The Highpointers Foundation
Dedicated to education, support and conservation
of the highest point in each of the 50 United States.
West MidWest South Northeast
Highpointers Foundation Projects

The predecessor of the Highpointers Foundation was an account, known as the Good Guys & Gals Fund.
This evolved to include assisting state highpoints, primarily privately owned, with expenses for maintenance and upkeep.


Highpoints Films

2015 - Amount of financial assistance: $12,500 with a commitment of $40,000 for the remaining three regions in the coming year. We are seeking major corporate and private foundation sponsorship.
The Highpointers Foundation is committed to funding films on state highpoints and Highpointing, beginning with the Northeast Region, a film that was completed in 2016. The films will be featured in the Golden, Colorado BWAMM film room, and be made available at no cost to educational institutions for geography and other suitable classes. The Foundation is also helping to raise money for a feature length film on Highpointing called American Highpoints by Every Step Productions. It is the first film dedicated to the highpointing passion and strives to answer the question Why Highpointing?

The Highpointers Foundation is funding a series of Highpointing films in the major US regions.
EveryStep Productions is producing four films.
The first film about the Northeast Region is complete, and you can view it on Vimeo.
To watch the movie, click the photo or link below.

Highpointing - A New Way to Discover America
The Northeast Region

To watch the movie, click the photo or link above.

Approaching Wyoming’s highest,
13,804-foot Gannett Peak.

Photo by HPF Director Fallon Rowe

Maine’s highest, 5,268-foot Mount Katahdin.
Photo by David Dunham

Why Highpointing?

Highpointers Trailer from EveryStep Productions on Vimeo.

A windy photo op on New Hampshire’s highest peak,
the famous 6,288-foot Mount Washington.
On April 12, 1934, a wind speed of 231 MPH was recorded at Mount Washington’s summit.
This was the world record for a long time,
and is still the Western Hemisphere record.

Gary Scurka with his daughter Mackenzie
at Florida’s highpoint monument.

Photo by Kathleen Wolfe


The Highpoints Bench Project

2010 –> 2019 - Amount of financial assistance: $30,000 so far

The Highpointers Foundation has committed to purchasing two dozen modern benches made from recycled plastic. Built with a black steel frame and pleasant earth-tone tan colored planks, these environmentally friendly benches are being placed at highpoints all over America for weary visitors to stop, pause, and admire the vista. Strategically placed to maximize viewing and resting, these benches can be seen in numerous highpoint locales. The benches are each six feet long, and made by Kirby-built of New Berlin, WI, one of Americas leading providers of environmentally friendly trailhead equipment. Visitors may see some kiosks, info boards, signposts, and other items soon, all made by Kirby-built. Thirty benches are currently installed as of summer 2018, with 3 more planned in 2019.
The Bench Project offers opportunities for visible cooperation between the Foundation and managers/owners of the various state highpoints. It also provides an awareness to the public that maintaining and improving state highpoints is a continuing effort and process in which everyone can participate.

Donors are needed to help make this project a reality. A custom plaque will be created identifying major sponsors, and imbedded in the backrest of the bench. Please consider sponsoring a bench at your favorite highpoint!


Custom Sponsored Benches
We need donors to help make our Bench Project a reality. If you sponsor a bench,
a custom plaque will be created identifying you, and imbedded in the backrest of the bench.
Please consider sponsoring a bench at your favorite highpoint!
California Iowa
Maryland - Picnic Table Wisconsin - Kiosk Map
Nebraska New Jersey
Ohio Oklahoma
South Carolina South Dakota
Texas Utah


  • Who will become the first to be titled World’s Greatest HPF Bench Sitter ???
  • Rules of the game are simple:
    Sit on benches that the Foundation has placed at or near state highpoints.
    Tell the Highpointing World about it via Facebook or Instagram.
    We reserve the right to install more benches during the contest.
    Click here for more details.



Amount of financial assistance to date for all 50 states plus DC: Over $150,000

The Highpointers Foundation has raised over $210,000, and has invested more than $150,000 at 32 US state highpoints, the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum in Golden, Colorado, and for the USA-wide program of Highpoints movies.


Future projects

Possible future projects to assist privately and publicly owned state highpoints are being considered at:
AL, AZ, CO, CT, DE, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ND, NE, OK, SD, TX, and WA.
  • Alabama – Cheaha Mountain – Trail to the summit from Cheaha Lake to the southwest
  • Arizona – Mount Humphreys – A fully funded bench at new TH parking lot
  • Colorado – Mount Elbert – Trail reconstruction on the north side from the Halfmoon/Mount Massive Trailhead
  • Connecticut – Mount Frissell – A fully funded bench, info kiosk, and crushed rock at parking area
  • Delaware – Ebright Azimuth – Signs along approach streets to replace those vandalized
  • Idaho – Mount Borah – A fully funded bench at the trailhead
  • Illinois – Charles Mound – Open dates information sign, bench
  • Indiana – Hoosier Highpoint – New signs, kiosk, table, bench, and trail
  • Kansas – Mount Sunflower – New signs, kiosk, and replacement US flag
  • Kentucky – Black Mountain – Access road improvements, summit monument repairs
  • Nebraska – Panorama Point – More road maintenance including around the HP plus a HP info sign
    Small arrows along the roads leading to the HP from I-80
  • North Dakota – White Butte – Trail work, approach road, signs
  • Oklahoma – Black Mesa – Adding crushed rock for the parking area at the TH
  • Pennsylvania – Mount Davis – Kiosk, signs, historical plaque
  • South Dakota – Black Elk Peak – Restoration efforts, additional interpretive signs
  • Texas – Guadalupe Peak – Trail signs on the path to the summit
  • Washington – Mount Rainier – Backpackers hanging scale at start of trail by ranger and guide service buildings
The Highpointers Foundation Board of Directors always welcomes ideas for other projects at state highpoints.
Submit your project idea!

List of the US State Summits

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