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Illinois County High Points

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft
(Avg)
1.Jo DaviessCharles Mound1235Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains100
2.McHenryMcHenry County High Point1191Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains283
3.StephensonStephenson County High Point1165Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains170
4.CarrollCarroll County High Point1068Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains193
5.KaneKane County High Point1067Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains172
6.PopeWilliams Hill1064South and Central Illinois629
7.BooneBoone County High Point1055Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains70
8.UnionBald Knob1030South and Central Illinois455
9.OgleHardpan Ridge1029Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains11
10.SalineHorton Hill1010South and Central Illinois420
11.LeeLee County High Point1005Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains170
12.DeKalbDeKalb County High Point995Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains83
12.WinnebagoWinnebago County High Point995Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains20
14.BureauBureau County High Point960Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains306
14.McLeanMcLean County High Point960South and Central Illinois283
16.LakeGander Mountain957Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains72
17.CookCook County High Point955Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains180
18.GallatinHigh Knob929South and Central Illinois339
19.LaSalleLa Salle County High Point925Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains120
20.MarshallMarshall County High Point911Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains139
21.JerseyJersey County High Point905South and Central Illinois322
22.PikePike County High Point890Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains265
22.HardinHigh Knob-South Ridge890South and Central Illinois20
24.HenryHenry County High Point877Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains122
25.WhitesideHinrichs Benchmark876Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains133
25.StarkStark County High Point876Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains35
27.KnoxPilot Knob870Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains95
28.FordFord County High Point866South and Central Illinois45
29.JohnsonJohnson County High Point865South and Central Illinois290
29.AdamsAdams County High Point865Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains40
31.ChampaignYankee Ridge855South and Central Illinois120
31.DuPageDuPage County High Point855Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains 
33.AlexanderDago Hill SSW850South and Central Illinois257
33.JacksonJackson County High Point850South and Central Illinois100
33.TazewellTazewell County High Point850South and Central Illinois85
33.WoodfordWoodford County High Point850South and Central Illinois 
37.EdgarKansas Benchmark842South and Central Illinois186
37.LivingstonLivingston County High Point842South and Central Illinois40
39.MonroeMonroe County High Point835South and Central Illinois300
39.WillHickory Benchmark835Michigan Lower Peninsula150
41.PeoriaPeoria County High Point830Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains85
42.ShelbyWilliamsburg Hill825South and Central Illinois200
43.IroquoisIroquois County High Point822Michigan Lower Peninsula20
44.MercerMercer County High Point820Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains65
45.KendallKendall County High Point815Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains170
45.WarrenWarren County High Point815Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains103
45.BrownBrown County High Point815Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains 
48.CalhounCalhoun County High Point813Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains188
49.DeWittDe Witt County High Point811South and Central Illinois19
50.PiattPiatt County High Point810South and Central Illinois35
50.Rock IslandRock Island County High Point810Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains 
52.HendersonHenderson County High Point805Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains13
53.ChristianRosamond Grove Cemetery802South and Central Illinois146
54.McDonoughMcDonough County High Point801Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains4
55.VermilionVermilion County High Point795South and Central Illinois65
56.ClarkClark County High Point783South and Central Illinois21
56.ColesColes County High Point783South and Central Illinois 
58.FultonFulton County High Point780Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains25
59.MontgomeryMontgomery County High Point778South and Central Illinois52
60.MoultrieMoultrie County High Point775South and Central Illinois 
61.LoganElkhart Hill771South and Central Illinois179
62.HancockHancock County High Point765Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains120
63.KankakeeKankakee County High Point757South and Central Illinois55
63.MaconMacon County High Point757South and Central Illinois50
65.SchuylerSchuyler County High Point755Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains110
66.PutnamPutnam County High Point753South and Central Illinois101
67.RandolphRandolph County High Point750South and Central Illinois140
68.MasonMason County High Point735South and Central Illinois173
69.WilliamsonWilliamson County High Point725South and Central Illinois50
70.DouglasDouglas County High Point723South and Central Illinois32
71.MorganThe Mound722South and Central Illinois97
72.SangamonBettis Benchmark716South and Central Illinois9
73.FayetteFayette County High Point715South and Central Illinois70
74.CumberlandCumberland County High Point714South and Central Illinois19
75.ScottSand Benchmark711South and Central Illinois173
76.GreeneGreene County High Point709South and Central Illinois134
77.Saint ClairSaint Clair County High Point705South and Central Illinois40
78.MacoupinMacoupin County High Point700South and Central Illinois17
 Macoupin or South Macoupin County High Point705South and Central Illinois 
78.GrundyGrundy County High Point700Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains 
80.CassCass County High Point685South and Central Illinois63
81.EffinghamMound Benchmark682South and Central Illinois77
82.BondBond County High Point675South and Central Illinois60
83.MenardMenard County High Point662South and Central Illinois60
83.MadisonMadison County High Point662South and Central Illinois 
85.MarionMarion County High Point657South and Central Illinois79
86.ClayClay County High Point647South and Central Illinois69
87.CrawfordCrawford County High Point645South and Central Illinois100
88.JeffersonJefferson County High Point640South and Central Illinois115
89.LawrenceRed Hills Chapel635South and Central Illinois158
90.JasperJasper County High Point628South and Central Illinois33
91.HamiltonHamilton County High Point625South and Central Illinois110
92.PerryPerry County High Point605South and Central Illinois80
92.WashingtonWashington County High Point605South and Central Illinois63
94.FranklinFranklin County High Point604South and Central Illinois19
95.WayneWayne County High Point603South and Central Illinois78
96.RichlandRichland County High Point601South and Central Illinois96
97.ClintonPelican Pouch597South and Central Illinois140
98.EdwardsEdwards County High Point595South and Central Illinois160
98.WabashWabash County High Point595South and Central Illinois100
100.MassacMassac County High Point590South and Central Illinois15
101.WhiteBoyd Hill585South and Central Illinois160
102.PulaskiPulaski County High Point525South and Central Illinois10

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List Description

Note that this list is not authoritative and it is present here mainly so climbers can log their ascents. If you are serious about county highpointing in Illinois, then you should visit the County Highpointing Web Site, join the Yahoo County Highpointing Group, and refer to Andy Martin's book for the definitive listing of all the points.

Acknowledgments

Sources that were used to help me compile this list include:

  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 1997 by Andy Martin, David Olson, and John Mitchler.
  • Some latitude-longitude values for peaks and sub-areas provided by John Hasch via the CoHP.org web site, and manually verified. I manually located the 62 points for Calhoun County.

 


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