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U.S. State High Points

Showing Richard Carey's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (50 out of 50, or 100%)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.AlaskaMount McKinley20,320Alaska Range1993-06-01
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,495Sierra Nevada1973-09-03
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1989-09-06
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range2004-06-16
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies1998-08-21
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii1999-05-11
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains2004-07-25
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains1988-06-04
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges1989-06-03
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies1997-08-12
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains1997-08-16
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1988-10-08
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1998-06-18
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1995-10-08
15.South DakotaHarney Peak7242Great Plains1996-05-31
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1994-09-03
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains2000-05-24
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians2001-09-23
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains2000-05-28
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains1996-05-28
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield2001-09-27
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians2001-09-19
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains1996-05-26
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus2000-05-29
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains2000-05-22
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians2001-09-26
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus2000-05-27
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains1996-05-27
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains2000-05-22
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains1996-05-30
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians2001-09-17
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus2000-05-29
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus2000-05-30
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands2000-05-16
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges2000-06-18
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372Northern U.S. Appalachians2001-09-17
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area2001-06-25
38.MichiganMount Arvon1978Midwest-Great Lakes Area2001-06-26
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area2001-06-28
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges2000-06-05
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands2000-06-11
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains2001-06-22
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area2000-06-08
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area2000-06-08
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area2000-06-10
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians2002-05-26
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus2000-05-18
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands2000-05-17
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth442Northern U.S. Appalachians2000-05-30
50.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast1992-02-27

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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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