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U.S. National Forest High Points

Public Land in New Reorganized Forest Units

Showing Adam Walker's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (16 out of 110, or 14.55%)

RankLand NamePeak Elev-M StateAscent Date
1.Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National ForestMount Baker3286Washington2006-06-25
2.Gifford Pinchot National ForestMount Adams3742Washington2007-07-05
3.Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison National ForestUncompahgre Peak4361Colorado2009-09-04
4.Pike and San Isabel National ForestMount Elbert4399Colorado2009-09-07
5.Arapaho and Roosevelt National ForestGrays Peak4349Colorado2009-09-08 b
5.White River National ForestGrays Peak4349Colorado2009-09-08 b
7.Deschutes National ForestSouth Sister3157Oregon2010-07-18 a
8.Olympic National ForestMount Fricaba2176Washington2010-08-07 a
9.Angeles National ForestMount San Antonio3068California2011-02-24 a
10.Okanogan-Wenatchee National ForestBonanza Peak2899Washington2011-07-11
11.Mount Hood National ForestMount Hood3426Oregon2011-12-04
12.Inyo National ForestMount Whitney4418California2011-12-10
13.San Bernardino National ForestSan Gorgonio Mountain3505California2013-01-09 a
14.Shasta-Trinity National ForestMount Shasta4317California2014-03-23 b
15.Salmon-Challis National ForestBorah Peak3859Idaho2014-06-29
16.Caribou-Targhee National ForestDiamond Peak3718Idaho2014-06-30
 Rio Grande National ForestBlanca Peak4372Colorado 
 San Juan National ForestMount Wilson4342Colorado 
 Sierra National ForestMount Humphreys4263California 
 Bridger-Teton National ForestGannett Peak4207Wyoming 
 Shoshone National ForestGannett Peak4207Wyoming 
 Ashley National ForestKings Peak4123Utah 
 Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National ForestGilbert Peak4097Utah 
 Chugach National ForestMount Marcus Baker4016Alaska 
 Bighorn National ForestCloud Peak4013Wyoming 
 Carson National ForestWheeler Peak4011New Mexico 
 Santa Fe National ForestTruchas Peak3993New Mexico 
 Medicine Bow-Routt National ForestMount Richthofen3944Colorado 
 Custer National ForestGranite Peak3901Montana 
 Gallatin National ForestGranite Peak3901Montana 
 Manti-Lasal National ForestMount Peale3877Utah 
 Coconino National ForestHumphreys Peak3851Arizona 
 Sequoia National ForestFlorence Peak3789California 
 Humboldt-Toiyabe National ForestDunderberg Peak3772California 
 Fishlake National ForestDelano Peak3709Utah 
 Sawtooth National ForestHyndman Peak3660Idaho 
 Lincoln National ForestLookout Mountain3530New Mexico 
 Stanislaus National ForestLeavitt Peak3526California 
 Apache-Sitgreaves National ForestMount Baldy-North Peak3475Arizona 
 Beaverhead-Deerlodge National ForestHilgard Peak3449Montana 
 Dixie National ForestBrian Head3446Utah 
 Cibola National ForestMount Taylor3445New Mexico 
 Gila National ForestWhitewater Baldy3321New Mexico 
 Lake Tahoe Basin Management UnitFreel Peak3317California 
 Coronado National ForestMount Graham3267Arizona 
 Willamette National ForestMount Jefferson3199Oregon 
 Kaibab National ForestKendrick Peak3175Arizona 
 Eldorado National ForestRound Top3164California 
 Bitterroot National ForestTrapper Peak3096Montana 
 Tongass National ForestKates Needle3053British Columbia/Alaska 
 Modoc National ForestEagle Peak3015California 
 Wallowa-Whitman National ForestSacajawea Peak2999Oregon 
 Boise National ForestSteel Mountain2966Idaho 
 Payette National ForestMormon Mountain2909Idaho 
 Rogue River-Siskiyou National ForestMount McLoughlin2894Oregon 
 Helena National ForestMount Edith2890Montana 
 Nez Perce National ForestHe Devil2865Idaho 
 Lewis and Clark National ForestRocky Mountain2863Montana 
 Flathead National ForestLowary Peak2856Montana 
 Lolo National ForestScapegoat Mountain2805Montana 
 Fremont-Winema National ForestMount Thielsen2799Oregon 
 Umpqua National ForestMount Thielsen2799Oregon 
 Tahoe National ForestMount Lola2788California 
 Malheur National ForestStrawberry Mountain2755Oregon 
 Klamath National ForestCaesar Peak2719California 
 Los Padres National ForestMount Pinos2692California 
 Clearwater National ForestRanger Peak2687Idaho 
 Kootenai National ForestSnowshoe Peak2663Montana 
 Lassen National ForestCrater Peak2647California 
 Plumas National ForestMount Ingalls2552California 
 Mendocino National ForestSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain2467California 
 Prescott National ForestMount Union2432Arizona 
 Tonto National ForestMyrtle Point2426Arizona 
 Umatilla National ForestVinegar Hill Northeast2416Oregon 
 Idaho Panhandle National ForestSouth Selkirk Crest2350Idaho 
 Colville National ForestGypsy Peak2231Washington 
 Black Hills National ForestHarney Peak2207South Dakota 
 Six Rivers National ForestSalmon Mountain2120California 
 Ochoco National ForestLookout Mountain2111Oregon 
 National Forests in North CarolinaBalsam Cone2012North Carolina 
 Cleveland National ForestMount Laguna1920California 
 Cherokee National ForestRoan High Knob1916North Carolina/Tennessee 
 White Mountain National ForestWhite Mountain National Forest High Point1872New Hampshire 
 George Washington-Jefferson National ForestMount Rogers1746Virginia 
 Monongahela National ForestSpruce Knob1482West Virginia 
 Chattahoochee-Oconee National ForestsBrasstown Bald1458Georgia 
 Nebraska National ForestSoldier Creek Wilderness High Point1445Nebraska 
 Siuslaw National ForestMarys Peak1249Oregon 
 Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National ForestsMount Ellen1244Vermont 
 El Bosque Nacional del YunqueEl Toro1077  
 Francis Marion-Sumter National ForestFork Mountain1004South Carolina 
 Daniel Boone National ForestPine Mountain-Harlan 2 Benchmark866Kentucky 
 Ozark-St. Francis National ForestMagazine Mountain839Arkansas 
 Ouachita National ForestRich Mountain817Arkansas 
 Allegheny National ForestAllegheny National Forest High Point719Pennsylvania 
 Superior National ForestEagle Mountain701Minnesota 
 National Forests in AlabamaHernandez Peak-South Slope683Alabama 
 Ottawa National ForestMarquette County High Point589Michigan 
 Chequamegon-Nicolet National ForestVilas County High Point579Wisconsin 
 Huron-Manistee National ForestBriar Hill520Michigan 
 Mark Twain National ForestBell Mountain519Missouri 
 Chippewa National ForestCass-Chippewa High Point497Minnesota 
 Wayne National ForestWayne National Forest High Point402Ohio 
 National Forests in TexasBall Knob Hill360Texas 
 Hiawatha National ForestHiawatha National Forest High Point339Michigan 
 Shawnee National ForestWilliams Hill324Illinois 
 Hoosier National ForestHoosier National Forest High Point290Indiana 
 National Forests in MississippiHolly Springs National Forest High Point219Mississippi 
 Kisatchie National ForestWebster Parish High Point146Louisiana 
 National Forests in FloridaOsceola National Forest High Point59Florida 

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List Description

National Forests and National Grasslands are publically-owned lands in the United States managed by the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 300,000 square miles of Forest Service land is managed for logging, grazing, habitat protection, and outdoor recreation. Sometimes confused with National Parks, National Forests are quite different—Forests are bigger, generally less popular, don’t charge entry fees, and allow managed resource extraction in addition to tourist activities.

There are about 155 named National Forests and 20 National Grasslands. However, this list of National Forest high points is based on a new reorganized list of 109 USFS-managed entities. It also only considers publicly-owned USFS land and no private or public inholdings.

Forest Reorganization

Over the past couple decades the Forest Service has been streamlining and consolidating their operations, and the actual management of their lands is now done by 112 new “combined forests”. Essentially, the USFS saw no distinctions between National Forests and National Grasslands, and no reason to honor traditional National Forest boundaries, so they re-organized their holdings as they saw fit to best manage their land.

Some traditional National Forests survived the re-org intact (for example, the Gifford-Pinchot NF, the White Mountain NF), but others were combined, sometimes into entities with bureaucratic names (for example, “National Forests in Texas”, “Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit”). Most of the former National Grasslands were merged into these new combined National Forests. The old National Forest names may still appear on signs and maps, but organizationally they don’t really exist anymore.

The high point list shown here uses 110 of these new National Forest entities, including the one in Puerto Rico. The only 2 excluded are a new USFS unit entirely composed of former National Grasslands (the Dakota Prairie Grasslands) and the relatively new Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, both of which never had any traditional National Forest land in them.

One advantage of using this new, smaller list of National Forest high points is that many uninspiring peaks in lowlands areas are no longer on the list. For example, the new “National Forests in Mississippi” entity used to be six forests (Holly Springs, Bienville, DeSoto, Delta, Tombigee, Homochitto). In this case, the USFS desire for organizational efficiency aligns nicely with the interests of peakbaggers who prefer “real” mountains.

Inholdings

National Forests tend to have extremely convoluted boundaries. Many of them have a “proclaimed boundary” that may be somewhat regular, but only portions of the land within the proclaimed boundary are actually owned by the USFS. Much of this private land is on the edges of National Forests, but there are also many private inholdings surrounded by public land. There are also cases where an important mountain summit (Mount Washington, NH and Mount Mitchell, NC, for example) are within inholdings that are State Parks and not USFS land. The government is engaged in a long-term effort to purchase inholdings from willing sellers, but this is a very slow process.

This list only shows highpoints located on public Forest Service land. Higher land located on private property within the proclaimed boundary is ignored. Please e-mail the webmaster if you see any errors where a high point on private land is listed.

Acknowledgments

Thanks to Roy Schweiker and David Olson, who did much original research on a preliminary list (see link below).

Links

     Preliminary National Forest High Points

 


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