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U.S. State High Points

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RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)AscentsAscent Date
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range232 
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada30692019-10-18 a
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains16642014-08-07
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range2295 
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies313 
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii640 
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains724 
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains8872020-06-12 b
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges796 
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies3072019-08-31
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains6362020-06-26
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau12562016-05-20
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1684 
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges10172017-12-27 a
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains9042016-09-23
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains15362020-04-19 a
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains15782011-07-12
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians46192011-07-07 e
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains9942011-07-11
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains6722016-09-23
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield2155 
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians18782011-07-04
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains6182016-07-24
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus892 
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains10472020-04-20 a
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians18492011-07-10
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus6332020-04-18
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains6772014-08-02
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains8522020-04-19 b
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains507 
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1651 
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus823 
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus915 
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands6942018-12-29
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges7702020-04-20 c
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2380Northern U.S. Appalachians911 
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area473 
38.MichiganMount Arvon1979Midwest-Great Lakes Area458 
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area548 
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges1003 
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands681 
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains549 
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area746 
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area710 
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area451 
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians858 
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus6222020-04-21
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands5822018-12-30
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth450Northern U.S. Appalachians787 
50.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast6512015-06-15

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List Description

The fifty state high points of the United States are an increasingly popular peakbagging pursuit. There is a club (the Highpointers) and several guidebooks to completing this diverse list of peaks.

Of the fifty high points, five require real mountaineering skills: Denali in Alaska; Washington state's Mount Rainier and Oregon's Mount Hood in the Pacific Northwest; and Montana's Granite Peak and Wyoming's Gannett Peak in the Northern Rockies. Another five or so (Illinois, Kentucky, and others) are on private land and require landowner permission or visiting on specially scheduled open access dates.

Most of the remaining state summits are easy hikes or drive-ups. Hiking the cool forests of the Appalachians, exploring the windy, lonely high plains, and backpacking above treeline in the western mountains are all part of the great fun of this scavenger hunt.

This list includes does not include the high point of the District of Columbia. This is the version the Highpointers Club recognizes.

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)
       Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints (Winger)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.

 


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