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Interstate Highway Bounded Regions of the USA

RankPeakSection Elev-Ft StateRange (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascents
1.Mount WhitneyI-5, I-15, I-40, I-8014,498CaliforniaSequoia Sierra Nevada10,0783653
2.Mount ElbertI-15, I-25, I-40, I-7014,433ColoradoSawatch Range90732030
3.Mount RainierI-5, I-15, I-84, I-9014,411WashingtonSouth Washington Cascades13,2462766
4.Longs PeakI-15, I-25, I-70, I-8014,255ColoradoFront Range29401022
5.Mount ShastaI-5, I-15, I-80, I-8414,162CaliforniaCalifornia Cascades97621511
6.Gannett PeakI-15, I-25, I-80, I-9013,804WyomingWind River Range7076382
7.Sierra Blanca PeakI-25, I-35, I-10/20, I-4011,973New MexicoSoutheast New Mexico Ranges5533172
8.San Gorgonio MountainI-15, I-25, I-10, I-4011,499CaliforniaTransverse Ranges82941908
9.Crazy PeakI-15, I-29, I-90/94, Canada11,209MontanaCentral Montana Ranges5709115
10.San Jacinto PeakI-15, I-25, Mexico, I-1010,839CaliforniaPeninsular Southern California Ranges83192627
11.Mount BakerI-5, I-15, I-90, Canada10,781WashingtonNorth Cascades88121991
12.Sandia CrestI-25, I-35, I-40, I-7010,678New MexicoSoutheast New Mexico Ranges4098487
13.Mount San AntonioI-5, I-15, I-10, I-4010,064CaliforniaTransverse Ranges62244632
14.Thurston PeakI-15, (I-25), I-80, I-84 9706UtahWasatch Range2690198
15.Mount EddyPacific, I-5, I-80, I-849025CaliforniaKlamath Mountains5105372
16.Mount PinosPacific, I-5, I-10, I-808831CaliforniaTransverse Ranges4800889
17.Baldy Peak(I-25), I-35, Mexico, I-108378TexasTrans-Pecos Texas Ranges391872
18.Mount OlympusPacific, I-5, I-86, I-907969WashingtonOlympic Mountains7838523
19.Black Elk PeakI-25, I-29, I-80, I-907231South DakotaBlack Hills29111081
20.Mount Mitchell(I-75), I-77, I-40, I-816684North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges60891804
21.Warren Peaks(I-25), I-29, I-90, I-946650WyomingBlack Hills180040
22.Clingmans DomeI-75, I-77, I-85, I-406643North Carolina/TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains45031858
23.Weld County High PointI-25, I-29, I-70, I-806380ColoradoCentral Great Plains8049
24.Mount WashingtonI-81, I-95, I-90, Canada6288New HampshireWhite Mountains61485439
25.Santiago PeakI-5, I-15, I-105687CaliforniaPeninsular Southern California Ranges4387685
26.Spruce KnobI-77, I-81, I-64, I-704861West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains27811054
27.Balsam Beartown MountainI-75, I-77, I-81, I-644710VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges213062
28.Bald KnobI-77, I-81, (I-40), I-644361VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges2041102
29.Apple Orchard MountainI-77/81, I-95, I-40, I-644225VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge2825217
30.Slide MountainI-81, I-95, I-80, I-904180New YorkCatskill Mountains32801441
31.Davis Benchmark(I-25), I-35, I-10, I-204176TexasTrans-Pecos Texas Ranges363
32.HawksbillI-81, I-95, I-64 , I-704050VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge2148483
33.Cross MountainI-65, I-75, I-40, I-643534TennesseeCumberland Mountains209455
34.Blue KnobI-77, I-81, I-70, I-803120PennsylvaniaAllegheny Mountains780104
35.Hinch MountainI-65, I-75, I-20, I-403048TennesseeCumberland Plateau158832
36.Magazine MountainI-35, I-55, I-20, I-402753ArkansasOuachita Mountains2133809
37.North MountainI-77, I-81, I-80, I-902585PennsylvaniaAllegheny Plateau138522
38.Buffalo LookoutI-35, I-55, I-40, I-442561ArkansasOzark Plateau36126
39.Mount ConstitutionPacific, I-5, I-90, Canada2407WashingtonInside Passage Islands2407540
40.Cheaha MountainI-65, I-75, I-85, I-202405AlabamaSouthern Appalachian Ridges1445897
41.Eagle MountainI-29, I-35, I-94, Canada2301MinnesotaSuperior Upland1321571
42.Pimple HillI-81, I-95, I-70, I-802212PennsylvaniaAllegheny Plateau37217
43.Punished Womans MoundI-29, I-35, I-90, I-942080South DakotaNorthern US Great Plains16012
44.Mount ArvonI-35, I-55, I-94, Canada1979MichiganSuperior Upland949547
45.Okabena HillI-29, I-35, I-80, I-901730MinnesotaNorthern US Great Plains703
46.Blue MoundsI-35, I-55, I-80, I-901719WisconsinUpper Mississippi Area934134
47.Grove HillI-55, I-75, I-94, Canada1709MichiganLower Peninsula-Heartland104451
48.The PinnacleI-75, I-77, I-20, I-851690North CarolinaPiedmont750107
49.Butler County High PointI-35, I-44, I-701680KansasCentral Great Plains24023
50.Campbell HillI-75, I-77, I-70, I-801549OhioLower Peninsula-Heartland639877
51.Cadillac MountainI-95, Atlantic, I-90, Canada1528MaineNew England Upland15281073
52.Sewel Fire TowerI-75, I-94, Canada1503MichiganLower Peninsula-Heartland2533
53.San Pedro HillPacific, I-5, I-101460CaliforniaTransverse Ranges135863
53.Cass County High PointI-29, I-35, (I-70), I-801460IowaUpper Mississippi Area4029
55.Monroe County North High PointI-35, (I-55), I-90, I-941440WisconsinUpper Mississippi Area2807
56.Sand MountainI-75, I-77, I-64, I-701420KentuckyCumberland Plateau3946
57.Dowdell KnobI-65, I-75, I-10, I-851395GeorgiaPiedmont49555
58.Hillsdale County High Point(I-65), I-75, I-90, I-941285MichiganLower Peninsula-Heartland53019
59.Cuyahoga County High Point(I-75), I-77, I-80, I-901280OhioLower Peninsula-Heartland3053
59.Lake View HillI-75, I-81, I-90, I-941280PennsylvaniaAllegheny Plateau205
61.Hoosier HillI-65, I-75, I-70, I-801257IndianaLower Peninsula-Heartland297845
62.Lapham Hill(I-35), (I-55), I-90, I-941232WisconsinUpper Mississippi Area29258
63.High Rock MountainI-77, I-95, I-20, I-851188North CarolinaPiedmont49820
63.Jeptha Knob BenchmarkI-65, I-75, I-64, I-701188KentuckyCumberland Plateau3986
65.Barr BenchmarkI-35, I-55, I-70, I-801175IowaUpper Mississippi Area07
66.Flanigan HillI-55, I-65, I-20, I-401160TennesseeCumberland Plateau20014
67.Shades MountainI-55, I-65, I-10, I-201100AlabamaCumberland Plateau2803
68.Youngs MountainI-77,I-85,I-401090North CarolinaPiedmont31038
69.Chaparral HillI-75, I-95, I-10, I-201075GeorgiaPiedmont1351
70.Williams HillI-55, I-65, I-40, I-641064IllinoisLower Peninsula-Heartland62463
71.Weed Patch Hill(I-55), I-65, I-64, I-701058IndianaLower Peninsula-Heartland25836
72.Hendricks County High PointI-55, I-65, I-70, I-801030IndianaLower Peninsula-Heartland10011
73.Webb County High PointI-35, I-55, Mexico, I-10940TexasSouthern Great Plains3557
74.Ellis County High PointI-35 W, I-55, I-10, I-20898TexasSouthern Great Plains25316
75.Schilling School HillI-55, I-65, I-80, I-90800IllinoisLower Peninsula-Heartland1059
76.Myrtle Hill SlopeI-85, I-95, I-40, I-64780North CarolinaPiedmont06
77.Junction 660I-65, (I-75), I-80, I-90660IndianaLower Peninsula-Heartland2011
78.Great Blue HillI-95, Atlantic, I-80, I-90640MassachusettsNew England Upland482535
79.Junction 420I-95, I-70, I-80420MarylandNorthern Blue Ridge408
80.Benchmark 363I-95, I-64, I-70363MarylandNorthern Blue Ridge37
81.Oak HillI-65, I-75, Gulf, I-10331FloridaSoutheast Coast19130
82.Sugarloaf MountainI-75, I-95, Atlantic, I-10310FloridaSoutheast Coast24598
83.Radford HillI-95, I-40, I-64 246North CarolinaPiedmont 2
84.Sampson County High PointI-95, Atlantic, I-40230North CarolinaPiedmont1019
85.Interstate HillI-55, I-65, I-10160AlabamaSoutheast Coast06

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List Description

There are 22 interstate highways in the USA with a length of over 600 miles—in order, this is a list of the numbers of these routes:

5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 29, 35, 40, 44, 55, 64, 65, 70, 75, 77, 80, 81, 84, 85, 90, 94, 95

The longest is I-90 at 3020 miles, and the shortest is I-77 at 610 miles. This network of long highways divides the area of the 48 contiguous states into 85 chunks of land, and this list shows the highest peak for each of these sections.

Note that for the purposes of this analysis, interstate highways that approach coastal areas are assumed to continue to the ocean for the purposes of dividing the regions. Also note that some of these areas, particularly near Chicago and Los Angeles, can be very small.

This list includes many high, popular and well-known peaks, including 15 state high points and an additional 53 county high points. Most of the remaining 16 peaks are quite obscure. Overall, it’s an interesting grab-bag of objectives.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Ron Tagliapietra, who created this list as a labor of love, and Andy Martin, who helped with the research.

 


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