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Illinois County High Points

Showing Dick Ellsworth's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (102 out of 102, or 100%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Jo DaviessCharles Mound1235Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains952001
2.McHenryMcHenry County High Point1190Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains280Unknown
3.StephensonStephenson County High Point1160Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains160Unknown
4.KaneKane County High Point1066Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains166Unknown
5.PopeWilliams Hill1064South and Central Illinois6242001
6.CarrollCarroll County High Point1063Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains183Unknown
7.BooneBoone County High Point1050Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains60Unknown
8.OgleHardpan Ridge1024Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains6Unknown
9.UnionBald Knob1020South and Central Illinois440Unknown
10.LeeLee County High Point1000Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains160Unknown
10.SalineHorton Hill1000South and Central Illinois400Unknown
12.DeKalbDeKalb County High Point990Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains78Unknown
12.WinnebagoWinnebago County High Point990Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains10Unknown
14.LakeGander Mountain957Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains67Unknown
15.BureauBureau County High Point955Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains301Unknown
15.McLeanMcLean County High Point955South and Central Illinois278Unknown
17.CookCook County High Point950Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains170Unknown
18.GallatinHigh Knob929South and Central Illinois329Unknown
19.LaSalleLa Salle County High Point920Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains110Unknown
20.MarshallMarshall County High Point906Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains134Unknown
21.JerseyJersey County High Point897South and Central Illinois310Unknown
22.HardinHigh Knob-South Ridge880South and Central Illinois0Unknown
22.PikePike County High Point880Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains2502001-11-11
24.HenryHenry County High Point877Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains117Unknown
25.StarkStark County High Point876Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains35Unknown
25.WhitesideHinrichs Benchmark876Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains133Unknown
27.KnoxPilot Knob870Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains90Unknown
28.FordFord County High Point866South and Central Illinois45Unknown
29.AdamsAdams County High Point860Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains302001-11-11
29.JohnsonJohnson County High Point860South and Central Illinois280Unknown
31.ChampaignYankee Ridge855South and Central Illinois120Unknown
32.DuPageDuPage County High Point850Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains0Unknown
32.TazewellTazewell County High Point850South and Central Illinois80Unknown
32.WoodfordWoodford County High Point850South and Central Illinois0Unknown
35.AlexanderDago Hill SSW840South and Central Illinois247Unknown
35.JacksonJackson County High Point840South and Central Illinois80Unknown
37.EdgarKansas Benchmark837South and Central Illinois180Unknown
37.LivingstonLivingston County High Point837South and Central Illinois35Unknown
39.MonroeMonroe County High Point830South and Central Illinois290Unknown
39.PeoriaPeoria County High Point830Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains80Unknown
39.WillHickory Benchmark830Michigan Lower Peninsula140Unknown
42.ShelbyWilliamsburg Hill820South and Central Illinois190Unknown
42.IroquoisIroquois County High Point820Michigan Lower Peninsula18Unknown
42.MercerMercer County High Point820Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains60Unknown
45.CalhounCalhoun County High Point813Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains183Unknown
46.DeWittDe Witt County High Point811South and Central Illinois19Unknown
47.BrownBrown County High Point810Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains0Unknown
47.KendallKendall County High Point810Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains160Unknown
47.PiattPiatt County High Point810South and Central Illinois35Unknown
47.Rock IslandRock Island County High Point810Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains0Unknown
47.WarrenWarren County High Point810Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains98Unknown
52.McDonoughMcDonough County High Point801Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains4Unknown
53.HendersonHenderson County High Point800Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains8Unknown
54.ChristianRosamond Grove Cemetery797South and Central Illinois140Unknown
55.VermilionVermilion County High Point795South and Central Illinois65Unknown
56.FultonFulton County High Point780Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains20Unknown
57.ClarkClark County High Point778South and Central Illinois16Unknown
57.ColesColes County High Point778South and Central Illinois0Unknown
57.MontgomeryMontgomery County High Point778South and Central Illinois52Unknown
60.LoganElkhart Hill771South and Central Illinois179Unknown
61.MoultrieMoultrie County High Point770South and Central Illinois0Unknown
62.HancockHancock County High Point760Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains110Unknown
63.KankakeeKankakee County High Point755South and Central Illinois53Unknown
63.MaconMacon County High Point755South and Central Illinois48Unknown
65.PutnamPutnam County High Point753South and Central Illinois101Unknown
66.SchuylerSchuyler County High Point750Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains100Unknown
67.RandolphRandolph County High Point740South and Central Illinois120Unknown
68.MasonMason County High Point730South and Central Illinois168Unknown
69.DouglasDouglas County High Point723South and Central Illinois32Unknown
70.MorganThe Mound722South and Central Illinois92Unknown
71.WilliamsonWilliamson County High Point720South and Central Illinois40Unknown
72.SangamonBettis Benchmark715South and Central Illinois7Unknown
73.ScottSand Benchmark711South and Central Illinois173Unknown
74.FayetteFayette County High Point710South and Central Illinois60Unknown
75.CumberlandCumberland County High Point709South and Central Illinois14Unknown
75.GreeneGreene County High Point709South and Central Illinois129Unknown
77.GrundyGrundy County High Point700Mississippi-Illinois-Lake Michigan Plains0Unknown
77.MacoupinMacoupin County High Point700South and Central Illinois16Unknown
 Macoupin or South Macoupin County High Point700South and Central Illinois  
77.Saint ClairSaint Clair County High Point700South and Central Illinois30Unknown
80.EffinghamMound Benchmark682South and Central Illinois72Unknown
81.CassCass County High Point680South and Central Illinois58Unknown
82.BondBond County High Point670South and Central Illinois50Unknown
83.MadisonMadison County High Point662South and Central Illinois0Unknown
84.MenardMenard County High Point660South and Central Illinois58Unknown
85.MarionMarion County High Point656South and Central Illinois77Unknown
86.ClayClay County High Point646South and Central Illinois67Unknown
87.CrawfordCrawford County High Point640South and Central Illinois90Unknown
87.JeffersonJefferson County High Point640South and Central Illinois110Unknown
89.LawrenceRed Hills Chapel630South and Central Illinois153Unknown
90.JasperJasper County High Point627South and Central Illinois27Unknown
91.HamiltonHamilton County High Point620South and Central Illinois100Unknown
92.FranklinFranklin County High Point604South and Central Illinois14Unknown
93.WayneWayne County High Point603South and Central Illinois73Unknown
94.RichlandRichland County High Point601South and Central Illinois91Unknown
95.PerryPerry County High Point600South and Central Illinois70Unknown
95.WashingtonWashington County High Point600South and Central Illinois58Unknown
97.ClintonPelican Pouch595South and Central Illinois138Unknown
98.EdwardsEdwards County High Point590South and Central Illinois150Unknown
98.MassacMassac County High Point590South and Central Illinois10Unknown
98.WabashWabash County High Point590South and Central Illinois90Unknown
101.WhiteBoyd Hill580South and Central Illinois150Unknown
102.PulaskiPulaski County High Point520South and Central Illinois0Unknown

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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.


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 web site, and manually verified. I manually located the 62 points for Calhoun County.


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