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U.S. State High Points

Showing Paul McClellan's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (46 out of 50, or 92%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)AscentsAscent Date
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range2651996-06-23
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada32521986-08-27
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains17801991-09-02
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range24681980-08-10
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies3361986-08-06
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii6652014-01-14
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains7742013-06-28
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains9662011-10-02
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges8431986-08-25
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies3261979-08-24
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains6852011-09-15
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau13352011-09-30
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range18071977-07-12
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges10892010-04-01
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains9672014-06-20
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains16142005-09-28
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains16632018-07-28
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians48522018-07-14
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains10372018-07-27 a
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains7232014-06-05
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield22452018-07-11
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians19642018-07-16
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains6662018-07-31
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus9372018-07-26
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains1088 
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians19462018-07-13
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus6622018-07-27 b
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains7362014-06-06
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains888 
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains5512014-06-19
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians17492018-07-18
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus8602018-07-25 b
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus9602018-07-25 a
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands7262018-07-30
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges801 
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2382Northern U.S. Appalachians9682018-07-19 c
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area5052014-06-17 b
38.MichiganMount Arvon1979Midwest-Great Lakes Area4862014-06-16
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area5832014-06-17 a
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges10572018-07-20 a
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands7142014-06-08
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains5892018-07-07
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area7822018-07-09 b
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area7522018-07-09 a
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area4782018-07-08
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians9102018-07-20 b
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus6422018-07-29
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands6082017-03-31
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth450Northern U.S. Appalachians8382018-07-24
50.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast683 

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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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