People interested in the geology or other aspects of America’s state highpoints will naturally consider visiting them in person. Many of the state highpoints can be visited very easily, but some are serious mountaineering undertakings requiring strenuous travel over rugged and often steep terrain in remote areas. Mountain climbing is a hazardous activity involving numerous objective and subjective dangers. Potential dangers include, but are not limited to, accidents related to route conditions, weather conditions, fatigue, and poor decision making; illness related to high altitude, exposure, unsafe drinking water, and certain plants and insects; encounters with wildlife; and becoming disoriented or lost. Safe backcountry travel requires sound judgment, experience, personal fitness, and specialized tools and equipment and knowledge of their use.
The information on this website is meant to provide geologic information and is not intended as a climbing guide or instruction on climbing methods or techniques. Ascents of many of the state highpoints should only be attempted by individuals having the proper training and experience. Individuals lacking such training and experience are encouraged to seek out training from a qualified instructor, or hire the services of a qualified and licensed guide service.
State highpoints are variously located on public and private land. Highpoint Geology strongly discourages trespassing; individuals or groups interested in visiting highpoints on private property must do so only at times and under circumstances approved by the property owners, or need to first contact property owners to obtain permission, as appropriate. Visitors to highpoints on public land are encouraged to follow all use guidelines established by the administrating agency. Whether on public or private land, Highpoint Geology encourages all visitors to be respectful of the land and practice the environmentally friendly travel ethic of “take only pictures, leave only footprints.”