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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

Showing Gordon MacLeod's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (3 out of 53, or 5.66%)

RankPeak Elev-M Range (Level 5) Prom-M Ascent Date
1.Granite Peak3901Beartooth Mountains14511982-08-01
2.Mount Wood3859Beartooth Mountains8721985-08-06
3.Castle Mountain3844Beartooth Mountains8081987-07-30
 Hilgard Peak3449Madison Range1238 
 Mount Cowen3417Northern Absaroka Range808 
 Crazy Peak3417Crazy Mountains1740 
 Tweedy Mountain3400Pioneer Mountains1156 
 Eighteenmile Peak3391Beaverhead Mountains498 
 Electric Peak3343Gallatin Range1033 
 Garfield Mountain3341Beaverhead Mountains1000 
 West Goat Peak3290Anaconda Range1205 
 Homer Youngs Peak3237Beaverhead Mountains970 
 South Sheep Mountain3233Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges1117 
 Hollowtop Mountain3232Tobacco Root Mountains1184 
 Sunset Peak3225Snowcrest Range1140 
 Mount Cleveland3190Lewis Range1593 
 Table Mountain3116Highland Mountains1348 
 Mount Jefferson3110Centennial Mountains1025 
 Mount Powell3099Flint Creek Range1136 
 Trapper Peak3096Central Bitteroot Range1088 
 Mount Stimson3091Lewis Range1336 
 Kintla Peak3079Livingston Range1341 
 McDonald Peak2993Mission Range1719 
 Sacagawea Peak2941Bridger Range1198 
 Mount Edith2890Big Belt Mountains1244 
 Crow Peak2869Elkhorn Mountains1160 
 Red Mountain2868Flathead Range1159 
 Rocky Mountain2863Rocky Mountain Front985 
 Ruby Benchmark2862Ruby Range741 
 Holland Peak2852Swan Range1218 
 Big Baldy Mountain2797Little Belt Mountains1084 
 Haystack Mountain2688Bolder Batholith737 
 Big Pryor Mountain2678Pryor Mountains1306 
 Snowshoe Peak2663Cabinet Mountains1651 
 Great Northern Mountain2653Flathead Range764 
 Greathouse Peak2646Big Snowy Mountains1238 
 Old Baldy2646Big Snowy Mountains415 
 McLeod Peak2627Rattlesnake Mountains1140 
 Elk Peak2611Castle Mountains844 
 Butte Cabin Ridge2581John Long Mountains777 
 Black Mountain2539Garnet Range771 
 Nasukoin Mountain2465Whitefish-MacDonald Range928 
 Ch-paa-qn Peak2437Ninemile-Reservation Divides1218 
 Quartz Benchmark2368Northern Bitterroot Range576 
 Northwest Peak2348United States Purcell Mountains1348 
 Highwood Baldy2338Highwood Mountains1003 
 Baldy Mountain2275Thompson-Baldy Area1239 
 McGuire Mountain2131Salish Mountains936 
 West Butte2128Western International Border Area Plains1107 
 Bearpaw Baldy2108Western International Border Area Plains1288 
 O'Brien Mountain2064United States Purcell Mountains955 
 Antoine Butte1743Western International Border Area Plains814 
 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.


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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