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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)
1.Crumbly Spire13,280South San Joaquin BasinOwens ValleySan JoaquinSierra Nevada
2.Headwaters Hill11,862Rio GrandeMississippiColoradoSouthern Rocky Mountains
3.Three Waters Mountain-North Slope11,640ColoradoColumbiaMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies
4.Reeds Peak10,015Rio GrandeChihuahua BasinsColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges
5.Commissary Ridge Triple Divide9960ColoradoColumbiaGreat BasinWestern Rocky Mountains
6.Winnemucca Lake Southeast9840Great BasinSacramentoSan JoaquinSierra Nevada
7.Chiricahua Peak9759YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges
8.Sawmill Mountain-West Peak8749Santa MariaSanta ClaraSouth San Joaquin BasinCentral and Southern California Ranges
9.Oregon Buttes8558Great Divide BasinColoradoMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies
10.South Great Divide Basin Peak8520Great Divide BasinColoradoMississippiSouthern Rocky Mountains
11.Triple Divide Peak8020MississippiColumbiaNelsonCentral Montana Rocky Mountains
12.Miller Mountain7513KlamathUmpquaColumbiaCascade Range
13.Desert Ridge6995KlamathRogueUmpquaCascade Range
14.Colorado-Wilcox-Yaqui Triple Divide6444YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges
15.North Skylight Ridge6300EelKlamathSacramentoNorthwest U.S. Coast Ranges
16.Mount Washington6288AndroscogginSacoConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
17.Dishpan Gap North5892SkagitSnohomishColumbiaCascade Range
18.Sproats Meadow Northwest5720Great BasinKlamathColumbiaGreat Basin Ranges
19.Mud Lake East5220Great BasinKlamathSacramentoGreat Basin Ranges
20.Little Tejon4800Great BasinSanta ClaraSouth San Joaquin BasinCentral and Southern California Ranges
21.Mississippi-Rio Grande-Brazos Triple Divide4750BrazosMississippiRio GrandeGreat Plains
22.Rio Grande-Colorado-Brazos Triple Divide4485BrazosColorado [TX]Rio GrandeGreat Plains
23.Mount Field4360SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
23.Watering Pond Knob-Northeast Ridge4360JamesMississippiPotomacAppalachian Ridges
25.Mount Field-Northwest Summit4320SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
26.Young Lick Knob3840SavannahApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
27.Mississippi-Santee-Pee Dee Triple Divide3760Pee DeeSanteeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
28.Sassafrass Mountain-East Peak3560SanteeSavannahMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
29.Salmon Mountain3425St. LawrenceAndroscogginConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
30.Border Monument 441 Peak3360St. LawrenceAndroscogginKennebecNorthern U.S. Appalachians
31.Styles Peak-North Peak3307St. LawrenceHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
32.Long Mountain3240AlabamaApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
33.Brush Mountain - New-James-Roanoke Triple Divide2860JamesRoanokeMississippiAppalachian Ridges
33.Mississippi-Susquehanna-Potomac Triple Divide Point2860PotomacMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus
35.Mississippi-Roanoke-Pee Dee Triple Divide2820RoanokePee DeeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
36.Woodchuck Hill2700DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus
37.Woodchuck Hill-East Peak2680DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus
38.Potter County Triple Divide Point2540St. LawrenceMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus
39.Colorado-Nueces-Guadalupe Triple Divide2400Colorado [TX]GuadalupeNuecesGreat Plains
40.Guadalupe Benchmark2383GuadalupeNuecesSan AntonioGreat Plains
41.Hudson-Connecticut-Housatanic Triple Divide2126HousatonicHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
42.Border Monument 318 Peak1940St. LawrenceSaint JohnPenobscotNorthern U.S. Appalachians
43.Three Way Watershed Marker1740MississippiSt. LawrenceNelsonMidwest-Great Lakes Area
44.Peters Mountain-Southwest Slope1700RappahannockMattaponiJamesBlue Ridge Mountains
45.South Crow Hill1660St. LawrenceHudsonSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus
46.Lula Triple Divide1360SavannahAltamahaApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast
47.Trinity-Brazos-Red Triple Divide1260BrazosTrinityMississippiGreat Plains
48.Kernersville Triple Divide1020Cape FearRoanokePee DeePiedmont-Southeast Coast
49.Mississippi-Trinity-Sabine Triple Divide710SabineTrinityMississippiGreat Plains
50.Choctaw Lookout Tower680MississippiAlabamaPearl [MS-LA]Piedmont-Southeast Coast
51.Roanoke-Tar-Neuse Triple Divide650NeuseRoanokeTarPiedmont-Southeast Coast
52.James-Roanoke-Nottoway Triple Divide640JamesChowanRoanokePiedmont-Southeast Coast
53.Apalachicola-Altamaha-Suwanee Triple Divide480AltamahaSuwaneeApalachicolaPiedmont-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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