Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks
|Rank||Peak|| Elev-Ft ||Range (Level 5)|| Prom-Ft ||Ascent Date|
|52.||Antoine Butte||5720||Western International Border Area Plains||2670|| |
|47.||Baldy Mountain||7464||Salish Mountains||4064|| |
|50.||Bearpaw Baldy||6916||Western International Border Area Plains||4226|| |
|31.||Big Baldy Mountain||9177||Little Belt Mountains||3557|| |
|33.||Big Pryor Mountain||8786||Pryor Mountains||4286|| |
|41.||Black Mountain||8330||Garnet Range||2530|| |
|40.||Butte Cabin Ridge||8468||John Long Mountains||2548|| |
|3.||Castle Mountain||12,612||Beartooth Mountains||2652|| |
|43.||Ch-paa-qn Peak||7996||Ninemile-Reservation Divides||3996|| |
|6.||Crazy Peak||11,209||Crazy Mountains||5709|| |
|26.||Crow Peak||9414||Elkhorn Mountains||3805|| |
|8.||Eighteenmile Peak||11,125||Beaverhead Mountains||1635|| |
|9.||Electric Peak||10,969||Gallatin Range||3389|| |
|39.||Elk Peak||8566||Castle Mountains||2768|| |
|10.||Garfield Mountain||10,961||Beaverhead Mountains||3281|| |
|1.||Granite Peak||12,799||Beartooth Mountains||4759|| |
|35.||Great Northern Mountain||8705||Flathead Range||2505|| |
|36.||Greathouse Peak||8681||Big Snowy Mountains||4061|| |
|32.||Haystack Mountain||8819||Bolder Batholith||2419|| |
|46.||Highwood Baldy||7670||Highwood Mountains||3290|| |
|4.||Hilgard Peak||11,316||Madison Range||4063|| |
|30.||Holland Peak||9356||Swan Range||3996|| |
|14.||Hollowtop Mountain||10,604||Tobacco Root Mountains||3884|| |
|12.||Homer Youngs Peak||10,621||Beaverhead Mountains||3181|| |
|22.||Kintla Peak||10,101||Livingston Range||4401|| |
|23.||McDonald Peak||9820||Mission Range||5640|| |
|48.||McGuire Mountain||6991||Salish Mountains||3071|| |
|38.||McLeod Peak||8620||Rattlesnake Mountains||3740|| |
|16.||Mount Cleveland||10,466||Lewis Range||5226|| |
|5.||Mount Cowen||11,212||Northern Absaroka Range||2652|| |
|25.||Mount Edith||9480||Big Belt Mountains||4080|| |
|18.||Mount Jefferson||10,203||Centennial Mountains||3363|| |
|19.||Mount Powell||10,168||Flint Creek Range||3728|| |
|21.||Mount Stimson||10,142||Lewis Range||4382|| |
|2.||Mount Wood||12,660||Beartooth Mountains||2860|| |
|42.||Nasukoin Mountain||8086||Whitefish-MacDonald Range||3046|| |
|45.||Northwest Peak||7705||United States Purcell Mountains||4424|| |
|51.||O'Brien Mountain||6772||United States Purcell Mountains||3132|| |
|37.||Old Baldy||8680||Big Snowy Mountains||1360|| |
|44.||Quartz Benchmark||7770||Northern Bitterroot Range||1890|| |
|27.||Red Mountain||9411||Flathead Range||3801|| |
|28.||Rocky Mountain||9392||Rocky Mountain Front||3232|| |
|29.||Ruby Benchmark||9391||Ruby Range||2431|| |
|24.||Sacagawea Peak||9650||Bridger Range||3930|| |
|34.||Snowshoe Peak||8738||Cabinet Mountains||5418|| |
|13.||South Sheep Mountain||10,606||Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges||3666|| |
|15.||Sunset Peak||10,581||Snowcrest Range||3741|| |
|17.||Table Mountain||10,223||Highland Mountains||4422|| |
|20.||Trapper Peak||10,157||Central Bitteroot Range||3570|| |
|7.||Tweedy Mountain||11,154||Pioneer Mountains||3794|| |
|49.||West Butte||6983||Western International Border Area Plains||3633|| |
|53.||West Chalk Butte||4200||Southeast Montana Plains||220|| |
|11.||West Goat Peak||10,793||Anaconda Range||3953|| |
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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
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