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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-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains570972 
2.McDonald Peak9820Mission Range564038 
3.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains541849 
4.Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range522662 
5.Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains47592482011-09-05
6.Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains442428 
7.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains442241 
8.Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range440123 
9.Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range438227 
10.Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains428625 
11.Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains422619 
12.Mount Edith9480Big Belt Mountains408055 
13.Baldy Mountain7464Thompson-Baldy Area406429 
14.Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range406322 
15.Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains406123 
16.Holland Peak9356Swan Range399627 
16.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides399659 
18.West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range395329 
19.Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range393086 
20.Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains388432 
21.Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains380542 
22.Red Mountain9411Flathead Range380135 
23.Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains379428 
24.Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range374114 
25.McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains374013 
26.Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range372830 
27.South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges36668 
28.West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains363326 
29.Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range357092 
30.Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains355734 
31.Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range3389311999-07-10
32.Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains336330 
33.Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains329026 
34.Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains32817 
35.Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front323233 
36.Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains318113 
37.O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains313214 
38.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains307116 
39.Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range304618 
40.Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains286017 
41.Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains276810 
42.Antoine Butte5720Western International Border Area Plains267020 
43.Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains265220 
43.Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range2652102002-09-08
45.Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains25485 
46.Black Mountain8330Garnet Range253019 
47.Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range250536 
48.Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range24314 
49.Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith241922 
50.Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range189013 
51.Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains16358 
52.Old Baldy8680Big Snowy Mountains136016 
53.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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