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U.S. State High Points

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RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)AscentsAscent Date
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range258 
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada3186 
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1720 
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range2419 
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies327 
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii652 
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains739 
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains931 
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges825 
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies309 
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains658 
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau13122019-08-02
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1789 
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges10702019-07-31
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains9412019-06-02
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1590 
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1632 
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians4734 
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains10292019-07-19
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains699 
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield2209 
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians1929 
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains646 
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus916 
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains10792019-05-22
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1904 
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus652 
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains708 
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains879 
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains532 
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1714 
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus842 
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus944 
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands7142014-06-01
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges790 
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2382Northern U.S. Appalachians943 
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area495 
38.MichiganMount Arvon1979Midwest-Great Lakes Area478 
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area570 
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges1040 
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands701 
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains572 
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area7662020-11-19
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area733 
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area465 
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians890 
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus632 
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands596 
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth450Northern U.S. Appalachians817 
50.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast669 

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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: 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)
       Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints (Winger)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.


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