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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

RankPeak Elev-M Range (Level 5) Prom-M 
1.Granite Peak3901Beartooth Mountains1450
2.Mount Wood3859Beartooth Mountains872
3.Castle Mountain3844Beartooth Mountains808
4.Hilgard Peak3449Madison Range1238
5.Mount Cowen3417Northern Absaroka Range808
6.Crazy Peak3417Crazy Mountains1741
7.Tweedy Mountain3400Pioneer Mountains1157
8.Eighteenmile Peak3391Beaverhead Mountains498
9.Electric Peak3343Gallatin Range1033
10.Garfield Mountain3341Beaverhead Mountains1000
11.West Goat Peak3290Anaconda Range1205
12.Homer Youngs Peak3237Beaverhead Mountains969
13.South Sheep Mountain3233Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges1118
14.Hollowtop Mountain3232Tobacco Root Mountains1184
15.Sunset Peak3225Snowcrest Range1140
16.Mount Cleveland3190Lewis Range1593
17.Table Mountain3116Highland Mountains1348
18.Mount Jefferson3110Centennial Mountains1025
19.Mount Powell3099Flint Creek Range1136
20.Trapper Peak3096Central Bitteroot Range1088
21.Mount Stimson3091Lewis Range1335
22.Kintla Peak3079Livingston Range1342
23.McDonald Peak2993Mission Range1719
24.Sacagawea Peak2941Bridger Range1198
25.Mount Edith2890Big Belt Mountains1244
26.Crow Peak2869Elkhorn Mountains1159
27.Red Mountain2868Flathead Range1158
28.Rocky Mountain2863Rocky Mountain Front985
29.Ruby Benchmark2862Ruby Range741
30.Holland Peak2852Swan Range1218
31.Big Baldy Mountain2797Little Belt Mountains1084
32.Haystack Mountain2688Bolder Batholith737
33.Big Pryor Mountain2678Pryor Mountains1306
34.Snowshoe Peak2663Cabinet Mountains1651
35.Great Northern Mountain2653Flathead Range763
36.Greathouse Peak2646Big Snowy Mountains1238
37.Old Baldy2646Big Snowy Mountains415
38.McLeod Peak2627Rattlesnake Mountains1140
39.Elk Peak2611Castle Mountains844
40.Butte Cabin Ridge2581John Long Mountains777
41.Black Mountain2539Garnet Range771
42.Nasukoin Mountain2465Whitefish-MacDonald Range929
43.Ch-paa-qn Peak2437Ninemile-Reservation Divides1218
44.Quartz Benchmark2368Northern Bitterroot Range576
45.Northwest Peak2348United States Purcell Mountains1348
46.Highwood Baldy2338Highwood Mountains1003
47.Baldy Mountain2275Salish Mountains1239
48.McGuire Mountain2131Salish Mountains936
49.West Butte2128Western International Border Area Plains1107
50.Bearpaw Baldy2108Western International Border Area Plains1288
51.O'Brien Mountain2064United States Purcell Mountains955
52.Antoine Butte1743Western International Border Area Plains813
53.West Chalk Butte1280Southeast Montana Plains67

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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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