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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascents
1.Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains4759339
2.Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains286023
3.Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains265229
4.Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range406333
5.Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range265216
6.Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains5709106
7.Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains379441
8.Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains163513
9.Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range338957
10.Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains328129
11.West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range395341
12.Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains318124
13.South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges366620
14.Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains388448
15.Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range374122
16.Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range522690
17.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains442261
18.Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains336350
19.Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range372849
20.Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range3570156
21.Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range438242
22.Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range440132
23.McDonald Peak9820Mission Range564062
24.Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range3930151
25.Mount Edith9480Big Belt Mountains408074
26.Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains380558
27.Red Mountain9411Flathead Range380150
28.Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front323247
29.Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range24319
30.Holland Peak9356Swan Range399646
31.Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains355747
32.Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith241935
33.Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains428650
34.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains541884
35.Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range250573
36.Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains406136
37.Old Baldy8680Big Snowy Mountains136025
38.McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains374023
39.Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains276817
40.Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains254811
41.Black Mountain8330Garnet Range253029
42.Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range304630
43.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides399692
44.Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range189016
45.Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains442453
46.Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains329041
47.Baldy Mountain7464Thompson-Baldy Area406452
48.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains307132
49.West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains363343
50.Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains422631
51.O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains313222
52.Antoine Butte5720Western International Border Area Plains267029
53.West Chalk Butte4200Southeast Montana Plains2201

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List Description

Cedron Jones is perhaps the most prolific peakbagger in the history of Montana, with over 1000 ascents of peaks in the state to his credit over many decades of exploring its huge variety of mountains. In 2011 he wrote a new guidebook, Peakbagging Montana, with climbing information for 53 of the most prominent, interesting, and representative peaks in Montana, based on his intimate knowledge of the subject.

This list, while not based on any objective criteria, has several virtues. It does not contain as many relatively flat peaks and "liners" as the Montana county high point list, it has fewer peaks than the daunting 143 on the 2000-foot prominence list for the state, and it has more geographic diversity than the 11,000-foot peak list, which is inordinately focused on the Beartooths.

There are still many stiff challenges on this list, and only skilled scramblers comfortable on Montana's notoriously crumbly rock will be able to complete it. Under ideal weather and route conditions, no peak on this list will require a rope for peakbaggers comfortable with class 3 terrain with occasional bits of class 4. Still, many peaks require multi-day expeditions and solid wilderness skills. The peaks in Glacier National Park and the Beartooths in particular can be difficult.


Thanks to Cedron Jones and Chris Cauble of Riverbend Publishing for putting together the list and the Peakbagging Montana book.


     Riverbend Publishing - Peakbagging Montana

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       Peakbagging Montana (Jones)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.


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