Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks
Showing Gordon MacLeod's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (3 out of 53, or 5.66%)
|Range (Level 5)|| Prom-Ft|
|1.||Granite Peak||12,799||Beartooth Mountains||4799||1982-08-01|
|2.||Mount Wood||12,660||Beartooth Mountains||2900||1985-08-06|
|3.||Castle Mountain||12,612||Beartooth Mountains||2692||1987-07-30|
| ||Hilgard Peak||11,316||Madison Range||4063|| |
| ||Mount Cowen||11,212||Northern Absaroka Range||2692|| |
| ||Crazy Peak||11,209||Crazy Mountains||5729|| |
| ||Tweedy Mountain||11,154||Pioneer Mountains||3834|| |
| ||Eighteenmile Peak||11,125||Beaverhead Mountains||1635|| |
| ||Electric Peak||10,969||Gallatin Range||3409|| |
| ||Garfield Mountain||10,961||Beaverhead Mountains||3321|| |
| ||West Goat Peak||10,793||Anaconda Range||3993|| |
| ||Homer Youngs Peak||10,621||Beaverhead Mountains||3221|| |
| ||South Sheep Mountain||10,606||Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges||3686|| |
| ||Hollowtop Mountain||10,604||Tobacco Root Mountains||3924|| |
| ||Sunset Peak||10,581||Snowcrest Range||3781|| |
| ||Mount Cleveland||10,466||Lewis Range||5266|| |
| ||Table Mountain||10,223||Highland Mountains||4422|| |
| ||Mount Jefferson||10,203||Centennial Mountains||3403|| |
| ||Mount Powell||10,168||Flint Creek Range||3768|| |
| ||Trapper Peak||10,157||Central Bitteroot Range||3570|| |
| ||Mount Stimson||10,142||Lewis Range||4422|| |
| ||Kintla Peak||10,101||Livingston Range||4401|| |
| ||McDonald Peak||9820||Mission Range||5660|| |
| ||Sacagawea Peak||9650||Bridger Range||3970|| |
| ||Mount Edith||9520||Big Belt Mountains||4140|| |
| ||Crow Peak||9414||Elkhorn Mountains||3805|| |
| ||Red Mountain||9411||Flathead Range||3801|| |
| ||Rocky Mountain||9392||Rocky Mountain Front||3272|| |
| ||Ruby Benchmark||9391||Ruby Range||2471|| |
| ||Holland Peak||9356||Swan Range||4036|| |
| ||Big Baldy Mountain||9177||Little Belt Mountains||3577|| |
| ||Haystack Mountain||8819||Bolder Batholith||2419|| |
| ||Big Pryor Mountain||8786||Pryor Mountains||4306|| |
| ||Snowshoe Peak||8738||Cabinet Mountains||5458|| |
| ||Old Baldy||8720||Big Snowy Mountains||1440|| |
| ||Great Northern Mountain||8705||Flathead Range||2545|| |
| ||Greathouse Peak||8681||Big Snowy Mountains||4081|| |
| ||McLeod Peak||8620||Rattlesnake Mountains||3780|| |
| ||Elk Peak||8566||Castle Mountains||2768|| |
| ||Butte Cabin Ridge||8468||John Long Mountains||2588|| |
| ||Black Mountain||8330||Garnet Range||2570|| |
| ||Nasukoin Mountain||8086||Whitefish-MacDonald Range||3086|| |
| ||Ch-paa-qn Peak||7996||Ninemile-Reservation Divides||4036|| |
| ||Quartz Benchmark||7770||Northern Bitterroot Range||1930|| |
| ||Northwest Peak||7705||United States Purcell Mountains||4490|| |
| ||Highwood Baldy||7670||Highwood Mountains||3310|| |
| ||Baldy Mountain||7464||Salish Mountains||4104|| |
| ||McGuire Mountain||6991||Salish Mountains||3111|| |
| ||West Butte||6983||Western International Border Area Plains||3643|| |
| ||Bearpaw Baldy||6916||Western International Border Area Plains||4231|| |
| ||O'Brien Mountain||6772||United States Purcell Mountains||3172|| |
| ||Antoine Butte||5760||Western International Border Area Plains||2720|| |
| ||West Chalk Butte||4220||Southeast Montana Plains||260|| |
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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.
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.
Map Showing Location of Peaks
= Peaks climbed by Gordon MacLeod = Unclimbed peaksClick on a peak to see its name and a clickable link.
(Map only shows peaks ranked by clean prominence)
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