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U.S. State High Points

Showing Jason Potkay's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (21 out of 50, or 42%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)AscentsAscent Date
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range274 
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada3379 
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1868 
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range25602013-07-13 a
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies347 
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii7312020-02-14 c
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains810 
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains10232010-09-29 d
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges875 
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies337 
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains722 
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1433 
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range19742016-05-18
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1187 
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains1005 
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1711 
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1754 
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians50822014-05-20 d
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains1102 
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5429Great Plains764 
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield23252011-05-27 a
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians2044 
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains715 
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus9892015-09-18
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains11582015-03-29 f
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians2048 
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus706 
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains788 
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains9442015-03-29 d
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains579 
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1841 
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus9042010-07-31 b
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus10042011-06-25
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands7722015-04-05 c
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges8542015-03-30 f
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2382Northern U.S. Appalachians1034 
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area537 
38.MichiganMount Arvon1979Midwest-Great Lakes Area516 
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area621 
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges11152011-05-24
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands7672015-04-06 d
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains618 
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area8252015-04-07 h
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area7982015-04-07 b
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area498 
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians9762014-05-18 b
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus6832015-03-30 j
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands6492015-03-31 d
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth450Northern U.S. Appalachians8942010-07-21 b
50.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast732 

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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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