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United States State High Points (plus DC)

RankStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.AlaskaDenali20,310Alaska Range267
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,498Sierra Nevada3303
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433Southern Rocky Mountains1821
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411Cascade Range2528
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804Greater Yellowstone Rockies341
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796Hawaii685
7.UtahKings Peak13,528Western Rocky Mountains791
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161Southern Rocky Mountains999
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140Great Basin Ranges859
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799Greater Yellowstone Rockies334
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662Idaho-Bitterroot Rocky Mountains699
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633Colorado Plateau1383
13.OregonMount Hood11,239Cascade Range1909
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749Southwest Basins and Ranges1122
15.South DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Great Plains984
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684Blue Ridge Mountains1664
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643Blue Ridge Mountains1706
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288Northern U.S. Appalachians4933
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729Blue Ridge Mountains1075
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5429Great Plains737
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344Canadian Shield2277
22.MaineKatahdin5268Northern U.S. Appalachians2002
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973Great Plains683
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861Appalachian Plateaus961
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784Blue Ridge Mountains1121
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393Northern U.S. Appalachians2003
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139Appalachian Plateaus686
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039Great Plains756
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554Blue Ridge Mountains914
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506Great Plains563
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487Northern U.S. Appalachians1798
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360Appalachian Plateaus878
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213Appalachian Plateaus975
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753Ozark Highlands742
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405Appalachian Ridges822
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2382Northern U.S. Appalachians1002
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Midwest-Great Lakes Area523
38.MichiganMount Arvon1979Midwest-Great Lakes Area502
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951Midwest-Great Lakes Area603
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803Appalachian Ridges1085
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772Ozark Highlands737
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670Great Plains603
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549Midwest-Great Lakes Area798
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257Midwest-Great Lakes Area772
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235Midwest-Great Lakes Area486
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812Northern U.S. Appalachians948
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806Appalachian Plateaus661
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535Ozark Highlands625
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth450Northern U.S. Appalachians869
50.District of ColumbiaPoint Reno415Blue Ridge Mountains504
51.FloridaBritton Hill345Piedmont-Southeast Coast705

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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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