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U.S. State High Points

Showing Eric Waag's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (28 out of 50, or 56%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)AscentsAscent Date
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range232 
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada30082007-09-04
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains16442013-06-15
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range22752014-03-13
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies311 
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii634 
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains7202015-08-21
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains879 
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges793 
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies306 
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains6352008-08-18
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1245 
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1648 
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1001 
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains898 
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains15122006-10-08
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains15562006-10-07
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians45772007-08-20
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains9802007-09-16
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains664 
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield2136 
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians1861 
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains6102013-12-12
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus8852006-11-04
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains10322006-10-07
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1830 
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus6242008-05-18
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains6712013-12-21
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains8402006-10-08
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains499 
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians16282007-04-07
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus8172006-11-04
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus9062006-11-05
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands6872013-12-13
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges7542007-03-11
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2380Northern U.S. Appalachians8982007-04-06
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area469 
38.MichiganMount Arvon1979Midwest-Great Lakes Area454 
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area542 
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges9942007-04-08
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands6722013-12-20
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains545 
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area738 
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area7022010-05-15
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area447 
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians849 
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus6092007-06-09
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands5702007-03-03
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth450Northern U.S. Appalachians7782006-12-17
50.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast6372007-02-25

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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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