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Midwestern Wilderness High Points - Multiple Ascents Grid

RankGeographyPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft TotalRound 1
1.Wisconsin IslandsSpider Island High Point59011  
2.Whisker LakeWhisker Lake Wilderness High Point1560   
3.West Sister IslandWest Sister Island High Point61645  
4.Theodore RooseveltPetrified Forest Summit2734   
5.TamaracTamarac Wilderness High Point1580   
6.SylvaniaSylvania Wilderness High Point1860144  
7.Sturgeon River GorgeSturgeon River Gorge Wilderness High Point1411   
8.Soldier CreekSoldier Creek Wilderness High Point47400  
9.SeneySeney Wilderness High Point827   
10.Round IslandRound Island High Point690111  
11.Rock River CanyonRock River Canyon Wilderness High Point1033   
12.Rainbow LakeRainbow Lake Wilderness High Point1370   
13.Porcupine LakePorcupine Lake Wilderness High Point1530   
14.Nordhouse DunesNordhouse Dunes Wilderness High Point738   
15.Michigan IslandsGull Island High Point60526  
16.McCormickMarquette County High Point1932185  
17.MackinacMackinac Wilderness High Point8200  
18.LostwoodLostwood Wilderness High Point24700  
19.Isle RoyaleMount Desor1394792  
20.Huron IslandsMcIntyre Island High Point755153  
21.Horseshoe BayHorseshoe Bay Wilderness High Point6900  
22.HeadwatersHeadwaters Wilderness High Point1780   
23.Fort NiobraraFort Niobrara Wilderness High Point26670  
24.DeliriumDelirium Wilderness High Point780   
25.Chase LakeChase Lake Wilderness High Point1840   
26.Charles C. DeamFrank Grubb Ridge90040  
27.Blackjack SpringsBlackjack Springs Wilderness High Point1820   
28.Black ElkBlack Elk Peak72312911  
29.Big Island LakeBig Island Lake Wilderness High Point935100  
30.BadlandsBadlands Peak 31603160340  
31.AgassizAgassiz Wilderness High Point1147   
32.Boundary Waters Canoe AreaEagle Mountain23011321  
33.Gaylord NelsonOak Island High Point1080478  
34.Beaver BasinLegion Lake Peak1063158  
35.Sleeping Bear DunesEmpire Bluffs1115353  

Main Peak List: Click here to see the standard peak listing, showning more informational columns and just the first ascent date.

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

Compare Climbers: Click here to compare ascents of up to 5 climbers working on this list.

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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