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U.S. State High Points

Showing John Vitz's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (46 out of 50, or 92%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.AlaskaMount McKinley20,320Alaska Range 
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,495Sierra Nevada1965-09-11
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1984-09-04
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range 
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies 
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii1997-05-07
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains1993-08-25
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains1984-06-08
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges1966-08-28
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies1984-08-09
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains1984-07-27
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1968-09-09
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range 
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1971-11-23
15.South DakotaHarney Peak7242Great Plains2002-09-10
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1995-05-03
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1995-05-03
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians2002-09-27
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains1995-05-04
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains2002-09-05
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield2002-09-25
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians2002-09-29
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains2002-10-19
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus2002-10-07
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains1995-05-06
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians2002-09-26
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus1995-05-05
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains2002-10-18
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains1995-05-06
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains2002-09-11
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians2002-10-03
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus2002-10-06
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus2002-10-06
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands1995-05-16
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges1995-05-02
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372Northern U.S. Appalachians2002-10-04
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area2002-09-14
38.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area2002-09-16
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area2002-09-15
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges2002-10-04
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands2002-10-14
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains2002-10-17
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area2002-09-20
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area2002-09-20
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area2002-10-16
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians2002-10-03
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus1995-05-15
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands1995-04-28
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians2002-10-05
50.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast1995-05-02

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List Description

The fifty state high points of the United States are an increasingly popular peakbagging pursuit. There is a club (the Highpointers) and several guidebooks to completing this diverse list of peaks.

Of the fifty high points, five require real mountaineering skills: Mount McKinley (Denali) in Alaska; Washington state's Mount Rainier and Oregon's Mount Hood in the Pacific Northwest; and Montana's Granite Peak and Wyoming's Gannett Peak in the Northern Rockies. Another five or so (Illinois, Kentucky, and others) are on private land and require landowner permission or visiting on specially scheduled open access dates.

Most of the remaining state summits are easy hikes or drive-ups. Hiking the cool forests of the Appalachians, exploring the windy, lonely high plains, and backpacking above treeline in the western mountains are all part of the great fun of this scavenger hunt.

This list includes does not include the high point of the District of Columbia. This is the version the Highpointers Club recognizes.

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.


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