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Northeast USA Triple Divide Points

Minimum basin size of 100 square miles

RankPeak Elev-Ft Basin 1Basin 2Basin 3Range (Level 5)Ascent Date
1.Mount Washington6288AndroscogginSacoConnecticutPresidential Range 
2.Mount Field4320SacoMerrimackConnecticutFranconia Area 
3.Mount Field-Northwest Summit4280SacoMerrimackConnecticutFranconia Area 
4.Salmon Mountain3400St. LawrenceAndroscogginConnecticutBoundary Ranges 
5.Border Monument 441 Peak3340St. LawrenceAndroscogginKennebecBoundary Ranges 
6.Styles Peak-North Peak3287St. LawrenceHudsonConnecticutSouthern Green Mountains 
7.Mississippi-Susquehanna-Potomac Triple Divide Point2840PotomacMississippiSusquehannaNorthern Allegheny Mountains 
8.Woodchuck Hill2680DelawareSusquehannaHudsonNorthwest Catskills 
9.Woodchuck Hill-East Peak2660DelawareSusquehannaHudsonNorthwest Catskills 
10.Potter County Triple Divide Point2520St. LawrenceMississippiSusquehannaNorthern Allegheny Plateau 
11.Hudson-Connecticut-Housatanic Triple Divide2106HousatonicHudsonConnecticutBerkshire Hills 
12.Border Monument 318 Peak1920St. LawrenceSaint JohnPenobscotBoundary Ranges 
13.East Miles Notch Peak1900AndroscogginPresumpscotSacoEastern White Mountains 
14.South Crow Hill1640St. LawrenceHudsonSusquehannaFinger Lakes 
15.Morris County High Point1395HudsonPassaicDelawareHudson-Jersey Highlands 
16.Hudson-Delaware-Passaic Triple Divide1280HudsonPassaicDelawareHudson-Jersey Highlands 
17.Crocker Hill1220BlackstoneMerrimackConnecticutSouthern New England Upland 
18.Delaware-Raritan-Passaic Triple Divide1200PassaicRaritanDelawareHudson-Jersey Highlands 
19.Elliott Hill1181BlackstoneThames [CT]ConnecticutSouthern New England Upland 
20.Merrimack-Charles-Blackstone Triple Divide551CharlesBlackstoneMerrimackSouthern New England Upland 

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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 be over 100 square miles. This last condition excludes what could easily be hundreds of peaks that are triple divides that involve tiny coastal creeks. Peaks located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and the six New England states are listed.

Outside of the two major New Hampshire 4000-footers at the top of the list, most of the other peaks are quite obscure. However, the river systems that meet at these points will be familiar to most Northeast residents, and finding the hydrographic junction of three major rivers might have an intuitive appeal to many peakbaggers.

 


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