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U.S. State High Points

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range270
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada3320
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1836
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range2537
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies343
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii700
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains793
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains1004
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges862
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies335
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains709
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1393
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1921
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1143
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains989
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1675
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1716
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians4982
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains1081
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5429Great Plains742
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield2292
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians2016
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains691
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus967
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains1128
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians2017
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus687
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains764
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains919
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains567
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1810
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus884
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus982
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands749
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges829
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2382Northern U.S. Appalachians1006
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area526
38.MichiganMount Arvon1979Midwest-Great Lakes Area506
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area609
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges1094
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands747
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains605
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area806
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area779
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area487
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians955
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus668
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands631
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth450Northern U.S. Appalachians876
50.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast711

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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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