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US County High Point Links

Joseph Hirniak has self-identified as interested in climbing to the high points of counties in the United States.

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Trail Peak, California from Horseshoe Meadow (2014-08-05). Photo by Joseph Hirniak.
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Cahuilla Mountain (2013-06-29). Photo by Joseph Hirniak.
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Always enjoyed hiking, mountains in particular, and this pastime evolved into summit-focused hikes. I don't hike often hence my emphasis has gravitated toward lifetime achievement rather than list completions (quality over quantity). Consequently, I've morphed into somewhat of a purist; with a few exceptions I don't tally peaks unless I've hiked at least 1,000 vertical feet or at least 4 miles round-trip. I enjoy pursuing wilderness high points, national park and forest high points, and county high points, in particular; I avoid pursuing arbitrary points such as: "State Beach high point, (elev. 60' above mean sea level)", benchmarks, or 'liners'. I prefer peaks with a minimum prominence threshold to qualify as a parent peak (one notable exception on my list is S. Nebo, UT - at the time I hiked it most of the the maps indicated it was the high point of the Nebo massive), although I find the rules for saddle drops and provisional peaks highly subjective if not arbitrary (i.e., why does a peak on the East Coast require only 200' while the West Coast requires 300',... seriously?). Excluded are peaks which I have driven to the summit, parked, and walked a typically paved trail to a lookout or picnic table (think Clingmans Dome, TN, Rainbow Point, UT, Cadillac Mt, ME). On a final note my life goal is to hike 365 peaks with the aforementioned parameters. That way I can reasonably say I spent a year of my life pursuing this endeavor. Lastly, there are always exceptions to rules and peak-bagging is a perfect handmaiden to the rule of exceptions.


Quick Top 10 Lists/Peaks

Most Complete Lists
List# Done% Complete
Peaks with Most Individual Summiters3468
Most Ascended Peaks3264
AMC New Hampshire 4000-footers2756.2
New Hampshire 4000-foot Peaks2654.2
Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" Peaks450
AMC New England 4000-footers3349.3
New England 4000-foot Peaks3348.5
Northeast USA Drainage Basin High Points847.1
Vermont County High Points642.9
Eastern USA Peaks with 2500 feet of Prominence1240
Highest Peaks Climbed
PeakElev-ftLocationAscent Date
Mount Whitney14498USA-CA2007-08-19
Mount Elbert14433USA-CO1984-06-24
Mount Bierstadt14060USA-CO1986-07-10
Wheeler Peak13063USA-NV1986-07-02
Mount Dana13057USA-CA2013-08-06
Shoshoni Peak12967USA-CO2010-08-06
Humphreys Peak12633USA-AZ1986-06-23
Spread Eagle Peak12540USA-UT1990-07-26
Hayden Peak12479USA-UT1990-09-10
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
PeakProm-ftLocationAscent Date
Mount Whitney10078USA-CA2007-08-19
Mount Elbert9073USA-CO1984-06-24
San Jacinto Peak8319USA-CA2011-06-04
San Gorgonio Mountain8294USA-CA2009-05-23
Wheeler Peak7563USA-NV1986-07-02
Mount San Antonio6224USA-CA2009-10-03
P-Index: 110    Link to Peak List sorted by prominence
I-Index: 32    Link to Peak List sorted by isolation
E-Index: 113    Link to Peak List sorted by elevation


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