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U.S. National Forest High Points

Public Land in New Reorganized Forest Units

Showing John Stolk's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (58 out of 110, or 52.73%)

RankLand NamePeak Elev-Ft StateAscent Date
95.Allegheny National ForestAllegheny National Forest High Point2360Pennsylvania 
47.Angeles National ForestMount San Antonio10,064California2005-12-18
33.Apache-Sitgreaves National ForestMount Baldy-North Peak11,400Arizona2006-12-15
5.Arapaho and Roosevelt National ForestGrays Peak14,270Colorado2003-08-26
12.Ashley National ForestKings Peak13,528Utah1991-08-12
34.Beaverhead-Deerlodge National ForestHilgard Peak11,316Montana 
15.Bighorn National ForestCloud Peak13,167Wyoming2007-08-02
46.Bitterroot National ForestTrapper Peak10,157Montana2008-07-16
76.Black Hills National ForestBlack Elk Peak7231South Dakota2016-07-10
51.Boise National ForestSteel Mountain9730Idaho 
10.Bridger-Teton National ForestGannett Peak13,804Wyoming1990-07-17
27.Caribou-Targhee National ForestDiamond Peak12,197Idaho2007-07-08
16.Carson National ForestWheeler Peak13,161New Mexico2006-05-01
86.Chattahoochee-Oconee National ForestsBrasstown Bald4784Georgia2009-05-10
99.Chequamegon-Nicolet National ForestVilas County High Point1900Wisconsin 
82.Cherokee National ForestRoan High Knob6285North Carolina/Tennessee2009-05-08
102.Chippewa National ForestCass-Chippewa High Point1630Minnesota 
14.Chugach National ForestMount Marcus Baker13,176Alaska 
36.Cibola National ForestMount Taylor11,301New Mexico2009-06-01
66.Clearwater National ForestRanger Peak8817Idaho 
81.Cleveland National ForestMount Laguna6299California 
23.Coconino National ForestHumphreys Peak12,633Arizona1992-04-07
75.Colville National ForestGypsy Peak7320Washington 
41.Coronado National ForestMount Graham10,720Arizona2006-04-26
19.Custer National ForestGranite Peak12,799Montana1991-08-06
92.Daniel Boone National ForestPine Mountain-Harlan 2 Benchmark2840Kentucky 
45.Deschutes National ForestSouth Sister10,358Oregon2005-08-16
35.Dixie National ForestBrian Head11,307Utah2009-05-31
90.El Bosque Nacional del YunqueEl Toro3524  
44.Eldorado National ForestRound Top10,381California2015-04-03
28.Fishlake National ForestDelano Peak12,169Utah2007-07-05
58.Flathead National ForestLowary Peak9369Montana 
91.Francis Marion-Sumter National ForestFork Mountain3294South Carolina 
60.Fremont-Winema National ForestMount Thielsen9182Oregon2008-10-15
19.Gallatin National ForestGranite Peak12,799Montana1991-08-06
84.George Washington-Jefferson National ForestMount Rogers5729Virginia 
26.Gifford Pinchot National ForestMount Adams12,276Washington1990-09-16
38.Gila National ForestWhitewater Baldy10,895New Mexico 
4.Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison National ForestUncompahgre Peak14,309Colorado2009-06-17
89.Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National ForestsMount Ellen4083Vermont 
55.Helena National ForestMount Edith9480Montana2008-07-26
105.Hiawatha National ForestHiawatha National Forest High Point1112Michigan 
107.Hoosier National ForestBald Knobs-South Slope950Indiana 
25.Humboldt-Toiyabe National ForestDunderberg Peak12,374California 
100.Huron-Manistee National ForestBriar Hill1706Michigan 
74.Idaho Panhandle National ForestSouth Selkirk Crest7709Idaho2010-07-26
1.Inyo National ForestMount Whitney14,498California1984-09-07
43.Kaibab National ForestKendrick Peak10,418Arizona 
109.Kisatchie National ForestWebster Parish High Point480Louisiana 
64.Klamath National ForestCaesar Peak8920California 
67.Kootenai National ForestSnowshoe Peak8738Montana2008-07-14
39.Lake Tahoe Basin Management UnitFreel Peak10,881California2014-06-18
68.Lassen National ForestCrater Peak8683California2017-07-19
57.Lewis and Clark National ForestRocky Mountain9392Montana 
30.Lincoln National ForestLookout Mountain11,580New Mexico2006-04-28
59.Lolo National ForestScapegoat Mountain9202Montana 
65.Los Padres National ForestMount Pinos8831California2006-04-18
63.Malheur National ForestStrawberry Mountain9040Oregon2006-08-28
21.Manti-Lasal National ForestMount Peale12,721Utah2006-06-11
101.Mark Twain National ForestBell Mountain1702Missouri 
18.Medicine Bow-Routt National ForestMount Richthofen12,940Colorado 
70.Mendocino National ForestSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094California2006-07-31
49.Modoc National ForestEagle Peak9892California2009-09-25
85.Monongahela National ForestSpruce Knob4861West Virginia 
40.Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National ForestMount Baker10,781Washington1990-07-08
37.Mount Hood National ForestMount Hood11,239Oregon1990-05-19
97.National Forests in AlabamaHernandez Peak-South Slope2240Alabama 
110.National Forests in FloridaOsceola National Forest High Point195Florida 
108.National Forests in MississippiHolly Springs National Forest High Point720Mississippi 
80.National Forests in North CarolinaBalsam Cone6600North Carolina 
104.National Forests in TexasBall Knob Hill1180Texas 
87.Nebraska National ForestSoldier Creek Wilderness High Point4740Nebraska 
56.Nez Perce National ForestShe Devil9400Idaho2007-07-13
79.Ochoco National ForestLookout Mountain6926Oregon2014-06-07
53.Okanogan-Wenatchee National ForestBonanza Peak9511Washington 
77.Olympic National ForestMount Fricaba7139Washington 
98.Ottawa National ForestMarquette County High Point1932Michigan 
94.Ouachita National ForestRich Mountain2681Arkansas 
93.Ozark-St. Francis National ForestMagazine Mountain2753Arkansas 
52.Payette National ForestMormon Mountain9545Idaho 
2.Pike and San Isabel National ForestMount Elbert14,433Colorado2003-08-30
69.Plumas National ForestMount Ingalls8372California2017-07-17
71.Prescott National ForestMount Union7979Arizona 
3.Rio Grande National ForestBlanca Peak14,345Colorado2004-08-07
54.Rogue River-Siskiyou National ForestMount McLoughlin9495Oregon2005-08-14
22.Salmon-Challis National ForestBorah Peak12,662Idaho1991-08-10
32.San Bernardino National ForestSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499California2005-12-19
7.San Juan National ForestMount Wilson14,246Colorado2015-09-11
17.Santa Fe National ForestTruchas Peak13,102New Mexico2009-06-05
29.Sawtooth National ForestHyndman Peak12,009Idaho2007-07-11
24.Sequoia National ForestFlorence Peak12,432California 
8.Shasta-Trinity National ForestMount Shasta14,162California1982-09-05
106.Shawnee National ForestWilliams Hill1064Illinois 
10.Shoshone National ForestGannett Peak13,804Wyoming1990-07-17
9.Sierra National ForestMount Humphreys13,986California 
88.Siuslaw National ForestMarys Peak4097Oregon2006-08-02
78.Six Rivers National ForestSalmon Mountain6956California 
31.Stanislaus National ForestLeavitt Peak11,569California2014-06-21
96.Superior National ForestEagle Mountain2301Minnesota 
62.Tahoe National ForestMount Lola9148California2014-06-15
48.Tongass National ForestKates Needle10,016British Columbia/Alaska 
73.Tonto National ForestMyrtle Point7920Arizona 
13.Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National ForestGilbert Peak13,442Utah 
72.Umatilla National ForestVinegar Hill Northeast7926Oregon 
60.Umpqua National ForestMount Thielsen9182Oregon2008-10-15
50.Wallowa-Whitman National ForestSacajawea Peak9838Oregon2006-07-21
103.Wayne National ForestWayne National Forest High Point1320Ohio 
83.White Mountain National ForestWhite Mountain National Forest High Point6142New Hampshire 
5.White River National ForestGrays Peak14,270Colorado2003-08-26
42.Willamette National ForestMount Jefferson10,497Oregon2008-09-11

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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.


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.


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


     Preliminary National Forest High Points


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