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USA Lower 48 Triple Divide Points

Minimum basin size of 1500 square miles

RankPeak Elev-M Basin 1Basin 2Basin 3Range (Level 3)
1.Crumbly Spire4036South San Joaquin BasinOwens ValleySan JoaquinSierra Nevada
2.Headwaters Hill3616Rio GrandeMississippiColoradoSouthern Rocky Mountains
3.Three Waters Mountain-North Slope3536ColoradoColumbiaMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies
4.Reeds Peak3053Rio GrandeChihuahua BasinsColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges
5.Commissary Ridge Triple Divide3024ColoradoColumbiaGreat BasinWestern Rocky Mountains
6.Winnemucca Lake Southeast2987Great BasinSacramentoSan JoaquinSierra Nevada
7.Chiricahua Peak2975YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges
8.Salton-Santa Ana-Great Basin Triple Divide2765Great BasinSanta AnaSalton SeaCentral and Southern California Ranges
9.Sawmill Mountain-West Peak2667Santa MariaSanta ClaraSouth San Joaquin BasinCentral and Southern California Ranges
10.Oregon Buttes2608Great Divide BasinColoradoMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies
11.South Great Divide Basin Peak2585Great Divide BasinColoradoMississippiSouthern Rocky Mountains
12.Triple Divide Peak2444MississippiColumbiaNelsonCentral Montana Rocky Mountains
13.Miller Mountain2290KlamathUmpquaColumbiaCascade Range
14.Desert Ridge2132KlamathRogueUmpquaCascade Range
15.Colorado-Wilcox-Yaqui Triple Divide1964YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges
16.Mount Washington1917AndroscogginSacoConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
17.North Skylight Ridge1900EelKlamathSacramentoNorthwest U.S. Coast Ranges
18.Dishpan Gap North1796SkagitSnohomishColumbiaCascade Range
19.Sproats Meadow Northwest1737Great BasinKlamathColumbiaGreat Basin Ranges
20.Mud Lake East1588Great BasinKlamathSacramentoGreat Basin Ranges
21.Little Tejon1451Great BasinSanta ClaraSouth San Joaquin BasinCentral and Southern California Ranges
22.Mississippi-Rio Grande-Brazos Triple Divide1445BrazosMississippiRio GrandeGreat Plains
23.Rio Grande-Colorado-Brazos Triple Divide1366BrazosColorado [TX]Rio GrandeGreat Plains
24.Mount Field1317SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
24.Watering Pond Knob-Northeast Ridge1317JamesMississippiPotomacAppalachian Ridges
26.Mount Field-Northwest Summit1305SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
27.Young Lick Knob1158SavannahApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
28.Mississippi-Santee-Pee Dee Triple Divide1134Pee DeeSanteeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
29.Sassafrass Mountain-East Peak1073SanteeSavannahMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
30.Salmon Mountain1036St. LawrenceAndroscogginConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
31.Border Monument 441 Peak1018St. LawrenceAndroscogginKennebecNorthern U.S. Appalachians
32.Styles Peak-North Peak1002St. LawrenceHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
33.Long Mountain975AlabamaApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
34.Brush Mountain - New-James-Roanoke Triple Divide866JamesRoanokeMississippiAppalachian Ridges
34.Mississippi-Susquehanna-Potomac Triple Divide Point866PotomacMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus
36.Mississippi-Roanoke-Pee Dee Triple Divide853RoanokePee DeeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains
37.Woodchuck Hill817DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus
38.Woodchuck Hill-East Peak811DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus
39.Potter County Triple Divide Point768St. LawrenceMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus
40.Guadalupe Benchmark726GuadalupeNuecesSan AntonioGreat Plains
41.Colorado-Nueces-Guadalupe Triple Divide725Colorado [TX]GuadalupeNuecesGreat Plains
42.Hudson-Connecticut-Housatanic Triple Divide642HousatonicHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians
43.Border Monument 318 Peak585St. LawrenceSaint JohnPenobscotNorthern U.S. Appalachians
44.Three Way Watershed Marker527MississippiSt. LawrenceNelsonMidwest-Great Lakes Area
45.Peters Mountain-Southwest Slope512RappahannockMattaponiJamesBlue Ridge Mountains
46.South Crow Hill500St. LawrenceHudsonSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus
47.Lula Triple Divide408SavannahAltamahaApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast
48.Trinity-Brazos-Red Triple Divide381BrazosTrinityMississippiGreat Plains
49.Kernersville Triple Divide308Cape FearRoanokePee DeePiedmont-Southeast Coast
50.Mississippi-Trinity-Sabine Triple Divide213SabineTrinityMississippiGreat Plains
51.Choctaw Lookout Tower201MississippiAlabamaPearl [MS-LA]Piedmont-Southeast Coast
52.Roanoke-Tar-Neuse Triple Divide195NeuseRoanokeTarPiedmont-Southeast Coast
53.James-Roanoke-Nottoway Triple Divide192JamesChowanRoanokePiedmont-Southeast Coast
54.Apalachicola-Altamaha-Suwanee Triple Divide143AltamahaSuwaneeApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast

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List Description

To be on this list, a peak must be the triple divide point of three basins of rivers that reach marine water, and the smallest of these basins must have an area of over 1500 square miles. This last condition excludes what could easily be hundreds of peaks that are triple divides that involve small rivers and tiny coastal creeks.

Also, this list only shows triple divide points for rivers that enter the ocean directly (or for well-defined internal drainages). Therefore, the entire Mississippi-Missouri-Ohio system is considered one basin, and triple divides that include two or three components of this system (e.g. the Colorado-Arkansas-Platte triple divide, where the Arkansas and Platte are both Mississippi tributaries) are not shown. This does leave out a large number of points in the central part of the United States, but most of these points would be low hills in relatively flat country.

 


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