U.S. State Highpoint Guide: 50 Highest Peaks in Each State
April 8, 2017
Hiking / Peak Bagging
Here is a table of the 50 highest peaks in each U.S. state. Below is also an interactive Google map of these highpoints and elevations. The 50 highest points in each state are popular destinations for people who have the goal of hiking the highest elevation peaks in each of the 50 states. The toughest peak to hike is also the one with the highest elevation: Denali in Alaska. At well over 20,000 feet in elevation, Denali is also the highest point in the U.S. The highest point in the central 48 states is Mount Whitney in California at 14,498 feet. Rank State Peak Elevation (ft.) 1 Alaska Denali 20,310 2 California Mount Whitney 14,508 3 Colorado Mount Elbert 14,433 4 Washington Mount Rainier 14,411 5 Wyoming Gannett Peak 13,804 6 Hawaii Mauna Kea 13,796 7 Utah Kings Peak 13,528 8 New Mexico Wheeler Peak 13,161 9 Nevada Boundary Peak 13,140 10 Montana Granite Peak 12,799 11 Idaho Borah Peak 12,662 12 Arizona Humphreys Peak 12,633 13 Oregon Mount Hood 11,239 14 Texas Guadalupe Peak 8,749 15 South Dakota Black Elk Peak 7,231 16 North Carolina Mount Mitchell 6,684 17 Tennessee Clingmans Dome 6,643 18 New Hampshire Mount Washington 6,288 19 Virginia Mount Rogers 5,729 20 Nebraska Panorama Point 5,426 21 New York Mount Marcy 5,344 22 Maine Katahdin 5,268 23 Oklahoma Black Mesa 4,973 24 West Virginia Spruce Knob 4,861 25 Georgia Brasstown Bald 4,784 26 Vermont Mount Mansfield 4,393 27 Kentucky Black Mountain 4,139 28 Kansas Mount Sunflower 4,039 29 South Carolina Sassafras Mountain 3,554 30 North Dakota White Butte 3,506 31 Massachusetts Mount Greylock 3,487 32 Maryland Backbone Mountain 3,360 33 Pennsylvania Mount Davis 3,213 34 Arkansas Magazine Mountain 2,753 35 Alabama Cheaha Mountain 2,405 36 Connecticut Mount Frissell-South Slope 2,372 37 Minnesota Eagle Mountain 2,301 38 Michigan Mount Arvon 1,978 39 Wisconsin Timms Hill 1,951 40 New Jersey High Point 1,803 41 Missouri Taum Sauk Mountain 1,772 42 Iowa Hawkeye Point 1,670 43 Ohio Campbell Hill 1,549 44 Indiana Hoosier Hill 1,257 45 Illinois Charles Mound 1,235 46 Rhode Island Jerimoth Hill 812 47 Mississippi Woodall Mountain 806 48 Louisiana Driskill Mountain 535 49 Delaware Ebright Azimuth 442 50 Florida Britton Hill 345 Google Map of 50 Highest Peaks in Each State...
Hiking Boundary Peak (Highest Mountain in Nevada)
April 7, 2017
Hiking / Nevada
Boundary Peak has the highest elevation of any mountain in Nevada at 13,140 feet, making the trail most popular among peak baggers. My fellow backcountry babe and I hiked the Boundary Peak trail via the Queen Mine route on June 25, 2016. This happened to be a light snow year, so we had no worries of snow-packed trails. Getting to the Trailhead We turned off US-6 and headed for the hills in a Toyota Tacoma around 3:00 pm the day before we planned to hike. At the time, we weren’t positive where we were going to spend the night, but we kept winding our way up on the old mining roads. Eventually we came to a nice, flat spot where a fellow hiker’s Subaru was parked–the Queen Mine. The site had an abandoned mine shaft and magnificent views of the valley below. The next day, we realized we could have driven even further to the very head of the trail. But, of course, we never make it easy for ourselves. Plus, the trailhead is at a saddle, so it’s quite exposed. I was later glad that we spent the night where we did. View from our campsite at the Queen Mine (about 1.5 miles from the trailhead). Starting to Hike Wanting to reach the peak and come back well before sunset, we headed out early the next morning. Winding further up the mining roads, we quickly arrived at the trailhead where we were greeted with the Boundary Peak Wilderness Register. Not being able to see Boundary Peak or any close, tall mountains makes the beginning of the trek feel unassuming and easy. After just a quick jaunt (aka, about a mile or so), the peak was in view! …And it was obvious that we had a ways to go. View of Boundary Peak about 1 mile into the hike. (Check out Birdy in the foreground.) As the photo above shows, the first 3 miles or so of the hike are rather flat and easy. We used this time to warm up our legs, take pee breaks and eat snacks. The flat(ish) section goes quick, which is too bad because the second half of the hike is the tough part. First we had to ascend “scree mountain,” which is (as you can imagine) worse on the way down than on the way up. (See photo to the right.) The tiny, loose rocks that make up this mountain combined with a lack of shade make it a good reminder to try to tackle this earlier in the morning rather than at mid-day. On the Saturday we climbed Boundary Peak, there was only one other group on the trail. It was a group of 3 men, one of who had summited Boundary Peak at least a dozen times before. Another of the men who was in his group was blind. It was his goal to summit the peak as well. While his group was moving a little slower paced than our gang of babes, it was astounding to see how he navigated the tough terrain. He moved slowly, carefully and just one small step at a time. The third man, acting as his eyes, guided him through the loose scree and helped him stay on the trail. And when I say “trail,” I use that term lightly. The trail seemed to shift as sluffs of scree slid down the mountain, covering parts where the “trail” once was. This section actually might be easier with some snow on the ground if you had some crampons in your pack. Once we made it up the slog of scree mountain, we rested for bit before continuing. The trail continues on the ridge of the mountain. The image below shows the view from the boulder section of the trail. This is closer to the summit looking back from where we had just come. The ridge trail is well-worn until you encounter the boulder section. I read several reports on how to hike this section, but in the end, I just navigated it how I thought easiest on that day. Having hiking poles, again, came in handy here. Luckily, this part of the hike is the last tough part before we got to Boundary Peak, and we could see the peak in the distance, making it handy that we could visually push towards our goal. View from the boulder section of the hike back on the ridge, above the scree climb. On the Summit The summit of Boundary Peak has stellar views. On the day we reached the top, it was warm with clear skies. We ate snacks and snapped lots of photos for about 30 minutes before heading back down. As (almost) always, heading down was much faster than heading up. The toughest part was actually the hike from the register box at the trailhead down to our car at Queen Mine. The afternoon heat was starting to get to us. We made it to the car in the early afternoon. Panorama view from the summit of Boundary Peak. Helpful Links Calipidder’s account of her trek from the Queen Mine. (She’s got a great shot of the actual mine area.) SummitPost.org’s description. Hiking Essentials Sturdy hiking shoes Hiking poles Food/Water Clothing layers Sunglasses Hat Compass (Note: No permit is required to hike this peak.)...
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