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USA Lower 48 Triple Divide Points

Minimum basin size of 1500 square miles

RankPeak Elev-Ft Basin 1Basin 2Basin 3Range (Level 3)Ascents
1.Crumbly Spire13,240Tulare Lake BedOwens ValleySan JoaquinSierra Nevada13
2.Headwaters Hill11,862Rio GrandeMississippiColoradoSouthern Rocky Mountains2
3.Three Waters Mountain-North Slope11,600ColoradoColumbiaMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies0
4.Sonora Peak11,459San JoaquinCarsonWalkerSierra Nevada359
5.Reeds Peak10,015Rio GrandeChihuahua BasinsColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges3
6.Commissary Ridge Triple Divide9920ColoradoColumbiaGreat Salt LakeWestern Rocky Mountains0
7.Winnemucca Lake Southeast9800SacramentoSan JoaquinCarsonSierra Nevada19
8.Chiricahua Peak9759YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges234
9.Sawmill Mountain-West Peak8749Santa MariaSanta ClaraBuena Vista Lake BedCentral and Southern California Ranges101
10.Salton-Santa Ana-Great Basin Triple Divide8720Santa AnaSalton SeaDale LakeCentral and Southern California Ranges15
11.Oregon Buttes8558ColoradoRed Desert BasinMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies7
12.South Great Divide Basin Peak8480Great Divide BasinColoradoMississippiSouthern Rocky Mountains1
13.Burro Peak8020Chihuahua BasinsAnimas ValleyColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges44
13.Triple Divide Peak8020MississippiColumbiaNelsonCentral Montana Rocky Mountains46
15.Miller Mountain7513KlamathUmpquaColumbiaCascade Range1
16.New York Benchmark7461Dale LakeIvanpah LakeColoradoGreat Basin Ranges42
17.Colorado-Wilcox-Yaqui Triple Divide6444YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges0
18.Mount Washington6288AndroscogginSacoConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians4931
19.North Skylight Ridge6234EelKlamathSacramentoNorthwest U.S. Coast Ranges0
20.Dishpan Gap North5892SkagitColumbiaSnohomishCascade Range5
21.Sproats Meadow Northwest5700KlamathColumbiaSoutheast Oregon BasinsGreat Basin Ranges1
22.Mud Lake East5210KlamathSacramentoSoutheast Oregon BasinsGreat Basin Ranges1
23.Mississippi-Rio Grande-Brazos Triple Divide4740BrazosMississippiRio GrandeGreat Plains3
24.Rio Grande-Colorado-Brazos Triple Divide4480BrazosColorado [TX]Rio GrandeGreat Plains2
25.Watering Pond Knob-Northeast Ridge4320JamesMississippiPotomacAppalachian Ridges4
26.Mount Field-Northwest Summit4280SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians140
27.Young Lick Knob3800SavannahApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains26
28.Mississippi-Santee-Pee Dee Triple Divide3720Pee DeeSanteeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains10
29.Sassafrass Mountain-East Peak3520SanteeSavannahMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains79
30.Border Monument 441 Peak3340St. LawrenceAndroscogginKennebecNorthern U.S. Appalachians33
31.Saddleback Mountain-West Peak3296PotomacRappahannockJamesBlue Ridge Mountains7
32.Styles Peak-North Peak3287St. LawrenceHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians33
33.Long Mountain3200AlabamaApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains5
34.Sandy Bay Mountain3100St. LawrenceKennebecPenobscotNorthern U.S. Appalachians42
35.Brush Mountain - New-James-Roanoke Triple Divide2840JamesRoanokeMississippiAppalachian Ridges4
35.Mississippi-Susquehanna-Potomac Triple Divide Point2840PotomacMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus8
37.Mississippi-Roanoke-Pee Dee Triple Divide2800RoanokePee DeeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains7
38.Salton-Colorado-Great Basin Triple Divide2700Salton SeaDale LakeColoradoCentral and Southern California Ranges15
39.Woodchuck Hill-East Peak2660DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus3
40.Potter County Triple Divide Point2520St. LawrenceMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus9
41.Colorado-Nueces-Guadalupe Triple Divide2380Colorado [TX]GuadalupeNuecesGreat Plains2
42.Webb Benchmark Northeast2363Rio GrandeColorado [TX]NuecesGreat Plains1
43.Hudson-Connecticut-Housatanic Triple Divide2106HousatonicHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians5
44.Border Monument 318 Peak1920St. LawrenceSaint JohnPenobscotNorthern U.S. Appalachians1
45.Peters Mountain-Southwest Slope1800RappahannockMattaponiJamesBlue Ridge Mountains2
46.South Crow Hill1640St. LawrenceHudsonSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus9
47.Lula Triple Divide1340SavannahAltamahaApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast9
48.Trinity-Brazos-Red Triple Divide1250BrazosTrinityMississippiGreat Plains2
49.Kernersville Triple Divide1010Cape FearRoanokePee DeePiedmont-Southeast Coast12
50.Mississippi-Trinity-Sabine Triple Divide700SabineTrinityMississippiGreat Plains3
51.Choctaw Lookout Tower660MississippiAlabamaPearl [MS-LA]Piedmont-Southeast Coast5
52.Roanoke-Tar-Neuse Triple Divide640NeuseRoanokeTarPiedmont-Southeast Coast2
53.James-Roanoke-Nottoway Triple Divide630JamesChowanRoanokePiedmont-Southeast Coast3
54.Colorado-Guadalupe-Lavaca Triple Divide507Colorado [TX]GuadalupeLavacaGreat Plains1
55.Apalachicola-Altamaha-Suwanee Triple Divide470AltamahaSuwaneeApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast4
56.Brazos-Trinity-San Jacinto Triple Divide380BrazosTrinitySan Jacinto [TX]Great Plains2

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List Description

To be on this list, a peak must be the triple divide point of three basins of rivers that reach marine water, and the smallest of these basins must have an area of over 1500 square miles. This last condition excludes what could easily be hundreds of peaks that are triple divides that involve small rivers and tiny coastal creeks.

Also, this list only shows triple divide points for rivers that enter the ocean directly (or for well-defined internal drainages). Therefore, the entire Mississippi-Missouri-Ohio system is considered one basin, and triple divides that include two or three components of this system (e.g. the Colorado-Arkansas-Platte triple divide, where the Arkansas and Platte are both Mississippi tributaries) are not shown. This does leave out a large number of points in the central part of the United States, but most of these points would be low hills in relatively flat country.

 


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