CKTEST Parkpoint Guide

Lowpoint Map/TableLowpoint DetailsLowpoint Appendices
Lowpoint Trivia AnswersHighest, Lowest and Mean Elevations
Flattest StateDeepest HoleInterview with Jack Parsell

DISCLAIMER

Park-pointing requires some venturing into remote areas across inhospitable terrain (heavy brush and poison oak/ivy are quite common) and private property (please contact land-owner before entering).

Introduction

Introduction to Park Pointing. Mention newsletter articles. Lists online.

Resources

There are several websites with a focus on park-pointing:

There are several websites with random posts on park-pointing including but not limited to:

  • Death Valley Adventures – Steve Hall documents the actual lowest point in California.
  • CN Traveler – Ken Jennings article on California’s lowest and highest points being in Inyo County.

The Highpointers Club offers several resources as well:

  • Parkpoint Discussions – The Highpointers Club has transferred over the old/archived “America’s Basement” forums to this website.

Through the “Apex to Zenith” newsletter, club members receive continuing coverage on lowpoints. Updates (access, monument status, etc) are found in the newsletter and posted online in this guide. A small sample of articles are:

  • #63-03q4-p30 - New Guidebook to the NP Highpoints by Gerry Roach, John Mitchler, Dave Covill
  • #65-04q2-p13 - New Guidebook to the NP Highpoints by Gerry Roach, John Mitchler, Dave Covill
  • #66-04q3-p28 - National Park Highpoints - Lower 48 States Completed by Greg Griffith by John Mitchler
  • #66-04q3-p28 - Park Pointing - What and Why by Gerry Roach
  • #67-04q4-p28 - Park Pointing - Achievements of Gerry Roach, John Mitchler, Dave Covill and Greg Griffith by Gerry Roach
  • #70-05q3-p26 - Park Pointing - Achievements by Gerry Roach
  • #71-05q4-p18 - Possible new National Parks by Gerry Roach
  • #74-06q3-p17 - Park Pointing - Achievements of John Mitchler and Greg Griffith by Gerry Roach
  • #91-11q4-p14 - Park Pointing Resources by John Mitchler
  • #103-13q4-p36 - NPS fee free entrance days by John Mitchler

Finally, you can see who has completed the 59 parkpoints at our “Parkpoint Score Board” page.

About this Guide

This page, “US Parkpoint Guide”, is an aggregation of multiple sources. It is largely based on Jack’s guide book. It includes several updates/clarifications based on trip reports from various contributors. Please contact us at guides@highpointers.org if you have any suggestions or updates.

This page contains three major sections below. The first contains a map showing each state’s highpoint, lowpoint(s) and lines drawn between them. Below the map is a large table listing all the lowpoints and their associated data. The middle section is the collection of show/hide (open/close) information panels with details for each lowpoint. This includes trip reports and updates as well as data like elevation, location, etc. The last section is a series of appendices such as trivia answers, an interview with Jack Parsell on low-pointing, etc.


Lowpoint Map/TableLowpoint DetailsLowpoint Appendices
Lowpoint Trivia AnswersHighest, Lowest and Mean Elevations
Flattest StateDeepest HoleInterview with Jack Parsell

This table provides summary information about all the lowpoints.
State – Those with an * indicate alternate but closer lowpoint to the highpoint
     the link jumps you to the information panel
Location – Location of low point usually specified by USGS/Wikipedia
Low Elev – Elevation of lowpoint
     the link takes you to our forum discussion group
High Elev – Elevation of the state’s highpoint
Hi-Low Span – Difference in elevation between highpoint and lowpoint
Hi-Low Distance – Distance in miles between the highpoint and lowpoint
[You may re-sort this table by clicking the small arrows found in the column headers.]

State Location Low Elev High Elev Hi-Low Span Hi-Low Distance (miles)
ID Park Highpoint YDS Elev
ACADAcadiaCadillac Mountain (official/BM rock)11,528
ACAD2AcadiaCadillac Mountain (candidate rock)11,528
ARCHArchesElephant Butte5.35,653
BADLBadlandsRed Shirt Table13340+
BIBEBig BendEmory Peak37,825
BISCBiscayneOld Rhodes Key19
BISC2BiscayneTotten Key19
BLCABlack Canyon of the GunnisonPoison Spring Hill29,040
BRCABryce CanyonRainbow Point19,115
CANYCanyonlandsCathedral Butte NW mesa rim17160+
CARECapitol Reefpark boundary near Billings Pass18,960
CAVECarlsbad Caverns UNESCOOpen Hollow North spot elevation26,535
CHISChannel IslandsEl Montanon on Santa Cruz Is11,808
CONGCongareeOld Bluff Road near main entrance1140
CRLACrater LakeMount Scott18,929
CUVACuyahoga ValleyBlack and Brush Roads11,164
CUVA2Cuyahoga ValleyMetro Parks point11170+
DEVADeath ValleyTelescope Peak111,048
DENADenaliDenali420,320
DRTODry TortugasLoggerhead Key110
EVEREverglades UNESCOGrossman Hammock110+
EVER2Everglades UNESCOCalusa/Turner River shell mound124
GAARGates of the ArcticMount Igikpak5.9 A28,276
JEFFGateway ArchSW corner of Old Courthouse1476
JEFF2Gateway ArchMemorial Dr and Eads Bridge1472
GLACGlacier UNESCOMount Cleveland410,466
GLBAGlacier Bay UNESCOMount Fairweather515,300
GRCAGrand Canyon UNESCOLookout Tower near North Rim main entrance19,165
GRCA2Grand Canyon UNESCOunnamed contour 2 near North Rim main entrance19,165
GRCA3Grand Canyon UNESCOunnamed contour 3 near North Rim main entrance19,165
GRCA4Grand Canyon UNESCOunnamed contour 4 near North Rim main entrance19,165
GRTEGrand TetonGrand Teton5.413,770
GRBAGreat BasinWheeler Peak113,063
GRSAGreat Sand Dunesliner near Mount Herard110520+
GRSA2Great Sand DunesTijeras Peak313,604
GRSMGreat Smoky Mountains UNESCOClingmans Dome16,643
GUMOGuadalupe MountainsGuadalupe Peak18,749
HALEHaleakalaRed Hill110,023
HAVOHawaii Volcanoes UNESCOMauna Loa113,679
HOSPHot SpringsMusic (West) Mountain11,405
ISROIsle RoyaleMount Desor11,394
JOTRJoshua TreeQuail Mountain15,813
KATMKatmaiKnife Peak on rim of Mount Griggs47600+
KATM2KatmaiMount Denison47,606
KEFJKenai Fjordsunnamed nunatak (McCarty Peak)56400+
KICAKings CanyonNorth Palisade5.314,242
KOVAKobuk ValleyMount Angayukaqsraq24,760
LACLLake ClarkRedoubt Volcano4?10,197
LAVOLassen VolcanicLassen Peak210,457
MACAMammoth Cave UNESCOMammoth Cave Ridge near Park Ridge Road1920+
MACA2Mammoth Cave UNESCOunnamed contour 3 near Park Ridge Road1920+
MACA3Mammoth Cave UNESCOunnamed contour 4 near Park Ridge Road1920+
MACA4Mammoth Cave UNESCOunnamed contour 5 near Park Ridge Road1920+
MEVEMesa Verde UNESCOPark Point Lookout18,571
MORAMount RainierMount Rainier414,410
NPSAAmerican SamoaLata Mountain13,169
NOCANorth CascadesGoode Mountain59,206
OLYMOlympic UNESCOMount Olympus4-5.37,969
PEFOPetrified ForestPilot Rock26,234
PINNPinnaclesNorth Chalone Peak13,304
REDWRedwood UNESCOunnamed13,262
ROMORocky MountainLongs Peak414,255
SAGUSaguaroMica Mountain18,664
SEQUSequoiaMount Whitney114,494
SHENShenandoahHawksbill14,050
THROTheodore RooseveltPeck Hill12860+
VIISVirgin IslandsBordeaux Mountain11,286
VOYAVoyageursTower near Mead Wood Road entrance11,405
WICAWind CaveRankin Ridge15,013
WRSTWrangell-St Elias UNESCOMount Saint Elias518,008
YELLYellowstone UNESCOEagle Peak311,367
YOSEYosemite UNESCOMount Lyell413,114
ZIONZionHorse Ranch Mountain2+8,726


Lowpoint Map/TableLowpoint DetailsLowpoint Appendices
Lowpoint Trivia AnswersHighest, Lowest and Mean Elevations
Flattest StateDeepest HoleInterview with Jack Parsell

This section contains information panels for each parkpoint. Click on the name of the parkpoint and a panel opens up presenting the details about the parkpoint. This includes Jack’s trip report and more recent trip reports or updates if available. You will also find additional information such as elevation, location, etc.

Please contact us at guides@highpointers.org if you have any suggestions or trip reports/updates you would like to share.


Lowpoint Map/TableLowpoint DetailsLowpoint Appendices
Lowpoint Trivia AnswersHighest, Lowest and Mean Elevations
Flattest StateDeepest HoleInterview with Jack Parsell