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United States State High Points (plus DC)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range221
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada2722
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1453
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range2077
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies275
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii593
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains614
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains799
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges704
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies274
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains553
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1090
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1493
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges909
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains797
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1351
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1378
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians4188
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains885
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains601
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield1918
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians1702
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains547
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus814
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains953
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1650
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus559
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains602
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains753
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains443
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1479
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus758
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus834
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands620
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges692
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2380Northern U.S. Appalachians825
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area444
38.MichiganMount Arvon1979Midwest-Great Lakes Area419
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area506
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges924
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands617
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains500
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area684
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area648
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area410
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians785
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus560
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands516
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth450Northern U.S. Appalachians732
50.District of ColumbiaPoint Reno415Blue Ridge Mountains427
51.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast586

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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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