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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
(Avg)
 Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 3)HPAscentsAscent Date
1.Guadalupe Mountains National ParkGuadalupe Peak30398749Southwest Basins and RangesHP8201976-06 a9
2.Grand Canyon National ParkVishnu Temple18337533Colorado Plateau21978-03 a2
3.Great Basin National ParkWheeler Peak756813,063Great Basin RangesHP5151982-07 a1
4.Sequoia National ParkMount Whitney10,08314,498Sierra NevadaHP24541982-07 a5
5.Death Valley National ParkTelescope Peak618811,048Great Basin RangesHP5491982-07 a9
6.Rocky Mountain National ParkLongs Peak294014,255Southern Rocky MountainsHP6501982-08 a7
7.Big Bend National ParkEmory Peak44957825Southwest Basins and RangesHP2351984-12 a2
8.Hawaii Volcanoes National ParkMauna Loa709913,679HawaiiHP1591985-07 b1
9.Haleakala National ParkHaleakala10,02310,023HawaiiHP4621985-07 b3
10.Great Smoky Mountains National ParkClingmans Dome45136643Blue Ridge MountainsHP12701985-08 a8
11.Mount Rainier National ParkMount Rainier13,24614,411Cascade RangeHP18951986-07 a8
12.Grand Teton National ParkGrand Teton654513,770Greater Yellowstone RockiesHP3341987-07 e8
13.Lassen Volcanic National ParkLassen Peak522910,457Cascade RangeHP7741987-08 a4
14.Kings Canyon National ParkNorth Palisade289414,242Sierra NevadaHP2021987-08 a7
15.Crater Lake National ParkMount Scott30198929Cascade RangeHP2711988-07 a7
16.Saguaro National ParkMica Mountain46088664Southwest Basins and RangesHP821989-03 a1
17.Denali National Park and PreserveDenali20,16220,310Alaska RangeHP2011990-06 a1
18.Acadia National ParkCadillac Mountain15281528Northern U.S. AppalachiansHP7541993-05 b7
19.Bryce Canyon National ParkRainbow Point7609115Colorado PlateauHP2301998-12 a2
20.Mesa Verde National ParkPark Point Lookout16318571Colorado PlateauHP1352000-06-27
21.Yellowstone National ParkElectric Peak339910,969Greater Yellowstone Rockies312000-09-05
22.Voyageurs National ParkVoyageurs High Point Tower2701405Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP232000-09-16
23.Petrified Forest National ParkPilot Rock5246234Colorado PlateauHP232000-10-05
24.Shenandoah National ParkHawksbill21684050Blue Ridge MountainsHP3232002-04-29
25.Wind Cave National ParkRankin Ridge4035013Great PlainsHP1002002-06-02
26.Olympic National ParkMount Olympus78387969Northwest U.S. Coast RangesHP3382002-08-17
27.Hot Springs National ParkMusic Mountain6601410Ozark HighlandsHP752003-04-28
28.Glacier National Park (USA)Mount Cleveland524610,466Central Montana Rocky MountainsHP632003-08-11
29.Joshua Tree National ParkSpectre Peak25624482Great Basin Ranges1412006-04-30
30.Isle Royale National ParkMount Desor7921394Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP292008-06-16
31.Great Sand Dunes National ParkMount Zwischen226612,006Southern Rocky Mountains52008-09-21
32.Channel Islands National ParkEl Montanon13331808Central and Southern California RangesHP1302011-11-04
33.Arches National ParkElephant Butte8235653Colorado PlateauHP602012-03-12
34.Pinnacles National ParkNorth Chalone Peak15643304Central and Southern California RangesHP1532013-02-04
35.Virgin Islands National ParkBordeaux Mountain12861286Puerto Rico and Virgin IslandsHP342015-04-21
36.Biscayne National ParkTotten Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP152016-04-13
37.Badlands National ParkNorth Pinnacle5253255Great Plains222017-08-29
 Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and PreserveMount Blackburn11,64016,390South-Central Alaska7 
 Glacier Bay National Park and PreserveMount Fairweather12,99515,325Saint Elias MountainsHP15 
 Yosemite National ParkMount Conness265012,590Sierra Nevada257 
 Lake Clark National Park and PreserveRedoubt Volcano914710,197Aleutian RangesHP3 
 North Cascades National ParkMount Spickard47998979Cascade Range89 
 Gates of the Arctic National Park and PreserveMount Igikpak61268276Brooks RangeHP2 
 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National ParkRed Rock Benchmark11027802Southern Rocky Mountains1 
 Zion National ParkThe East Temple17497709Colorado Plateau2 
 Katmai National Park and PreserveMount Griggs73007650Aleutian RangesHP9 
 Capitol Reef National ParkGeorge Benchmark13097289Colorado Plateau9 
 Canyonlands National ParkJunction Butte17406400Colorado Plateau0 
 Carlsbad Caverns National ParkDouble Benchmark4186238Southwest Basins and Ranges1 
 Kenai Fjords National ParkIceworm Peak46005850South-Central Alaska0 
 Kobuk Valley National ParkMount Angayukaqsraq35004750Brooks RangeHP9 
 National Park of American SamoaLata Mountain31693169SamoaHP6 
 Theodore Roosevelt National ParkBuck Hill3002850Great Plains44 
 Redwood National ParkRodgers Peak8102790Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges0 
 Mammoth Cave National ParkIndian Hill North220810Appalachian Plateaus0 
 Cuyahoga Valley National ParkPeninsula Hill110805Midwest-Great Lakes Area0 
 Indiana Dunes National ParkMount Holden158763Midwest-Great Lakes Area10 
 Dry Tortugas National ParkLoggerhead Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP12 

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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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