What is the most important characteristic when defining a peak? Climbers aspire to reach summits for a number of different reasons, altitude, first ascents, prominence, technical difficulty, landmass high-points, political high-points. The most common defining aspect is elevation. How high is it? This is arguably the single most important feature when comparing one mountain to another.
The following list contains the 100 highest summits in North America with at least 2,000 feet of clean prominence. Prominence is loosely defined as a summit's rise against the next highest saddle connecting the peak to another. Please visit this page for more information on the definition of prominence. This 2000P "clean" list eliminates sub-peaks and lesser peaks that are part of a general massif. All peaks are over 13,000 feet and the list is displayed using US measurements (feet).
This is a unique list not featured anywhere else. There are a very few other versions of North America 100 Highest, but they employ different rules of inclusion and therefore contain some different peaks. It's worth mentioning that Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, only barely fell short of the list, at #103.
The Highest - Denali
Second Highest - Logan
Third Highest - Orizaba
Many thanks to SP member Fletch, who is the original creator of this list. He put a lot of work into the research and html you see here. Please see the comments section for his original notes.
Nice page. This might be just the way the page is rendered in my browser but the black text on the dark blue background for the #/% fields is pretty much impossible to read. So you might want to lighten up that blue background or something. Very minor issue.
Nice choice on using a high prom cutoff. For an area as large as North America you want to get significant mtns instead of little 14er bumps and that high cutoff achieves that worthy end.
Not sure if you can have multiple state/province listings for the peak locations, but you list only AK for the border peaks. These border peaks (Saint Elias, Fairweather, Hubbard, Augusta, and Cook) are also in Canada (YT, BC, YT, YT, and YT, respectively).
There are three Guatemalan peaks that have been omitted from this list - Tajumulco, Tacana (partially in Mexico), and Acatenango. All warrant inclusion, depending upon the elevation used for West Elk Peak (sources vary).
Thank you for your excellent attention to detail. The list would not be accurate without your corrections. I have made the appropriate changes and I also updated the locations which you mentioned in the previous comment.
Steve, nice job finding this peak. It's certainly prominent enough to be included. I will add it to the list. The reason it was not originally included is due to the fact that it is not an officially named peak. The name does not appear on maps and so it is not yet listed on sites like peakbagger.com but it did turn up on bivouac.com and google maps. It makes me wonder how many other unofficially named peaks are out there with enough prominence to qualify.