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Northeast USA Triple Divide Points

Minimum basin size of 100 square miles

RankPeak Elev-Ft Basin 1Basin 2Basin 3Range (Level 5)Ascents
1.Mount Washington6288AndroscogginSacoConnecticutPresidential Range4215
2.Mount Field-Northwest Summit4280SacoMerrimackConnecticutFranconia Area115
3.Salmon Mountain3400St. LawrenceAndroscogginConnecticutBoundary Ranges24
4.Border Monument 441 Peak3340St. LawrenceAndroscogginKennebecBoundary Ranges11
5.Styles Peak-North Peak3287St. LawrenceHudsonConnecticutSouthern Green Mountains31
6.Sandy Bay Mountain3100St. LawrenceKennebecPenobscotBoundary Ranges17
7.Mississippi-Susquehanna-Potomac Triple Divide Point2840PotomacMississippiSusquehannaNorthern Allegheny Mountains4
8.Woodchuck Hill-East Peak2660DelawareSusquehannaHudsonNorthwest Catskills3
9.Potter County Triple Divide Point2520St. LawrenceMississippiSusquehannaNorthern Allegheny Plateau7
10.Hudson-Connecticut-Housatanic Triple Divide2106HousatonicHudsonConnecticutBerkshire Hills4
11.Border Monument 318 Peak1920St. LawrenceSaint JohnPenobscotBoundary Ranges1
12.East Miles Notch Peak1900AndroscogginPresumpscotSacoEastern White Mountains3
13.South Crow Hill1640St. LawrenceHudsonSusquehannaFinger Lakes6
14.Morris County High Point1395HudsonPassaicDelawareHudson-Jersey Highlands66
15.Crocker Hill1220BlackstoneMerrimackConnecticutSouthern New England Upland13
16.Elliott Hill1181BlackstoneThames [CT]ConnecticutSouthern New England Upland11
17.Merrimack-Charles-Blackstone Triple Divide460CharlesBlackstoneMerrimackSouthern New England Upland13

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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 be over 100 square miles. This last condition excludes what could easily be hundreds of peaks that are triple divides that involve tiny coastal creeks. Peaks located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and the six New England states are listed.

Outside of the two major New Hampshire 4000-footers at the top of the list, most of the other peaks are quite obscure. However, the river systems that meet at these points will be familiar to most Northeast residents, and finding the hydrographic junction of three major rivers might have an intuitive appeal to many peakbaggers.

 


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