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