Is there a list of mountain peak elevations in the United States?

Specific data for current mountain peak elevations do not exist at USGS other than what was previously published in an Elevations and Distances in the United States booklet. A way to determine an approximate elevation at a specific point is to use the spot elevation tool query in The National Map viewer or through the Point Query Service. Elevations derived using these methods are approximate because they are interpolated from terrain elevations sampled on a grid and may not reflect the highest elevation of a peak.

You can also use the Geographic Names Information System query form for mountain peak elevations based on a feature class of "Summit". The form is available by clicking “Search Domestic Names” on the GNIS website. Be aware that the description in the results may contain the true surveyed summit elevation and interpolated 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) DEM values may differ. Published elevations on historical topographic maps will also show a surveyed elevation on a summit if one exists.

For applications requiring the most accurate surveyed elevations of mountain peaks, please reference the National Geodetic Survey datasheets.

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