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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

Showing Bob Packard's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (38 out of 53, or 71.7%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains47591983-08 a2
2.Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains26521997-09 a4
3.Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains28601997-09 a5
4.Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains32901997-09 a6
5.West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains36331997-09 a8
6.Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains35571997-09 b2
7.Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains40611997-09 b4
8.Old Baldy8680Big Snowy Mountains13601997-09 b5
9.Mount Edith9480Big Belt Mountains40801997-09 b7
10.Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains38051997-09 c1
11.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains44221997-09 c4
12.Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains37941997-09 c7
13.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains54182000-08-16
14.Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range33892000-09-05
15.Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range35702001-08-21
16.Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range18902001-08-24
17.Red Mountain9411Flathead Range38012001-08-25
18.Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range37282001-08-26
19.Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range40632001-08-30
20.Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains42262002-07-14
21.Antoine Butte5720Western International Border Area Plains26702002-07-15
22.Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains57092002-07-17
23.West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range39532002-07-19
24.Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front32322002-07-25
25.Holland Peak9356Swan Range39962002-07-31
26.McDonald Peak9820Mission Range56402002-10-13
27.Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range52262003-08-11
28.Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range43822004-08-04
29.Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains42862004-08-08
30.O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains31322012-08-12
31.Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains44242012-08-16
32.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains30712012-08-18
33.Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range30462012-08-20
34.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides39962012-08-30
35.Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith24192013-09-09
36.Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range39302015-08-28
37.Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains33632015-08-31
38.Black Mountain8330Garnet Range25302016-09-13
 Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range2652 
 Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains1635 
 Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains3281 
 Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains3181 
 South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges3666 
 Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains3884 
 Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range3741 
 Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range4401 
 Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range2431 
 Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range2505 
 McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains3740 
 Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains2768 
 Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains2548 
 Baldy Mountain7464Thompson-Baldy Area4064 
 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.


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


     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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