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United States State High Points (plus DC)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range232
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada3061
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1662
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range2295
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies313
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii640
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains723
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains886
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges795
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies307
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains636
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1254
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1682
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1012
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains903
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1531
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1573
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians4615
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains992
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains670
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield2153
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians1878
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains615
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus892
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains1045
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1845
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus631
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains677
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains850
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains507
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1645
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus823
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus914
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands692
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges768
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2380Northern U.S. Appalachians911
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area473
38.MichiganMount Arvon1979Midwest-Great Lakes Area458
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area547
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges1002
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands680
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains549
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area745
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area710
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area451
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians857
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus620
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands580
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth450Northern U.S. Appalachians787
50.District of ColumbiaPoint Reno415Blue Ridge Mountains463
51.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast649

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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.

Links

     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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