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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

Showing Duane Gilliland's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (19 out of 53, or 35.85%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft
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Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft
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Ascent Date
11.West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range3993 
1.Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains47992002-09-01
2.Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains2900 
3.Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains2692 
8.Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains1635 
10.Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains3321 
12.Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains3221 
25.Mount Edith9520Big Belt Mountains41402009-07-27
37.Old Baldy8720Big Snowy Mountains14402011-08-26
36.Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains40812011-08-27
32.Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith2419 
24.Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range3970 
34.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains54582007-08-06
39.Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains2768 
18.Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains3403 
20.Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range35702013-08-12
6.Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains57292006-09-02
26.Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains3805 
27.Red Mountain9411Flathead Range3801 
35.Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range2545 
19.Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range3768 
9.Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range3409 
41.Black Mountain8330Garnet Range2570 
17.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains44222009-07-28
46.Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains3310 
40.Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains2588 
16.Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range52662008-08-17
21.Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range44222008-08-12
13.South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges3686 
31.Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains3577 
22.Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range44012010-08-18
4.Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range40632012-07-18
23.McDonald Peak9820Mission Range56602006-07-02
43.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides40362011-08-25
5.Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range2692 
44.Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range1930 
7.Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains3834 
33.Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains43062011-08-28
38.McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains3780 
28.Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front3272 
29.Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range2471 
47.Baldy Mountain7464Salish Mountains41042007-08-05
48.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains3111 
15.Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range3781 
53.West Chalk Butte4220Southeast Montana Plains260 
30.Holland Peak9356Swan Range40362013-08-14
14.Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains3924 
45.Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains44902009-07-25
51.O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains3172 
49.West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains3643 
50.Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains42312009-07-26
52.Antoine Butte5760Western International Border Area Plains2720 
42.Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range3086 

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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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