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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

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RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point5906White Mountains 
2.Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur5492White Mountains 
3.High PeaksNew YorkMount Marcy5344Adirondack Mountains 
4.PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette5240White Mountains 
5.Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter Dome4832White Mountains 
6.Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain4823Adirondack Mountains 
7.Giant MountainNew YorkGiant Mountain4626Adirondack Mountains 
8.Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope4265Adirondack Mountains 
9.Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain4180Catskill Mountains2007
10.Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid4160White Mountains 
11.Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain4040Catskill Mountains2012-04-17
12.Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome3980Catskill Mountains2015-05-23
13.Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn Mountain3881Adirondack Mountains 
14.West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther Mountain3862Adirondack Mountains 
15.Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain3840Catskill Mountains2014-05-24
16.BreadloafVermontBread Loaf Mountain3835Green Mountains 
17.Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman Mountain3704Adirondack Mountains 
18.Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain3700Catskill Mountains2016-05-28
18.GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope3700Green Mountains 
20.Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope3681Adirondack Mountains 
21.Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback Mountain3615Adirondack Mountains 
22.Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak3425Green Mountains 
23.Siamese PondsNew YorkBig Range3366Adirondack Mountains 
23.Joseph BattellVermontGillespie Peak3366Green Mountains 
25.Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain3248Adirondack Mountains 
26.Big BranchVermontMount Tabor3051Green Mountains 
27.Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows Peak2941Green Mountains 
28.Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain2913Adirondack Mountains 
29.Caribou-Speckled MountainMaineSpeckled Mountain2906White Mountains 
30.George D. AikenVermontAiken-yaw Mountain2618Green Mountains 
31.Pharaoh LakeNew YorkPharaoh Mountain2556Adirondack Mountains 
32.Five PondsNew YorkHitchins Pond Peak2463Adirondack Mountains 
33.Ha-de-ron-dahNew YorkHa-de-ron-dah Wilderness High Point2359Adirondack Mountains 
34.Bristol CliffsVermontSouth Mountain2325Green Mountains 
35.William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain2323Adirondack Mountains 
36.Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak2264Adirondack Mountains 
37.PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds Peak2172Adirondack Mountains 
38.Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point1900Allegheny Plateau 
39.Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point1150Allegheny Plateau 
40.Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak400New England Upland 
41.Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point280Mid-Atlantic Highlands 
42.MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point200New England Upland 
43.Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point45Mid-Atlantic Highlands 
44.MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point30Mid-Atlantic Highlands 
45.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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