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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains5709 
2.McDonald Peak9820Mission Range5640 
3.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains5418 
4.Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range5226 
5.Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains4759 
6.Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains4424 
7.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains4422 
8.Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range4401 
9.Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range4382 
10.Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains4286 
11.Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains4226 
12.Mount Edith9480Big Belt Mountains4080 
13.Baldy Mountain7464Salish Mountains4064 
14.Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range4063 
15.Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains4061 
16.Holland Peak9356Swan Range3996 
17.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides3996 
18.West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range3953 
19.Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range3930 
20.Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains3884 
21.Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains3805 
22.Red Mountain9411Flathead Range3801 
23.Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains3794 
24.Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range3741 
25.McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains3740 
26.Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range3728 
27.South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges3666 
28.West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains3633 
29.Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range3570 
30.Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains3557 
31.Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range3389 
32.Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains3363 
33.Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains3290 
34.Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains3281 
35.Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front3232 
36.Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains3181 
37.O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains3132 
38.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains3071 
39.Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range3046 
40.Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains2860 
41.Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains2768 
42.Antoine Butte5720Western International Border Area Plains2670 
43.Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains2652 
44.Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range2652 
45.Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains2548 
46.Black Mountain8330Garnet Range2530 
47.Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range2505 
48.Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range2431 
49.Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith2419 
50.Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range1890 
51.Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains1635 
52.Old Baldy8680Big Snowy Mountains1360 
53.West Chalk Butte4200Southeast Montana Plains220 

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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.

Acknowledgements

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.

 


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