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

Public Land in New Reorganized Forest Units

RankGeographyPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft TotalRound 1
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1.Allegheny National ForestAllegheny National Forest High Point2360143  
2.Angeles National ForestMount San Antonio10,0646224  
3.Apache-Sitgreaves National ForestMount Baldy-North Peak11,40080  
4.Arapaho and Roosevelt National ForestGrays Peak14,2702750  
5.Ashley National ForestKings Peak13,5286348  
6.Beaverhead-Deerlodge National ForestHilgard Peak11,3164063  
7.Bighorn National ForestCloud Peak13,1677067  
8.Bitterroot National ForestTrapper Peak10,1573570  
9.Black Hills National ForestBlack Elk Peak72312911  
10.Boise National ForestSteel Mountain97302188  
11.Bridger-Teton National ForestGannett Peak13,8047076  
12.Caribou-Targhee National ForestDiamond Peak12,1975377  
13.Carson National ForestWheeler Peak13,1613409  
14.Chattahoochee-Oconee National ForestsBrasstown Bald47842108  
15.Chequamegon-Nicolet National ForestVilas County High Point1900270  
16.Cherokee National ForestRoan High Knob62853485  
17.Chippewa National ForestCass-Chippewa High Point1630   
18.Chugach National ForestMount Marcus Baker13,17610,726  
19.Cibola National ForestMount Taylor11,3014094  
20.Clearwater National ForestRanger Peak88171457  
21.Cleveland National ForestMount Laguna6299263  
22.Coconino National ForestHumphreys Peak12,6336039  
23.Colville National ForestGypsy Peak73201720  
24.Coronado National ForestMount Graham10,7206320  
25.Custer National ForestGranite Peak12,7994759  
26.Daniel Boone National ForestPine Mountain-Harlan 2 Benchmark2840440  
27.Deschutes National ForestSouth Sister10,3585588  
28.Dixie National ForestBrian Head11,3073747  
29.Eldorado National ForestRound Top10,3812541  
30.Fishlake National ForestDelano Peak12,1694689  
31.Flathead National ForestLowary Peak9369649  
32.Francis Marion-Sumter National ForestFork Mountain3294534  
33.Fremont-Winema National ForestMount Thielsen91823342  
34.Gallatin National ForestGranite Peak12,7994759  
35.George Washington-Jefferson National ForestMount Rogers57292449  
36.Gifford Pinchot National ForestMount Adams12,2768116  
37.Gila National ForestWhitewater Baldy10,8953535  
38.Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison National ForestUncompahgre Peak14,3094277  
39.Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National ForestsMount Ellen40832132  
40.Helena National ForestMount Edith94804080  
41.Hiawatha National ForestHiawatha National Forest High Point1112   
42.National Forests in MississippiHolly Springs National Forest High Point720107  
43.Hoosier National ForestBald Knobs-South Slope9500  
44.Humboldt-Toiyabe National ForestDunderberg Peak12,3741334  
45.Huron-Manistee National ForestBriar Hill17061041  
46.Inyo National ForestMount Whitney14,49810,078  
47.Kaibab National ForestKendrick Peak10,4182478  
48.Idaho Panhandle National ForestSouth Selkirk Crest77093349  
49.Kisatchie National ForestWebster Parish High Point48010  
50.Klamath National ForestCaesar Peak8920520  
51.Kootenai National ForestSnowshoe Peak87385418  
52.Lassen National ForestCrater Peak86832923  
53.Lewis and Clark National ForestRocky Mountain93923232  
54.Lincoln National ForestLookout Mountain11,580380  
55.Lolo National ForestScapegoat Mountain92023042  
56.Los Padres National ForestMount Pinos88314800  
57.Malheur National ForestStrawberry Mountain90404080  
58.Manti-Lasal National ForestMount Peale12,7216161  
59.Mark Twain National ForestBell Mountain1702382  
60.Medicine Bow-Routt National ForestMount Richthofen12,9402660  
61.Mendocino National ForestSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain80944814  
62.Modoc National ForestEagle Peak98924352  
63.Monongahela National ForestSpruce Knob48612781  
64.Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National ForestMount Baker10,7818812  
65.Mount Hood National ForestMount Hood11,2397706  
66.National Forests in North CarolinaBalsam Cone6600360  
67.Nebraska National ForestSoldier Creek Wilderness High Point47400  
68.Nez Perce National ForestShe Devil94005200  
69.National Forests in FloridaOsceola National Forest High Point195   
70.Ochoco National ForestLookout Mountain69262426  
71.Okanogan-Wenatchee National ForestBonanza Peak95113711  
72.Olympic National ForestMount Fricaba7139539  
73.Ottawa National ForestMarquette County High Point1932185  
74.Ouachita National ForestRich Mountain26811921  
75.Ozark-St. Francis National ForestMagazine Mountain27532133  
76.Payette National ForestMormon Mountain95452105  
77.Pike and San Isabel National ForestMount Elbert14,4339073  
78.Plumas National ForestMount Ingalls83722792  
79.Prescott National ForestMount Union79792939  
80.Rio Grande National ForestBlanca Peak14,3455326  
81.Rogue River-Siskiyou National ForestMount McLoughlin94954455  
82.Salmon-Challis National ForestBorah Peak12,6625982  
83.National Forests in TexasBall Knob Hill1180190  
84.San Bernardino National ForestSan Gorgonio Mountain11,4998294  
85.San Juan National ForestMount Wilson14,2464024  
86.Santa Fe National ForestTruchas Peak13,1024001  
87.Sawtooth National ForestHyndman Peak12,0094809  
88.Sequoia National ForestFlorence Peak12,4321033  
89.Shasta-Trinity National ForestMount Shasta14,1629762  
90.Shawnee National ForestWilliams Hill1064624  
91.Shoshone National ForestGannett Peak13,8047076  
92.Sierra National ForestMount Humphreys13,9862563  
93.Siuslaw National ForestMarys Peak40973357  
94.Six Rivers National ForestSalmon Mountain69562006  
95.Stanislaus National ForestLeavitt Peak11,5692049  
96.Superior National ForestEagle Mountain23011321  
97.Tahoe National ForestMount Lola91482068  
98.National Forests in AlabamaHernandez Peak-South Slope22400  
99.Tongass National ForestKates Needle10,0164505  
100.Tonto National ForestMyrtle Point7920656  
101.Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National ForestGilbert Peak13,4421554  
102.Umatilla National ForestVinegar Hill Northeast7926326  
103.Umpqua National ForestMount Thielsen91823342  
104.Wallowa-Whitman National ForestSacajawea Peak98386388  
105.Wayne National ForestWayne National Forest High Point1320146  
106.White Mountain National ForestWhite Mountain National Forest High Point61420  
107.White River National ForestGrays Peak14,2702750  
108.Willamette National ForestMount Jefferson10,4975777  
109.Lake Tahoe Basin Management UnitFreel Peak10,8813146  
110.El Bosque Nacional del YunqueEl Toro35243196  

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About the Multiple Ascent Grid:

  • This table grid shows all peaks on a given list, and all ascents done by Matt Adamski, 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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