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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

Showing Bob Packard's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (35 out of 53, or 66.04%)

RankPeak Elev-M Range (Level 5) Prom-M Ascent Date
1.Granite Peak3901Beartooth Mountains14501983-08 a2
2.Castle Mountain3844Beartooth Mountains8081997-09 a4
3.Mount Wood3859Beartooth Mountains8721997-09 a5
4.Highwood Baldy2338Highwood Mountains10031997-09 a6
5.West Butte2128Western International Border Area Plains11071997-09 a8
6.Big Baldy Mountain2797Little Belt Mountains10841997-09 b2
7.Greathouse Peak2646Big Snowy Mountains12381997-09 b4
8.Old Baldy2646Big Snowy Mountains4151997-09 b5
9.Mount Edith2890Big Belt Mountains12441997-09 b7
10.Crow Peak2869Elkhorn Mountains11591997-09 c1
11.Table Mountain3116Highland Mountains13481997-09 c4
12.Tweedy Mountain3400Pioneer Mountains11571997-09 c7
13.Snowshoe Peak2663Cabinet Mountains16512000-08-16
14.Electric Peak3343Gallatin Range10332000-09-05
15.Trapper Peak3096Central Bitteroot Range10882001-08-21
16.Quartz Benchmark2368Northern Bitterroot Range5762001-08-24
17.Red Mountain2868Flathead Range11582001-08-25
18.Mount Powell3099Flint Creek Range11362001-08-26
19.Hilgard Peak3449Madison Range12382001-08-30
20.Bearpaw Baldy2108Western International Border Area Plains12882002-07-14
21.Antoine Butte1743Western International Border Area Plains8132002-07-15
22.Crazy Peak3417Crazy Mountains17412002-07-17
23.West Goat Peak3290Anaconda Range12052002-07-19
24.Rocky Mountain2863Rocky Mountain Front9852002-07-25
25.Holland Peak2852Swan Range12182002-07-31
26.McDonald Peak2993Mission Range17192002-10-13
27.Mount Cleveland3190Lewis Range15932003-08-11
28.Mount Stimson3091Lewis Range13352004-08-04
29.Big Pryor Mountain2678Pryor Mountains13062004-08-08
30.O'Brien Mountain2064United States Purcell Mountains9552012-08-12
31.Northwest Peak2348United States Purcell Mountains13482012-08-16
32.McGuire Mountain2131Salish Mountains9362012-08-18
33.Nasukoin Mountain2465Whitefish-MacDonald Range9292012-08-20
34.Ch-paa-qn Peak2437Ninemile-Reservation Divides12182012-08-30
35.Haystack Mountain2688Bolder Batholith7372013-09-09
 Mount Cowen3417Northern Absaroka Range808 
 Eighteenmile Peak3391Beaverhead Mountains498 
 Garfield Mountain3341Beaverhead Mountains1000 
 Homer Youngs Peak3237Beaverhead Mountains969 
 South Sheep Mountain3233Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges1118 
 Hollowtop Mountain3232Tobacco Root Mountains1184 
 Sunset Peak3225Snowcrest Range1140 
 Mount Jefferson3110Centennial Mountains1025 
 Kintla Peak3079Livingston Range1342 
 Sacagawea Peak2941Bridger Range1198 
 Ruby Benchmark2862Ruby Range741 
 Great Northern Mountain2653Flathead Range763 
 McLeod Peak2627Rattlesnake Mountains1140 
 Elk Peak2611Castle Mountains844 
 Butte Cabin Ridge2581John Long Mountains777 
 Black Mountain2539Garnet Range771 
 Baldy Mountain2275Salish Mountains1239 
 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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