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Highest Peaks, 50 States
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|The Creek Indians named it Cheaha meaning "high place" -- an appropriate name, as Cheaha Mountain in Lineville, Alabama is the highest point in Alabama, at 2,407 feet above sea level. Visitors can overlook the vally from the park's restaurant.
|Mount McKinley is the highest peak in North America. It is a huge snowy mass, flanked by five giant glaciers and countless icefalls. It dominates the horizon from as far south as Cook Inlet, 200 miles away, and as far north as Fairbanks, 150 miles away. Its steep unbroken south slope rises 17,000 feet in twelve miles. Five major ridges extend from the summit, and many spurs and buttresses extend from these.
|Humphreys Peak is the highest peak in Arizona. It rises in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area, immediately north of Flagstaff. The area is volcanic in origin, as is apparent by the conal shapes of some of the neighboring peaks, but Humphreys is now heavily eroded, and has lost its symmetry. On a clear day on the summit, the view to the northwest includes the rim of the Grand Canyon. Usual access to Humphreys is via the Arizona Snow Bowl, a popular ski lodge located just south of the mountain. It is sacred to several Native American tribes.
||Mount Magazine (Signal Hill)
|At 2,753 feet, Mount Magazine is Arkansas's highest mountain. Signal Hill and the Greenfield and East End picnic areas are near the summit of this plateau-like mountain. From Cameron Bluff, the trail winds down the mountain to a broad bench where virgin oak, gum and ash are found. This trail is listed in both the day and overnight hiking sections due to the versatility offered by the variety of access points, distances, and terrain. This is truly a unique mountain setting, offering some of the most expansive views in Arkansas.
|Mount Whitney, is in the Sierra Nevada range of mountains, and is in California, it reaches a height of 4417m (14,494 ft). It is the highest summit in the 48 American joined states.The peak is reachable via an 11-mile hiking trail. Wilderness permits are required year-round and overnight camping is subject to a quota between late May and mid-October. (It is the 17th highest in America, the other 16 all being in Alaska)
|Mt. Elbert at 14,433 ft elevation is the highest point in Colorado. It is the second highest mountain in the adjacent 48 states. (Mount Whitney, 14,494 ft., is highest). Elbert is a massive mountain, easily ascended by its long, smooth ridges. Samuel H. Elbert (1833-1899) was an outstanding and widely known civic leader in the Territory and State of Colorado. Mt. Elbert, Elbert County, and the town of Elbert, Colorado were all named in his honor.
|While Bear Mountain is the highest summit in Connecticut, the highest point in that state is on the south slope of Mount Frissell, along the Mount Frissell trail, a little to the west of the summit.
|The highest benchmark monument in Delaware is located on Ebright Road. This horizontal control mark denotes an elevation of 447.85 feet above sea level. The Delaware Geological Survey through its relationship with the National Geodetic Survey has determined that this benchmark monument is in the vicinity of the highest natural elevation in the state.
||Lakewood (Britton Hill)
|The highest point in the state is Britton Hill in Lakewood Park near the Alabama border. Soaring to 345 feet above sea level, this high point is the lowest of the 50 states. Only rarely is it snow-capped. It is the only state highest point comprised of sand.
|The highest point in the state of Georgia is Brasstown Bald, located about 45 minutes from the town of Helen. Brasstown Bald rises beautifully 4,784 feet above sea level. On clear days, four states can be seen from the summit of the Bald.
|Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the Hawaiian Chain. Its summit rises to an elevation of 4205m above sea level and it is located on the island of Hawaii. It is the second largest in subaerial surface area of the five shield volcanoes that comprise the island of Hawaii.
|At an elevation of 12,662 feet Borah Peak is the highest peak in Idaho. Borah Peak lies in the Lost River Range of the Challis National Forest in East-Central Idaho, rising above a fairly arid region.
|Charles Mound, hill, an ancient burial mound 1,241 ft (378 m) high, NW Illinois, near the Wisconsin line. In a land of plains, Charles Mound stands as the tallest natural feature in Illinois at 1,235 feet above sea level.
|The highest point in Indiana is Hoosier Hill in Franklin Township at 1,257 feet above sea level. The highpoint is in Wayne County -- about 10 miles north of I-70.
|Just southeast of the town of Ocheyedan, the Mound rises an impressive 170 feet above the surrounding flood plain. It is one of the highest points in Iowa--1670 feet above sea level. The material making up the Mound is chiefly sand and gravel with small boulders of various types, including rocks of many different kinds. There are granites, Sioux quartzite and limestone.
|At 4,039 feet above sea level, Mount Sunflower is the highest point in Kansas. Located in Wallace County, just east of the Kansas/Colorado border, Mount Sunflower is more than 3,300 feet above the state's topographic low point in Montgomery County in southeastern Kansas. Much of Mount Sunflower's elevation is due to the uplift of the Rocky Mountains to the west.
|Black Mountain runs along the Kentucky-Virginia border through Harlan and Bell counties. The highest point in Kentucky, 4,145 feet above sea level, is on Black Mountain near Lynch in Harlan county
|Driskill Mountain, located 7 miles southeast of Arcadia, is the highest point in Louisiana at 535 feet above sea level.
||Katahdin (Baxter Peak)
|Katahdin is a huge mountain with several summits. Baxter Peak, the 5,267 foot high point, is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. A narrow ridge called the Knife Edge connects Baxter Peak to South Baxter Peak, Chimney Peak, and Pamola Peak.
|The highest point in Maryland is Hoye-Crest on Backbone Mountain at 3,360 feet above sea level about two miles north of the mountain's highest point in West Virginia. Backbone Mountain is a long ridge that runs diagonally southwest-to-northeast in the extreme southwest corner of Maryland, extending into West Virginia. The highest point on the mountain is actually in West Virginia and is the Preston county (WV) highpoint.
|The 3,491-foot peak, accessible by car, is the highest peak in Massachusetts, and offers visitors views of up to 100 miles. The 92-foot high War Veteran's Memorial Tower, built in 1932 and restored in 1975, is open daily during the summer and fall.
|Mount Curwood in Baraga County was recognized as thehighest point in Michigan. In 1982, however, the U.S. Department of Interior's Geological Survey team gathered new measurements and found Mount Curwood to be slightly lower in elevation than nearby Mount Arvon. Mount Curwood measured 1,978.24 feet above sea level and Mount Arvon registered at 1,979.238 feet above sea level.
|Eagle Mountain is the tallest point in the state of Minnesota. It rises over 300 feet above Brule Lake in the BWCA. The U.S. Geological Survey has installed a metal plaque marking Minnesota's official highest point. At 2,301 feet above sea level, the peak is lofty for a Midwestern summit, but small by mountaineering standards.
|Woodall Mountain, near Iuka, is the state's highest point of elevation, and rests peacefully at the base of the Appalachian Mountains. Pickwick Lake, grand and glistening, and Tishomingo State Park, in all its green glory, are popular stops.
|Almost 1.5 billion years ago, volcanic eruptions of hot ash settled and cooled to form rhyolite. Erosion has left only the roots of these mountains behind, now dotted by oak-hickory forest and rocky glades. Taum Sauk Mountain literally stands above others as the highest point in Missouri, rising to 1,772 feet located in the St. Francois Mountains.
|The Custer National Forest is home to 12,799 ft. Granite Peak, the tallest mountain in Montana. Granite Peak is located in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, an arduous 21 to 25 mile trek (round trip) from either of three approaches.
|In the extreme southwest corner of the Banner County, thirty three miles from Kimball, rises the highest point in Nebraska overlooking three states, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming. This site, 5,424 feet above sea level, looks more like a rise in a pasture than the highest point in the state.
|Of the 11.86 million acres of the heavily visited Inyo National Forest split between Nevada and California, only 60,654 lie in Nevada. In that portion, you will find this one lonely Wilderness, the state's smallest. But this Wilderness makes up in height what it lacks in size, with Boundary Peak, at 13,140 feet, rating as the highest point in Nevada. The peak overlooks, as might be expected, the California border, and rises above the White Mountains, a high and dry range from which colorful canyons descend eastward into desertland.
|The highest mountain in the northeast, Mount Washington. There is Cog Railroad running to the summit from the west and an auto road from the east. South of the peak is the AMC's Lakes of the Clouds hut. At the base of the east side is the AMC's Pinkham Notch Visitors Center. The highest surface wind ever recorded on earth was on the summit of Mt Washington, 231 MPH on April 12, 1934
|The High Point monument is located in Montague Township at the highest point in the state of New Jersey. From the parking lot, 1,803 feet above sea level, or the observation deck 220 feet up you can see for miles around. On a clear day you can see New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
|The Wheeler Peak Wilderness includes almost 20,000 acres. Lying along the top of the Sangre De Cristo mountain range Wheeler Peak Wilderness is characterized by high rugged terrain. Elevations range from a low of 7,650 feet to a high of 13,161 feet at Wheeler Peak, the highest point in the State of New Mexico.
|The highest point in New York, situated in New York's Adirondack Park, a rugged 335,000-acre High Peaks Wilderness, the largest wild area in the East.
|In the crest of the timeworn Black Mountains lies the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi. For those who ascend this peak, will find breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling ridges and fertile valleys. The mountain was named for Dr. Elisha Mitchell, professor at the University of North Carolina, who first measured its height in 1835. In 1857, Dr. Mitchell set out to verify his measurement of the peak and perished at the foot of a waterfall on the mountain slope. On the summit is Mount Mitchell State Park, comprised of 1,224 acres.
|White Butte near Amidon is North Dakota's highest point at 3,506 feet. Pure white sandstone dominates the landscape near South Heart in southwestern North Dakota.
|Also known as Mount Campbell, Campbell Hill is the highest point in Ohio at 1549 feet above sea level. It is located two miles east of Bellefountaine on Rt. 540. During the 1950s, the 664th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron was stationed on Mount Campbell. Today the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, a joint-vocational school, is located on the site.
|Located in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, Black Mesa Nature Preserve consists of approximately 1,600 acres which the Conservancy has conveyed to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department with a management agreement. The preserve protects about 60% of the mesa top in Oklahoma in addition to talus slopes and plains habitat. A native granite monument marks the highest point in Oklahoma - 4,973 feet above sea level.
|Mount Hood (45.4N, 121.7W) is the tallest mountain in Oregon. It is 45 miles (75 km) east-southeast of Portland, Oregon. Mount Hood is a stratovolcano made of lava flows, domes, and volcaniclastic deposits. Most of the volcano is andesite composition. The main cone of Mount Hood formed about 500,000 years ago. In the last 15,000 years the volcano has had four eruptive periods. During the most recent eruptive period, 250-180 years ago, lava domes collapsed and produced numerous pyroclastic flows and lahars which buried the southwest flank of the mountain.
|The highest point in Pennsylvania is Mount Davis at 3,213 feet. Mount Davis is located on the next ridge west of the Allegheny Front, in southern Somerset County, which is in the 12th District. This ridge comes into Pennsylvania from West Virginia and stops just north of Mount Davis, while the other ridges in the area run much farther to the north, especially Allegheny Ridge. Mount Davis has an ovservation tower and trails, and is part of Forbes State Forest.
|Rhode Island has two distinct regions: the lowlands of the Narragansett Basin and southern coast and the upland's rolling hills of the north and west. Rhode Island's highest point is only 812 ft, Jerimoth Hill, in Foster.
|Pickens County, northwest South Carolina on North Carolina border 30 miles northwest of Greenville. The summit, owned by the Duke Energy Company, is open to the public without restriction (other than you have to walk 100 yards up a paved trail). It straddles the North Carolina border.
|As well as being the South Dakota high point, Harney Peak is the tallest peak in North America east of the Rocky Mountains. It lies in the beautiful Black Hills, a region with a unique natural history. The range exists like an island in the surrounding prairie grassland.
|Rising 6,643 feet above the Great Smoky Mountains, Clingman's Dome is the highest point along the Appalachian Trail and provides a 360º view of the surrounding mountains. From it's 54 foot observation tower the average viewing distance is about 22 miles, but on a clear pollution free day, views can amplify as far as 100 miles into 7 states.
|The highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet. This is part of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, which is located near the Texas / New Mexico border at the far western edge of our forecast area.
|Kings Peak is the highest peak in Utah. It is located in the High Uintas Wilderness Area, roughly two hours east of Salt Lake City. The Uintas are the only major mountain range in the United States that run in an east - west direction. They feature several peaks over 4,000 meters. Kings Peak rises just south of the main Uintas crest.
|Mount Mansfield is the highest of Vermont's peaks at an elevation of 4,393 feet. When viewed from the east, the mountain has a profile of a human face with a forehead, nose, lips, chin and Adam's apple. Mansfield summit (the chin is the highest point) offers views of the Green Mountain range, east to New Hampshire's White Mountains and west across Lake Champlain to New York's Adirondacks.
|The Mount Rogers area contains some of the most rugged terrain and spectacular scenery in Virginia. Mount Rogers, because of its hard, resistant rhyolite bedrock, is the highest point of elevation in the state - 5729 feet above sea level. The region differs climatically from the surrounding area.
|Mount Rainier is the highest and third most voluminous volcano of the Cascade Range. The main cone of this stratovolcano has formed since 730,000 years ago. Mount Rainier is potentially the most dangerous volcano in the Cascades because it is very steep, covered in large amounts of ice and snow, and near a large population that lives in lowland drainages. Numerous debris avalanches start on the volcano. The largest debris avalanche traveled more than 60 miles (100 km) to Puget Sound. The most recent eruption was about 2,200 years ago and covered the eastern half of the park with up to one foot (30 cm) of lapilli, blocks, and bombs
|At 4,861 feet above sea level, Spruce Knob is West Virginia's highest peak. From this rugged alpine peak, you can view grassy openings and pastures or look down on forested ridges as far as the eye can see.
|Timms hill, the highest point in Wisconsin from across Timms Lake. The state's four highest recorded elevations are Timms Hill, Pearson Hill, Sugarbush Hill, and Rib Mountain, but none exceeds 2,000 feet in altitude. These sites are concentrated
in the north central portion of the state.
|Gannett Peak is the highest peak in the Wind River Range, and the highest peak in Wyoming. It rises on the Continental Divide, just southeast of Yellowstone National Park and the Teton range. It is a snow peak in a range of rock peaks. It is flanked by five glaciers and its summit is snow-capped.