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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.Inyo National ForestMount Whitney14,49810,078  
2.Pike and San Isabel National ForestMount Elbert14,4339073  
3.Rio Grande National ForestBlanca Peak14,3455326  
4.Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison National ForestUncompahgre Peak14,3094277  
5.Arapaho and Roosevelt National ForestGrays Peak14,2702750  
5.White River National ForestGrays Peak14,2702750  
7.San Juan National ForestMount Wilson14,2464024  
8.Shasta-Trinity National ForestMount Shasta14,1629762  
9.Sierra National ForestMount Humphreys13,9862563  
10.Shoshone National ForestGannett Peak13,8047076  
10.Bridger-Teton National ForestGannett Peak13,8047076  
12.Ashley National ForestKings Peak13,5286348  
13.Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National ForestGilbert Peak13,4421554  
14.Chugach National ForestMount Marcus Baker13,17610,726  
15.Bighorn National ForestCloud Peak13,1677067  
16.Carson National ForestWheeler Peak13,1613409  
17.Santa Fe National ForestTruchas Peak13,1024001  
18.Medicine Bow-Routt National ForestMount Richthofen12,9402660  
19.Custer National ForestGranite Peak12,7994759  
19.Gallatin National ForestGranite Peak12,7994759  
21.Manti-Lasal National ForestMount Peale12,7216161  
22.Salmon-Challis National ForestBorah Peak12,6625982  
23.Coconino National ForestHumphreys Peak12,6336039  
24.Sequoia National ForestFlorence Peak12,4321033  
25.Humboldt-Toiyabe National ForestDunderberg Peak12,3741334  
26.Gifford Pinchot National ForestMount Adams12,2768116  
27.Caribou-Targhee National ForestDiamond Peak12,1975377  
28.Fishlake National ForestDelano Peak12,1694689  
29.Sawtooth National ForestHyndman Peak12,0094809  
30.Lincoln National ForestLookout Mountain11,580380  
31.Stanislaus National ForestLeavitt Peak11,5692049  
32.San Bernardino National ForestSan Gorgonio Mountain11,4998294  
33.Apache-Sitgreaves National ForestMount Baldy-North Peak11,40080  
34.Beaverhead-Deerlodge National ForestHilgard Peak11,3164063  
35.Dixie National ForestBrian Head11,3073747  
36.Cibola National ForestMount Taylor11,3014094  
37.Mount Hood National ForestMount Hood11,2397706  
38.Gila National ForestWhitewater Baldy10,8953535  
39.Lake Tahoe Basin Management UnitFreel Peak10,8813146  
40.Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National ForestMount Baker10,7818812  
41.Coronado National ForestMount Graham10,7206320  
42.Willamette National ForestMount Jefferson10,4975777  
43.Kaibab National ForestKendrick Peak10,4182478  
44.Eldorado National ForestRound Top10,3812541  
45.Deschutes National ForestSouth Sister10,3585588  
46.Bitterroot National ForestTrapper Peak10,1573570  
47.Angeles National ForestMount San Antonio10,0646224  
48.Tongass National ForestKates Needle10,0164505  
49.Modoc National ForestEagle Peak98924352  
50.Wallowa-Whitman National ForestSacajawea Peak98386388  
51.Boise National ForestSteel Mountain97302188  
52.Payette National ForestMormon Mountain95452105  
53.Okanogan-Wenatchee National ForestBonanza Peak95113711  
54.Rogue River-Siskiyou National ForestMount McLoughlin94954455  
55.Helena National ForestMount Edith94804080  
56.Nez Perce National ForestShe Devil94005200  
57.Lewis and Clark National ForestRocky Mountain93923232  
58.Flathead National ForestLowary Peak9369649  
59.Lolo National ForestScapegoat Mountain92023042  
60.Fremont-Winema National ForestMount Thielsen91823342  
60.Umpqua National ForestMount Thielsen91823342  
62.Tahoe National ForestMount Lola91482068  
63.Malheur National ForestStrawberry Mountain90404080  
64.Klamath National ForestCaesar Peak8920520  
65.Los Padres National ForestMount Pinos88314800  
66.Clearwater National ForestRanger Peak88171457  
67.Kootenai National ForestSnowshoe Peak87385418  
68.Lassen National ForestCrater Peak86832923  
69.Plumas National ForestMount Ingalls83722792  
70.Mendocino National ForestSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain80944814  
71.Prescott National ForestMount Union79792939  
72.Umatilla National ForestVinegar Hill Northeast7926326  
73.Tonto National ForestMyrtle Point7920656  
74.Idaho Panhandle National ForestSouth Selkirk Crest77093349  
75.Colville National ForestGypsy Peak73201720  
76.Black Hills National ForestBlack Elk Peak72312911  
77.Olympic National ForestMount Fricaba7139539  
78.Six Rivers National ForestSalmon Mountain69562006  
79.Ochoco National ForestLookout Mountain69262426  
80.National Forests in North CarolinaBalsam Cone6600360  
81.Cleveland National ForestMount Laguna6299263  
82.Cherokee National ForestRoan High Knob62853485  
83.White Mountain National ForestWhite Mountain National Forest High Point61420  
84.George Washington-Jefferson National ForestMount Rogers57292449  
85.Monongahela National ForestSpruce Knob48612781  
86.Chattahoochee-Oconee National ForestsBrasstown Bald47842108  
87.Nebraska National ForestSoldier Creek Wilderness High Point47400  
88.Siuslaw National ForestMarys Peak40973357  
89.Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National ForestsMount Ellen40832132  
90.El Bosque Nacional del YunqueEl Toro35243194  
91.Francis Marion-Sumter National ForestFork Mountain3294534  
92.Daniel Boone National ForestPine Mountain-Harlan 2 Benchmark2840440  
93.Ozark-St. Francis National ForestMagazine Mountain27532133  
94.Ouachita National ForestRich Mountain26811921  
95.Allegheny National ForestAllegheny National Forest High Point2360143  
96.Superior National ForestEagle Mountain23011321  
97.National Forests in AlabamaHernandez Peak-South Slope22400  
98.Ottawa National ForestMarquette County High Point1932185  
99.Chequamegon-Nicolet National ForestVilas County High Point1900270  
100.Huron-Manistee National ForestBriar Hill17061041  
101.Mark Twain National ForestBell Mountain1702382  
102.Chippewa National ForestCass-Chippewa High Point1630   
103.Wayne National ForestWayne National Forest High Point1320146  
104.National Forests in TexasBall Knob Hill1180190  
105.Hiawatha National ForestHiawatha National Forest High Point1112   
106.Shawnee National ForestWilliams Hill1064624  
107.Hoosier National ForestBald Knobs-South Slope9500  
108.National Forests in MississippiHolly Springs National Forest High Point720107  
109.Kisatchie National ForestWebster Parish High Point48010  
110.National Forests in FloridaOsceola National Forest High Point195   

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About the Multiple Ascent Grid:

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