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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

Showing Joshua Ricardi's most recent ascent dates for climbed peaks (3 out of 53, or 5.66%)

RankPeak Elev-M Range (Level 5) Prom-M AscentsAscent Date
1.Electric Peak3343Gallatin Range1033311999-07-10
2.Mount Cowen3417Northern Absaroka Range808102002-09-08
3.Granite Peak3901Beartooth Mountains14512482011-09-05
 Mount Wood3859Beartooth Mountains87217 
 Castle Mountain3844Beartooth Mountains80820 
 Hilgard Peak3449Madison Range123822 
 Crazy Peak3417Crazy Mountains174071 
 Tweedy Mountain3400Pioneer Mountains115628 
 Eighteenmile Peak3391Beaverhead Mountains4988 
 Garfield Mountain3341Beaverhead Mountains10007 
 West Goat Peak3290Anaconda Range120529 
 Homer Youngs Peak3237Beaverhead Mountains97013 
 South Sheep Mountain3233Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges11178 
 Hollowtop Mountain3232Tobacco Root Mountains118432 
 Sunset Peak3225Snowcrest Range114014 
 Mount Cleveland3190Lewis Range159362 
 Table Mountain3116Highland Mountains134841 
 Mount Jefferson3110Centennial Mountains102530 
 Mount Powell3099Flint Creek Range113630 
 Trapper Peak3096Central Bitteroot Range108892 
 Mount Stimson3091Lewis Range133627 
 Kintla Peak3079Livingston Range134123 
 McDonald Peak2993Mission Range171938 
 Sacagawea Peak2941Bridger Range119886 
 Mount Edith2890Big Belt Mountains124455 
 Crow Peak2869Elkhorn Mountains116042 
 Red Mountain2868Flathead Range115935 
 Rocky Mountain2863Rocky Mountain Front98533 
 Ruby Benchmark2862Ruby Range7414 
 Holland Peak2852Swan Range121827 
 Big Baldy Mountain2797Little Belt Mountains108434 
 Haystack Mountain2688Bolder Batholith73722 
 Big Pryor Mountain2678Pryor Mountains130625 
 Snowshoe Peak2663Cabinet Mountains165149 
 Great Northern Mountain2653Flathead Range76436 
 Greathouse Peak2646Big Snowy Mountains123823 
 Old Baldy2646Big Snowy Mountains41516 
 McLeod Peak2627Rattlesnake Mountains114013 
 Elk Peak2611Castle Mountains84410 
 Butte Cabin Ridge2581John Long Mountains7775 
 Black Mountain2539Garnet Range77119 
 Nasukoin Mountain2465Whitefish-MacDonald Range92818 
 Ch-paa-qn Peak2437Ninemile-Reservation Divides121859 
 Quartz Benchmark2368Northern Bitterroot Range57613 
 Northwest Peak2348United States Purcell Mountains134828 
 Highwood Baldy2338Highwood Mountains100326 
 Baldy Mountain2275Thompson-Baldy Area123929 
 McGuire Mountain2131Salish Mountains93616 
 West Butte2128Western International Border Area Plains110726 
 Bearpaw Baldy2108Western International Border Area Plains128819 
 O'Brien Mountain2064United States Purcell Mountains95514 
 Antoine Butte1743Western International Border Area Plains81420 
 West Chalk Butte1280Southeast Montana Plains671 

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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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