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Most Prominent Peaks of US National Parks

Showing Rick Peterson's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (11 out of 58, or 18.97%)

RankLand NamePeak Prom-Ft  Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)HPAscentsAscent Date
1.Sequoia National ParkMount Whitney10,07814,498Sierra NevadaHP25881986-07
2.Mount Rainier National ParkMount Rainier13,24614,411Cascade RangeHP20291982-09
3.Great Smoky Mountains National ParkClingmans Dome45036643Blue Ridge MountainsHP1322 
4.Guadalupe Mountains National ParkGuadalupe Peak30298749Southwest Basins and RangesHP850 
5.Lassen Volcanic National ParkLassen Peak522910,457Cascade RangeHP8201993-08
6.Acadia National ParkCadillac Mountain15281528Northern U.S. AppalachiansHP799 
7.Rocky Mountain National ParkLongs Peak294014,255Southern Rocky MountainsHP696 
8.Death Valley National ParkTelescope Peak616811,048Great Basin RangesHP5712012-10
9.Great Basin National ParkWheeler Peak756313,063Great Basin RangesHP5402011-10
10.Haleakala National ParkHaleakala10,02310,023HawaiiHP4822006-11
11.Olympic National ParkMount Olympus78387969Northwest U.S. Coast RangesHP363 
12.Grand Teton National ParkGrand Teton653013,770Greater Yellowstone RockiesHP3572011-10
13.Shenandoah National ParkHawksbill21484050Blue Ridge MountainsHP334 
14.Crater Lake National ParkMount Scott30098929Cascade RangeHP2961977-08
15.Yosemite National ParkMount Conness263012,590Sierra Nevada288 
16.Big Bend National ParkEmory Peak44857825Southwest Basins and RangesHP247 
17.Bryce Canyon National ParkRainbow Point7609115Colorado PlateauHP242 
18.Denali National Park and PreserveDenali20,14620,310Alaska RangeHP2122001-06
18.Kings Canyon National ParkNorth Palisade289414,242Sierra NevadaHP2121992-09
20.Hawaii Volcanoes National ParkMauna Loa707913,679HawaiiHP1632000-06
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 Ranges143 
24.Wind Cave National ParkRankin Ridge3935013Great PlainsHP107 
25.North Cascades National ParkMount Spickard47798979Cascade Range90 
26.Saguaro National ParkMica Mountain46088664Southwest Basins and RangesHP85 
27.Hot Springs National ParkMusic Mountain6401400Ozark HighlandsHP77 
28.Glacier National Park (USA)Mount Cleveland522610,466Central Montana Rocky MountainsHP73 
29.Arches National ParkElephant Butte8235653Colorado PlateauHP62 
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 
39.Dry Tortugas National ParkLoggerhead Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP14 
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 
54.Canyonlands National ParkJunction Butte17206400Colorado Plateau0 
54.Kenai Fjords National ParkIceworm Peak45005800South-Central Alaska0 
54.Redwood National ParkRodgers Peak7902790Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges0 
54.Cuyahoga Valley National ParkPeninsula Hill100800Midwest-Great Lakes Area0 
54.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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