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United States State High Points (plus DC)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range266
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada3276
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1804
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range2499
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies340
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii672
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains784
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains986
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges851
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies331
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains693
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1359
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1822
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1105
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains973
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1632
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1684
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians4908
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains1056
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5429Great Plains728
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield2266
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians1990
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains676
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus952
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains1102
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1978
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus668
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains744
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains896
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains558
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1780
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus867
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus968
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands731
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges810
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2382Northern U.S. Appalachians989
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area517
38.MichiganMount Arvon1979Midwest-Great Lakes Area497
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area595
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges1071
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands723
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains597
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area787
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area760
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area482
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians932
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus649
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands615
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth450Northern U.S. Appalachians849
50.District of ColumbiaPoint Reno415Blue Ridge Mountains491
51.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast694

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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's Mount Rainier and Oregon's Mount Hood in the Pacific Northwest; and Montana's Granite Peak and Wyoming's Gannett Peak in the Rockies. Another five or so (Rhode island, Illinois, Kentucky, and others) are on private land and require landowner permission.

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 the high point of the District of Columbia, which in many matters is a state equivalent.


     Highpointers Club -- U.S. State High Points

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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