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U.S. State High Points

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

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)AscentsAscent Date
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range229 
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada2985 
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains16332012-08-11
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range2264 
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies309 
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii627 
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains719 
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains877 
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges787 
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies305 
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains630 
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau12322020-06-14
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1637 
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges990 
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains895 
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains15012013-08-02
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains15442017-05-01
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians45512017-07-17
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains9732017-07-09
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains662 
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield2129 
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians18512017-07-16
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains605 
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus8802017-07-10 a
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains10182014-08-18
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1819 
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus6192017-07-08
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains666 
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains8352014-12-08
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains497 
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1620 
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus8122017-07-10 b
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus9022017-07-10 c
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands6802016-11-11
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges7492014-08-26
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2380Northern U.S. Appalachians895 
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area468 
38.MichiganMount Arvon1979Midwest-Great Lakes Area450 
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area536 
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges993 
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands6632015-06-19
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains543 
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area735 
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area699 
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area442 
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians8432017-07-13
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus6022016-11-10
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands5612016-12-01
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth450Northern U.S. Appalachians7752017-07-10 d
50.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast6332016-05-08 a

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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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