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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 Nevada10,0782717
2.Mount ElbertI-15, I-25, I-40, I-7014,433ColoradoSawatch Range90731449
3.Mount RainierI-5, I-15, I-84, I-9014,411WashingtonSouth Washington Cascades13,2462076
4.Longs PeakI-15, I-25, I-70, I-8014,255ColoradoFront Range2940716
5.Mount ShastaI-5, I-15, I-80, I-8414,162CaliforniaCalifornia Cascades97621147
6.Gannett PeakI-15, I-25, I-80, I-9013,804WyomingWind River Range7076274
7.Sierra Blanca PeakI-25, I-35, I-10/20, I-4011,973New MexicoSoutheast New Mexico Ranges5533120
8.San Gorgonio MountainI-15, I-25, I-10, I-4011,499CaliforniaTransverse Ranges82941387
9.Crazy PeakI-15, I-29, I-90/94, Canada11,209MontanaCentral Montana Ranges570979
10.San Jacinto PeakI-15, I-25, Mexico, I-1010,839CaliforniaPeninsular Southern California Ranges83191927
11.Mount BakerI-5, I-15, I-90, Canada10,781WashingtonNorth Cascades88121326
12.Sandia CrestI-25, I-35, I-40, I-7010,678New MexicoSoutheast New Mexico Ranges4098323
13.Mount San AntonioI-5, I-15, I-10, I-4010,064CaliforniaTransverse Ranges62243294
14.Thurston PeakI-15, (I-25), I-80, I-84 9706UtahWasatch Range2690145
15.Mount EddyPacific, I-5, I-80, I-849025CaliforniaKlamath Mountains5105281
16.Mount PinosPacific, I-5, I-10, I-808831CaliforniaTransverse Ranges4800650
17.Baldy Peak(I-25), I-35, Mexico, I-108378TexasTrans-Pecos Texas Ranges391860
18.Mount OlympusPacific, I-5, I-86, I-907969WashingtonOlympic Mountains7838370
19.Black Elk PeakI-25, I-29, I-80, I-907231South DakotaBlack Hills2911796
20.Mount Mitchell(I-75), I-77, I-40, I-816684North CarolinaCentral Blue Ridge Ranges60891345
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 Mountains45031376
23.Weld County High PointI-25, I-29, I-70, I-806380ColoradoCentral Great Plains8044
24.Mount WashingtonI-81, I-95, I-90, Canada6288New HampshireWhite Mountains61484181
25.Santiago PeakI-5, I-15, I-105687CaliforniaPeninsular Southern California Ranges4387531
26.Spruce KnobI-77, I-81, I-64, I-704861West VirginiaAllegheny Mountains2781813
27.Balsam Beartown MountainI-75, I-77, I-81, I-644710VirginiaSouthern Appalachian Ridges213046
28.Bald KnobI-77, I-81, (I-40), I-644361VirginiaCentral Appalachian Ridges204170
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 Mountains32801078
31.Davis Benchmark(I-25), I-35, I-10, I-204176TexasTrans-Pecos Texas Ranges362
32.HawksbillI-81, I-95, I-64 , I-704050VirginiaNorthern Blue Ridge2148351
33.Cross MountainI-65, I-75, I-40, I-643534TennesseeCumberland Mountains209445
34.Blue KnobI-77, I-81, I-70, I-803120PennsylvaniaAllegheny Mountains78085
35.Hinch MountainI-65, I-75, I-20, I-403048TennesseeCumberland Plateau158825
36.Magazine MountainI-35, I-55, I-20, I-402753ArkansasOuachita Mountains2133618
37.North MountainI-77, I-81, I-80, I-902585PennsylvaniaAllegheny Plateau138516
38.Buffalo LookoutI-35, I-55, I-40, I-442561ArkansasOzark Plateau36118
39.Mount ConstitutionPacific, I-5, I-90, Canada2407WashingtonInside Passage Islands2407389
40.Cheaha MountainI-65, I-75, I-85, I-202405AlabamaSouthern Appalachian Ridges1445690
41.Eagle MountainI-29, I-35, I-94, Canada2301MinnesotaSuperior Upland1321443
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 Upland949418
45.Okabena HillI-29, I-35, I-80, I-901730MinnesotaNorthern US Great Plains701
46.Blue MoundsI-35, I-55, I-80, I-901719WisconsinUpper Mississippi Area934107
47.Briar HillI-55, I-75, I-94, Canada1706MichiganLower Peninsula-Heartland104133
48.The PinnacleI-75, I-77, I-20, I-851690North CarolinaPiedmont75076
49.Butler County High PointI-35, I-44, I-701680KansasCentral Great Plains24021
50.Campbell HillI-75, I-77, I-70, I-801549OhioLower Peninsula-Heartland639683
51.Cadillac MountainI-95, Atlantic, I-90, Canada1528MaineNew England Upland1528828
52.Sewel Fire TowerI-75, I-94, Canada1503MichiganLower Peninsula-Heartland2532
53.San Pedro HillPacific, I-5, I-101460CaliforniaTransverse Ranges135848
53.Cass County High PointI-29, I-35, (I-70), I-801460IowaUpper Mississippi Area4017
55.Monroe County North High PointI-35, (I-55), I-90, I-941440WisconsinUpper Mississippi Area2806
56.Sand MountainI-75, I-77, I-64, I-701420KentuckyCumberland Plateau3945
57.Dowdell KnobI-65, I-75, I-10, I-851395GeorgiaPiedmont49542
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-Heartland297647
62.Lapham Hill(I-35), (I-55), I-90, I-941232WisconsinUpper Mississippi Area29251
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 CarolinaPiedmont31032
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-Heartland25832
72.Hendricks County High PointI-55, I-65, I-70, I-801030IndianaLower Peninsula-Heartland10010
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-Heartland1054
76.Myrtle Hill SlopeI-85, I-95, I-40, I-64780North CarolinaPiedmont02
77.Junction 660I-65, (I-75), I-80, I-90660IndianaLower Peninsula-Heartland205
78.Great Blue HillI-95, Atlantic, I-80, I-90640MassachusettsNew England Upland482388
79.Junction 420I-95, I-70, I-80420MarylandNorthern Blue Ridge403
80.Benchmark 363I-95, I-64, I-70363MarylandNorthern Blue Ridge33
81.Oak HillI-65, I-75, Gulf, I-10331FloridaSoutheast Coast19128
82.Sugarloaf MountainI-75, I-95, Atlantic, I-10310FloridaSoutheast Coast24579
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 Coast03

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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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