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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

Showing Peter Rieseler's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (11 out of 45, or 24.44%)

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.High PeaksNew YorkMount Marcy5344Adirondack Mountains1995-07-02
2.Giant MountainNew YorkGiant Mountain4626Adirondack Mountains1996-08-10
3.Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain4823Adirondack Mountains1998-08-15
4.Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain4180Catskill Mountains2008-09-08
5.Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome3980Catskill Mountains2009-06-06
6.Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain4040Catskill Mountains2010-05-09
7.Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain3840Catskill Mountains2010-07-11
8.Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain3700Catskill Mountains2011-02-19
9.Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid4160White Mountains2011-08-20
10.PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette5240White Mountains2011-12-11
11.Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter Dome4832White Mountains2012-06-10
 Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point5906White Mountains 
 Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur5492White Mountains 
 Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope4265Adirondack Mountains 
 Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn Mountain3881Adirondack Mountains 
 West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther Mountain3862Adirondack Mountains 
 BreadloafVermontBread Loaf Mountain3835Green Mountains 
 Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman Mountain3704Adirondack Mountains 
 GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope3700Green Mountains 
 Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope3681Adirondack Mountains 
 Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback Mountain3615Adirondack Mountains 
 Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak3425Green Mountains 
 Joseph BattellVermontGillespie Peak3366Green Mountains 
 Siamese PondsNew YorkBig Range3366Adirondack Mountains 
 Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain3248Adirondack Mountains 
 Big BranchVermontMount Tabor3051Green Mountains 
 Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows Peak2941Green Mountains 
 Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain2913Adirondack Mountains 
 Caribou-Speckled MountainMaineSpeckled Mountain2906White Mountains 
 George D. AikenVermontAiken-yaw Mountain2618Green Mountains 
 Pharaoh LakeNew YorkPharaoh Mountain2556Adirondack Mountains 
 Five PondsNew YorkHitchins Pond Peak2463Adirondack Mountains 
 Ha-de-ron-dahNew YorkHa-de-ron-dah Wilderness High Point2359Adirondack Mountains 
 Bristol CliffsVermontSouth Mountain2325Green Mountains 
 William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain2323Adirondack Mountains 
 Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak2264Adirondack Mountains 
 PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds Peak2172Adirondack Mountains 
 Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point1900Allegheny Plateau 
 Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point1150Allegheny Plateau 
 Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak400New England Upland 
 Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point280Mid-Atlantic Highlands 
 MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point200New England Upland 
 Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point45Mid-Atlantic Highlands 
 MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point30Mid-Atlantic Highlands 
 BrigantineNew JerseyBrigantine Refuge High Point13Mid-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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