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Northeast USA Triple Divide Points

Minimum basin size of 100 square miles

RankPeak Elev-M Basin 1Basin 2Basin 3Range (Level 5)
1.Mount Washington1917AndroscogginSacoConnecticutPresidential Range
2.Mount Field1317SacoMerrimackConnecticutFranconia Area
3.Mount Field-Northwest Summit1305SacoMerrimackConnecticutFranconia Area
4.Salmon Mountain1036St. LawrenceAndroscogginConnecticutBoundary Ranges
5.Border Monument 441 Peak1018St. LawrenceAndroscogginKennebecBoundary Ranges
6.Styles Peak-North Peak1002St. LawrenceHudsonConnecticutSouthern Green Mountains
7.Mississippi-Susquehanna-Potomac Triple Divide Point866PotomacMississippiSusquehannaNorthern Allegheny Mountains
8.Woodchuck Hill817DelawareSusquehannaHudsonNorthwest Catskills
9.Woodchuck Hill-East Peak811DelawareSusquehannaHudsonNorthwest Catskills
10.Potter County Triple Divide Point768St. LawrenceMississippiSusquehannaNorthern Allegheny Plateau
11.Hudson-Connecticut-Housatanic Triple Divide642HousatonicHudsonConnecticutBerkshire Hills
12.Border Monument 318 Peak585St. LawrenceSaint JohnPenobscotBoundary Ranges
13.East Miles Notch Peak579AndroscogginPresumpscotSacoEastern White Mountains
14.South Crow Hill500St. LawrenceHudsonSusquehannaFinger Lakes
15.Morris County High Point425HudsonPassaicDelawareHudson-Jersey Highlands
16.Hudson-Delaware-Passaic Triple Divide390HudsonPassaicDelawareHudson-Jersey Highlands
17.Crocker Hill372BlackstoneMerrimackConnecticutSouthern New England Upland
18.Delaware-Raritan-Passaic Triple Divide366PassaicRaritanDelawareHudson-Jersey Highlands
19.Elliott Hill360BlackstoneThames [CT]ConnecticutSouthern New England Upland
20.Merrimack-Charles-Blackstone Triple Divide168CharlesBlackstoneMerrimackSouthern 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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