Highpoints by various Difficulty measures

This map is based upon the work of Dr. Thomas Martin and his classification of the 50 State summits. The icons are color-coded by their Martin Classification and have three arms representing the Gain and round-trip Distance.

These two scatter plots show the Gain versus the Hiking Distance in linear (left) and log (right – for better readability) scales. I then ran a clustering algorithm to form clusters of peaks which are color-coded in the table below. These clusters are slightly different than those of the Martin Classification.

People are always curious about “How hard is it?”. This table presents the highpoints with various “difficulty” measures:
YDS – Yosemite Decimal System is mostly a technical climbing rating system
COHP – COHP Class Ratings is mostly a technical climbing rating system
Martin – Martin Classification based upon elevation gain and distance hiked
Gain – Total vertical gain in feet on the “standard” (easiest) route
Dist – Round-trip distance (trailhead to summit) in miles on the “standard” (easiest) route

State Elev YDS COHP Martin Gain Dist
Alabama2,407ft / 734m101(w)100.0
Alaska20,320ft / 6,194m441024,50056.0
Arizona12,633ft / 3,851m1163,5009.0
Arkansas2,753ft / 839m1122251.0
California14,494ft / 4,418m1176,75021.4
Colorado14,433ft / 4,399m1165,0009.0
Connecticut2,380ft / 725m1134503.6
Delaware448ft / 137m101(w)100.0
Florida345ft / 105m101(w)100.0
Georgia4,784ft / 1,458m112(w)4001.0
Hawaii13,796ft / 4,205m1122300.4
Idaho12,662ft / 3,859m3385,5006.8
Illinois1,235ft / 376m1022752.5
Indiana1,257ft / 383m101(b)100.1
Iowa1,670ft / 509m101(w)100.1
Kansas4,039ft / 1,231m101(w)100.0
Kentucky4,145ft / 1,263m101(w)100.1
Louisiana535ft / 163m1121501.8
Maine5,268ft / 1,606m1254,20010.4
Maryland3,360ft / 1,024m1137502.2
Massachusetts3,491ft / 1,064m101(w)200.1
Michigan1,979ft / 603m111(w)100.0
Minnesota2,301ft / 701m1146007.0
Mississippi806ft / 246m101(w)100.0
Missouri1,772ft / 540m111(w)300.4
Montana12,799ft / 3,901m4497,70022.2
Nebraska5,424ft / 1,653m101(w)100.0
Nevada13,140ft / 4,005m2264,4007.4
New Hampshire6,288ft / 1,917m101200.0
New Jersey1,803ft / 550m101(w)400.2
New Mexico13,161ft / 4,011m1163,2506.2
New York5,343ft / 1,629m1153,20014.8
North Carolina6,684ft / 2,037m101(w)1000.2
North Dakota3,506ft / 1,069m1124002.0
Ohio1,550ft / 472m101(w)100.0
Oklahoma4,973ft / 1,516m1147758.6
Oregon11,239ft / 3,426m4485,3008.0
Pennsylvania3,213ft / 979m101(w)100.0
Rhode Island812ft / 247m101(b)100.2
South Carolina3,560ft / 1,085m101(w)100.0
South Dakota7,242ft / 2,207m1141,5005.8
Tennessee6,643ft / 2,025m112(w)3301.0
Texas8,749ft / 2,667m1152,9508.4
Utah13,528ft / 4,123m2275,35028.8
Vermont4,393ft / 1,339m1135502.8
Virginia5,729ft / 1,746m1141,5008.6
Washington14,411ft / 4,392m4499,10016.0
West Virginia4,863ft / 1,482m101(w)200.3
Wisconsin1,951ft / 595m1111200.4
Wyoming13,804ft / 4,207m4498,65040.4
District of Columbia410ft / 125m101100.0
American Samoa3,160ft / 963m2243,1605.0
Guam1,332ft / 406m2237103.3
Northern Marianas Is3,166ft / 965m3363,1666.0
Puerto Rico4,390ft / 1,338m1116150.6
US Virgin Is1,556ft / 474m101100.0
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