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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 Nevada10,0782588
2.Mount ElbertI-15, I-25, I-40, I-7014,433ColoradoSawatch Range90731399
3.Mount RainierI-5, I-15, I-84, I-9014,411WashingtonSouth Washington Cascades13,2462028
4.Longs PeakI-15, I-25, I-70, I-8014,255ColoradoFront Range2940696
5.Mount ShastaI-5, I-15, I-80, I-8414,162CaliforniaCalifornia Cascades97621112
6.Gannett PeakI-15, I-25, I-80, I-9013,804WyomingWind River Range7076270
7.Sierra Blanca PeakI-25, I-35, I-10/20, I-4011,973New MexicoSoutheast New Mexico Ranges5533116
8.San Gorgonio MountainI-15, I-25, I-10, I-4011,499CaliforniaTransverse Ranges82941282
9.Crazy PeakI-15, I-29, I-90/94, Canada11,209MontanaCentral Montana Ranges570978
10.San Jacinto PeakI-15, I-25, Mexico, I-1010,839CaliforniaPeninsular Southern California Ranges83191805
11.Mount BakerI-5, I-15, I-90, Canada10,781WashingtonNorth Cascades88121297
12.Sandia CrestI-25, I-35, I-40, I-7010,678New MexicoSoutheast New Mexico Ranges4098312
13.Mount San AntonioI-5, I-15, I-10, I-4010,064CaliforniaTransverse Ranges62243114
14.Thurston PeakI-15, (I-25), I-80, I-84 9706UtahWasatch Range2690143
15.Mount EddyPacific, I-5, I-80, I-849025CaliforniaKlamath Mountains5105270
16.Mount PinosPacific, I-5, I-10, I-808831CaliforniaTransverse Ranges4800604
17.Baldy Peak(I-25), I-35, Mexico, I-108378TexasTrans-Pecos Texas Ranges391853
18.Mount OlympusPacific, I-5, I-86, I-907969WashingtonOlympic Mountains7838363
19.Black Elk PeakI-25, I-29, I-80, I-907231South DakotaBlack Hills2911774
20.Mount Mitchell(I-75), I-77, I-40, I-816684North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges60891292
21.Warren Peaks(I-25), I-29, I-90, I-946650WyomingBlack Hills180025
22.Clingmans DomeI-75, I-77, I-85, I-406643North Carolina/TennesseeGreat Smoky Mountains45031321
23.Weld County High PointI-25, I-29, I-70, I-806380ColoradoCentral Great Plains8044
24.Mount WashingtonI-81, I-95, I-90, Canada6288New HampshireWhite Mountains61484036
25.Santiago PeakI-5, I-15, I-105687CaliforniaPeninsular Southern California Ranges4387493
26.Spruce KnobI-77, I-81, I-64, I-704861West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains2781786
27.Balsam Beartown MountainI-75, I-77, I-81, I-644710VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges213044
28.Bald KnobI-77, I-81, (I-40), I-644361VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges204168
29.Apple Orchard MountainI-77/81, I-95, I-40, I-644225VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge2825157
30.Slide MountainI-81, I-95, I-80, I-904180New YorkCatskill Mountains32801008
31.Davis Benchmark(I-25), I-35, I-10, I-204176TexasTrans-Pecos Texas Ranges362
32.HawksbillI-81, I-95, I-64 , I-704050VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge2148334
33.Cross MountainI-65, I-75, I-40, I-643534TennesseeCumberland Mountains209445
34.Blue KnobI-77, I-81, I-70, I-803120PennsylvaniaAllegheny Mountains78082
35.Hinch MountainI-65, I-75, I-20, I-403048TennesseeCumberland Plateau158825
36.Magazine MountainI-35, I-55, I-20, I-402753ArkansasOuachita Mountains2133593
37.North MountainI-77, I-81, I-80, I-902585PennsylvaniaAllegheny Plateau138516
38.Buffalo LookoutI-35, I-55, I-40, I-442561ArkansasOzark Plateau36117
39.Mount ConstitutionPacific, I-5, I-90, Canada2407WashingtonInside Passage Islands2407369
40.Cheaha MountainI-65, I-75, I-85, I-202405AlabamaSouthern Appalachian Ridges1445661
41.Eagle MountainI-29, I-35, I-94, Canada2301MinnesotaSuperior Upland1321433
42.Pimple HillI-81, I-95, I-70, I-802212PennsylvaniaAllegheny Plateau37211
43.Punished Womans MoundI-29, I-35, I-90, I-942080South DakotaNorthern US Great Plains1609
44.Mount ArvonI-35, I-55, I-94, Canada1979MichiganSuperior Upland949405
45.Okabena HillI-29, I-35, I-80, I-901730MinnesotaNorthern US Great Plains701
46.Blue MoundsI-35, I-55, I-80, I-901719WisconsinUpper Mississippi Area934103
47.Briar HillI-55, I-75, I-94, Canada1706MichiganLower Peninsula-Heartland104131
48.The PinnacleI-75, I-77, I-20, I-851690North CarolinaPiedmont75069
49.Butler County High PointI-35, I-44, I-701680KansasCentral Great Plains24020
50.Campbell HillI-75, I-77, I-70, I-801549OhioLower Peninsula-Heartland639653
51.Cadillac MountainI-95, Atlantic, I-90, Canada1528MaineNew England Upland1528799
52.Sewel Fire TowerI-75, I-94, Canada1503MichiganLower Peninsula-Heartland2532
53.San Pedro HillPacific, I-5, I-101460CaliforniaTransverse Ranges135844
53.Cass County High PointI-29, I-35, (I-70), I-801460IowaUpper Mississippi Area4016
55.Monroe County North High PointI-35, (I-55), I-90, I-941440WisconsinUpper Mississippi Area2805
56.Sand MountainI-75, I-77, I-64, I-701420KentuckyCumberland Plateau3945
57.Dowdell KnobI-65, I-75, I-10, I-851395GeorgiaPiedmont49540
58.Hillsdale County High Point(I-65), I-75, I-90, I-941280MichiganLower Peninsula-Heartland36016
58.Cuyahoga County High Point(I-75), I-77, I-80, I-901280OhioLower Peninsula-Heartland3046
58.Lake View HillI-75, I-81, I-90, I-941280PennsylvaniaAllegheny Plateau202
61.Hoosier HillI-65, I-75, I-70, I-801257IndianaLower Peninsula-Heartland297615
62.Lapham Hill(I-35), (I-55), I-90, I-941232WisconsinUpper Mississippi Area29248
63.High Rock MountainI-77, I-95, I-20, I-851188North CarolinaPiedmont49815
63.Jeptha Knob BenchmarkI-65, I-75, I-64, I-701188KentuckyCumberland Plateau3985
65.Barr BenchmarkI-35, I-55, I-70, I-801175IowaUpper Mississippi Area01
66.Flanigan HillI-55, I-65, I-20, I-401160TennesseeCumberland Plateau20014
67.Shades MountainI-55, I-65, I-10, I-201100AlabamaCumberland Plateau2802
68.Youngs MountainI-77,I-85,I-401090North CarolinaPiedmont31030
69.Chaparral HillI-75, I-95, I-10, I-201075GeorgiaPiedmont1351
70.Williams HillI-55, I-65, I-40, I-641064IllinoisLower Peninsula-Heartland62446
71.Weed Patch Hill(I-55), I-65, I-64, I-701058IndianaLower Peninsula-Heartland25827
72.Hendricks County High PointI-55, I-65, I-70, I-801030IndianaLower Peninsula-Heartland1008
73.Webb County High PointI-35, I-55, Mexico, I-10940TexasSouthern Great Plains3556
74.Ellis County High PointI-35 W, I-55, I-10, I-20898TexasSouthern Great Plains25313
75.Schilling School HillI-55, I-65, I-80, I-90800IllinoisLower Peninsula-Heartland1051
76.Myrtle Hill SlopeI-85, I-95, I-40, I-64780North CarolinaPiedmont01
77.Junction 660I-65, (I-75), I-80, I-90660IndianaLower Peninsula-Heartland203
78.Great Blue HillI-95, Atlantic, I-80, I-90640MassachusettsNew England Upland482373
79.Junction 420I-95, I-70, I-80420MarylandNorthern Blue Ridge402
80.Benchmark 363I-95, I-64, I-70363MarylandNorthern Blue Ridge32
81.Oak HillI-65, I-75, Gulf, I-10331FloridaSoutheast Coast19128
82.Sugarloaf MountainI-75, I-95, Atlantic, I-10310FloridaSoutheast Coast24574
83.Radford HillI-95, I-40, I-64 246North CarolinaPiedmont 1
84.Sampson County High PointI-95, Atlantic, I-40230North CarolinaPiedmont1012
85.Interstate HillI-55, I-65, I-10160AlabamaSoutheast Coast02

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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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