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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

Showing Eric Noel's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (7 out of 53, or 13.21%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains5418492010-08-22
2.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains4422412010-08-24 a
3.Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains3805412010-08-25 b
4.Mount Edith9480Big Belt Mountains4080542010-08-26
5.Baldy Mountain7464Thompson-Baldy Area4064292014-08-08
6.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides3996592014-08-09
7.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains3071162018-09-15
 Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains4759249 
 Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains286017 
 Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains265220 
 Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range406322 
 Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range265210 
 Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains570972 
 Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains379428 
 Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains16358 
 Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range338931 
 Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains32817 
 West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range395329 
 Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains318113 
 South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges36668 
 Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains388432 
 Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range374114 
 Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range522662 
 Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains336330 
 Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range372830 
 Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range357092 
 Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range438227 
 Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range440123 
 McDonald Peak9820Mission Range564038 
 Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range393086 
 Red Mountain9411Flathead Range380135 
 Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front323233 
 Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range24314 
 Holland Peak9356Swan Range399626 
 Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains355734 
 Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith241922 
 Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains428625 
 Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range250535 
 Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains406123 
 Old Baldy8680Big Snowy Mountains136016 
 McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains374013 
 Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains276810 
 Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains25485 
 Black Mountain8330Garnet Range253019 
 Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range304618 
 Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range189013 
 Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains442428 
 Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains329026 
 West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains363326 
 Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains422618 
 O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains313214 
 Antoine Butte5720Western International Border Area Plains267019 
 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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