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Interstate Highway Bounded Regions of the USA

RankPeakSection Elev-Ft StateRange (Level 4) Prom-Ft 
1.Mount WhitneyI-5, I-15, I-40, I-8014,498CaliforniaSequoia Sierra Nevada10,078
2.Mount ElbertI-15, I-25, I-40, I-7014,433ColoradoSawatch Range9073
3.Mount RainierI-5, I-15, I-84, I-9014,411WashingtonSouth Washington Cascades13,246
4.Longs PeakI-15, I-25, I-70, I-8014,255ColoradoFront Range2940
5.Mount ShastaI-5, I-15, I-80, I-8414,162CaliforniaCalifornia Cascades9762
6.Gannett PeakI-15, I-25, I-80, I-9013,804WyomingWind River Range7076
7.Sierra Blanca PeakI-25, I-35, I-10/20, I-4011,973New MexicoSoutheast New Mexico Ranges5533
8.San Gorgonio MountainI-15, I-25, I-10, I-4011,499CaliforniaTransverse Ranges8294
9.Crazy PeakI-15, I-29, I-90/94, Canada11,209MontanaCentral Montana Ranges5709
10.San Jacinto PeakI-15, I-25, Mexico, I-1010,839CaliforniaPeninsular Southern California Ranges8319
11.Mount BakerI-5, I-15, I-90, Canada10,781WashingtonNorth Cascades8812
12.Sandia CrestI-25, I-35, I-40, I-7010,678New MexicoSoutheast New Mexico Ranges4098
13.Mount San AntonioI-5, I-15, I-10, I-4010,064CaliforniaTransverse Ranges6224
14.Thurston PeakI-15, (I-25), I-80, I-84 9706UtahWasatch Range2690
15.Mount EddyPacific, I-5, I-80, I-849025CaliforniaKlamath Mountains5105
16.Mount PinosPacific, I-5, I-10, I-808831CaliforniaTransverse Ranges4800
17.Baldy Peak(I-25), I-35, Mexico, I-108378TexasTrans-Pecos Texas Ranges3918
18.Mount OlympusPacific, I-5, I-86, I-907969WashingtonOlympic Mountains7838
19.Black Elk PeakI-25, I-29, I-80, I-907231South DakotaBlack Hills2911
20.Mount Mitchell(I-75), I-77, I-40, I-816684North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges6089
21.Warren Peaks(I-25), I-29, I-90, I-946650WyomingBlack Hills1800
22.Clingmans DomeI-75, I-77, I-85, I-406643Tennessee/North CarolinaGreat Smoky Mountains4503
23.Weld County High PointI-25, I-29, I-70, I-806380ColoradoCentral Great Plains80
24.Mount WashingtonI-81, I-95, I-90, Canada6288New HampshireWhite Mountains6148
25.Santiago PeakI-5, I-15, I-105687CaliforniaPeninsular Southern California Ranges4387
26.Spruce KnobI-77, I-81, I-64, I-704861West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains2781
27.Balsam Beartown MountainI-75, I-77, I-81, I-644710VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges2130
28.Bald KnobI-77, I-81, (I-40), I-644361VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges2041
29.Apple Orchard MountainI-77/81, I-95, I-40, I-644225VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge2825
30.Slide MountainI-81, I-95, I-80, I-904180New YorkCatskill Mountains3280
31.Davis Benchmark(I-25), I-35, I-10, I-204176TexasTrans-Pecos Texas Ranges 
32.HawksbillI-81, I-95, I-64 , I-704050VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge2148
33.Cross MountainI-65, I-75, I-40, I-643534TennesseeCumberland Mountains2094
34.Blue KnobI-77, I-81, I-70, I-803120PennsylvaniaAllegheny Mountains780
35.Hinch MountainI-65, I-75, I-20, I-403048TennesseeCumberland Plateau1588
36.Magazine MountainI-35, I-55, I-20, I-402753ArkansasOuachita Mountains2133
37.North MountainI-77, I-81, I-80, I-902585PennsylvaniaAllegheny Plateau1385
38.Buffalo LookoutI-35, I-55, I-40, I-442561ArkansasOzark Plateau361
39.Mount ConstitutionPacific, I-5, I-90, Canada2407WashingtonInside Passage Islands2407
40.Cheaha MountainI-65, I-75, I-85, I-202405AlabamaSouthern Appalachian Ridges1445
41.Eagle MountainI-29, I-35, I-94, Canada2301MinnesotaSuperior Upland1321
42.Pimple HillI-81, I-95, I-70, I-802212PennsylvaniaAllegheny Plateau372
43.Punished Womans MoundI-29, I-35, I-90, I-942080South DakotaNorthern US Great Plains160
44.Mount ArvonI-35, I-55, I-94, Canada1979MichiganSuperior Upland949
45.Okabena HillI-29, I-35, I-80, I-901730MinnesotaNorthern US Great Plains 
46.Blue MoundsI-35, I-55, I-80, I-901719WisconsinUpper Mississippi Area934
47.Briar HillI-55, I-75, I-94, Canada1706MichiganLower Peninsula-Heartland1041
48.The PinnacleI-75, I-77, I-20, I-851690North CarolinaPiedmont750
49.Butler County High PointI-35, I-44, I-701680KansasCentral Great Plains240
50.Campbell HillI-75, I-77, I-70, I-801549OhioLower Peninsula-Heartland639
51.Cadillac MountainI-95, Atlantic, I-90, Canada1528MaineNew England Upland1528
52.Sewel Fire TowerI-75, I-94, Canada1503MichiganLower Peninsula-Heartland 
53.San Pedro HillPacific, I-5, I-101460CaliforniaTransverse Ranges1358
53.Cass County High PointI-29, I-35, (I-70), I-801460IowaUpper Mississippi Area40
55.Sunny BenchmarkI-35, (I-55), I-90, I-941448WisconsinUpper Mississippi Area 
56.Sand MountainI-75, I-77, I-64, I-701420KentuckyCumberland Plateau394
57.Dowdell KnobI-65, I-75, I-10, I-851395GeorgiaPiedmont495
58.Hillsdale County High Point(I-65), I-75, I-90, I-941280MichiganLower Peninsula-Heartland360
58.Cuyahoga County High Point(I-75), I-77, I-80, I-901280OhioLower Peninsula-Heartland30
58.Lake View HillI-75, I-81, I-90, I-941280PennsylvaniaAllegheny Plateau 
61.Hoosier HillI-65, I-75, I-70, I-801257IndianaLower Peninsula-Heartland297
62.Lapham Hill(I-35), (I-55), I-90, I-941232WisconsinUpper Mississippi Area292
63.High Rock MountainI-77, I-95, I-20, I-851188North CarolinaPiedmont498
63.Jeptha Knob BenchmarkI-65, I-75, I-64, I-701188KentuckyCumberland Plateau398
65.Barr BenchmarkI-35, I-55, I-70, I-801175IowaUpper Mississippi Area 
66.Flanigan HillI-55, I-65, I-20, I-401160TennesseeCumberland Plateau200
67.Shades MountainI-55, I-65, I-10, I-201100AlabamaCumberland Plateau 
68.Youngs MountainI-77,I-85,I-401090North CarolinaPiedmont310
69.Chaparral HillI-75, I-95, I-10, I-201075GeorgiaPiedmont 
70.Williams HillI-55, I-65, I-40, I-641064IllinoisLower Peninsula-Heartland624
71.Weed Patch Hill(I-55), I-65, I-64, I-701058IndianaLower Peninsula-Heartland258
72.Hendricks County High PointI-55, I-65, I-70, I-801030IndianaLower Peninsula-Heartland100
73.Webb County High PointI-35, I-55, Mexico, I-10940TexasSouthern Great Plains355
74.Ellis County High PointI-35 W, I-55, I-10, I-20898TexasSouthern Great Plains253
75.Schilling School HillI-55, I-65, I-80, I-90800IllinoisLower Peninsula-Heartland 
76.Myrtle Hill SlopeI-85, I-95, I-40, I-64780North CarolinaPiedmont0
77.Junction 660I-65, (I-75), I-80, I-90660IndianaLower Peninsula-Heartland 
78.Great Blue HillI-95, Atlantic, I-80, I-90640MassachusettsNew England Upland482
79.Junction 420I-95, I-70, I-80420MarylandNorthern Blue Ridge 
80.Benchmark 363I-95, I-64, I-70363MarylandNorthern Blue Ridge 
81.Oak HillI-65, I-75, Gulf, I-10331FloridaSoutheast Coast191
82.Sugarloaf MountainI-75, I-95, Atlantic, I-10310FloridaSoutheast Coast245
83.Radford HillI-95, I-40, I-64 246North CarolinaPiedmont 
84.Sampson County High PointI-95, Atlantic, I-40230North CarolinaPiedmont10
85.Interstate HillI-55, I-65, I-10160AlabamaSoutheast Coast 

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List Description

There are 22 interstate highways in the USA with a length of over 600 miles—in order, this is a list of the numbers of these routes:

5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 29, 35, 40, 44, 55, 64, 65, 70, 75, 77, 80, 81, 84, 85, 90, 94, 95

The longest is I-90 at 3020 miles, and the shortest is I-77 at 610 miles. This network of long highways divides the area of the 48 contiguous states into 85 chunks of land, and this list shows the highest peak for each of these sections.

Note that for the purposes of this analysis, interstate highways that approach coastal areas are assumed to continue to the ocean for the purposes of dividing the regions. Also note that some of these areas, particularly near Chicago and Los Angeles, can be very small.

This list includes many high, popular and well-known peaks, including 15 state high points and an additional 53 county high points. Most of the remaining 16 peaks are quite obscure. Overall, it’s an interesting grab-bag of objectives.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Ron Tagliapietra, who created this list as a labor of love.

 


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