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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.Denali National Park and PreserveDenali20,14620,310Alaska RangeHP2012001-06
2.Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and PreserveMount Blackburn11,59016,390South-Central Alaska7 
3.Glacier Bay National Park and PreserveMount Fairweather12,96315,325Saint Elias MountainsHP15 
4.Sequoia National ParkMount Whitney10,07814,498Sierra NevadaHP24541986-07
5.Mount Rainier National ParkMount Rainier13,24614,411Cascade RangeHP18931982-09
6.Rocky Mountain National ParkLongs Peak294014,255Southern Rocky MountainsHP650 
7.Kings Canyon National ParkNorth Palisade289414,242Sierra NevadaHP2011992-09
8.Grand Teton National ParkGrand Teton653013,770Greater Yellowstone RockiesHP3342011-10
9.Hawaii Volcanoes National ParkMauna Loa707913,679HawaiiHP1592000-06
10.Great Basin National ParkWheeler Peak756313,063Great Basin RangesHP5152011-10
11.Yosemite National ParkMount Conness263012,590Sierra Nevada257 
12.Great Sand Dunes National ParkMount Zwischen224612,006Southern Rocky Mountains5 
13.Death Valley National ParkTelescope Peak616811,048Great Basin RangesHP5492012-10
14.Yellowstone National ParkElectric Peak338910,969Greater Yellowstone Rockies31 
15.Glacier National Park (USA)Mount Cleveland522610,466Central Montana Rocky MountainsHP63 
16.Lassen Volcanic National ParkLassen Peak522910,457Cascade RangeHP7731993-08
17.Lake Clark National Park and PreserveRedoubt Volcano909710,197Aleutian RangesHP3 
18.Haleakala National ParkHaleakala10,02310,023HawaiiHP4622006-11
19.Bryce Canyon National ParkRainbow Point7609115Colorado PlateauHP230 
20.North Cascades National ParkMount Spickard47798979Cascade Range89 
21.Crater Lake National ParkMount Scott30098929Cascade RangeHP2711977-08
22.Guadalupe Mountains National ParkGuadalupe Peak30298749Southwest Basins and RangesHP820 
23.Saguaro National ParkMica Mountain46088664Southwest Basins and RangesHP82 
24.Mesa Verde National ParkPark Point Lookout16118571Colorado PlateauHP135 
25.Gates of the Arctic National Park and PreserveMount Igikpak60768276Brooks RangeHP2 
26.Olympic National ParkMount Olympus78387969Northwest U.S. Coast RangesHP338 
27.Big Bend National ParkEmory Peak44857825Southwest Basins and RangesHP235 
28.Black Canyon of the Gunnison National ParkRed Rock Benchmark10827802Southern Rocky Mountains1 
29.Zion National ParkThe East Temple17097709Colorado Plateau2 
30.Katmai National Park and PreserveMount Griggs72007600Aleutian RangesHP9 
31.Grand Canyon National ParkVishnu Temple18137533Colorado Plateau2 
32.Capitol Reef National ParkGeorge Benchmark12897289Colorado Plateau9 
33.Great Smoky Mountains National ParkClingmans Dome45036643Blue Ridge MountainsHP1269 
34.Canyonlands National ParkJunction Butte17206400Colorado Plateau0 
35.Carlsbad Caverns National ParkDouble Benchmark3986238Southwest Basins and Ranges1 
36.Petrified Forest National ParkPilot Rock5146234Colorado PlateauHP23 
37.Kenai Fjords National ParkIceworm Peak45005800South-Central Alaska0 
38.Arches National ParkElephant Butte8235653Colorado PlateauHP60 
39.Wind Cave National ParkRankin Ridge3935013Great PlainsHP100 
40.Kobuk Valley National ParkMount Angayukaqsraq34004700Brooks RangeHP9 
41.Joshua Tree National ParkSpectre Peak25464482Great Basin Ranges141 
42.Shenandoah National ParkHawksbill21484050Blue Ridge MountainsHP323 
43.Pinnacles National ParkNorth Chalone Peak15443304Central and Southern California RangesHP153 
44.Badlands National ParkNorth Pinnacle5153255Great Plains22 
45.National Park of American SamoaLata Mountain31693169SamoaHP6 
46.Theodore Roosevelt National ParkBuck Hill2802840Great Plains44 
47.Redwood National ParkRodgers Peak7902790Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges0 
48.Channel Islands National ParkEl Montanon13331808Central and Southern California RangesHP130 
49.Acadia National ParkCadillac Mountain15281528Northern U.S. AppalachiansHP753 
50.Hot Springs National ParkMusic Mountain6401400Ozark HighlandsHP75 
50.Voyageurs National ParkVoyageurs High Point Tower2601400Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP23 
52.Isle Royale National ParkMount Desor7921394Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP29 
53.Virgin Islands National ParkBordeaux Mountain12861286Puerto Rico and Virgin IslandsHP34 
54.Mammoth Cave National ParkIndian Hill North200800Appalachian Plateaus0 
54.Cuyahoga Valley National ParkPeninsula Hill100800Midwest-Great Lakes Area0 
56.Indiana Dunes National ParkMount Holden153763Midwest-Great Lakes Area10 
57.Biscayne National ParkTotten Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP15 
57.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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