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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-Ft
Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft
Ascent Date
1.Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains47791982-08-01
2.Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains28801985-08-06
3.Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains26721987-07-30
 Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range4063 
 Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range2672 
 Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains5719 
 Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains3814 
 Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains1635 
 Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range3399 
 Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains3301 
 West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range3973 
 Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains3201 
 South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges3676 
 Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains3904 
 Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range3761 
 Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range5246 
 Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains4422 
 Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains3383 
 Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range3748 
 Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range3570 
 Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range4402 
 Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range4401 
 McDonald Peak9820Mission Range5650 
 Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range3950 
 Mount Edith9500Big Belt Mountains4110 
 Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains3805 
 Red Mountain9411Flathead Range3801 
 Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front3252 
 Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range2451 
 Holland Peak9356Swan Range4016 
 Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains3567 
 Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith2419 
 Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains4296 
 Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains5438 
 Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range2525 
 Old Baldy8700Big Snowy Mountains1400 
 Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains4071 
 McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains3760 
 Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains2768 
 Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains2568 
 Black Mountain8330Garnet Range2550 
 Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range3066 
 Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides4016 
 Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range1910 
 Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains4457 
 Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains3300 
 Baldy Mountain7464Thompson-Baldy Area4084 
 McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains3091 
 West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains3638 
 Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains4229 
 O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains3152 
 Antoine Butte5740Western International Border Area Plains2695 
 West Chalk Butte4210Southeast Montana Plains240 

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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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