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Illinois County High Points

Showing Doug Melton's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (102 out of 102, or 100%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft
Ascent Date
1.Jo DaviessCharles Mound1235Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1002010-06-05
2.PopeWilliams Hill1064South and Central Illinois6292015-09-24
2.UnionBald Knob1030South and Central Illinois4552015-09-24
2.GallatinHigh Knob929South and Central Illinois3392015-09-24
2.HardinHigh Knob-South Ridge890South and Central Illinois202015-09-24
2.JohnsonJohnson County High Point865South and Central Illinois2902015-09-24
2.JacksonJackson County High Point850South and Central Illinois1002015-09-24
2.RandolphRandolph County High Point750South and Central Illinois1402015-09-24
2.WilliamsonWilliamson County High Point725South and Central Illinois502015-09-24
2.WhiteBoyd Hill585South and Central Illinois1602015-09-24
11.WayneWayne County High Point603South and Central Illinois782015-09-25
11.RichlandRichland County High Point601South and Central Illinois962015-09-25
11.CumberlandCumberland County High Point715South and Central Illinois202015-09-25
11.MadisonMadison County High Point662South and Central Illinois02015-09-25
11.LawrenceRed Hills Chapel635South and Central Illinois1582015-09-25
11.JasperJasper County High Point630South and Central Illinois352015-09-25
11.ChristianRosamond Grove Cemetery804South and Central Illinois1492015-09-25
11.ClarkClark County High Point784South and Central Illinois222015-09-25
11.ShelbyWilliamsburg Hill825South and Central Illinois2002015-09-25
20.HamiltonHamilton County High Point625South and Central Illinois1102015-10-10
20.FranklinFranklin County High Point604South and Central Illinois192015-10-10
20.WashingtonWashington County High Point605South and Central Illinois632015-10-10
20.ClintonPelican Pouch598South and Central Illinois1412015-10-10
20.EdwardsEdwards County High Point595South and Central Illinois1602015-10-10
25.CrawfordCrawford County High Point645South and Central Illinois1002015-10-11
25.EffinghamMound Benchmark682South and Central Illinois772015-10-11
25.IroquoisIroquois County High Point823Michigan Lower Peninsula212015-10-11
25.DeWittDe Witt County High Point811South and Central Illinois192015-10-11
25.ColesColes County High Point784South and Central Illinois62015-10-11
25.VermilionVermilion County High Point795South and Central Illinois652015-10-11
25.MoultrieMoultrie County High Point775South and Central Illinois102015-10-11
25.MaconMacon County High Point758South and Central Illinois512015-10-11
25.DouglasDouglas County High Point723South and Central Illinois322015-10-11
25.EdgarKansas Benchmark843South and Central Illinois1882015-10-11
25.LivingstonLivingston County High Point843South and Central Illinois412015-10-11
25.ChampaignYankee Ridge855South and Central Illinois1202015-10-11
25.FordFord County High Point866South and Central Illinois452015-10-11
25.McLeanMcLean County High Point961South and Central Illinois2842015-10-11
39.MorganThe Mound722South and Central Illinois972015-10-12
39.SangamonBettis Benchmark719South and Central Illinois132015-10-12
39.BondBond County High Point675South and Central Illinois602015-10-12
39.MenardMenard County High Point663South and Central Illinois612015-10-12
43.PutnamPutnam County High Point753South and Central Illinois1012015-10-23
43.Rock IslandRock Island County High Point810Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains02015-10-23
43.HenryHenry County High Point877Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1222015-10-23
43.StarkStark County High Point876Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains352015-10-23
43.WhitesideHinrichs Benchmark876Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1332015-10-23
43.LaSalleLa Salle County High Point925Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1202015-10-23
43.MarshallMarshall County High Point912Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1402015-10-23
43.DeKalbDeKalb County High Point995Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains832015-10-23
43.WinnebagoWinnebago County High Point995Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains202015-10-23
43.OgleHardpan Ridge1030Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains122015-10-23
43.BureauBureau County High Point961Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains3072015-10-23
43.LeeLee County High Point1005Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1702015-10-23
43.CarrollCarroll County High Point1070Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1952015-10-23
43.StephensonStephenson County High Point1165Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1702015-10-23
57.KnoxPilot Knob870Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains952015-10-24
57.PikePike County High Point890Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains2652015-10-24
57.AdamsAdams County High Point865Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains402015-10-24
57.WarrenWarren County High Point815Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1032015-10-24
57.McDonoughMcDonough County High Point801Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains42015-10-24
57.HendersonHenderson County High Point805Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains132015-10-24
57.BrownBrown County High Point815Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains102015-10-24
57.MercerMercer County High Point820Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains652015-10-24
57.HancockHancock County High Point765Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1202015-10-24
66.SchuylerSchuyler County High Point755Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1102015-11-18
66.ScottSand Benchmark711South and Central Illinois1732015-11-18
66.CalhounCalhoun County High Point813Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1882015-11-18
66.JerseyJersey County High Point897South and Central Illinois3132015-11-18
66.CassCass County High Point685South and Central Illinois632015-11-18
66.GreeneGreene County High Point709South and Central Illinois1342015-11-18
72.GrundyGrundy County High Point700Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains02015-11-19
72.LoganElkhart Hill771South and Central Illinois1792015-11-19
72.TazewellTazewell County High Point850South and Central Illinois852015-11-19
72.WoodfordWoodford County High Point850South and Central Illinois02015-11-19
72.PeoriaPeoria County High Point830Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains852015-11-19
72.MasonMason County High Point735South and Central Illinois1732015-11-19
72.FultonFulton County High Point780Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains252015-11-19
79.LakeGander Mountain957Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains722015-11-20
79.KaneKane County High Point1067Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1722015-11-20
79.McHenryMcHenry County High Point1191Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains2842015-11-20
79.BooneBoone County High Point1055Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains702015-11-20
79.DuPageDuPage County High Point855Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains102015-11-20
79.CookCook County High Point955Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1802015-11-20
85.KankakeeKankakee County High Point758South and Central Illinois562015-11-22
85.WillHickory Benchmark835Michigan Lower Peninsula1502015-11-22
85.KendallKendall County High Point815Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains1702015-11-22
85.PiattPiatt County High Point810South and Central Illinois352015-11-22
89.MontgomeryMontgomery County High Point778South and Central Illinois522015-11-23
89.FayetteFayette County High Point715South and Central Illinois702015-11-23
89.MacoupinMacoupin County High Point700South and Central Illinois182015-11-23
 Macoupin or South Macoupin County High Point705South and Central Illinois 2015-11-23
89.MarionMarion County High Point659South and Central Illinois822015-11-23
89.ClayClay County High Point650South and Central Illinois732015-11-23
89.JeffersonJefferson County High Point640South and Central Illinois1152015-11-23
95.MassacMassac County High Point590South and Central Illinois152015-11-24
95.WabashWabash County High Point595South and Central Illinois1002015-11-24
95.PulaskiPulaski County High Point525South and Central Illinois102015-11-24
95.AlexanderDago Hill SSW850South and Central Illinois2572015-11-24
95.SalineHorton Hill1010South and Central Illinois4202015-11-24
100.MonroeMonroe County High Point835South and Central Illinois3002015-11-25
100.PerryPerry County High Point605South and Central Illinois802015-11-25
100.Saint ClairSaint Clair County High Point705South and Central Illinois402015-11-25

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List Description

Note that this list is not authoritative and it is present here mainly so climbers can log their ascents. If you are serious about county highpointing in Illinois, then you should visit the County Highpointing Web Site, join the Yahoo County Highpointing Group, and refer to Andy Martin's book for the definitive listing of all the points.


Sources that were used to help me compile this list include:

  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 1997 by Andy Martin, David Olson, and John Mitchler.
  • Some latitude-longitude values for peaks and sub-areas provided by John Hasch via the web site, and manually verified. I manually located the 62 points for Calhoun County.


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