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USA Lower 48 Triple Divide Points

Minimum basin size of 1500 square miles

Showing Michael Schwartz's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (12 out of 57, or 21.05%)

RankPeak Elev-M
Basin 1Basin 2Basin 3Range (Level 3)AscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Washington1917AndroscogginSacoConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians41031966-06
2.Mount Field1323SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians1383 
3.Chiricahua Peak2975YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges186 
4.Mount Field-Northwest Summit1311SacoMerrimackConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians111 
5.Sawmill Mountain-West Peak2667Santa MariaSanta ClaraSouth San Joaquin BasinCentral and Southern California Ranges752002-07-03
6.Sassafrass Mountain-East Peak1079SanteeSavannahMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains601990-10-30
7.Triple Divide Peak2444MississippiColumbiaNelsonCentral Montana Rocky Mountains33 
8.Styles Peak-North Peak1005St. LawrenceHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians31 
9.Salmon Mountain1040St. LawrenceAndroscogginConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians23 
10.Winnemucca Lake Southeast2993Great BasinSacramentoSan JoaquinSierra Nevada162010-09-20
11.Young Lick Knob1164SavannahApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains14 
11.Salton-Colorado-Great Basin Triple Divide826Salton SeaDale LakeColoradoCentral and Southern California Ranges14 
13.Salton-Santa Ana-Great Basin Triple Divide2664Santa AnaSalton SeaDale LakeCentral and Southern California Ranges12 
14.Crumbly Spire4042South San Joaquin BasinOwens ValleySan JoaquinSierra Nevada11 
15.Border Monument 441 Peak1021St. LawrenceAndroscogginKennebecNorthern U.S. Appalachians10 
15.Kernersville Triple Divide309Cape FearRoanokePee DeePiedmont-Southeast Coast102010-10-07 a
17.Lula Triple Divide411SavannahAltamahaApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast9 
18.Mississippi-Santee-Pee Dee Triple Divide1140Pee DeeSanteeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains8 
19.Mississippi-Roanoke-Pee Dee Triple Divide856RoanokePee DeeMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains6 
19.Potter County Triple Divide Point771St. LawrenceMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus62010-05-15 a
19.South Crow Hill503St. LawrenceHudsonSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus62010-08-24
22.Oregon Buttes2608Great Divide BasinColoradoMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies5 
23.Watering Pond Knob-Northeast Ridge1323JamesMississippiPotomacAppalachian Ridges42011-11-10 b
23.Brush Mountain - New-James-Roanoke Triple Divide869JamesRoanokeMississippiAppalachian Ridges4 
23.Mississippi-Susquehanna-Potomac Triple Divide Point869PotomacMississippiSusquehannaAppalachian Plateaus42010-11-01 e
23.Woodchuck Hill820DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus42010-09-02 c
23.Hudson-Connecticut-Housatanic Triple Divide645HousatonicHudsonConnecticutNorthern U.S. Appalachians4 
23.Choctaw Lookout Tower204MississippiAlabamaPearl [MS-LA]Piedmont-Southeast Coast4 
29.Desert Ridge2132KlamathRogueUmpquaCascade Range3 
29.Little Tejon1457Great BasinSanta ClaraSouth San Joaquin BasinCentral and Southern California Ranges3 
29.Mississippi-Rio Grande-Brazos Triple Divide1446BrazosMississippiRio GrandeGreat Plains3 
29.Long Mountain981AlabamaApalachicolaMississippiBlue Ridge Mountains3 
29.Woodchuck Hill-East Peak814DelawareSusquehannaHudsonAppalachian Plateaus3 
29.Mississippi-Trinity-Sabine Triple Divide215SabineTrinityMississippiGreat Plains3 
29.Apalachicola-Altamaha-Suwanee Triple Divide145AltamahaSuwaneeApalachicolaPiedmont-Southeast Coast3 
36.Colorado-Nueces-Guadalupe Triple Divide728Colorado [TX]GuadalupeNuecesGreat Plains2 
36.Peters Mountain-Southwest Slope515RappahannockMattaponiJamesBlue Ridge Mountains2 
36.Trinity-Brazos-Red Triple Divide383BrazosTrinityMississippiGreat Plains2 
36.James-Roanoke-Nottoway Triple Divide194JamesChowanRoanokePiedmont-Southeast Coast22010-10-06 c
36.Brazos-Trinity-San Jacinto Triple Divide117TrinityBrazosSan Jacinto [TX]Great Plains2 
41.Headwaters Hill3616Rio GrandeMississippiColoradoSouthern Rocky Mountains1 
41.South Great Divide Basin Peak2591Great Divide BasinColoradoMississippiSouthern Rocky Mountains1 
41.Miller Mountain2290KlamathUmpquaColumbiaCascade Range1 
41.Dishpan Gap North1796SkagitSnohomishColumbiaCascade Range1 
41.Sproats Meadow Northwest1740Great BasinKlamathColumbiaGreat Basin Ranges1 
41.Mud Lake East1590Great BasinKlamathSacramentoGreat Basin Ranges1 
41.Rio Grande-Colorado-Brazos Triple Divide1366BrazosColorado [TX]Rio GrandeGreat Plains1 
41.Webb Benchmark Northeast720Rio GrandeColorado [TX]NuecesGreat Plains1 
41.Border Monument 318 Peak588St. LawrenceSaint JohnPenobscotNorthern U.S. Appalachians1 
41.Roanoke-Tar-Neuse Triple Divide197NeuseRoanokeTarPiedmont-Southeast Coast12010-10-11 a
41.Colorado-Guadalupe-Lavaca Triple Divide155GuadalupeColorado [TX]LavacaGreat Plains1 
52.Three Waters Mountain-North Slope3542ColoradoColumbiaMississippiGreater Yellowstone Rockies0 
52.Reeds Peak3053Rio GrandeChihuahua BasinsColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges0 
52.Commissary Ridge Triple Divide3030ColoradoColumbiaGreat BasinWestern Rocky Mountains0 
52.Colorado-Wilcox-Yaqui Triple Divide1964YaquiWilcox PlayaColoradoSouthwest Basins and Ranges0 
52.North Skylight Ridge1910EelKlamathSacramentoNorthwest U.S. Coast Ranges0 
52.Three Way Watershed Marker529MississippiSt. LawrenceNelsonMidwest-Great Lakes Area0 

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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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