A Guide to the Highest Points in the 50 states:
There are a number of people
) who have visited all 50 highest points (points, not peaks, there aren't peaks in places like Louisiana) in the United States
. It's not a difficult feat if you make it past Denali
, Mt. Ranier
, Granite Peak, and Gannett Peak. It's actually quite interesting to look at the differences in elevation
extremes by state
. I personally have been to 18 of these high places
, but I don't see myself completing all 50 by the time I'm unable to do so anymore.
For each state, HP stands for "Highest Point." Elevations are listed in feet
above sea level
. I don't have figures for height in meters
, but I would be willing to add it if someone can find a complete or partial listing
. With all natural phenomena
, elevation above sea level changs slightly over time. Mountain
can change some mountain elevations as much as 1-2 feet over a 50 year period. Elevations are determined by the USGS
in 1995, and are subject to their error.
The Martin Classification of Difficulty for U.S. State Highpoints is presented here. It is the general standard for classifying difficulty for U.S. high points. It is only relative to this scale of high points, and does not apply to other technical rating systems. Something that gets a 9 here, may be ranked lower on a different mountaineering or climbing scale.
Difficulty ratings correspond to the following definitions and include the number of points earning that difficulty:
The above difficulty listing can be found here and was reformatted to fit your screen:
- Class 1 (21) - Drive-up sites and highpoints with vertical gains less than 130 feet and less than 0.6 miles round trip from car.
- Class 2 (7) - Highpoints with vertical gains between 150-400 feet and from 0.4 to 2.0 miles round trip from car.
- Class 3 (3) - Highpoints with vertical gains between 450-750 feet and from 2.2 to 3.6 miles round trip from car.
- Class 4 (4) - Highpoints with vertical gains between 600-1,500 feet and from 5.8 to 8.6 miles round trip from car.
- Class 5 (3) - Highpoints with vertical gains between 2,950-4,200 feet and from 8.4 to 14.8 miles round trip from car.
- Class 6 (4) - Highpoints with vertical gains between 3,250-5,000 feet, from 6.2 to 9.0 miles round trip from car, and with summits over 12,633 feet.
- Class 7 (2) - Highpoints with vertical gains between 5,350-6,750 feet, from 21.4 to 28.8 miles round trip from car, with summits over 13,528 feet, and likely requiring more than one day to summit and return
- Class 8 (2) - Highpoints with vertical gains at 5,300 feet or better, between 6.8 to 8.0 miles round trip from car, with summits over 11,239 feet, and requiring handholds and/or the use of ropes.
- Class 9 (3) - Highpoints with vertical gains between 7,000-9,100 feet, from 16.0 to 40.4 miles round trip from car, with summits over 12,799 feet, and requiring technical skill on rock and glacier where ropes are required.
- Class 10 (1) - Highpoint with a vertical gain between 24,500 feet, 46.0 miles round trip from base camp, summit elevation of 20,320 feet, and requiring technical skills for glacier travel where ropes are required.
Denali (Mt. McKinley)
Mt. Frissell--S slope
Hoosier Hill Point
Taum Sauk Mt.
Ashley, F. Highpoints of the states. 1970: La Siesta Press. out of print.
- Holmes, D. W. Highpoints of the United States: a guide to the fifty state summits. 2nd ed. from Don Holmes, 1998.