What is Highpointing?

Highpointing is visiting the highest point in each state in the country. Some people also highpoint by county, but I decided that I wanted to stand on the highest point in every state.  Highpointing is different from peakbagging in that peakbagging is climbing every peak in a certain list, such as the Seven Summits (1 out of 7 so far), or the Colorado 14ers (45 out of 58 as of 9/26/2023).
Excerpt from Wikipedia’s Highpointing article: Highpointing is the sport of ascending to the point with the highest elevation within a given area (the “highpoint”). Examples include: climbing the highest point of each U.S. state; reaching the highest point of each county within a specific state; and ascending the highest mountain on each continent
Team. Effort. Highpointing.

Some high points aren’t very high – Florida’s Britton Hill.

Some high points aren’t much of anything – Elbright Azimuth.

But SOME high points require some work – Mount Denali being the prime example, with other notables such as California’s Mount Whitney, Washington’s Mount Rainier, and Colorado’s Mount Elbert following up the list. IF you have to ask WHY somebody would climb these, well, you’re probably smart enough not to climb them 🙂

The list:

RankStatePeakElevationDate
1AlaskaDenali20310
2CaliforniaMount Whitney14498
3ColoradoMount Elbert144332019-06-27
4WashingtonMount Rainier14411
5WyomingGannett Peak13804
6HawaiiMauna Kea13796
7UtahKings Peak13528
8New MexicoWheeler Peak13161
9NevadaBoundary Peak13140
10MontanaGranite Peak12799
11IdahoBorah Peak126622023-09-01
12ArizonaHumphreys Peak12633
13OregonMount Hood11239
14TexasGuadalupe Peak87492022-03-30
15South DakotaBlack Elk Peak72312021-09-07
16North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684
17TennesseeClingmans Dome66432015-06-09
18New HampshireMount Washington62882018-07-24
19VirginiaMount Rogers5729
20NebraskaPanorama Point54262021-09-11
21New YorkMount Marcy53442018-09-03
22MaineKatahdin52682018-06-30
23OklahomaBlack Mesa49732019-07-13
24West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861
25GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784
26VermontMount Mansfield43932018-07-28
27KentuckyBlack Mountain4139
28KansasMount Sunflower40392019-07-12
29South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554
30North DakotaWhite Butte35062023-07-12
31MassachusettsMount Greylock3487
32MarylandBackbone Mountain3360
33PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213
34ArkansasMagazine Mountain27532019-08-25
35AlabamaCheaha Mountain24052019-09-04
36ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372
37MinnesotaEagle Mountain23012023-07-02
38MichiganMount Arvon1978
39WisconsinTimms Hill1951
40New JerseyHigh Point1803
41MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772
42IowaHawkeye Point16702021-05-23
43OhioCampbell Hill15492023-06-15
44IndianaHoosier Hill12572023-06-15
45IllinoisCharles Mound1235
46Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812
47MississippiWoodall Mountain8062019-08-29
48LouisianaDriskill Mountain535
49DelawareEbright Azimuth442
50District of ColumbiaPoint Reno415
51FloridaBritton Hill3452018-12-16