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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains4759 
2.Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains2860 
3.Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains2652 
4.Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range4063 
5.Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range2652 
6.Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains5709 
7.Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains3794 
8.Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains1635 
9.Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range3389 
10.Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains3281 
11.West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range3953 
12.Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains3181 
13.South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges3666 
14.Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains3884 
15.Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range3741 
16.Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range5226 
17.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains4422 
18.Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains3363 
19.Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range3728 
20.Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range3570 
21.Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range4382 
22.Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range4401 
23.McDonald Peak9820Mission Range5640 
24.Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range3930 
25.Mount Edith9480Big Belt Mountains4080 
26.Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains3805 
27.Red Mountain9411Flathead Range3801 
28.Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front3232 
29.Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range2431 
30.Holland Peak9356Swan Range3996 
31.Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains3557 
32.Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith2419 
33.Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains4286 
34.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains5418 
35.Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range2505 
36.Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains4061 
37.Old Baldy8680Big Snowy Mountains1360 
38.McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains3740 
39.Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains2768 
40.Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains2548 
41.Black Mountain8330Garnet Range2530 
42.Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range3046 
43.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides3996 
44.Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range1890 
45.Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains4424 
46.Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains3290 
47.Baldy Mountain7464Salish Mountains4064 
48.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains3071 
49.West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains3633 
50.Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains4226 
51.O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains3132 
52.Antoine Butte5720Western International Border Area Plains2670 
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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