Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks
Showing Steve Ottenad's first ascent dates for climbed peaks
|Rank||Peak|| Elev-Ft ||Range (Level 5)|| Prom-Ft ||Ascent Date|
|11.||West Goat Peak||10,793||Anaconda Range||3953|| |
|1.||Granite Peak||12,799||Beartooth Mountains||4759|| |
|2.||Mount Wood||12,660||Beartooth Mountains||2860|| |
|3.||Castle Mountain||12,612||Beartooth Mountains||2652|| |
|8.||Eighteenmile Peak||11,125||Beaverhead Mountains||1635|| |
|10.||Garfield Mountain||10,961||Beaverhead Mountains||3281|| |
|12.||Homer Youngs Peak||10,621||Beaverhead Mountains||3181|| |
|25.||Mount Edith||9480||Big Belt Mountains||4080|| |
|37.||Greathouse Peak||8681||Big Snowy Mountains||4061|| |
|38.||Old Baldy||8680||Big Snowy Mountains||1360|| |
|32.||Haystack Mountain||8819||Bolder Batholith||2419|| |
|24.||Sacagawea Peak||9650||Bridger Range||3930|| |
|35.||Snowshoe Peak||8738||Cabinet Mountains||5418|| |
|40.||Elk Peak||8566||Castle Mountains||2768|| |
|18.||Mount Jefferson||10,203||Centennial Mountains||3363|| |
|20.||Trapper Peak||10,157||Central Bitteroot Range||3570|| |
|6.||Crazy Peak||11,209||Crazy Mountains||5709|| |
|26.||Crow Peak||9414||Elkhorn Mountains||3805|| |
|27.||Red Mountain||9411||Flathead Range||3801|| |
|36.||Great Northern Mountain||8705||Flathead Range||2505|| |
|19.||Mount Powell||10,168||Flint Creek Range||3728|| |
|9.||Electric Peak||10,969||Gallatin Range||3389|| |
|42.||Black Mountain||8330||Garnet Range||2530|| |
|17.||Table Mountain||10,223||Highland Mountains||4422|| |
|47.||Highwood Baldy||7670||Highwood Mountains||3290|| |
|41.||Butte Cabin Ridge||8468||John Long Mountains||2548|| |
|16.||Mount Cleveland||10,466||Lewis Range||5226|| |
|21.||Mount Stimson||10,142||Lewis Range||4382|| |
|13.||South Sheep Mountain||10,606||Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges||3666|| |
|31.||Big Baldy Mountain||9177||Little Belt Mountains||3557|| |
|22.||Kintla Peak||10,101||Livingston Range||4401|| |
|4.||Hilgard Peak||11,316||Madison Range||4063|| |
|23.||McDonald Peak||9820||Mission Range||5640|| |
|44.||Ch-paa-qn Peak||7996||Ninemile-Reservation Divides||3996|| |
|5.||Mount Cowen||11,212||Northern Absaroka Range||2652|| |
|45.||Quartz Benchmark||7770||Northern Bitterroot Range||1890|| |
|7.||Tweedy Mountain||11,154||Pioneer Mountains||3794|| |
|33.||Big Pryor Mountain||8786||Pryor Mountains||4286|| |
|34.||East Pryor Mountain||8776||Pryor Mountains||1656|| |
|39.||McLeod Peak||8620||Rattlesnake Mountains||3740|| |
|28.||Rocky Mountain||9392||Rocky Mountain Front||3232|| |
|29.||Ruby Benchmark||9391||Ruby Range||2431|| |
|48.||Baldy Mountain||7464||Salish Mountains||4064|| |
|49.||McGuire Mountain||6991||Salish Mountains||3071|| |
|15.||Sunset Peak||10,581||Snowcrest Range||3741|| |
|53.||West Chalk Butte||4200||Southeast Montana Plains||220|| |
|30.||Holland Peak||9356||Swan Range||3996|| |
|14.||Hollowtop Mountain||10,604||Tobacco Root Mountains||3884|| |
|46.||Northwest Peak||7705||United States Purcell Mountains||4424|| |
|50.||West Butte||6983||Western International Border Area Plains||3633|| |
|51.||Bearpaw Baldy||6916||Western International Border Area Plains||4226|| |
|52.||Antoine Butte||5720||Western International Border Area Plains||2670|| |
|43.||Nasukoin Mountain||8086||Whitefish-MacDonald Range||3046|| |
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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
= Peaks climbed by Steve Ottenad = Unclimbed peaksClick on a peak to see its name and a clickable link.
(Map only shows peaks ranked by clean prominence)
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