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Minnesota County High Points

Showing Dick Ellsworth's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (87 out of 87, or 100%)

RankCountyPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.CookEagle Mountain2301Northern Minnesota Ranges13212003
2.LakeStony Tower Hill2080Northern Minnesota Ranges3802003
3.ClearwaterHeight of Land Lookout2005Mississippi Headwaters6752004
4.LincolnLincoln County High Point1994Sioux River Upland224Unknown
5.PipestonePipestone County High Point1990Sioux River Upland230Unknown
6.Saint LouisPike Mountain1950Northern Minnesota Ranges5202015-11-10
7.MurrayBuffalo Ridge1920Sioux River Upland90Unknown
8.BeckerWolf Lake Lookout1860Mississippi Headwaters310Unknown
9.HubbardHubbard County High Point1840Mississippi Headwaters120Unknown
 Hubbard or Thorpe Lookout Tower1840Mississippi Headwaters290 
10.MahnomenMahnomen County High Point1820Mississippi Headwaters02015-11-08 d
11.NoblesNobles County High Point1810Sioux River Upland0Unknown
12.Otter TailOtter Tail County High Point1790Mississippi Headwaters460Unknown
12.RockHardwick Benchmark1790Sioux River Upland50Unknown
14.ItascaBig Thunder Peak1752Northern Minnesota Ranges442Unknown
15.LyonLyon County High Point1740Sioux River Upland20Unknown
15.Yellow MedicineYellow Medicine County High Point1740Sioux River Upland20Unknown
17.CassCass-Chippewa High Point1630Mississippi Headwaters 2015-11-07
18.DouglasBear Knob1620Mississippi Headwaters150Unknown
19.AitkinQuadna Mountain1590Northern Minnesota Ranges300Unknown
20.PolkPolk County High Point1570Mississippi Headwaters60Unknown
20.CottonwoodCottonwood County High Point1570Sioux River Upland160Unknown
20.JacksonJackson County High Point1570Sioux River Upland30Unknown
23.ClayClay County High Point1540Mississippi Headwaters170Unknown
24.KoochichingKoochiching County High Point1520Mississippi Headwaters1402011-07-29
24.MorrisonMorrison County High Point1520Mississippi Headwaters1902015-11-12 a
24.WadenaWadena County High Point1520Mississippi Headwaters60Unknown
27.ToddMount Nebo1511Mississippi Headwaters81Unknown
28.BeltramiBeltrami County High Point1510Mississippi Headwaters1332015-11-09 b
29.Crow WingCrow Wing County High Point1490Mississippi Headwaters502015-11-11 b
30.PopePope County High Point1460Mississippi Headwaters50Unknown
30.StearnsStearns County High Point1460Mississippi Headwaters280Unknown
32.CarltonCarlton County High Point1450Wisconsin North Woods1202015-11-11 a
32.RedwoodRedwood County High Point1450Sioux River Upland0Unknown
34.MowerMower County High Point1440Mississippi-Missouri River Plains110Unknown
34.FaribaultFaribault County High Point1440Mississippi-Missouri River Plains200Unknown
36.KandiyohiKandiyohi County High Point1410Mississippi Headwaters180Unknown
36.Lac Qui ParleLac Qui Parle County High Point1410Sioux River Upland1Unknown
36.MartinMartin County High Point1410Mississippi-Missouri River Plains20Unknown
39.FreebornFreeborn County High Point1400Mississippi-Missouri River Plains20Unknown
39.FillmoreFillmore County High Point1400Mississippi-Missouri River Plains50Unknown
39.GrantGrant County High Point1400Mississippi Headwaters70Unknown
42.DodgeDodge County High Point1381Mississippi-Missouri River Plains81Unknown
43.OlmstedOlmsted County High Point1380Mississippi-Missouri River Plains168Unknown
44.Mille LacsMille Lacs County High Point1370Mississippi Headwaters1102015-11-05 c
45.WinonaWinona County High Point1365Mississippi-Missouri River Plains185Unknown
46.PinePine County High Point1360Wisconsin North Woods952015-11-06
47.NormanFrenchmans Bluff1354Mississippi Headwaters94Unknown
48.SteeleSteele County High Point1350Mississippi-Missouri River Plains73Unknown
49.HoustonHouston County High Point1340Mississippi-Missouri River Plains220Unknown
50.KanabecKanabec County High Point1320Wisconsin North Woods302015-11-05 b
51.Lake of the WoodsLake of the Woods County High Point1315Mississippi Headwaters1232011-07-28
52.BentonBenton County High Point1310Mississippi Headwaters40Unknown
53.SwiftSwift County High Point1300Mississippi Headwaters40Unknown
53.WatonwanWatonwan County High Point1300Sioux River Upland10Unknown
55.WasecaWaseca County High Point1290Mississippi-Missouri River Plains10Unknown
56.GoodhueGoodhue County High Point1270Mississippi-Missouri River Plains20Unknown
56.RoseauRoseau County High Point1270Mississippi Headwaters132015-11-08 a
56.RiceRice County High Point1270Mississippi-Missouri River Plains30Unknown
56.StevensStevens County High Point1270Mississippi Headwaters40Unknown
60.BrownBrown County High Point1263Sioux River Upland0Unknown
61.MeekerMeeker County High Point1260Mississippi Headwaters70Unknown
62.WilkinWilkin County High Point1252Mississippi Headwaters0Unknown
63.WabashaGreenfield Hill1240Mississippi-Missouri River Plains120Unknown
 Wabasha or South Wabasha County High Point1240Mississippi-Missouri River Plains  
64.MarshallMarshall County High Point1235Mississippi Headwaters32015-11-08 b
65.ScottElko Benchmark1230Mississippi-Missouri River Plains207Unknown
66.WrightFrench Benchmark1223Mississippi Headwaters163Unknown
67.Red LakeRed Lake County High Point1210Mississippi Headwaters3Unknown
68.Big StoneBig Stone County High Point1200Mississippi Headwaters33Unknown
68.TraverseLayden Benchmark1200Mississippi Headwaters83Unknown
70.DakotaBuck Hill1195Mississippi-Missouri River Plains215Unknown
71.Blue EarthBlue Earth County High Point1190Mississippi-Missouri River Plains160Unknown
71.Le SueurLe Sueur County High Point1190Mississippi-Missouri River Plains50Unknown
73.PenningtonPennington County High Point1185Mississippi Headwaters32011-07-28
74.RenvilleRenville County High Point1145Mississippi Headwaters30Unknown
75.McLeodMcLeod County High Point1140Mississippi Headwaters60Unknown
76.ChisagoChisago County High Point1130Mississippi Headwaters220Unknown
77.HennepinHennepin County High Point1120Mississippi Headwaters170Unknown
77.ChippewaChippewa County High Point1120Mississippi Headwaters102015-11-12 b
79.IsantiBarrett Benchmark1111Mississippi Headwaters141Unknown
80.SherburneSherburne County High Point1110Mississippi Headwaters80Unknown
81.WashingtonWashington County High Point1104Mississippi Headwaters184Unknown
82.RamseyRamsey County High Point1100Mississippi Headwaters2102015-11-05 a
82.AnokaAnoka County High Point1100Mississippi Headwaters30Unknown
84.SibleySibley County High Point1090Mississippi Headwaters102015-11-13
85.KittsonKittson County High Point1082Mississippi Headwaters02015-11-08 c
86.CarverCarver County High Point1080Mississippi Headwaters110Unknown
87.NicolletNicollet County High Point1060Mississippi Headwaters30Unknown

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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 Minnesota, 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 1996 by David Olson, limited review by Andy Martin.
  • Some latitude-longitude values for peaks provided by Tom Owen via the web site, and manually verified.


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