John French's Highpoints

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John French's Highpoints!

Texas
Texas was my first highpoint. 49 more to go! On this trip, I camped out at Monahans Sandhill State Park the night before. The park is filled with sand dunes. It's a really nice place to camp. The full moon was out all night. The next morning I drove through Pecos Texas and on to Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The visitors center has a nice exhibit explaining the geology of the area and includes stuffed examples of the wildlife in the mountains. I started my assent at 11:20 am with two liters of water and four granola bars. I reached the summit at 2:10 pm with one liter of water left. I took a few photos, ate my lunch, then asked two other hikers to take my picture at the summit. I took a picture of them too. They started down and three more people came up and I took their picture for them. I started down at 2:55 pm and reached the trailhead at 5:05 pm. So the round trip hike was 5 hours and 45 minutes! I was tired, dirty and sore, but it was well worth it! I then drove to El Paso and stayed in a motel and went to Juarez Mexico the next day.

Texas Summit Marker

Arkansas highpoint
My second highpoint was Arkansas. I drove to this highpoint going west on Interstate 40 from Hazen, Arkansas where I stayed the night before the ascent. I was traveling from Michigan. I stopped in Indiana and visited the George Rogers Clark National Historic Park and Abraham Lincoln’s Boyhood Home National Memorial on my way to Texas. From I-40 I went through Russellville and Dardanelle on route 7 to route 27 to route 10. I then drove up Mt. Magazine in the Ozark Mountains. Once to the state park, I found the trail to Signal Hill. There was some yellow caution tape blocking the entrance to the trail. I ignored it and started up the trail. It was about a 1/2 mile to the summit. No one was around. I took a few photos. It was quite cold, maybe around 25 degrees. There wasn’t much of a view because of the trees, but you could tell you were at a high point. I started down and as I was almost to my car, another highpointer was going up. Near the parking area is a hang glider launch point called “Danger Bluff”. I don’t know if that’s its name or a warning sign. The view there is great. A snow storm was clearly heading towards me and quickly covered the view. As I watched the snow come in I heard and then saw a Pileated Woodpecker in the trees. Then I drove down the mountain and went towards Hot Springs Arkansas, into Texas and home. It was a very nice trip!


Indiana highpoint
I stopped at this highpoint on my travels from Texas to Michigan when I was starting my new job at the Abrams Planetarium. It was a cold day, around 35 degrees. The sky was overcast. I parked at the side of the road and walked to the summit. If they didn't tell you it was a high point, you'd never know it was. For me the top of Indiana is special because it's the state where I was born. When standing at the spot, you can see a nice view of the corn fields down below the summit, about 10 feet below!
State Peak Height Vertical Climb (feet) Round Trip Hiking Mileage Class Height Rank Difficulty Rank Date Done
Alaska Mount McKinley 20,320 13,000 46 10 1 1
Wyoming Gannett Peak 13,804 8,650 40.4 9 5 2
Montana Granite Peak 12,799 7,700 22.2 9 10 3
Washington Mount Rainier 14,411 9,100 16 9 4 4
Oregon Mount Hood 11,239 5,300 8 8 13 5
Idaho Borah Peak 12,662 5,550 6.8 8 10 6
Utah Kings Peak 13528 5,350 28.8 7 7 7
California Mount Whitney 14,494 6,750 21.4 7 2 8
Colorado Mount Elbert 14,433 5,000 9 6 3 9
Arizona Humphreys Peak 12,633 3,500 9 6 12 10
Nevada Boundary Peak 13,143 4,400 7.4 6 9 11
New Mexico Wheeler Peak 13,161 3,250 6.2 6 8 12
Texas Guadalupe Peak 8,749 2,950 8.4 5 14 13 02-Sep-2001
New York Mount Marcy 5344 3,200 14.8 5 21 14
Maine Katahdin (Baxter Peak) 5,267 4,200 10.4 5 22 15
Virginia Mount Rogers 5,729 1,500 8.6 4 19 16
Oklahoma Black Mesa 4,973 775 8.6 4 23 17
Minnesota Eagle Mountain 2,301 600 7 4 37 18
South Dakota Harney Peak 7,242 1,500 5.8 4 15 19
Connecticut Frissel-S. Slope 2,380 450 3.6 3 36 20
Vermont Mount Mansfield 4393 550 2.8 3 26 21
Maryland Backbone Mountain 3360 750 2.2 3 32 22
North Dakota White Butte 3,506 400 2 2 30 23
Michigan Mount Arvon 1,979 300 2 2 38 24
Louisiana Driskill Mountain 535 150 1.8 2 48 25
Georgia Brasstown Bald 4,784 400 1 2 25 26
Tennessee Clingmans Dome 6,643 330 1 2 17 27
Arkansas Mt. Magazine (Signal Hill) 2,753 225 1 2 34 28 31-Dec-2001
Rhode Island Jerimoth Hill 812 25 0.6 1 46 29
Hawaii Mauna Kea 13,796 230 0.4 1 6 30
Wisconsin Timms Hill 1,951 130 0.4 1 39 31
Illinois Charles Mound 1,235 75 0.4 1 45 32
Missouri Taum Sauk 1,772 30 0.4 1 41 33
West Virginia Spruce Knob 4,863 20 0.4 1 24 34
North Carolina Mount Mitchell 6684 100 0.2 1 16 35
New Jersey High Point 1,803 40 0.2 1 40 36
South Carolina Sassafras Mountain 3,560 30 0.2 1 29 37
New Hampshire Mount Washington 6,288 20 0.1 1 18 38
Massachusetts Greylock 3491 20 0.1 1 31 39
Indiana Hoosier Hill 1,257 20 0.1 1 44 40 24-Jan-2002
Iowa Hawkeye Point 1,670 10 0.1 1 42 41
Kentucky Black Mountain 4,145 - 0.1 1 27 42
Nebraska Panorama Point 5,424 - 0 1 20 43
Kansas Mount Sunflower 4,039 - 0 1 28 44
Pennsylvania Mount Davis 3,213 - 0 1 33 45
Alabama Cheaha Mountain 2,407 - 0 1 35 46
Ohio Campbell Hill 1,550 - 0 1 43 47
Mississippi Woodall Mountain 806 - 0 1 47 48
Delaware Ebright Azimuth 448 - 0 1 49 49
Florida Lakewood (Britton Hill) 345 - 0 1 50 50


Here's some other peaks that I've climbed:

Enchanted Rock Texas Enchanted Rock peak

Highpointers Club (Note: I'm not a member)