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Most Prominent Peaks of US National Parks

Showing Brian McCarty's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (5 out of 58, or 8.62%)

RankLand NamePeak Prom-Ft  Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)HPAscentsAscent Date
1.Sequoia National ParkMount Whitney10,07814,498Sierra NevadaHP26092015-09-16
2.Mount Rainier National ParkMount Rainier13,24614,411Cascade RangeHP20412016-07-23
3.Great Smoky Mountains National ParkClingmans Dome45036643Blue Ridge MountainsHP1335 
4.Guadalupe Mountains National ParkGuadalupe Peak30298749Southwest Basins and RangesHP8592018-05-29 e
5.Lassen Volcanic National ParkLassen Peak522910,457Cascade RangeHP8292015-08-30
6.Acadia National ParkCadillac Mountain15281528Northern U.S. AppalachiansHP804 
7.Rocky Mountain National ParkLongs Peak294014,255Southern Rocky MountainsHP699 
8.Death Valley National ParkTelescope Peak616811,048Great Basin RangesHP584 
9.Great Basin National ParkWheeler Peak756313,063Great Basin RangesHP5412016-10-12
10.Haleakala National ParkHaleakala10,02310,023HawaiiHP484 
11.Olympic National ParkMount Olympus78387969Northwest U.S. Coast RangesHP365 
12.Grand Teton National ParkGrand Teton653013,770Greater Yellowstone RockiesHP359 
13.Shenandoah National ParkHawksbill21484050Blue Ridge MountainsHP342 
14.Crater Lake National ParkMount Scott30098929Cascade RangeHP297 
15.Yosemite National ParkMount Conness263012,590Sierra Nevada289 
16.Big Bend National ParkEmory Peak44857825Southwest Basins and RangesHP247 
17.Bryce Canyon National ParkRainbow Point7609115Colorado PlateauHP243 
18.Denali National Park and PreserveDenali20,14620,310Alaska RangeHP214 
19.Kings Canyon National ParkNorth Palisade289414,242Sierra NevadaHP212 
20.Hawaii Volcanoes National ParkMauna Loa707913,679HawaiiHP163 
21.Pinnacles National ParkNorth Chalone Peak15443304Central and Southern California RangesHP157 
22.Mesa Verde National ParkPark Point Lookout16118571Colorado PlateauHP147 
23.Joshua Tree National ParkSpectre Peak25464482Great Basin Ranges145 
24.Wind Cave National ParkRankin Ridge3935013Great PlainsHP108 
25.North Cascades National ParkMount Spickard47798979Cascade Range90 
26.Saguaro National ParkMica Mountain46088664Southwest Basins and RangesHP86 
27.Hot Springs National ParkMusic Mountain6401400Ozark HighlandsHP77 
28.Glacier National Park (USA)Mount Cleveland522610,466Central Montana Rocky MountainsHP73 
29.Arches National ParkElephant Butte8235653Colorado PlateauHP66 
30.Theodore Roosevelt National ParkBuck Hill2802840Great Plains44 
31.Virgin Islands National ParkBordeaux Mountain12861286Puerto Rico and Virgin IslandsHP34 
32.Isle Royale National ParkMount Desor7921394Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP32 
33.Yellowstone National ParkElectric Peak338910,969Greater Yellowstone Rockies31 
34.Badlands National ParkNorth Pinnacle5153255Great Plains25 
34.Voyageurs National ParkVoyageurs High Point Tower2601400Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP25 
36.Petrified Forest National ParkPilot Rock5146234Colorado PlateauHP24 
37.Glacier Bay National Park and PreserveMount Fairweather12,96315,325Saint Elias MountainsHP15 
37.Biscayne National ParkTotten Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP15 
37.Dry Tortugas National ParkLoggerhead Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP15 
40.Indiana Dunes National ParkMount Holden153763Midwest-Great Lakes Area13 
41.Katmai National Park and PreserveMount Griggs72007600Aleutian RangesHP9 
41.Capitol Reef National ParkGeorge Benchmark12897289Colorado Plateau9 
41.Kobuk Valley National ParkMount Angayukaqsraq34004700Brooks RangeHP9 
44.Great Sand Dunes National ParkMount Zwischen224612,006Southern Rocky Mountains8 
44.Channel Islands National ParkSoledad Peak15891589Central and Southern California Ranges8 
46.Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and PreserveMount Blackburn11,59016,390South-Central Alaska7 
46.National Park of American SamoaLata Mountain31693169SamoaHP7 
48.Lake Clark National Park and PreserveRedoubt Volcano909710,197Aleutian RangesHP3 
49.Gates of the Arctic National Park and PreserveMount Igikpak60768276Brooks RangeHP2 
49.Zion National ParkThe East Temple17097709Colorado Plateau2 
49.Grand Canyon National ParkVishnu Temple18137533Colorado Plateau2 
52.Black Canyon of the Gunnison National ParkRed Rock Benchmark10827802Southern Rocky Mountains1 
52.Carlsbad Caverns National ParkDouble Benchmark3986238Southwest Basins and Ranges1 
52.Cuyahoga Valley National ParkPeninsula Hill100800Midwest-Great Lakes Area1 
55.Canyonlands National ParkJunction Butte17206400Colorado Plateau0 
55.Kenai Fjords National ParkIceworm Peak45005800South-Central Alaska0 
55.Redwood National ParkRodgers Peak7902790Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges0 
55.Mammoth Cave National ParkIndian Hill North200800Appalachian Plateaus0 

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List Description

Note that there are three National Parks where a most prominent peak is impossible to determine:

  • Everglades: A giant swamp.
  • Congaree: A small swamp.
  • Gateway Arch: A small urbanized tract of land.

The extent to which there are local maxima on the ground surface of these areas is very low, and in the swampy areas there may be quite a bit of change. So it seems best to leave there three parks off the list.

The low and swampy Key Biscayne and Dry Tortutagas National Parks are on islands, so the island high point is also the prominence point.

 


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