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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)
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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