Special Report

The Highest Point in Every State

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11. Hawaii
> Highest peak: Mauna Kea
> Elevation: 13,796 ft.
> Coordinates: 19.8° N, 155.5° W

Mauna Kea is 13,796 feet above sea level, but most of the mountain is under water. From base to tip, Mauna Kea is actually 33,500 feet tall — more than 4,000 feet taller than Mount Everest.

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12. Idaho
> Highest peak: Borah Peak
> Elevation: 12,662 ft.
> Coordinates: 44.1° N, 113.8° W

Borah Peak can make for a difficult climb, particularly near the peak. The top of the mountain is so treacherous that it has gained the nickname “Chickenout Ridge.”

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13. Illinois
> Highest peak: Charles Mound
> Elevation: 1,235 ft.
> Coordinates: 42.5° N, 90.2° W

Unlike most state high points, Charles Mound in Illinois actually sits on private property. The owners, however, are reportedly welcoming to people who hope to stand on Illinois’ highest point.

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14. Indiana
> Highest peak: Hoosier Hill
> Elevation: 1,257 ft.
> Coordinates: 40.0° N, 84.9° W

Indiana’s highest point, Hoosier Hill, is a nondescript area in the woods of Wayne County. Perhaps the hill’s biggest claim to fame is that it was the last place Arthur H. Marshall visited in his quest to visit the highest point in the lower 48 states. Marshall is believed to be the first person to visit all 48 sites, making him the first known “highpointer”.

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15. Iowa
> Highest peak: Hawkeye Point
> Elevation: 1,670 ft.
> Coordinates: 43.5° N, 95.7° W

Hawkeye Point only rises slightly above the surrounding farmland in Osceola, Iowa. The point sits on private land, but the owners have created a marker and make it accessible to the public.