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USA Lower 48 Triple Divide Points

Minimum basin size of 1500 square miles

Showing Dale York's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (0 out of 56, or 0%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Basin 1Basin 2Basin 3Range (Level 3)AscentsAscent Date
1.Crumbly Spire13,240Tulare Lake BedOwens ValleySan JoaquinSierra Nevada14 
2.Headwaters Hill11,862Rio GrandeMississippiColoradoSouthern Rocky Mountains2 
3.Three Waters Mountain-North Slope11,600ColoradoColumbiaMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies0 
4.Sonora Peak11,459San JoaquinCarsonWalkerSierra Nevada365 
5.Reeds Peak10,015Rio GrandeChihuahua BasinsColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges3 
6.Commissary Ridge Triple Divide9920ColoradoColumbiaGreat Salt LakeWestern Rocky Mountains0 
7.Winnemucca Lake Southeast9800SacramentoSan JoaquinCarsonSierra Nevada19 
8.Chiricahua Peak9759YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges251 
9.Sawmill Mountain-West Peak8749Santa MariaSanta ClaraBuena Vista Lake BedCentral and Southern California Ranges104 
10.Salton-Santa Ana-Great Basin Triple Divide8720Santa AnaSalton SeaDale LakeCentral and Southern California Ranges15 
11.Oregon Buttes8558ColoradoRed Desert BasinMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies7 
12.South Great Divide Basin Peak8480Great Divide BasinColoradoMississippiSouthern Rocky Mountains1 
13.Burro Peak8020Chihuahua BasinsAnimas ValleyColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges53 
13.Triple Divide Peak8020MississippiColumbiaNelsonCentral Montana Rocky Mountains47 
15.Miller Mountain7513KlamathUmpquaColumbiaCascade Range1 
16.New York Benchmark7461Dale LakeIvanpah LakeColoradoGreat Basin Ranges48 
17.Colorado-Wilcox-Yaqui Triple Divide6444YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges0 
18.Mount Washington6288AndroscogginSacoConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians5085 
19.North Skylight Ridge6234EelKlamathSacramentoNorthwest U.S. Coast Ranges0 
20.Dishpan Gap North5892SkagitColumbiaSnohomishCascade Range6 
21.Sproats Meadow Northwest5700KlamathColumbiaSoutheast Oregon BasinsGreat Basin Ranges1 
22.Mud Lake East5210KlamathSacramentoSoutheast Oregon BasinsGreat Basin Ranges1 
23.Mississippi-Rio Grande-Brazos Triple Divide4740BrazosMississippiRio GrandeGreat Plains3 
24.Rio Grande-Colorado-Brazos Triple Divide4480BrazosColorado [TX]Rio GrandeGreat Plains2 
25.Watering Pond Knob-Northeast Ridge4320JamesMississippiPotomacAppalachian Ridges4 
26.Mount Field-Northwest Summit4280SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians145 
27.Young Lick Knob3800SavannahApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains30 
28.Mississippi-Santee-Pee Dee Triple Divide3720Pee DeeSanteeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains10 
29.Sassafrass Mountain-East Peak3520SanteeSavannahMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains79 
30.Border Monument 441 Peak3340St. LawrenceAndroscogginKennebecNorthern U.S. Appalachians33 
31.Saddleback Mountain-West Peak3296PotomacRappahannockJamesBlue Ridge Mountains7 
32.Styles Peak-North Peak3287St. LawrenceHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians33 
33.Long Mountain3200AlabamaApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains6 
34.Sandy Bay Mountain3100St. LawrenceKennebecPenobscotNorthern U.S. Appalachians42 
35.Brush Mountain - New-James-Roanoke Triple Divide2840JamesRoanokeMississippiAppalachian Ridges5 
35.Mississippi-Susquehanna-Potomac Triple Divide Point2840PotomacMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus10 
37.Mississippi-Roanoke-Pee Dee Triple Divide2800RoanokePee DeeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains7 
38.Salton-Colorado-Great Basin Triple Divide2700Salton SeaDale LakeColoradoCentral and Southern California Ranges15 
39.Woodchuck Hill-East Peak2660DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus3 
40.Potter County Triple Divide Point2520St. LawrenceMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus9 
41.Colorado-Nueces-Guadalupe Triple Divide2380Colorado [TX]GuadalupeNuecesGreat Plains2 
42.Webb Benchmark Northeast2363Rio GrandeColorado [TX]NuecesGreat Plains1 
43.Hudson-Connecticut-Housatanic Triple Divide2106HousatonicHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians5 
44.Border Monument 318 Peak1920St. LawrenceSaint JohnPenobscotNorthern U.S. Appalachians1 
45.Peters Mountain-Southwest Slope1800RappahannockMattaponiJamesBlue Ridge Mountains2 
46.South Crow Hill1640St. LawrenceHudsonSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus9 
47.Lula Triple Divide1340SavannahAltamahaApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast10 
48.Trinity-Brazos-Red Triple Divide1250BrazosTrinityMississippiGreat Plains2 
49.Kernersville Triple Divide1010Cape FearRoanokePee DeePiedmont-Southeast Coast13 
50.Mississippi-Trinity-Sabine Triple Divide700SabineTrinityMississippiGreat Plains3 
51.Choctaw Lookout Tower660MississippiAlabamaPearl [MS-LA]Piedmont-Southeast Coast5 
52.Roanoke-Tar-Neuse Triple Divide640NeuseRoanokeTarPiedmont-Southeast Coast2 
53.James-Roanoke-Nottoway Triple Divide630JamesChowanRoanokePiedmont-Southeast Coast4 
54.Colorado-Guadalupe-Lavaca Triple Divide507Colorado [TX]GuadalupeLavacaGreat Plains1 
55.Apalachicola-Altamaha-Suwanee Triple Divide470AltamahaSuwaneeApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast5 
56.Brazos-Trinity-San Jacinto Triple Divide380BrazosTrinitySan Jacinto [TX]Great Plains2 

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List Description

To be on this list, a peak must be the triple divide point of three basins of rivers that reach marine water, and the smallest of these basins must have an area of over 1500 square miles. This last condition excludes what could easily be hundreds of peaks that are triple divides that involve small rivers and tiny coastal creeks.

Also, this list only shows triple divide points for rivers that enter the ocean directly (or for well-defined internal drainages). Therefore, the entire Mississippi-Missouri-Ohio system is considered one basin, and triple divides that include two or three components of this system (e.g. the Colorado-Arkansas-Platte triple divide, where the Arkansas and Platte are both Mississippi tributaries) are not shown. This does leave out a large number of points in the central part of the United States, but most of these points would be low hills in relatively flat country.

 


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