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Midwestern Wilderness High Points - Multiple Ascents Grid

RankGeographyPeak Elev-Ft
TotalRound 1
1.Black ElkBlack Elk Peak72312931  
2.Soldier CreekSoldier Creek Wilderness High Point476040  
3.BadlandsBadlands Peak 31603180380  
4.Theodore RooseveltPetrified Forest Summit2734   
5.Fort NiobraraFort Niobrara Wilderness High Point268013  
6.LostwoodLostwood Wilderness High Point248020  
7.Boundary Waters Canoe AreaEagle Mountain23011331  
8.McCormickMarquette County High Point1932185  
9.SylvaniaSylvania Wilderness High Point1870154  
10.Chase LakeChase Lake Wilderness High Point1850   
11.Blackjack SpringsBlackjack Springs Wilderness High Point1830   
12.HeadwatersHeadwaters Wilderness High Point1790   
13.TamaracTamarac Wilderness High Point1590   
14.Whisker LakeWhisker Lake Wilderness High Point1580   
15.Porcupine LakePorcupine Lake Wilderness High Point1540   
16.Sturgeon River GorgeSturgeon River Gorge Wilderness High Point1427   
17.Isle RoyaleMount Desor1394792  
18.Rainbow LakeRainbow Lake Wilderness High Point1380   
19.AgassizAgassiz Wilderness High Point1147   
20.Sleeping Bear DunesEmpire Bluffs1132370  
21.Gaylord NelsonOak Island High Point1090488  
22.Beaver BasinLegion Lake Peak1073168  
23.Rock River CanyonRock River Canyon Wilderness High Point1043   
24.Big Island LakeBig Island Lake Wilderness High Point945110  
25.Charles C. DeamFrank Grubb Ridge91060  
26.SeneySeney Wilderness High Point837   
27.MackinacMackinac Wilderness High Point83020  
28.DeliriumDelirium Wilderness High Point790   
29.Huron IslandsMcIntyre Island High Point771169  
30.Nordhouse DunesNordhouse Dunes Wilderness High Point738   
31.Horseshoe BayHorseshoe Bay Wilderness High Point70020  
31.Round IslandRound Island High Point700121  
33.West Sister IslandWest Sister Island High Point61645  
34.Michigan IslandsGull Island High Point61031  
35.Wisconsin IslandsSpider Island High Point60021  

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Front Runners List: Click here to see list completion progress by climbers that log their climbs using

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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 Varney, 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

Wilderness areas are large tracts of land where resource extraction, roads, structures, and motors of any kind are forbidden. The only intrusion of man permitted is foot travel and low-impact camping. They represent the last sanctuaries of the primeval world left in our developed country, and most of them are in the high mountains.

This list shows the highest points in federally designated Wilderness Areas in the Midwestern states. Many of these wildernesses are small in size and located in wildlife refuges far from any real mountains, or on small islands in the Great Lakes. But they still offer oases from the human-managed landscape that covers most of country's heartland.

Note that the boundaries of many Wilderness Areas are indistinct and not always shown accurately on topographic maps. In addition, many Wilderness high points are "liners" or "slope points" located where a boundary is excluding a summit area that has road or tower development. So finding the exact point for many of these summits may be difficult, and being sure of reaching them may require independent research. In some cases, where a wilderness boundary came very close to a prominent undeveloped summit, that summit is assumed to be the wilderness high point even if the official boundary may be a few feet away.


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