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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

Showing Duane Gilliland's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (33 out of 53, or 62.26%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains47592002-09-01
2.McDonald Peak9820Mission Range56402006-07-02
3.Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains57092006-09-02
4.Baldy Mountain7464Thompson-Baldy Area40642007-08-05
5.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains54182007-08-06
6.Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range43822008-08-12
7.Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range52262008-08-17
8.Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains44242009-07-25
9.Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains42262009-07-26
10.Mount Edith9480Big Belt Mountains40802009-07-27
11.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains44222009-07-28
12.Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range44012010-08-18
13.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides39962011-08-25
14.Old Baldy8680Big Snowy Mountains13602011-08-26
15.Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains40612011-08-27
16.Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains42862011-08-28
17.Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range40632012-07-18
18.Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range35702013-08-12
19.Holland Peak9356Swan Range39962013-08-14
20.Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range37282015-08-09
21.Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains38052015-08-10
22.West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range39532015-08-11
23.Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith24192015-08-12
24.Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains37942015-08-13
25.Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range39302015-08-14
26.Red Mountain9411Flathead Range38012016-08-30
27.McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains37402016-08-31
28.Black Mountain8330Garnet Range25302016-09-01
29.Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains38842016-09-02
30.Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range37412016-09-03
31.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains30712018-08-10
31.O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains31322018-08-10
33.Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range30462018-08-11
 Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains2860 
 Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains2652 
 Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range2652 
 Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains1635 
 Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range3389 
 Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains3281 
 Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains3181 
 South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges3666 
 Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains3363 
 Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front3232 
 Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range2431 
 Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains3557 
 Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range2505 
 Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains2768 
 Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains2548 
 Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range1890 
 Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains3290 
 West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains3633 
 Antoine Butte5720Western International Border Area Plains2670 
 West Chalk Butte4200Southeast Montana Plains220 

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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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