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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

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RankPeak Elev-M Range (Level 5) Prom-M Ascent Date
1.Granite Peak3901Beartooth Mountains1451 
2.Mount Wood3859Beartooth Mountains872 
3.Castle Mountain3844Beartooth Mountains808 
4.Hilgard Peak3449Madison Range1238 
5.Mount Cowen3417Northern Absaroka Range808 
6.Crazy Peak3417Crazy Mountains1740 
7.Tweedy Mountain3400Pioneer Mountains1156 
8.Eighteenmile Peak3391Beaverhead Mountains498 
9.Electric Peak3343Gallatin Range1033 
10.Garfield Mountain3341Beaverhead Mountains1000 
11.West Goat Peak3290Anaconda Range1205 
12.Homer Youngs Peak3237Beaverhead Mountains970 
13.South Sheep Mountain3233Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges1117 
14.Hollowtop Mountain3232Tobacco Root Mountains1184 
15.Sunset Peak3225Snowcrest Range1140 
16.Mount Cleveland3190Lewis Range1593 
17.Table Mountain3116Highland Mountains1348 
18.Mount Jefferson3110Centennial Mountains1025 
19.Mount Powell3099Flint Creek Range1136 
20.Trapper Peak3096Central Bitteroot Range1088 
21.Mount Stimson3091Lewis Range1336 
22.Kintla Peak3079Livingston Range1341 
23.McDonald Peak2993Mission Range1719 
24.Sacagawea Peak2941Bridger Range1198 
25.Mount Edith2890Big Belt Mountains1244 
26.Crow Peak2869Elkhorn Mountains1160 
27.Red Mountain2868Flathead Range1159 
28.Rocky Mountain2863Rocky Mountain Front985 
29.Ruby Benchmark2862Ruby Range741 
30.Holland Peak2852Swan Range1218 
31.Big Baldy Mountain2797Little Belt Mountains1084 
32.Haystack Mountain2688Bolder Batholith737 
33.Big Pryor Mountain2678Pryor Mountains1306 
34.Snowshoe Peak2663Cabinet Mountains1651 
35.Great Northern Mountain2653Flathead Range764 
36.Greathouse Peak2646Big Snowy Mountains1238 
37.Old Baldy2646Big Snowy Mountains415 
38.McLeod Peak2627Rattlesnake Mountains1140 
39.Elk Peak2611Castle Mountains844 
40.Butte Cabin Ridge2581John Long Mountains777 
41.Black Mountain2539Garnet Range771 
42.Nasukoin Mountain2465Whitefish-MacDonald Range928 
43.Ch-paa-qn Peak2437Ninemile-Reservation Divides1218 
44.Quartz Benchmark2368Northern Bitterroot Range576 
45.Northwest Peak2348United States Purcell Mountains1348 
46.Highwood Baldy2338Highwood Mountains1003 
47.Baldy Mountain2275Thompson-Baldy Area1239 
48.McGuire Mountain2131Salish Mountains936 
49.West Butte2128Western International Border Area Plains1107 
50.Bearpaw Baldy2108Western International Border Area Plains1288 
51.O'Brien Mountain2064United States Purcell Mountains955 
52.Antoine Butte1743Western International Border Area Plains814 
53.West Chalk Butte1280Southeast Montana Plains67 

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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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