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

Public Land in New Reorganized Forest Units

Showing all of Paul McClellan's ascent dates (max 10 rounds) (Overall: 40 out of 110, or 36.36%)

RankGeographyPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft TotalRound 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Round 5
Round 6
Round 7
Round 8
Round 9
Round 10
1.Inyo National ForestMount Whitney14,49810,0784 1986-08-27  1988-09-13  1998-07-22  2010-06-29       
2.Pike and San Isabel National ForestMount Elbert14,43390731 1991-09-02          
3.Rio Grande National ForestBlanca Peak14,34553261 1982-09-05          
4.Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison National ForestUncompahgre Peak14,30942771 2010-06-21          
5.Arapaho and Roosevelt National ForestGrays Peak14,27027501 2012-10-10 a          
5.White River National ForestGrays Peak14,27027501 2012-10-10 a          
7.San Juan National ForestMount Wilson14,2464024           
8.Shasta-Trinity National ForestMount Shasta14,16297626 1986-04-20  1986-05-25  1988-06-19  1991-05-26  1991-12-15  1996-05-12     
9.Sierra National ForestMount Humphreys13,9862563           
10.Bridger-Teton National ForestGannett Peak13,80470761 1986-08-06          
10.Shoshone National ForestGannett Peak13,80470761 1986-08-06          
12.Ashley National ForestKings Peak13,52863481 2013-06-28          
13.Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National ForestGilbert Peak13,4421554           
14.Chugach National ForestMount Marcus Baker13,17610,726           
15.Bighorn National ForestCloud Peak13,1677067           
16.Carson National ForestWheeler Peak13,16134091 2011-10-02          
17.Santa Fe National ForestTruchas Peak13,1024001           
18.Medicine Bow-Routt National ForestMount Richthofen12,9402660           
19.Custer National ForestGranite Peak12,79947591 1979-08-24          
19.Gallatin National ForestGranite Peak12,79947591 1979-08-24          
21.Manti-Lasal National ForestMount Peale12,72161611 2015-09-02          
22.Salmon-Challis National ForestBorah Peak12,66259821 2011-09-15          
23.Coconino National ForestHumphreys Peak12,63360391 2011-09-30          
24.Sequoia National ForestFlorence Peak12,4321033           
25.Humboldt-Toiyabe National ForestDunderberg Peak12,3741334           
26.Gifford Pinchot National ForestMount Adams12,27681165 1977-07-24  1979-07-29  1987-07-04  1993-08-22  1996-07-14      
27.Caribou-Targhee National ForestDiamond Peak12,1975377           
28.Fishlake National ForestDelano Peak12,1694689           
29.Sawtooth National ForestHyndman Peak12,0094809           
30.Lincoln National ForestLookout Mountain11,580380           
31.Stanislaus National ForestLeavitt Peak11,5692049           
32.San Bernardino National ForestSan Gorgonio Mountain11,4998294           
33.Apache-Sitgreaves National ForestMount Baldy-North Peak11,400801 2017-10-26 a          
34.Beaverhead-Deerlodge National ForestHilgard Peak11,3164063           
35.Dixie National ForestBrian Head11,3073747           
36.Cibola National ForestMount Taylor11,3014094           
37.Mount Hood National ForestMount Hood11,239770649 1977-07-12  1978-05-21  1978-06-11  1978-07-22 b  1979-06-23  1980-06-08  1980-07-12  1981-07-03  1983-06-12  1984-06-02 
38.Gila National ForestWhitewater Baldy10,8953535           
39.Lake Tahoe Basin Management UnitFreel Peak10,8813146           
40.Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National ForestMount Baker10,78188124 1993-07-04  1993-07-25  1994-07-10  1997-07-08       
41.Coronado National ForestMount Graham10,72063201 2014-03-22          
42.Willamette National ForestMount Jefferson10,497577710 1978-08-06  1980-08-03  1981-08-08  1982-08-21  1985-07-21  1986-07-20  1988-07-24  1990-09-02  1998-08-30  2005-08-27 
43.Kaibab National ForestKendrick Peak10,41824781 2019-11-16          
44.Eldorado National ForestRound Top10,3812541           
45.Deschutes National ForestSouth Sister10,358558821 1976-09-25  1979-06-19  1979-09-13  1987-10-18  1988-01-02  1988-08-21  1991-06-23  1993-07-11  2000-08-20  2002-06-08 
46.Bitterroot National ForestTrapper Peak10,1573570           
47.Angeles National ForestMount San Antonio10,0646224           
48.Tongass National ForestKates Needle10,0164505           
49.Modoc National ForestEagle Peak98924352           
50.Wallowa-Whitman National ForestSacajawea Peak983863881 1989-07-04          
51.Boise National ForestSteel Mountain97302188           
52.Payette National ForestMormon Mountain95452105           
53.Okanogan-Wenatchee National ForestBonanza Peak951137111 1996-08-09          
54.Rogue River-Siskiyou National ForestMount McLoughlin949544553 1980-08-31  1985-07-04  2000-04-29        
55.Helena National ForestMount Edith94804080           
56.Nez Perce National ForestShe Devil940052001 2014-08-30 b          
57.Lewis and Clark National ForestRocky Mountain93923232           
58.Flathead National ForestLowary Peak9369649           
59.Lolo National ForestScapegoat Mountain92023042           
60.Fremont-Winema National ForestMount Thielsen918233425 1977-08-13  1991-02-10  2000-09-24  2003-09-20  2005-06-25      
60.Umpqua National ForestMount Thielsen918233425 1977-08-13  1991-02-10  2000-09-24  2003-09-20  2005-06-25      
62.Tahoe National ForestMount Lola91482068           
63.Malheur National ForestStrawberry Mountain904040804 1985-07-01  1989-07-08  2002-07-03  2008-10-18 a       
64.Klamath National ForestCaesar Peak8920520           
65.Los Padres National ForestMount Pinos88314800           
66.Clearwater National ForestRanger Peak88171457           
67.Kootenai National ForestSnowshoe Peak87385418           
68.Lassen National ForestCrater Peak86832923           
69.Plumas National ForestMount Ingalls83722792           
70.Mendocino National ForestSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain809448141 2015-06-02          
71.Prescott National ForestMount Union797929391 2018-04-18          
72.Umatilla National ForestVinegar Hill Northeast7926326           
73.Tonto National ForestMyrtle Point7920656           
74.Idaho Panhandle National ForestSouth Selkirk Crest77093349           
75.Colville National ForestGypsy Peak73201720           
76.Black Hills National ForestBlack Elk Peak723129111 2014-06-20          
77.Olympic National ForestMount Fricaba7139539           
78.Six Rivers National ForestSalmon Mountain69562006           
79.Ochoco National ForestLookout Mountain692624261 2011-10-23          
80.National Forests in North CarolinaBalsam Cone6600360           
81.Cleveland National ForestMount Laguna6299263           
82.Cherokee National ForestRoan High Knob62853485           
83.White Mountain National ForestWhite Mountain National Forest High Point61420           
84.George Washington-Jefferson National ForestMount Rogers572924491 2018-07-27 a          
85.Monongahela National ForestSpruce Knob486127811 2018-07-26          
86.Chattahoochee-Oconee National ForestsBrasstown Bald47842108           
87.Nebraska National ForestSoldier Creek Wilderness High Point47400           
88.Siuslaw National ForestMarys Peak409733571 1994-03-06          
89.Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National ForestsMount Ellen40832132           
90.El Bosque Nacional del YunqueEl Toro35243196           
91.Francis Marion-Sumter National ForestFork Mountain3294534           
92.Daniel Boone National ForestPine Mountain-Harlan 2 Benchmark2840440           
93.Ozark-St. Francis National ForestMagazine Mountain275321331 2018-07-30          
94.Ouachita National ForestRich Mountain26811921           
95.Allegheny National ForestAllegheny National Forest High Point2360143           
96.Superior National ForestEagle Mountain230113211 2014-06-17 b          
97.National Forests in AlabamaHernandez Peak-South Slope22400           
98.Ottawa National ForestMarquette County High Point1932185           
99.Chequamegon-Nicolet National ForestVilas County High Point1900270           
100.Huron-Manistee National ForestBriar Hill17061041           
101.Mark Twain National ForestBell Mountain1702382           
102.Chippewa National ForestCass-Chippewa High Point1630            
103.Wayne National ForestWayne National Forest High Point1320146           
104.National Forests in TexasBall Knob Hill1180190           
105.Hiawatha National ForestHiawatha National Forest High Point1112            
106.Shawnee National ForestWilliams Hill1064624           
107.Hoosier National ForestBald Knobs-South Slope9500           
108.National Forests in MississippiHolly Springs National Forest High Point720107           
109.Kisatchie National ForestWebster Parish High Point48010           
110.National Forests in FloridaOsceola National Forest High Point195            

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About the Multiple Ascent Grid:

  • This table grid shows all peaks on a given list, and all ascents done by Paul McClellan, 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.


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.


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


     Preliminary National Forest High Points


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