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U.S. National Forest High Points - Multiple Ascents Grid

Public Land in New Reorganized Forest Units

Showing all of Evan Jones's ascent dates (max 10 rounds) (Overall: 29 out of 110, or 26.36%)

RankGeographyPeak Elev-M  Prom-M TotalRound 1
(29)
Round 2
(3)
1.Inyo National ForestMount Whitney441930721 2013-07-19  
2.Pike and San Isabel National ForestMount Elbert439927651 2005-07-15  
3.Rio Grande National ForestBlanca Peak43721623   
4.Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison National ForestUncompahgre Peak43611304   
5.Arapaho and Roosevelt National ForestGrays Peak4349838   
5.White River National ForestGrays Peak4349838   
7.San Juan National ForestMount Wilson43421227   
8.Shasta-Trinity National ForestMount Shasta43172975   
9.Sierra National ForestMount Humphreys4263781   
10.Shoshone National ForestGannett Peak42072157   
10.Bridger-Teton National ForestGannett Peak42072157   
12.Ashley National ForestKings Peak412319351 2006-07-11  
13.Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National ForestGilbert Peak40974741 2007-07-14  
14.Chugach National ForestMount Marcus Baker40163269   
15.Bighorn National ForestCloud Peak40132154   
16.Carson National ForestWheeler Peak401110391 2004-09-05  
17.Santa Fe National ForestTruchas Peak39931220   
18.Medicine Bow-Routt National ForestMount Richthofen3944811   
19.Custer National ForestGranite Peak39011451   
19.Gallatin National ForestGranite Peak39011451   
21.Manti-Lasal National ForestMount Peale387718781 2008-08-17  
22.Salmon-Challis National ForestBorah Peak38591823   
23.Coconino National ForestHumphreys Peak385118412 1988-10-08  2013-06-01 
24.Sequoia National ForestFlorence Peak3789315   
25.Humboldt-Toiyabe National ForestDunderberg Peak3772407   
26.Gifford Pinchot National ForestMount Adams37422474   
27.Caribou-Targhee National ForestDiamond Peak37181639   
28.Fishlake National ForestDelano Peak370914291 2004-06-22  
29.Sawtooth National ForestHyndman Peak36601466   
30.Lincoln National ForestLookout Mountain3530116   
31.Stanislaus National ForestLeavitt Peak3526625   
32.San Bernardino National ForestSan Gorgonio Mountain35052528   
33.Apache-Sitgreaves National ForestMount Baldy-North Peak3475241 2001-06-20  
34.Beaverhead-Deerlodge National ForestHilgard Peak34491238   
35.Dixie National ForestBrian Head344611421 2004-06-19  
36.Cibola National ForestMount Taylor344512481 2000-05-26  
37.Mount Hood National ForestMount Hood34262349   
38.Gila National ForestWhitewater Baldy33211077   
39.Lake Tahoe Basin Management UnitFreel Peak3317959   
40.Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National ForestMount Baker32862686   
41.Coronado National ForestMount Graham326719261 1999-10-08  
42.Willamette National ForestMount Jefferson31991761   
43.Kaibab National ForestKendrick Peak31757551 2011-08-14  
44.Eldorado National ForestRound Top3164774   
45.Deschutes National ForestSouth Sister315717031 2007-09-08  
46.Bitterroot National ForestTrapper Peak30961088   
47.Angeles National ForestMount San Antonio30681897   
48.Tongass National ForestKates Needle30531373   
49.Modoc National ForestEagle Peak30151326   
50.Wallowa-Whitman National ForestSacajawea Peak29991947   
51.Boise National ForestSteel Mountain2966667   
52.Payette National ForestMormon Mountain2909642   
53.Okanogan-Wenatchee National ForestBonanza Peak28991131   
54.Rogue River-Siskiyou National ForestMount McLoughlin289413581 2004-07-11  
55.Helena National ForestMount Edith28901244   
56.Nez Perce National ForestShe Devil28651585   
57.Lewis and Clark National ForestRocky Mountain2863985   
58.Flathead National ForestLowary Peak2856198   
59.Lolo National ForestScapegoat Mountain2805927   
60.Fremont-Winema National ForestMount Thielsen27991019   
60.Umpqua National ForestMount Thielsen27991019   
62.Tahoe National ForestMount Lola27886301 1999-07-05  
63.Malheur National ForestStrawberry Mountain275512441 1997-08-02  
64.Klamath National ForestCaesar Peak2719158   
65.Los Padres National ForestMount Pinos26921463   
66.Clearwater National ForestRanger Peak2687444   
67.Kootenai National ForestSnowshoe Peak26631651   
68.Lassen National ForestCrater Peak2647891   
69.Plumas National ForestMount Ingalls25528511 2003-06-21  
70.Mendocino National ForestSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain24671467   
71.Prescott National ForestMount Union24328961 1998-10-11  
72.Umatilla National ForestVinegar Hill Northeast241699   
73.Tonto National ForestMyrtle Point24142001 1998-11-08  
74.Idaho Panhandle National ForestSouth Selkirk Crest23501021   
75.Colville National ForestGypsy Peak2231524   
76.Black Hills National ForestBlack Elk Peak22048872 1988-07-04  1993-08-28 
77.Olympic National ForestMount Fricaba2176164   
78.Six Rivers National ForestSalmon Mountain21206111 1999-06-25  
79.Ochoco National ForestLookout Mountain21117391 1997-08-03  
80.National Forests in North CarolinaBalsam Cone2012110   
81.Cleveland National ForestMount Laguna192080   
82.Cherokee National ForestRoan High Knob19161062   
83.White Mountain National ForestWhite Mountain National Forest High Point18720   
84.George Washington-Jefferson National ForestMount Rogers17467461 1989-05-16  
85.Monongahela National ForestSpruce Knob14828482 1988-04-02  1997-04-18 
86.Chattahoochee-Oconee National ForestsBrasstown Bald14586431 1989-05-14  
87.Nebraska National ForestSoldier Creek Wilderness High Point14450   
88.Siuslaw National ForestMarys Peak124910231 1999-08-28  
89.Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National ForestsMount Ellen1244650   
90.El Bosque Nacional del YunqueEl Toro1074973   
91.Francis Marion-Sumter National ForestFork Mountain1004163   
92.Daniel Boone National ForestPine Mountain-Harlan 2 Benchmark866134   
93.Ozark-St. Francis National ForestMagazine Mountain8396501 1995-11-19  
94.Ouachita National ForestRich Mountain817586   
95.Allegheny National ForestAllegheny National Forest High Point71944   
96.Superior National ForestEagle Mountain7014031 1993-05-21  
97.National Forests in AlabamaHernandez Peak-South Slope6830   
98.Ottawa National ForestMarquette County High Point58957   
99.Chequamegon-Nicolet National ForestVilas County High Point57982   
100.Huron-Manistee National ForestBriar Hill520317   
101.Mark Twain National ForestBell Mountain519116   
102.Chippewa National ForestCass-Chippewa High Point497    
103.Wayne National ForestWayne National Forest High Point40245   
104.National Forests in TexasBall Knob Hill36058   
105.Hiawatha National ForestHiawatha National Forest High Point339    
106.Shawnee National ForestWilliams Hill324190   
107.Hoosier National ForestBald Knobs-South Slope2900   
108.National Forests in MississippiHolly Springs National Forest High Point21933   
109.Kisatchie National ForestWebster Parish High Point1463   
110.National Forests in FloridaOsceola National Forest High Point59    

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About the Multiple Ascent Grid:

  • This table grid shows all peaks on a given list, and all ascents done by Evan Jones, up to 10 ascents per peak.
  • While many peakbaggers do not like to repeat ascents, some will try to do multiple "laps" or "rounds" of a favorite list, often one close to home.
  • The header for each ascent column shows, in parentheses, the total number of peaks climbed in each "round", and clicking the header link will sort your ascents for that round.
  • Due to space limitations, this listing has just the basic peak info, so up to ten date columns can be shown. Please use the main peak list (linked above) for more basic info and functionality.
  • Some climbers will log two ascents of the same peak on the same day--for example, when doing an out-and-back ridge run with other ascents sandwiched between two of the same peak. Some might not consider these to be two separate ascents for the purposes of doing multiple rounds. Clicking on the "Count a peak only once per day" link in the header will collapse multiple ascents of a peak on a single day into just one ascent for this grid list.

List Description

National Forests and National Grasslands are publically-owned lands in the United States managed by the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 300,000 square miles of Forest Service land is managed for logging, grazing, habitat protection, and outdoor recreation. Sometimes confused with National Parks, National Forests are quite different—Forests are bigger, generally less popular, don’t charge entry fees, and allow managed resource extraction in addition to tourist activities.

There are about 155 named National Forests and 20 National Grasslands. However, this list of National Forest high points is based on a new reorganized list of 109 USFS-managed entities. It also only considers publicly-owned USFS land and no private or public inholdings.

Forest Reorganization

Over the past couple decades the Forest Service has been streamlining and consolidating their operations, and the actual management of their lands is now done by 112 new “combined forests”. Essentially, the USFS saw no distinctions between National Forests and National Grasslands, and no reason to honor traditional National Forest boundaries, so they re-organized their holdings as they saw fit to best manage their land.

Some traditional National Forests survived the re-org intact (for example, the Gifford-Pinchot NF, the White Mountain NF), but others were combined, sometimes into entities with bureaucratic names (for example, “National Forests in Texas”, “Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit”). Most of the former National Grasslands were merged into these new combined National Forests. The old National Forest names may still appear on signs and maps, but organizationally they don’t really exist anymore.

The high point list shown here uses 110 of these new National Forest entities, including the one in Puerto Rico. The only 2 excluded are a new USFS unit entirely composed of former National Grasslands (the Dakota Prairie Grasslands) and the relatively new Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, both of which never had any traditional National Forest land in them.

One advantage of using this new, smaller list of National Forest high points is that many uninspiring peaks in lowlands areas are no longer on the list. For example, the new “National Forests in Mississippi” entity used to be six forests (Holly Springs, Bienville, DeSoto, Delta, Tombigee, Homochitto). In this case, the USFS desire for organizational efficiency aligns nicely with the interests of peakbaggers who prefer “real” mountains.

Inholdings

National Forests tend to have extremely convoluted boundaries. Many of them have a “proclaimed boundary” that may be somewhat regular, but only portions of the land within the proclaimed boundary are actually owned by the USFS. Much of this private land is on the edges of National Forests, but there are also many private inholdings surrounded by public land. There are also cases where an important mountain summit (Mount Washington, NH and Mount Mitchell, NC, for example) are within inholdings that are State Parks and not USFS land. The government is engaged in a long-term effort to purchase inholdings from willing sellers, but this is a very slow process.

This list only shows highpoints located on public Forest Service land. Higher land located on private property within the proclaimed boundary is ignored. Please e-mail the webmaster if you see any errors where a high point on private land is listed.

Acknowledgments

Thanks to Roy Schweiker and David Olson, who did much original research on a preliminary list (see link below).

Links

     Preliminary National Forest High Points

 


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