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United States State High Points (plus DC)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range221
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada2750
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1469
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range2089
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies276
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii601
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains620
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains808
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges710
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies275
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains561
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1096
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1531
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges917
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains803
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1367
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1396
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians4210
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains903
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426Great Plains607
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield1929
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians1709
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains557
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus827
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains963
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians1657
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus571
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains607
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains761
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains447
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1496
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus770
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus846
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands624
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges699
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2380Northern U.S. Appalachians836
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area445
38.MichiganMount Arvon1979Midwest-Great Lakes Area422
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area508
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges927
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands622
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains509
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area693
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area656
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area412
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians797
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus563
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands520
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth450Northern U.S. Appalachians738
50.District of ColumbiaPoint Reno415Blue Ridge Mountains428
51.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast592

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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's Mount Rainier and Oregon's Mount Hood in the Pacific Northwest; and Montana's Granite Peak and Wyoming's Gannett Peak in the Rockies. Another five or so (Rhode island, Illinois, Kentucky, and others) are on private land and require landowner permission.

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 the high point of the District of Columbia, which in many matters is a state equivalent.

Links

     Highpointers Club -- U.S. State High Points

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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