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Most Prominent Peaks of US National Parks

Showing Fred Lobdell's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (17 out of 58, or 29.31%)

RankLand NamePeak Prom-Ft
(Avg)
 Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 3)HPAscentsAscent Date
39.Acadia National ParkCadillac Mountain15281528Northern U.S. AppalachiansHP8071995-08-09
43.Arches National ParkElephant Butte8235653Colorado PlateauHP66 
48.Badlands National ParkNorth Pinnacle5253255Great Plains25 
21.Big Bend National ParkEmory Peak44957825Southwest Basins and RangesHP2472002-05-30
57.Biscayne National ParkTotten Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP152013-10-05 a
42.Black Canyon of the Gunnison National ParkRed Rock Benchmark11027802Southern Rocky Mountains1 
46.Bryce Canyon National ParkRainbow Point7609115Colorado PlateauHP2442012-05-31 c
35.Canyonlands National ParkJunction Butte17406400Colorado Plateau0 
40.Capitol Reef National ParkGeorge Benchmark13097289Colorado Plateau9 
50.Carlsbad Caverns National ParkDouble Benchmark4186238Southwest Basins and Ranges1 
37.Channel Islands National ParkSoledad Peak15891589Central and Southern California Ranges8 
26.Crater Lake National ParkMount Scott30198929Cascade RangeHP2972016-08-04
56.Cuyahoga Valley National ParkPeninsula Hill110805Midwest-Great Lakes Area1 
13.Death Valley National ParkTelescope Peak618811,048Great Basin RangesHP590 
1.Denali National Park and PreserveDenali20,16220,310Alaska RangeHP217 
57.Dry Tortugas National ParkLoggerhead Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP152012-12-19
14.Gates of the Arctic National Park and PreserveMount Igikpak61268276Brooks RangeHP2 
3.Glacier Bay National Park and PreserveMount Fairweather12,99515,325Saint Elias MountainsHP15 
15.Glacier National Park (USA)Mount Cleveland524610,466Central Montana Rocky MountainsHP73 
33.Grand Canyon National ParkVishnu Temple18337533Colorado Plateau2 
12.Grand Teton National ParkGrand Teton654513,770Greater Yellowstone RockiesHP361 
9.Great Basin National ParkWheeler Peak756813,063Great Basin RangesHP5431997-07-19
31.Great Sand Dunes National ParkMount Zwischen226612,006Southern Rocky Mountains8 
20.Great Smoky Mountains National ParkClingmans Dome45136643Blue Ridge MountainsHP13431986-08-25 b
25.Guadalupe Mountains National ParkGuadalupe Peak30398749Southwest Basins and RangesHP8691991-06-17
6.Haleakala National ParkHaleakala10,02310,023HawaiiHP4932015-04-25
11.Hawaii Volcanoes National ParkMauna Loa709913,679HawaiiHP163 
47.Hot Springs National ParkMusic Mountain6601410Ozark HighlandsHP771991-06-12
55.Indiana Dunes National ParkMount Holden158763Midwest-Great Lakes Area13 
45.Isle Royale National ParkMount Desor7921394Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP32 
30.Joshua Tree National ParkSpectre Peak25624482Great Basin Ranges146 
10.Katmai National Park and PreserveMount Griggs73007650Aleutian RangesHP9 
19.Kenai Fjords National ParkIceworm Peak46005850South-Central Alaska0 
28.Kings Canyon National ParkNorth Palisade289414,242Sierra NevadaHP214 
22.Kobuk Valley National ParkMount Angayukaqsraq35004750Brooks RangeHP9 
7.Lake Clark National Park and PreserveRedoubt Volcano914710,197Aleutian RangesHP3 
16.Lassen Volcanic National ParkLassen Peak522910,457Cascade RangeHP8312011-09-05
54.Mammoth Cave National ParkIndian Hill North220810Appalachian Plateaus0 
36.Mesa Verde National ParkPark Point Lookout16318571Colorado PlateauHP1471995-06-18
2.Mount Rainier National ParkMount Rainier13,24614,411Cascade RangeHP2051 
24.National Park of American SamoaLata Mountain31693169SamoaHP7 
17.North Cascades National ParkMount Spickard47998979Cascade Range90 
8.Olympic National ParkMount Olympus78387969Northwest U.S. Coast RangesHP366 
49.Petrified Forest National ParkPilot Rock5246234Colorado PlateauHP24 
38.Pinnacles National ParkNorth Chalone Peak15643304Central and Southern California RangesHP159 
44.Redwood National ParkRodgers Peak8102790Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges0 
27.Rocky Mountain National ParkLongs Peak294014,255Southern Rocky MountainsHP701 
18.Saguaro National ParkMica Mountain46088664Southwest Basins and RangesHP87 
5.Sequoia National ParkMount Whitney10,08314,498Sierra NevadaHP26331992-06-23
32.Shenandoah National ParkHawksbill21684050Blue Ridge MountainsHP3421995-03-15
52.Theodore Roosevelt National ParkBuck Hill3002850Great Plains44 
41.Virgin Islands National ParkBordeaux Mountain12861286Puerto Rico and Virgin IslandsHP34 
53.Voyageurs National ParkVoyageurs High Point Tower2701405Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP252016-07-26
51.Wind Cave National ParkRankin Ridge4035013Great PlainsHP1082011-07-23
4.Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and PreserveMount Blackburn11,64016,390South-Central Alaska7 
23.Yellowstone National ParkElectric Peak339910,969Greater Yellowstone Rockies31 
29.Yosemite National ParkMount Conness265012,590Sierra Nevada291 
34.Zion National ParkThe East Temple17497709Colorado Plateau2 

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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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