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U.S. National Forest High Points - Multiple Ascents Grid

Public Land in New Reorganized Forest Units

Showing all of Evan Jones's ascent dates (max 10 rounds) (Overall: 29 out of 110, or 26.36%)

RankGeographyPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft TotalRound 1
(29)
Round 2
(3)
1.Monongahela National ForestSpruce Knob486127812 1988-04-02  1997-04-18 
2.Black Hills National ForestBlack Elk Peak723129112 1988-07-04  1993-08-28 
3.Coconino National ForestHumphreys Peak12,63360392 1988-10-08  2013-06-01 
4.Chattahoochee-Oconee National ForestsBrasstown Bald478421081 1989-05-14  
5.George Washington-Jefferson National ForestMount Rogers572924491 1989-05-16  
6.Superior National ForestEagle Mountain230113211 1993-05-21  
7.Ozark-St. Francis National ForestMagazine Mountain275321331 1995-11-19  
8.Malheur National ForestStrawberry Mountain904040801 1997-08-02  
9.Ochoco National ForestLookout Mountain692624261 1997-08-03  
10.Prescott National ForestMount Union797929391 1998-10-11  
11.Tonto National ForestMyrtle Point79206561 1998-11-08  
12.Six Rivers National ForestSalmon Mountain695620061 1999-06-25  
13.Tahoe National ForestMount Lola914820681 1999-07-05  
14.Siuslaw National ForestMarys Peak409733571 1999-08-28  
15.Coronado National ForestMount Graham10,72063201 1999-10-08  
16.Cibola National ForestMount Taylor11,30140941 2000-05-26  
17.Apache-Sitgreaves National ForestMount Baldy-North Peak11,400801 2001-06-20  
18.Plumas National ForestMount Ingalls837227921 2003-06-21  
19.Dixie National ForestBrian Head11,30737471 2004-06-19  
20.Fishlake National ForestDelano Peak12,16946891 2004-06-22  
21.Rogue River-Siskiyou National ForestMount McLoughlin949544551 2004-07-11  
22.Carson National ForestWheeler Peak13,16134091 2004-09-05  
23.Pike and San Isabel National ForestMount Elbert14,43390731 2005-07-15  
24.Ashley National ForestKings Peak13,52863481 2006-07-11  
25.Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National ForestGilbert Peak13,44215541 2007-07-14  
26.Deschutes National ForestSouth Sister10,35855881 2007-09-08  
27.Manti-Lasal National ForestMount Peale12,72161611 2008-08-17  
28.Kaibab National ForestKendrick Peak10,41824781 2011-08-14  
29.Inyo National ForestMount Whitney14,49810,0781 2013-07-19  
30.Rio Grande National ForestBlanca Peak14,3455326   
31.Eldorado National ForestRound Top10,3812541   
32.Payette National ForestMormon Mountain95452105   
33.Okanogan-Wenatchee National ForestBonanza Peak95113711   
34.Olympic National ForestMount Fricaba7139539   
35.Ottawa National ForestMarquette County High Point1932185   
36.Ouachita National ForestRich Mountain26811921   
37.Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National ForestMount Baker10,7818812   
38.Mount Hood National ForestMount Hood11,2397706   
39.National Forests in North CarolinaBalsam Cone6600360   
40.Nebraska National ForestSoldier Creek Wilderness High Point47400   
41.Nez Perce National ForestShe Devil94005200   
42.National Forests in FloridaOsceola National Forest High Point195    
43.Idaho Panhandle National ForestSouth Selkirk Crest77093349   
44.Kisatchie National ForestWebster Parish High Point48010   
45.Klamath National ForestCaesar Peak8920520   
46.Kootenai National ForestSnowshoe Peak87385418   
47.Lassen National ForestCrater Peak86832923   
48.Lewis and Clark National ForestRocky Mountain93923232   
49.Lincoln National ForestLookout Mountain11,580380   
50.Lolo National ForestScapegoat Mountain92023042   
51.Los Padres National ForestMount Pinos88314800   
52.Mark Twain National ForestBell Mountain1702382   
53.Medicine Bow-Routt National ForestMount Richthofen12,9402660   
54.Mendocino National ForestSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain80944814   
55.Modoc National ForestEagle Peak98924352   
56.Flathead National ForestLowary Peak9369649   
57.Francis Marion-Sumter National ForestFork Mountain3294534   
58.Fremont-Winema National ForestMount Thielsen91823342   
59.Gallatin National ForestGranite Peak12,7994759   
60.Custer National ForestGranite Peak12,7994759   
61.Daniel Boone National ForestPine Mountain-Harlan 2 Benchmark2840440   
62.Clearwater National ForestRanger Peak88171457   
63.Cleveland National ForestMount Laguna6299263   
64.Colville National ForestGypsy Peak73201720   
65.Gifford Pinchot National ForestMount Adams12,2768116   
66.Gila National ForestWhitewater Baldy10,8953535   
67.Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison National ForestUncompahgre Peak14,3094277   
68.Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National ForestsMount Ellen40832132   
69.Helena National ForestMount Edith94804080   
70.Hiawatha National ForestHiawatha National Forest High Point1112    
71.National Forests in MississippiHolly Springs National Forest High Point720107   
72.Hoosier National ForestBald Knobs-South Slope9500   
73.Humboldt-Toiyabe National ForestDunderberg Peak12,3741334   
74.Huron-Manistee National ForestBriar Hill17061041   
75.Beaverhead-Deerlodge National ForestHilgard Peak11,3164063   
76.Bighorn National ForestCloud Peak13,1677067   
77.Bitterroot National ForestTrapper Peak10,1573570   
78.Arapaho and Roosevelt National ForestGrays Peak14,2702750   
79.Allegheny National ForestAllegheny National Forest High Point2360143   
80.Angeles National ForestMount San Antonio10,0646224   
81.Chequamegon-Nicolet National ForestVilas County High Point1900270   
82.Cherokee National ForestRoan High Knob62853485   
83.Chippewa National ForestCass-Chippewa High Point1630    
84.Chugach National ForestMount Marcus Baker13,17610,726   
85.Boise National ForestSteel Mountain97302188   
86.Bridger-Teton National ForestGannett Peak13,8047076   
87.Caribou-Targhee National ForestDiamond Peak12,1975377   
88.Umatilla National ForestVinegar Hill Northeast7926326   
89.Umpqua National ForestMount Thielsen91823342   
90.Wallowa-Whitman National ForestSacajawea Peak98386388   
91.Wayne National ForestWayne National Forest High Point1320146   
92.White Mountain National ForestWhite Mountain National Forest High Point61420   
93.White River National ForestGrays Peak14,2702750   
94.Willamette National ForestMount Jefferson10,4975777   
95.Lake Tahoe Basin Management UnitFreel Peak10,8813146   
96.El Bosque Nacional del YunqueEl Toro35243194   
97.Salmon-Challis National ForestBorah Peak12,6625982   
98.National Forests in TexasBall Knob Hill1180190   
99.San Bernardino National ForestSan Gorgonio Mountain11,4998294   
100.San Juan National ForestMount Wilson14,2464024   
101.Santa Fe National ForestTruchas Peak13,1024001   
102.Sawtooth National ForestHyndman Peak12,0094809   
103.Sequoia National ForestFlorence Peak12,4321033   
104.Shasta-Trinity National ForestMount Shasta14,1629762   
105.Shawnee National ForestWilliams Hill1064624   
106.Shoshone National ForestGannett Peak13,8047076   
107.Sierra National ForestMount Humphreys13,9862563   
108.Stanislaus National ForestLeavitt Peak11,5692049   
109.National Forests in AlabamaHernandez Peak-South Slope22400   
110.Tongass National ForestKates Needle10,0164505   

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About the Multiple Ascent Grid:

  • This table grid shows all peaks on a given list, and all ascents done by Evan Jones, up to 10 ascents per peak.
  • While many peakbaggers do not like to repeat ascents, some will try to do multiple "laps" or "rounds" of a favorite list, often one close to home.
  • The header for each ascent column shows, in parentheses, the total number of peaks climbed in each "round", and clicking the header link will sort your ascents for that round.
  • Due to space limitations, this listing has just the basic peak info, so up to ten date columns can be shown. Please use the main peak list (linked above) for more basic info and functionality.
  • Some climbers will log two ascents of the same peak on the same day--for example, when doing an out-and-back ridge run with other ascents sandwiched between two of the same peak. Some might not consider these to be two separate ascents for the purposes of doing multiple rounds. Clicking on the "Count a peak only once per day" link in the header will collapse multiple ascents of a peak on a single day into just one ascent for this grid list.

List Description

National Forests and National Grasslands are publically-owned lands in the United States managed by the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 300,000 square miles of Forest Service land is managed for logging, grazing, habitat protection, and outdoor recreation. Sometimes confused with National Parks, National Forests are quite different—Forests are bigger, generally less popular, don’t charge entry fees, and allow managed resource extraction in addition to tourist activities.

There are about 155 named National Forests and 20 National Grasslands. However, this list of National Forest high points is based on a new reorganized list of 109 USFS-managed entities. It also only considers publicly-owned USFS land and no private or public inholdings.

Forest Reorganization

Over the past couple decades the Forest Service has been streamlining and consolidating their operations, and the actual management of their lands is now done by 112 new “combined forests”. Essentially, the USFS saw no distinctions between National Forests and National Grasslands, and no reason to honor traditional National Forest boundaries, so they re-organized their holdings as they saw fit to best manage their land.

Some traditional National Forests survived the re-org intact (for example, the Gifford-Pinchot NF, the White Mountain NF), but others were combined, sometimes into entities with bureaucratic names (for example, “National Forests in Texas”, “Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit”). Most of the former National Grasslands were merged into these new combined National Forests. The old National Forest names may still appear on signs and maps, but organizationally they don’t really exist anymore.

The high point list shown here uses 110 of these new National Forest entities, including the one in Puerto Rico. The only 2 excluded are a new USFS unit entirely composed of former National Grasslands (the Dakota Prairie Grasslands) and the relatively new Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, both of which never had any traditional National Forest land in them.

One advantage of using this new, smaller list of National Forest high points is that many uninspiring peaks in lowlands areas are no longer on the list. For example, the new “National Forests in Mississippi” entity used to be six forests (Holly Springs, Bienville, DeSoto, Delta, Tombigee, Homochitto). In this case, the USFS desire for organizational efficiency aligns nicely with the interests of peakbaggers who prefer “real” mountains.

Inholdings

National Forests tend to have extremely convoluted boundaries. Many of them have a “proclaimed boundary” that may be somewhat regular, but only portions of the land within the proclaimed boundary are actually owned by the USFS. Much of this private land is on the edges of National Forests, but there are also many private inholdings surrounded by public land. There are also cases where an important mountain summit (Mount Washington, NH and Mount Mitchell, NC, for example) are within inholdings that are State Parks and not USFS land. The government is engaged in a long-term effort to purchase inholdings from willing sellers, but this is a very slow process.

This list only shows highpoints located on public Forest Service land. Higher land located on private property within the proclaimed boundary is ignored. Please e-mail the webmaster if you see any errors where a high point on private land is listed.

Acknowledgments

Thanks to Roy Schweiker and David Olson, who did much original research on a preliminary list (see link below).

Links

     Preliminary National Forest High Points

 


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