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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

Showing Victor Zhou's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (27 out of 53, or 50.94%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains33632012-06-30
2.South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges36662012-07-01
3.Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range37282012-09-02
4.Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains37942012-09-03
5.Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range35702013-09-01
6.Mount Edith9480Big Belt Mountains40802014-08-15
7.Baldy Mountain7464Thompson-Baldy Area40642014-08-17
8.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides39962014-08-18
9.Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range37412014-09-04
10.Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains31812014-09-05
11.Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith24192014-09-06
12.Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range39302014-09-08
13.Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range33892014-09-09
14.Red Mountain9411Flathead Range38012014-09-20
15.Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains35572015-08-08
16.Holland Peak9356Swan Range39962015-08-09
17.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains54182015-08-10
18.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains30712015-08-11
19.Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains44242015-08-12
20.Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains57092016-07-20
21.Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains16352016-07-24
22.West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range39532016-07-28
23.Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front32322016-07-30
24.Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range25052016-08-01
25.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains44222016-08-14
26.Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains38842018-08-28
27.Black Mountain8330Garnet Range25302018-09-09
 Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains4759 
 Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains2860 
 Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains2652 
 Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range4063 
 Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range2652 
 Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains3281 
 Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range5226 
 Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range4382 
 Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range4401 
 McDonald Peak9820Mission Range5640 
 Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains3805 
 Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range2431 
 Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains4286 
 Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains4061 
 Old Baldy8680Big Snowy Mountains1360 
 McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains3740 
 Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains2768 
 Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains2548 
 Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range3046 
 Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range1890 
 Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains3290 
 West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains3633 
 Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains4226 
 O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains3132 
 Antoine Butte5720Western International Border Area Plains2670 
 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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