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Most Prominent Peaks of US National Parks

Showing Bob Packard's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (37 out of 58, or 63.79%)

RankLand NamePeak Prom-Ft  Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)HPAscentsAscent Date
1.Denali National Park and PreserveDenali20,14620,310Alaska RangeHP2011990-06 a1
3.Glacier Bay National Park and PreserveMount Fairweather12,96315,325Saint Elias MountainsHP15 
5.Sequoia National ParkMount Whitney10,07814,498Sierra NevadaHP24621982-07 a5
2.Mount Rainier National ParkMount Rainier13,24614,411Cascade RangeHP19091986-07 a8
27.Rocky Mountain National ParkLongs Peak294014,255Southern Rocky MountainsHP6501982-08 a7
28.Kings Canyon National ParkNorth Palisade289414,242Sierra NevadaHP2021987-08 a7
12.Grand Teton National ParkGrand Teton653013,770Greater Yellowstone RockiesHP3341987-07 e8
11.Hawaii Volcanoes National ParkMauna Loa707913,679HawaiiHP1591985-07 b1
9.Great Basin National ParkWheeler Peak756313,063Great Basin RangesHP5171982-07 a1
13.Death Valley National ParkTelescope Peak616811,048Great Basin RangesHP5491982-07 a9
16.Glacier National Park (USA)Mount Cleveland522610,466Central Montana Rocky MountainsHP632003-08-11
15.Lassen Volcanic National ParkLassen Peak522910,457Cascade RangeHP7781987-08 a4
7.Lake Clark National Park and PreserveRedoubt Volcano909710,197Aleutian RangesHP3 
6.Haleakala National ParkHaleakala10,02310,023HawaiiHP4631985-07 b3
46.Bryce Canyon National ParkRainbow Point7609115Colorado PlateauHP2301998-12 a2
26.Crater Lake National ParkMount Scott30098929Cascade RangeHP2731988-07 a7
25.Guadalupe Mountains National ParkGuadalupe Peak30298749Southwest Basins and RangesHP8201976-06 a9
18.Saguaro National ParkMica Mountain46088664Southwest Basins and RangesHP821989-03 a1
37.Mesa Verde National ParkPark Point Lookout16118571Colorado PlateauHP1362000-06-27
14.Gates of the Arctic National Park and PreserveMount Igikpak60768276Brooks RangeHP2 
8.Olympic National ParkMount Olympus78387969Northwest U.S. Coast RangesHP3412002-08-17
21.Big Bend National ParkEmory Peak44857825Southwest Basins and RangesHP2351984-12 a2
10.Katmai National Park and PreserveMount Griggs72007600Aleutian RangesHP9 
19.Great Smoky Mountains National ParkClingmans Dome45036643Blue Ridge MountainsHP12721985-08 a8
49.Petrified Forest National ParkPilot Rock5146234Colorado PlateauHP232000-10-05
43.Arches National ParkElephant Butte8235653Colorado PlateauHP602012-03-12
51.Wind Cave National ParkRankin Ridge3935013Great PlainsHP1002002-06-02
22.Kobuk Valley National ParkMount Angayukaqsraq34004700Brooks RangeHP9 
33.Shenandoah National ParkHawksbill21484050Blue Ridge MountainsHP3232002-04-29
38.Pinnacles National ParkNorth Chalone Peak15443304Central and Southern California RangesHP1532013-02-04
24.National Park of American SamoaLata Mountain31693169SamoaHP6 
31.Channel Islands National ParkEl Montanon13331808Central and Southern California RangesHP1302011-11-04
39.Acadia National ParkCadillac Mountain15281528Northern U.S. AppalachiansHP7561993-05 b7
53.Voyageurs National ParkVoyageurs High Point Tower2601400Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP232000-09-16
47.Hot Springs National ParkMusic Mountain6401400Ozark HighlandsHP752003-04-28
44.Isle Royale National ParkMount Desor7921394Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP292008-06-16
41.Virgin Islands National ParkBordeaux Mountain12861286Puerto Rico and Virgin IslandsHP342015-04-21
57.Biscayne National ParkTotten Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP152016-04-13
57.Dry Tortugas National ParkLoggerhead Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP12 
4.Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and PreserveMount Blackburn11,59016,390South-Central Alaska7 
29.Yosemite National ParkMount Conness263012,590Sierra Nevada259 
32.Great Sand Dunes National ParkMount Zwischen224612,006Southern Rocky Mountains82008-09-21
23.Yellowstone National ParkElectric Peak338910,969Greater Yellowstone Rockies312000-09-05
17.North Cascades National ParkMount Spickard47798979Cascade Range89 
42.Black Canyon of the Gunnison National ParkRed Rock Benchmark10827802Southern Rocky Mountains1 
36.Zion National ParkThe East Temple17097709Colorado Plateau2 
34.Grand Canyon National ParkVishnu Temple18137533Colorado Plateau21978-03 a2
40.Capitol Reef National ParkGeorge Benchmark12897289Colorado Plateau9 
35.Canyonlands National ParkJunction Butte17206400Colorado Plateau0 
50.Carlsbad Caverns National ParkDouble Benchmark3986238Southwest Basins and Ranges1 
20.Kenai Fjords National ParkIceworm Peak45005800South-Central Alaska0 
30.Joshua Tree National ParkSpectre Peak25464482Great Basin Ranges1412006-04-30
48.Badlands National ParkNorth Pinnacle5153255Great Plains232017-08-29
52.Theodore Roosevelt National ParkBuck Hill2802840Great Plains44 
45.Redwood National ParkRodgers Peak7902790Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges0 
54.Mammoth Cave National ParkIndian Hill North200800Appalachian Plateaus0 
56.Cuyahoga Valley National ParkPeninsula Hill100800Midwest-Great Lakes Area0 
55.Indiana Dunes National ParkMount Holden153763Midwest-Great Lakes Area10 

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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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