U.S. National Forest High Points
Public Land in New Reorganized Forest Units
|Rank||Land Name||Peak|| Elev-Ft ||State|
|95.||Allegheny National Forest||Allegheny National Forest High Point||2360||Pennsylvania|
|47.||Angeles National Forest||Mount San Antonio||10,064||California|
|33.||Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest||Mount Baldy-North Peak||11,400||Arizona|
|5.||Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest||Grays Peak||14,270||Colorado|
|12.||Ashley National Forest||Kings Peak||13,528||Utah|
|34.||Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest||Hilgard Peak||11,316||Montana|
|15.||Bighorn National Forest||Cloud Peak||13,167||Wyoming|
|46.||Bitterroot National Forest||Trapper Peak||10,157||Montana|
|76.||Black Hills National Forest||Harney Peak||7242||South Dakota|
|51.||Boise National Forest||Steel Mountain||9730||Idaho|
|10.||Bridger-Teton National Forest||Gannett Peak||13,804||Wyoming|
|27.||Caribou-Targhee National Forest||Diamond Peak||12,197||Idaho|
|16.||Carson National Forest||Wheeler Peak||13,161||New Mexico|
|86.||Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests||Brasstown Bald||4784||Georgia|
|99.||Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest||Vilas County High Point||1900||Wisconsin|
|82.||Cherokee National Forest||Roan High Knob||6285||North Carolina/Tennessee|
|102.||Chippewa National Forest||Cass-Chippewa High Point||1630||Minnesota|
|14.||Chugach National Forest||Mount Marcus Baker||13,176||Alaska|
|36.||Cibola National Forest||Mount Taylor||11,301||New Mexico|
|66.||Clearwater National Forest||Ranger Peak||8817||Idaho|
|81.||Cleveland National Forest||Mount Laguna||6299||California|
|23.||Coconino National Forest||Humphreys Peak||12,633||Arizona|
|75.||Colville National Forest||Gypsy Peak||7320||Washington|
|41.||Coronado National Forest||Mount Graham||10,720||Arizona|
|19.||Custer National Forest||Granite Peak||12,799||Montana|
|92.||Daniel Boone National Forest||Pine Mountain-Harlan 2 Benchmark||2840||Kentucky|
|45.||Deschutes National Forest||South Sister||10,358||Oregon|
|35.||Dixie National Forest||Brian Head||11,307||Utah|
|90.||El Bosque Nacional del Yunque||El Toro||3533|| |
|44.||Eldorado National Forest||Round Top||10,381||California|
|28.||Fishlake National Forest||Delano Peak||12,169||Utah|
|58.||Flathead National Forest||Lowary Peak||9369||Montana|
|91.||Francis Marion-Sumter National Forest||Fork Mountain||3294||South Carolina|
|60.||Fremont-Winema National Forest||Mount Thielsen||9182||Oregon|
|19.||Gallatin National Forest||Granite Peak||12,799||Montana|
|84.||George Washington-Jefferson National Forest||Mount Rogers||5729||Virginia|
|26.||Gifford Pinchot National Forest||Mount Adams||12,276||Washington|
|38.||Gila National Forest||Whitewater Baldy||10,895||New Mexico|
|4.||Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison National Forest||Uncompahgre Peak||14,309||Colorado|
|89.||Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests||Mount Ellen||4083||Vermont|
|55.||Helena National Forest||Mount Edith||9480||Montana|
|105.||Hiawatha National Forest||Hiawatha National Forest High Point||1112||Michigan|
|107.||Hoosier National Forest||Bald Knobs-South Slope||950||Indiana|
|25.||Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest||Dunderberg Peak||12,374||California|
|100.||Huron-Manistee National Forest||Briar Hill||1706||Michigan|
|74.||Idaho Panhandle National Forest||South Selkirk Crest||7709||Idaho|
|1.||Inyo National Forest||Mount Whitney||14,495||California|
|43.||Kaibab National Forest||Kendrick Peak||10,418||Arizona|
|109.||Kisatchie National Forest||Webster Parish High Point||480||Louisiana|
|64.||Klamath National Forest||Caesar Peak||8920||California|
|67.||Kootenai National Forest||Snowshoe Peak||8738||Montana|
|39.||Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit||Freel Peak||10,881||California|
|68.||Lassen National Forest||Crater Peak||8683||California|
|57.||Lewis and Clark National Forest||Rocky Mountain||9392||Montana|
|30.||Lincoln National Forest||Lookout Mountain||11,580||New Mexico|
|59.||Lolo National Forest||Scapegoat Mountain||9202||Montana|
|65.||Los Padres National Forest||Mount Pinos||8831||California|
|63.||Malheur National Forest||Strawberry Mountain||9040||Oregon|
|21.||Manti-Lasal National Forest||Mount Peale||12,721||Utah|
|101.||Mark Twain National Forest||Bell Mountain||1702||Missouri|
|18.||Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest||Mount Richthofen||12,940||Colorado|
|70.||Mendocino National Forest||South Yolla Bolly Mountain||8094||California|
|49.||Modoc National Forest||Eagle Peak||9892||California|
|85.||Monongahela National Forest||Spruce Knob||4861||West Virginia|
|40.||Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest||Mount Baker||10,781||Washington|
|37.||Mount Hood National Forest||Mount Hood||11,239||Oregon|
|97.||National Forests in Alabama||Hernandez Peak-South Slope||2240||Alabama|
|110.||National Forests in Florida||Osceola National Forest High Point||195||Florida|
|108.||National Forests in Mississippi||Holly Springs National Forest High Point||720||Mississippi|
|80.||National Forests in North Carolina||Balsam Cone||6600||North Carolina|
|104.||National Forests in Texas||Ball Knob Hill||1180||Texas|
|87.||Nebraska National Forest||Soldier Creek Wilderness High Point||4740||Nebraska|
|56.||Nez Perce National Forest||She Devil||9400||Idaho|
|79.||Ochoco National Forest||Lookout Mountain||6926||Oregon|
|53.||Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest||Bonanza Peak||9511||Washington|
|77.||Olympic National Forest||Mount Fricaba||7139||Washington|
|98.||Ottawa National Forest||Marquette County High Point||1932||Michigan|
|94.||Ouachita National Forest||Rich Mountain||2681||Arkansas|
|93.||Ozark-St. Francis National Forest||Magazine Mountain||2753||Arkansas|
|52.||Payette National Forest||Mormon Mountain||9545||Idaho|
|2.||Pike and San Isabel National Forest||Mount Elbert||14,433||Colorado|
|69.||Plumas National Forest||Mount Ingalls||8372||California|
|71.||Prescott National Forest||Mount Union||7979||Arizona|
|3.||Rio Grande National Forest||Blanca Peak||14,345||Colorado|
|54.||Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest||Mount McLoughlin||9495||Oregon|
|22.||Salmon-Challis National Forest||Borah Peak||12,662||Idaho|
|32.||San Bernardino National Forest||San Gorgonio Mountain||11,499||California|
|7.||San Juan National Forest||Mount Wilson||14,246||Colorado|
|17.||Santa Fe National Forest||Truchas Peak||13,102||New Mexico|
|29.||Sawtooth National Forest||Hyndman Peak||12,009||Idaho|
|24.||Sequoia National Forest||Florence Peak||12,432||California|
|8.||Shasta-Trinity National Forest||Mount Shasta||14,162||California|
|106.||Shawnee National Forest||Williams Hill||1064||Illinois|
|10.||Shoshone National Forest||Gannett Peak||13,804||Wyoming|
|9.||Sierra National Forest||Mount Humphreys||13,986||California|
|88.||Siuslaw National Forest||Marys Peak||4097||Oregon|
|78.||Six Rivers National Forest||Salmon Mountain||6956||California|
|31.||Stanislaus National Forest||Leavitt Peak||11,569||California|
|96.||Superior National Forest||Eagle Mountain||2301||Minnesota|
|62.||Tahoe National Forest||Mount Lola||9148||California|
|48.||Tongass National Forest||Kates Needle||10,016||British Columbia/Alaska|
|72.||Tonto National Forest||Myrtle Point||7960||Arizona|
|13.||Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest||Gilbert Peak||13,442||Utah|
|73.||Umatilla National Forest||Vinegar Hill Northeast||7926||Oregon|
|60.||Umpqua National Forest||Mount Thielsen||9182||Oregon|
|50.||Wallowa-Whitman National Forest||Sacajawea Peak||9838||Oregon|
|103.||Wayne National Forest||Wayne National Forest High Point||1320||Ohio|
|83.||White Mountain National Forest||White Mountain National Forest High Point||6142||New Hampshire|
|5.||White River National Forest||Grays Peak||14,270||Colorado|
|42.||Willamette National Forest||Mount Jefferson||10,497||Oregon|
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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.
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.
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.
Thanks to Roy Schweiker and David Olson, who did much original research on a preliminary list (see link below).
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