Highpointing is (relatively speaking) a “new” sport in the genre of hiking and climbing. It has been gaining popularity in the recent years. Highpointing is about ascending to the highest point (elevation) within a given geographic area by any means.

Highpointing can be done at any geographical levels, for example, it can be done at the Continent level (The Seven Summits), Country level (for eg. all 50 States in the USA), or at a State level (for eg. all 14 Counties in Massachusetts).

Highpointing & Peakbagging

This new blend of fun and adventure sport is practiced all around the world, though it seems to be most popular in the United States. As a couple, we are highpointing ourselves. At the time of writing this, we have finished 13 county highpoints (out of 14 total) in Massachuset and 26 highpoints (out of 50 total) in the USA. 

Highpointing is also related to “peakbagging” which usually involves more mountain climbing than simple hikes or driving to a highpoint.

“I want to see what’s on the other side of the hill; then what’s beyond that.” – *Emma Gatewood

Fun fact: *Emma Gatewood was the first woman to thru-hike the entire Appalachian Trail (completing a 2181 mile long journey in 1955).

Highpoint Adventures

A Practical Guide to Highpointing: Best Time to Hike

Altitude Sickness and Mountain Sickness – Must read

A Couple Climbing All 50 US State Highpoints (Part 1)

The Ultimate US Adventure Bucket List

50 States Highpoints: Backpack Packing List

Highpoint Trip Reports

US State Highpoints

Alabama (Cheaha Mountain, 2407)

Arkansas (Mount Magazine, 2753)

Colorado (Mt. Elbert, 14,433)

Connecticut (Mt. Frissell, South Slope, 2380)

Delaware (Ebright Azimuth, 448)

Florida (Britton Hill, 345)

Hawaii (Mauna Kea, 13,796)

Louisiana (Driskill Mountain, 535)

Maine (Mt. Katahdin, 5268)

Massachusetts (Mt. Greylock, 3491)

New Hampshire (Mt.Washinton, 6288)

New Jersey (High Point, 1803)

New York (Mt. Marcy, 5344)

Pennsylvania (Mt. Davis, 3213)

Rhode Island (Jerimoth Hill, 812)

Tennessee (Clingmans Dome, 6643)

Vermont (Mt. Mansfield, 4393)

MA County Highpoints

Berkshire County, Mount Greylock, 3487 ft

Franklin County, Mount Crum Hill, 2835 ft

Hampshire County, West Mountain, 2106 ft

Worcester County, Wachusett Mountain, 1998 ft

Hampden County, Round Top Hill, 1781

Middlesex County, Nutting Hill (Northeast Slope), 1585 ft

Norfolk County, Great Blue Hill, 640 ft

Essex County, Holt Hill, 423 ft

Plymouth County, Manomet Hill, 395 ft

Bristol County, Sunrise Hill, 394 ft

Suffolk County, Bellevue Hill, 325 ft

Dukes County, Marthas Vineyard High Point, 311 ft

Barnstable County, Pine Hill, 306 ft

Nantucket County, Sankaty Head, 111 ft