument 318 Peak1920St. LawrenceSaint JohnPenobscotNorthern U.S. Appalachians 
44.Three Way Watershed Marker1730MississippiSt. LawrenceNelsonMidwest-Great Lakes Area 
45.Peters Mountain-Southwest Slope1680RappahannockMattaponiJamesBlue Ridge Mountains 
46.South Crow Hill1640St. LawrenceHudsonSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus 
47.Lula Triple Divide1340SavannahAltamahaApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast 
48.Trinity-Brazos-Red Triple Divide1250BrazosTrinityMississippiGreat Plains 
49.Kernersville Triple Divide1010Cape FearRoanokePee DeePiedmont-Southeast Coast 
50.Mississippi-Trinity-Sabine Triple Divide700SabineTrinityMississippiGreat Plains 
51.Choctaw Lookout Tower660MississippiAlabamaPearl [MS-LA]Piedmont-Southeast Coast 
52.Roanoke-Tar-Neuse Triple Divide640NeuseRoanokeTarPiedmont-Southeast Coast 
53.James-Roanoke-Nottoway Triple Divide630JamesChowanRoanokePiedmont-Southeast Coast 
54.Apalachicola-Altamaha-Suwanee Triple Divide470AltamahaSuwaneeApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast 

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List Description

To be on this list, a peak must be the triple divide point of three basins of rivers that reach marine water, and the smallest of these basins must have an area of over 1500 square miles. This last condition excludes what could easily be hundreds of peaks that are triple divides that involve small rivers and tiny coastal creeks.

Also, this list only shows triple divide points for rivers that enter the ocean directly (or for well-defined internal drainages). Therefore, the entire Mississippi-Missouri-Ohio system is considered one basin, and triple divides that include two or three components of this system (e.g. the Colorado-Arkansas-Platte triple divide, where the Arkansas and Platte are both Mississippi tributaries) are not shown. This does leave out a large number of points in the central part of the United States, but most of these points would be low hills in relatively flat country.

 


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