John French's Highpoints

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!


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 30-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
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 Rock
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Highpointers Club (Note: I'm not a member)