Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks
Showing Bob Packard's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (38 out of 53, or 71.7%)
|Rank||Peak|| Elev-Ft ||Range (Level 5)|| Prom-Ft ||Ascents||Ascent Date|
|1.||Granite Peak||12,799||Beartooth Mountains||4759||249||1983-08 a2|
|2.||Castle Mountain||12,612||Beartooth Mountains||2652||20||1997-09 a4|
|3.||Mount Wood||12,660||Beartooth Mountains||2860||17||1997-09 a5|
|4.||Highwood Baldy||7670||Highwood Mountains||3290||26||1997-09 a6|
|5.||West Butte||6983||Western International Border Area Plains||3633||26||1997-09 a8|
|6.||Big Baldy Mountain||9177||Little Belt Mountains||3557||34||1997-09 b2|
|7.||Greathouse Peak||8681||Big Snowy Mountains||4061||23||1997-09 b4|
|8.||Old Baldy||8680||Big Snowy Mountains||1360||16||1997-09 b5|
|9.||Mount Edith||9480||Big Belt Mountains||4080||54||1997-09 b7|
|10.||Crow Peak||9414||Elkhorn Mountains||3805||41||1997-09 c1|
|11.||Table Mountain||10,223||Highland Mountains||4422||41||1997-09 c4|
|12.||Tweedy Mountain||11,154||Pioneer Mountains||3794||28||1997-09 c7|
|13.||Snowshoe Peak||8738||Cabinet Mountains||5418||49||2000-08-16|
|14.||Electric Peak||10,969||Gallatin Range||3389||31||2000-09-05|
|15.||Trapper Peak||10,157||Central Bitteroot Range||3570||92||2001-08-21|
|16.||Quartz Benchmark||7770||Northern Bitterroot Range||1890||13||2001-08-24|
|17.||Red Mountain||9411||Flathead Range||3801||35||2001-08-25|
|18.||Mount Powell||10,168||Flint Creek Range||3728||30||2001-08-26|
|19.||Hilgard Peak||11,316||Madison Range||4063||22||2001-08-30|
|20.||Bearpaw Baldy||6916||Western International Border Area Plains||4226||18||2002-07-14|
|21.||Antoine Butte||5720||Western International Border Area Plains||2670||19||2002-07-15|
|22.||Crazy Peak||11,209||Crazy Mountains||5709||72||2002-07-17|
|23.||West Goat Peak||10,793||Anaconda Range||3953||29||2002-07-19|
|24.||Rocky Mountain||9392||Rocky Mountain Front||3232||33||2002-07-25|
|25.||Holland Peak||9356||Swan Range||3996||27||2002-07-31|
|26.||McDonald Peak||9820||Mission Range||5640||38||2002-10-13|
|27.||Mount Cleveland||10,466||Lewis Range||5226||62||2003-08-11|
|28.||Mount Stimson||10,142||Lewis Range||4382||27||2004-08-04|
|29.||Big Pryor Mountain||8786||Pryor Mountains||4286||25||2004-08-08|
|30.||O'Brien Mountain||6772||United States Purcell Mountains||3132||14||2012-08-12|
|31.||Northwest Peak||7705||United States Purcell Mountains||4424||28||2012-08-16|
|32.||McGuire Mountain||6991||Salish Mountains||3071||16||2012-08-18|
|33.||Nasukoin Mountain||8086||Whitefish-MacDonald Range||3046||18||2012-08-20|
|34.||Ch-paa-qn Peak||7996||Ninemile-Reservation Divides||3996||59||2012-08-30|
|35.||Haystack Mountain||8819||Bolder Batholith||2419||22||2013-09-09|
|36.||Sacagawea Peak||9650||Bridger Range||3930||86||2015-08-28|
|37.||Mount Jefferson||10,203||Centennial Mountains||3363||30||2015-08-31|
|38.||Black Mountain||8330||Garnet Range||2530||19||2016-09-13|
| ||Mount Cowen||11,212||Northern Absaroka Range||2652||10|| |
| ||Eighteenmile Peak||11,125||Beaverhead Mountains||1635||8|| |
| ||Garfield Mountain||10,961||Beaverhead Mountains||3281||7|| |
| ||Homer Youngs Peak||10,621||Beaverhead Mountains||3181||13|| |
| ||South Sheep Mountain||10,606||Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges||3666||8|| |
| ||Hollowtop Mountain||10,604||Tobacco Root Mountains||3884||32|| |
| ||Sunset Peak||10,581||Snowcrest Range||3741||14|| |
| ||Kintla Peak||10,101||Livingston Range||4401||23|| |
| ||Ruby Benchmark||9391||Ruby Range||2431||4|| |
| ||Great Northern Mountain||8705||Flathead Range||2505||36|| |
| ||McLeod Peak||8620||Rattlesnake Mountains||3740||13|| |
| ||Elk Peak||8566||Castle Mountains||2768||10|| |
| ||Butte Cabin Ridge||8468||John Long Mountains||2548||5|| |
| ||Baldy Mountain||7464||Thompson-Baldy Area||4064||29|| |
| ||West Chalk Butte||4200||Southeast Montana Plains||220||1|| |
Front Runners List: Click here to see list completion progress by climbers that log their climbs using Peakbagger.com.
Multiple Ascents Grid: Click here for a grid showing all of Bob Packard's ascents of peaks on this list (including up to 10 rounds of repeats).
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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.
Links 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.
Map Showing Location of Peaks
= Peaks climbed by Bob Packard = Unclimbed peaksClick on a peak to see its name and a clickable link.
(Map only shows peaks ranked by clean prominence)
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