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Most Prominent Peaks of US National Parks

Showing jeff branin's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (7 out of 58, or 12.07%)

RankLand NamePeak Prom-Ft
(Avg)
 Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 3)HPAscentsAscent Date
1.Denali National Park and PreserveDenali20,16220,310Alaska RangeHP216 
2.Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and PreserveMount Blackburn11,64016,390South-Central Alaska7 
3.Glacier Bay National Park and PreserveMount Fairweather12,99515,325Saint Elias MountainsHP15 
4.Sequoia National ParkMount Whitney10,08314,498Sierra NevadaHP2630 
5.Mount Rainier National ParkMount Rainier13,24614,411Cascade RangeHP2051 
6.Rocky Mountain National ParkLongs Peak294014,255Southern Rocky MountainsHP7012004-08-10
7.Kings Canyon National ParkNorth Palisade289414,242Sierra NevadaHP214 
8.Grand Teton National ParkGrand Teton654513,770Greater Yellowstone RockiesHP360 
9.Hawaii Volcanoes National ParkMauna Loa709913,679HawaiiHP163 
10.Great Basin National ParkWheeler Peak756813,063Great Basin RangesHP5421995-09-03
11.Yosemite National ParkMount Conness265012,590Sierra Nevada291 
12.Great Sand Dunes National ParkMount Zwischen226612,006Southern Rocky Mountains8 
13.Death Valley National ParkTelescope Peak618811,048Great Basin RangesHP590 
14.Yellowstone National ParkElectric Peak339910,969Greater Yellowstone Rockies31 
15.Glacier National Park (USA)Mount Cleveland524610,466Central Montana Rocky MountainsHP73 
16.Lassen Volcanic National ParkLassen Peak522910,457Cascade RangeHP831 
17.Lake Clark National Park and PreserveRedoubt Volcano914710,197Aleutian RangesHP3 
18.Haleakala National ParkHaleakala10,02310,023HawaiiHP493 
19.Bryce Canyon National ParkRainbow Point7609115Colorado PlateauHP2441993-07-25
20.North Cascades National ParkMount Spickard47998979Cascade Range90 
21.Crater Lake National ParkMount Scott30198929Cascade RangeHP297 
22.Guadalupe Mountains National ParkGuadalupe Peak30398749Southwest Basins and RangesHP869 
23.Saguaro National ParkMica Mountain46088664Southwest Basins and RangesHP87 
24.Mesa Verde National ParkPark Point Lookout16318571Colorado PlateauHP1471994-06-04
25.Gates of the Arctic National Park and PreserveMount Igikpak61268276Brooks RangeHP2 
26.Olympic National ParkMount Olympus78387969Northwest U.S. Coast RangesHP366 
27.Big Bend National ParkEmory Peak44957825Southwest Basins and RangesHP247 
28.Black Canyon of the Gunnison National ParkRed Rock Benchmark11027802Southern Rocky Mountains1 
29.Zion National ParkThe East Temple17497709Colorado Plateau2 
30.Katmai National Park and PreserveMount Griggs73007650Aleutian RangesHP9 
31.Grand Canyon National ParkVishnu Temple18337533Colorado Plateau2 
32.Capitol Reef National ParkGeorge Benchmark13097289Colorado Plateau9 
33.Great Smoky Mountains National ParkClingmans Dome45136643Blue Ridge MountainsHP13421974-06-06
34.Canyonlands National ParkJunction Butte17406400Colorado Plateau0 
35.Carlsbad Caverns National ParkDouble Benchmark4186238Southwest Basins and Ranges1 
36.Petrified Forest National ParkPilot Rock5246234Colorado PlateauHP24 
37.Kenai Fjords National ParkIceworm Peak46005850South-Central Alaska0 
38.Arches National ParkElephant Butte8235653Colorado PlateauHP66 
39.Wind Cave National ParkRankin Ridge4035013Great PlainsHP108 
40.Kobuk Valley National ParkMount Angayukaqsraq35004750Brooks RangeHP9 
41.Joshua Tree National ParkSpectre Peak25624482Great Basin Ranges146 
42.Shenandoah National ParkHawksbill21684050Blue Ridge MountainsHP3421975-10-11
43.Pinnacles National ParkNorth Chalone Peak15643304Central and Southern California RangesHP159 
44.Badlands National ParkNorth Pinnacle5253255Great Plains25 
45.National Park of American SamoaLata Mountain31693169SamoaHP7 
46.Theodore Roosevelt National ParkBuck Hill3002850Great Plains44 
47.Redwood National ParkRodgers Peak8102790Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges0 
48.Channel Islands National ParkSoledad Peak15891589Central and Southern California Ranges8 
49.Acadia National ParkCadillac Mountain15281528Northern U.S. AppalachiansHP8061964
50.Hot Springs National ParkMusic Mountain6601410Ozark HighlandsHP77 
51.Voyageurs National ParkVoyageurs High Point Tower2701405Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP25 
52.Isle Royale National ParkMount Desor7921394Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP32 
53.Virgin Islands National ParkBordeaux Mountain12861286Puerto Rico and Virgin IslandsHP34 
54.Mammoth Cave National ParkIndian Hill North220810Appalachian Plateaus0 
55.Cuyahoga Valley National ParkPeninsula Hill110805Midwest-Great Lakes Area1 
56.Indiana Dunes National ParkMount Holden158763Midwest-Great Lakes Area13 
57.Biscayne National ParkTotten Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP15 
57.Dry Tortugas National ParkLoggerhead Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP15 

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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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