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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

Showing Steve Sheriff's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (47 out of 53, or 88.68%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains47591977
2.Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains28602008-08-22
3.Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains26521987
4.Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range40631996-07-06
5.Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range26521981
6.Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains57091996-07-04
7.Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains37941988-10-09
8.Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains16351995-06-30
9.Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range33891997-09-21
10.Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains32812013-09-07
11.West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range39532008-07-12
12.Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains31811994-07-04
13.South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges36662013-07-02
14.Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains38841997-09-28
15.Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range37412003-07-06
16.Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range5226 
17.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains44222011-10-09
18.Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains33632010-09-11
19.Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range37282004-09-06
20.Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range35701977
21.Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range4382 
22.Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range4401 
23.McDonald Peak9820Mission Range56401982
24.Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range39302013-07-03
25.Mount Edith9480Big Belt Mountains40802011-11-03
26.Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains38052013-04-01
27.Red Mountain9411Flathead Range38012010-07-11
28.Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front32321993-09-26
29.Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range24312013-07-01
30.Holland Peak9356Swan Range39961985
31.Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains35572013-10-09
32.Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith24192013-07-04
33.Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains4286 
34.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains54181993-10-03
35.Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range25052010-10-02
36.Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains40612013-10-10
37.Old Baldy8680Big Snowy Mountains13601980
38.McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains37401991-07-07
39.Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains27682013-04-02
40.Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains25482012-10-12
41.Black Mountain8330Garnet Range25302013-08-05
42.Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range30462012-10-08
43.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides39961982
44.Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range1890 
45.Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains44242012-10-06
46.Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains32902014-07-23
47.Baldy Mountain7464Salish Mountains40642002
48.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains30712012-10-07
49.West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains36332010-09-23
50.Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains42262013-10-12
51.O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains31322013-06-08
52.Antoine Butte5720Western International Border Area Plains26702013-10-11
53.West Chalk Butte4200Southeast Montana Plains220 

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List Description

Cedron Jones is perhaps the most prolific peakbagger in the history of Montana, with over 1000 ascents of peaks in the state to his credit over many decades of exploring its huge variety of mountains. In 2011 he wrote a new guidebook, Peakbagging Montana, with climbing information for 53 of the most prominent, interesting, and representative peaks in Montana, based on his intimate knowledge of the subject.

This list, while not based on any objective criteria, has several virtues. It does not contain as many relatively flat peaks and "liners" as the Montana county high point list, it has fewer peaks than the daunting 143 on the 2000-foot prominence list for the state, and it has more geographic diversity than the 11,000-foot peak list, which is inordinately focused on the Beartooths.

There are still many stiff challenges on this list, and only skilled scramblers comfortable on Montana's notoriously crumbly rock will be able to complete it. Under ideal weather and route conditions, no peak on this list will require a rope for peakbaggers comfortable with class 3 terrain with occasional bits of class 4. Still, many peaks require multi-day expeditions and solid wilderness skills. The peaks in Glacier National Park and the Beartooths in particular can be difficult.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Cedron Jones and Chris Cauble of Riverbend Publishing for putting together the list and the Peakbagging Montana book.

Links

     Riverbend Publishing - Peakbagging Montana

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       Peakbagging Montana (Jones)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.

 


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