The United States of America has some of the most magnificent mountain ranges in the world. The mountains of the USA are not only famous for their natural beauty but also for their towering peaks. Thousands of mountaineers and trekkers challenge themselves to scale these high mountain peaks every year. Here are the top 3 highest peaks in the USA.
Top 3 highest peaks in the USA
Denali (Mount McKinley)
Denali located in Alaska state is the highest peak in the USA. It has an elevation of 6,190 meters (20,310 ft). Located in the Alaska Range, Mount Denali is the highest peak in all of North America. The peak has the third-longest topographic isolation. Topographic isolation of a peak is the minimum distance to the point of equal elevation. Denali has topographic isolation of 7,450 km (4,629 mi). The peak is climbed regularly but with a fairly high fatality rate.
Mount Saint Elias
Mount Saint Elias is located in the Saint Elias mountains southeast of the Alaska range. The peak is located on the US-Canada border (Alaska-Yukon) and is the second-highest peak in the USA as well as Canada. The peak has an elevation of 5,489 meters (18,008 ft). The highest peak of the South Elias mountains is Mount Logan which is also the highest peak in Canada.
The third highest peak in the USA is Mount Foraker. It is located just 23 kilometers southwest of Denali in the Denali National Park. The peak has an elevation of 5,304 meters (17,400 ft) and is the second-highest peak in the Alaska range.
The highest peak in the contiguous USA
With an elevation of 4,421 meters (14,505 ft), Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the contiguous USA. The peak is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. The peak is climbed regularly on a limited permit basis.
Mountain ranges in the USA and their highest peaks
|Mountain range||Highest peak|
|Alaska Range||Denali (6,190 meters/20,310 ft)|
|Rocky Mountains||Mount Elbert (4,401.2 meters/14,440 ft)|
|Sierra Nevada||Mount Whitney (4,421 meters/14,505 ft)|
|Cascade Range||Mount Rainier (4,392 meters/14,411 ft)|
|Saint Elias mountains||Mount Saint Elias (5,489 meters/18,008 ft)|
|Brooks Range||Mount Isto (2,736 meters/8,976 ft )|
|Appalachian Mountains||Mount Mitchell (2,037 meters/6,684 ft)|
|White Mountains||Mount Washington (1916.7 meters/6,288.4 ft)|