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United States State High Points (plus DC)

Showing Jason Potkay's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (22 out of 51, or 43.14%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)AscentsAscent Date
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range274 
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada3388 
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1874 
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range25652013-07-13 a
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies348 
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii7352020-02-14 c
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains811 
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains10242010-09-29 d
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges875 
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies338 
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains725 
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1436 
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range19902016-05-18
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1188 
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains1008 
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1711 
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1755 
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians50902014-05-20 d
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains1103 
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5429Great Plains765 
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield23272011-05-27 a
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians2044 
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains718 
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus9902015-09-18
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains11592015-03-29 f
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians2053 
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus706 
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains790 
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains9442015-03-29 d
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains582 
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1847 
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus9052010-07-31 b
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus10052011-06-25
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands7732015-04-05 c
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges8562015-03-30 f
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2382Northern U.S. Appalachians1035 
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area537 
38.MichiganMount Arvon1979Midwest-Great Lakes Area516 
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area621 
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges11182011-05-24
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands7702015-04-06 d
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains620 
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area8262015-04-07 h
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area8022015-04-07 b
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area499 
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians9772014-05-18 b
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus6832015-03-30 j
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands6502015-03-31 d
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth450Northern U.S. Appalachians8942010-07-21 b
50.District of ColumbiaPoint Reno415Blue Ridge Mountains5242008-08-30
51.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast734 

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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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