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USA Lower 48 Triple Divide Points

Minimum basin size of 1500 square miles

Showing Aubrey Davidson's most recent ascent dates for climbed peaks (0 out of 57, or 0%)

RankPeak Elev-M Basin 1Basin 2Basin 3Range (Level 3)AscentsAscent Date
1.Crumbly Spire4036Tulare Lake BedOwens ValleySan JoaquinSierra Nevada11 
2.Headwaters Hill3616Rio GrandeMississippiColoradoSouthern Rocky Mountains1 
3.Three Waters Mountain-North Slope3536ColoradoColumbiaMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies0 
4.Sonora Peak3493San JoaquinCarsonWalkerSierra Nevada289 
5.Reeds Peak3053Rio GrandeChihuahua BasinsColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges0 
6.Commissary Ridge Triple Divide3024ColoradoColumbiaGreat Salt LakeWestern Rocky Mountains0 
7.Winnemucca Lake Southeast2987SacramentoSan JoaquinCarsonSierra Nevada16 
8.Chiricahua Peak2975YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges187 
9.Sawmill Mountain-West Peak2667Santa MariaSanta ClaraBuena Vista Lake BedCentral and Southern California Ranges77 
10.Salton-Santa Ana-Great Basin Triple Divide2658Santa AnaSalton SeaDale LakeCentral and Southern California Ranges12 
11.Oregon Buttes2608ColoradoRed Desert BasinMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies5 
12.South Great Divide Basin Peak2585Great Divide BasinColoradoMississippiSouthern Rocky Mountains1 
13.Burro Peak2444Chihuahua BasinsAnimas ValleyColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges33 
13.Triple Divide Peak2444MississippiColumbiaNelsonCentral Montana Rocky Mountains34 
15.Miller Mountain2290KlamathUmpquaColumbiaCascade Range1 
16.New York Benchmark2274Dale LakeIvanpah LakeColoradoGreat Basin Ranges26 
17.Colorado-Wilcox-Yaqui Triple Divide1964YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges0 
18.Mount Washington1917AndroscogginSacoConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians4136 
19.North Skylight Ridge1900EelKlamathSacramentoNorthwest U.S. Coast Ranges0 
20.Dishpan Gap North1796SkagitColumbiaSnohomishCascade Range1 
21.Sproats Meadow Northwest1737KlamathColumbiaSoutheast Oregon BasinsGreat Basin Ranges1 
22.Mud Lake East1588KlamathSacramentoSoutheast Oregon BasinsGreat Basin Ranges1 
23.Mississippi-Rio Grande-Brazos Triple Divide1445BrazosMississippiRio GrandeGreat Plains3 
24.Rio Grande-Colorado-Brazos Triple Divide1366BrazosColorado [TX]Rio GrandeGreat Plains1 
25.Watering Pond Knob-Northeast Ridge1317JamesMississippiPotomacAppalachian Ridges4 
26.Mount Field-Northwest Summit1305SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians113 
27.Young Lick Knob1158SavannahApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains14 
28.Mississippi-Santee-Pee Dee Triple Divide1134Pee DeeSanteeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains8 
29.Sassafrass Mountain-East Peak1073SanteeSavannahMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains61 
30.Salmon Mountain1036St. LawrenceAndroscogginConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians23 
31.Border Monument 441 Peak1018St. LawrenceAndroscogginKennebecNorthern U.S. Appalachians10 
32.Saddleback Mountain-West Peak1005PotomacRappahannockJamesBlue Ridge Mountains5 
33.Styles Peak-North Peak1002St. LawrenceHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians31 
34.Long Mountain975AlabamaApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains3 
35.Sandy Bay Mountain945St. LawrenceKennebecPenobscotNorthern U.S. Appalachians17 
36.Brush Mountain - New-James-Roanoke Triple Divide866JamesRoanokeMississippiAppalachian Ridges4 
36.Mississippi-Susquehanna-Potomac Triple Divide Point866PotomacMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus4 
38.Mississippi-Roanoke-Pee Dee Triple Divide853RoanokePee DeeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains6 
39.Salton-Colorado-Great Basin Triple Divide823Salton SeaDale LakeColoradoCentral and Southern California Ranges14 
40.Woodchuck Hill-East Peak811DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus3 
41.Potter County Triple Divide Point768St. LawrenceMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus6 
42.Colorado-Nueces-Guadalupe Triple Divide725Colorado [TX]GuadalupeNuecesGreat Plains2 
43.Webb Benchmark Northeast720Rio GrandeColorado [TX]NuecesGreat Plains1 
44.Hudson-Connecticut-Housatanic Triple Divide642HousatonicHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians4 
45.Border Monument 318 Peak585St. LawrenceSaint JohnPenobscotNorthern U.S. Appalachians1 
46.Peters Mountain-Southwest Slope549RappahannockMattaponiJamesBlue Ridge Mountains2 
47.South Crow Hill500St. LawrenceHudsonSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus6 
48.Lula Triple Divide408SavannahAltamahaApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast9 
49.Trinity-Brazos-Red Triple Divide381BrazosTrinityMississippiGreat Plains2 
50.Kernersville Triple Divide308Cape FearRoanokePee DeePiedmont-Southeast Coast10 
51.Mississippi-Trinity-Sabine Triple Divide213SabineTrinityMississippiGreat Plains3 
52.Choctaw Lookout Tower201MississippiAlabamaPearl [MS-LA]Piedmont-Southeast Coast4 
53.Roanoke-Tar-Neuse Triple Divide195NeuseRoanokeTarPiedmont-Southeast Coast1 
54.James-Roanoke-Nottoway Triple Divide192JamesChowanRoanokePiedmont-Southeast Coast2 
55.Colorado-Guadalupe-Lavaca Triple Divide155Colorado [TX]GuadalupeLavacaGreat Plains1 
56.Apalachicola-Altamaha-Suwanee Triple Divide143AltamahaSuwaneeApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast3 
57.Brazos-Trinity-San Jacinto Triple Divide116BrazosTrinitySan 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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