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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point1800White Mountains 
2.Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur1674White Mountains 
3.High PeaksNew YorkMount Marcy1629Adirondack Mountains 
4.PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette1597White Mountains 
5.Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter Dome1473White Mountains 
6.Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain1470Adirondack Mountains 
7.Giant MountainNew YorkGiant Mountain1410Adirondack Mountains 
8.Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope1300Adirondack Mountains 
9.Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain1274Catskill Mountains 
10.Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid1268White Mountains 
11.Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain1231Catskill Mountains 
12.Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome1213Catskill Mountains 
13.Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn Mountain1183Adirondack Mountains 
14.West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther Mountain1177Adirondack Mountains 
15.Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain1170Catskill Mountains 
16.BreadloafVermontBread Loaf Mountain1169Green Mountains 
17.Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman Mountain1129Adirondack Mountains 
18.Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain1128Catskill Mountains 
18.GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope1128Green Mountains 
20.Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope1122Adirondack Mountains 
21.Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback Mountain1102Adirondack Mountains 
22.Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak1044Green Mountains 
23.Siamese PondsNew YorkBig Range1026Adirondack Mountains 
23.Joseph BattellVermontGillespie Peak1026Green Mountains 
25.Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain990Adirondack Mountains 
26.Big BranchVermontMount Tabor930Green Mountains 
27.Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows Peak896Green Mountains 
28.Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain888Adirondack Mountains 
29.Caribou-Speckled MountainMaineSpeckled Mountain886White Mountains 
30.George D. AikenVermontAiken-yaw Mountain798Green Mountains 
31.Pharaoh LakeNew YorkPharaoh Mountain779Adirondack Mountains 
32.Five PondsNew YorkHitchins Pond Peak751Adirondack Mountains 
33.Ha-de-ron-dahNew YorkHa-de-ron-dah Wilderness High Point719Adirondack Mountains 
34.Bristol CliffsVermontSouth Mountain709Green Mountains 
35.William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain708Adirondack Mountains 
36.Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak690Adirondack Mountains 
37.PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds Peak662Adirondack Mountains 
38.Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point579Allegheny Plateau 
39.Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point351Allegheny Plateau 
40.Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak122New England Upland 
41.Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point85Mid-Atlantic Highlands 
42.MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point61New England Upland 
43.Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point14Mid-Atlantic Highlands 
44.MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point9Mid-Atlantic Highlands 
45.BrigantineNew JerseyBrigantine Refuge High Point4Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain 

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List Description

Wilderness areas are large tracts of land where resource extraction, roads, structures, and motors of any kind are forbidden. The only intrusion of man permitted is foot travel and low-impact camping. They represent the last sanctuaries of the primeval world left in our developed country, and most of them are in the high mountains.

This list shows the highest points in designated Wilderness Areas in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. These include the federally designated Wilderness Areas on National Forest and Wildlife Refuge land, plus the New York state Department of Conservation Wilderness Areas in the Adirondacks and Catskills. These two ranges are unique in the US in being managed by a state agency, not a federal one, and the state wildernesses are functionally equivalent to the federal ones. So it made sense to include their high points on this list.

Note that the boundaries of many Wilderness Areas are indistinct and not always shown accurately on topographic maps. In addition, many Wilderness high points are "liners" or "slope points" located where a boundary is excluding a summit area that has road or tower development. So finding the exact point for many of these summits may be difficult, and being sure of reaching them may require independent research. In some cases, where a wilderness boundary came very close to a prominent undeveloped summit, that summit is assumed to be the wilderness high point even if the official boundary may be a few feet away.

 


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