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U.S. State High Points

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RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)AscentsAscent Date
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range216 
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada2630 
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1416 
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range2051 
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies270 
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii572 
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains604 
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains783 
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges678 
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies268 
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains543 
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau10602011
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1463 
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges869 
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains782 
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains13112007
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1342 
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians4100 
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains863 
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains585 
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield1870 
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians1675 
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains529 
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus797 
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains919 
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1607 
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus541 
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains580 
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains722 
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains434 
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1455 
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus739 
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus817 
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands604 
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges671 
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2380Northern U.S. Appalachians810 
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area435 
38.MichiganMount Arvon1979Midwest-Great Lakes Area409 
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area496 
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges909 
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands606 
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains490 
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area661 
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area623 
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area398 
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians774 
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus540 
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands500 
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth450Northern U.S. Appalachians717 
50.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast567 

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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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