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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
 Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point5916White Mountains 
 Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur5502White Mountains 
 High PeaksNew YorkMount Marcy5344Adirondack Mountains 
 PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette5260White Mountains 
 Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain4839Adirondack Mountains 
 Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter Dome4832White Mountains 
 Giant MountainNew YorkGiant Mountain4626Adirondack Mountains 
 Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope4298Adirondack Mountains 
 Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain4190Catskill Mountains 
 Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid4180White Mountains 
 Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain4050Catskill Mountains 
 Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome3990Catskill Mountains 
 Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn Mountain3881Adirondack Mountains 
 West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther Mountain3862Adirondack Mountains 
 Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain3850Catskill Mountains 
 BreadloafVermontBread Loaf Mountain3835Green Mountains 
 Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain3710Catskill Mountains 
 GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope3710Green Mountains 
 Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman Mountain3704Adirondack Mountains 
 Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope3691Adirondack Mountains 
 Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback Mountain3615Adirondack Mountains 
 Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak3435Green Mountains 
 Siamese PondsNew YorkBig Range3376Adirondack Mountains 
 Joseph BattellVermontGillespie Peak3366Green Mountains 
 Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain3258Adirondack Mountains 
 Big BranchVermontMount Tabor3061Green Mountains 
 Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows Peak2941Green Mountains 
 Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain2923Adirondack 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 
 William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain2333Adirondack Mountains 
 Bristol CliffsVermontSouth Mountain2325Green Mountains 
 Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak2274Adirondack Mountains 
 PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds Peak2172Adirondack Mountains 
 Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point1910Allegheny Plateau 
 Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point1155Allegheny Plateau 
 Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak405New England Upland 
 Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point290Mid-Atlantic Highlands 
 MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point210New England Upland 
 Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point47Mid-Atlantic Highlands 
 MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point35Mid-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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