What is the best way to generate spot heights? I see that this:
will do it. But I don't have a license. Is the only other option to generate points and extract raster values?
You need the spatial analyst. SA does lack some basic tools, so you will need to determine what you want to classifiy as a 'peak'
The first option requires that you know what the highest value is http://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/tool-reference/data-management/get-raster-properties.htm then you simply query the dem for it. Pretty useless since it will miss out 'peaks' that are 1 meter shorter
The second option is a bit more forgiving, except plateaus at elevation (mesas) would be considered peaks
The third option entails using an appropriate neighborhood with focal statistics or block statistics with 'range' option
The options are not limited to the above, but they are starting points and can be used in combination. Of course all are way slower than taking your mouse and clicking points on a map ie humanware
I do have SA. So I am good there.
The single highest value? - I would many values. With enough density to give people a feel for the elevation across scale levels. Maybe 1:10,000 to 1:100,000.
A range of high values? as an area? - I would like to find high and low values over a kinda large area, ~18,000 km^2.
The second option is a bit more forgiving, except plateaus at elevation (mesas) would be considered peaks - so this is the neighborhood difference? That sounds ok. I don't care if it picks up ridges and plateaus. I will give it a go.
I was surprised that this was not is SA or 3DA out of the box!
Thanks for the help Dan.