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The USA Second Lap List

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3) Prom-Ft Ascents
1.AlaskaMount Fairweather15,325Saint Elias Mountains12,96321
2.CaliforniaMount Shasta14,162Cascade Range97621481
3.ColoradoPikes Peak14,110Southern Rocky Mountains55101376
4.WyomingCloud Peak13,167Greater Yellowstone Rockies7067162
5.UtahMount Peale12,721Colorado Plateau6161289
6.IdahoDiamond Peak12,197Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains5377141
7.New MexicoSierra Blanca Peak11,973Southwest Basins and Ranges5533166
8.NevadaCharleston Peak11,916Great Basin Ranges82411107
9.MontanaCrazy Peak11,209Central Montana Rocky Mountains5709112
10.WashingtonMount Baker10,781Cascade Range88121920
11.ArizonaMount Graham10,720Southwest Basins and Ranges6320224
13.OregonSacajawea Peak9838Columbia Plateau6388213
14.TexasEmory Peak7825Southwest Basins and Ranges4485354
15.South DakotaOdakota Mountain7200Great Plains132046
16.TennesseeRoan High Knob6285Blue Ridge Mountains3485415
17.North CarolinaHuckleberry Knob5560Blue Ridge Mountains3400148
18.New HampshireMount Lafayette5240Northern U.S. Appalachians33203374
19.NebraskaHogback Mountain5062Great Plains58221
20.West VirginiaReddish Knob4397Appalachian Ridges199768
21.MaineSugarloaf Mountain4240Northern U.S. Appalachians3168629
22.VermontKillington Peak4235Northern U.S. Appalachians33151132
23.VirginiaApple Orchard Mountain4225Blue Ridge Mountains2825208
24.New YorkSlide Mountain4180Appalachian Plateaus32801406
25.GeorgiaBig Bald Mountain4075Blue Ridge Mountains175575
26.KentuckyLittle Black Mountain-Chunklick Benchmark3420Appalachian Plateaus16007
27.South CarolinaHogback Mountain3189Blue Ridge Mountains106928
28.ArkansasRich Mountain2681Ozark Highlands192174
29.MassachusettsMount Everett2608Northern U.S. Appalachians1663323
30.OklahomaSugar Loaf Mountain2560Ozark Highlands188017
31.North DakotaBoundary Butte2541Great Plains103127
32.PennsylvaniaShade Mountain-Snyder County High Point2188Appalachian Ridges144942
33.MarylandQuirauk Mountain2140Blue Ridge Mountains146063
34.AlabamaMorton Hill2063Appalachian Ridges121742
35.MinnesotaHeight of Land Lookout2005Midwest-Great Lakes Area67531
36.WisconsinBlue Mounds1719Midwest-Great Lakes Area934129
37.MichiganGrove Hill1709Midwest-Great Lakes Area104444
38.KansasPottawatomie County High Point1560Great Plains26027
38.IowaCarroll County High Point1560Midwest-Great Lakes Area33034
40.OhioRichland County High Point1510Midwest-Great Lakes Area59041
41.New JerseyHamburg Mountains High Point1495Northern U.S. Appalachians87533
42.ConnecticutNorth Preston Hill1447Northern U.S. Appalachians87733
43.MissouriMudlick Mountain1313Ozark Highlands67354
 Missouri or Clark Mountain1440Ozark Highlands64039
44.IllinoisWilliams Hill1064Midwest-Great Lakes Area62462
45.IndianaWashington County High Point1050Midwest-Great Lakes Area42042
46.MississippiWinston County High Point722Piedmont-Southeast Coast38213
 Mississippi or Choctaw County High Point723Piedmont-Southeast Coast38317
 Mississippi or McCool Lookout720Piedmont-Southeast Coast12016
47.Rhode IslandBeacon Pole Hill550Northern U.S. Appalachians30053
48.LouisianaBossier Parish High Point470Ozark Highlands23022
49.DelawareIron Hill340Northern U.S. Appalachians20060
50.FloridaSugarloaf Mountain310Piedmont-Southeast Coast24595

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List Description

The "Second Lap" list shows the most prominent peak in every state that is not a state high point. For a climber that has climbed all the state high points, it represents an excellent list of peaks that can be done on a second tour through the USA, highlighting many exceptional peaks that may have been missed. does not host a "second highest" list for the US States, mainly because a consistent prominence threshold for all states needs to be found and any value chosen is arbitrary. The second highest peak in any state is often a matter of debate--for Alaska, is it the North Peak of Denali or Saint Elias? For Florida, which low hill gets the honor? This list is much more straightforward, ignoring the cases where there are multiple candiates for the prominent peak.

Note that for North Carolina, the second most prominent peak (Clingmans Dome) is the state high point for Tennessee, and the third most prominent peak (Roan) is the Second Lap peak for Tennessee. Therefore, to force this list to have 50 unique peaks, the 4th most prominent peak (Huckleberry) was chosen for North Carolina.


     Andy Martin - Second Lap List Discussion (txt)
     Andy Martin - Second Lap List (PDF)


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