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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

Showing Kevin Williamson's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (1 out of 53, or 1.89%)

RankPeak Elev-M
(Avg)
Range (Level 5) Prom-M
(Avg)
Ascent Date
1.Granite Peak3901Beartooth Mountains14572002-08-05
2.Mount Wood3859Beartooth Mountains878 
3.Castle Mountain3844Beartooth Mountains814 
4.Hilgard Peak3449Madison Range1238 
5.Mount Cowen3417Northern Absaroka Range814 
6.Crazy Peak3417Crazy Mountains1743 
7.Tweedy Mountain3400Pioneer Mountains1163 
8.Eighteenmile Peak3391Beaverhead Mountains498 
9.Electric Peak3343Gallatin Range1036 
10.Garfield Mountain3341Beaverhead Mountains1006 
11.West Goat Peak3290Anaconda Range1211 
12.Homer Youngs Peak3237Beaverhead Mountains976 
13.South Sheep Mountain3233Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges1120 
14.Hollowtop Mountain3232Tobacco Root Mountains1190 
15.Sunset Peak3225Snowcrest Range1146 
16.Mount Cleveland3190Lewis Range1599 
17.Table Mountain3116Highland Mountains1348 
18.Mount Jefferson3110Centennial Mountains1031 
19.Mount Powell3099Flint Creek Range1142 
20.Trapper Peak3096Central Bitteroot Range1088 
21.Mount Stimson3091Lewis Range1342 
22.Kintla Peak3079Livingston Range1341 
23.McDonald Peak2993Mission Range1722 
24.Sacagawea Peak2941Bridger Range1204 
25.Mount Edith2896Big Belt Mountains1253 
26.Crow Peak2869Elkhorn Mountains1160 
27.Red Mountain2868Flathead Range1159 
28.Rocky Mountain2863Rocky Mountain Front991 
29.Ruby Benchmark2862Ruby Range747 
30.Holland Peak2852Swan Range1224 
31.Big Baldy Mountain2797Little Belt Mountains1087 
32.Haystack Mountain2688Bolder Batholith737 
33.Big Pryor Mountain2678Pryor Mountains1309 
34.Snowshoe Peak2663Cabinet Mountains1658 
35.Great Northern Mountain2653Flathead Range770 
36.Old Baldy2652Big Snowy Mountains427 
37.Greathouse Peak2646Big Snowy Mountains1241 
38.McLeod Peak2627Rattlesnake Mountains1146 
39.Elk Peak2611Castle Mountains844 
40.Butte Cabin Ridge2581John Long Mountains783 
41.Black Mountain2539Garnet Range777 
42.Nasukoin Mountain2465Whitefish-MacDonald Range935 
43.Ch-paa-qn Peak2437Ninemile-Reservation Divides1224 
44.Quartz Benchmark2368Northern Bitterroot Range582 
45.Northwest Peak2348United States Purcell Mountains1358 
46.Highwood Baldy2338Highwood Mountains1006 
47.Baldy Mountain2275Thompson-Baldy Area1245 
48.McGuire Mountain2131Salish Mountains942 
49.West Butte2128Western International Border Area Plains1109 
50.Bearpaw Baldy2108Western International Border Area Plains1289 
51.O'Brien Mountain2064United States Purcell Mountains961 
52.Antoine Butte1750Western International Border Area Plains821 
53.West Chalk Butte1283Southeast Montana Plains73 

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List Description

Cedron Jones is perhaps the most prolific peakbagger in the history of Montana, with over 1000 ascents of peaks in the state to his credit over many decades of exploring its huge variety of mountains. In 2011 he wrote a new guidebook, Peakbagging Montana, with climbing information for 53 of the most prominent, interesting, and representative peaks in Montana, based on his intimate knowledge of the subject.

This list, while not based on any objective criteria, has several virtues. It does not contain as many relatively flat peaks and "liners" as the Montana county high point list, it has fewer peaks than the daunting 143 on the 2000-foot prominence list for the state, and it has more geographic diversity than the 11,000-foot peak list, which is inordinately focused on the Beartooths.

There are still many stiff challenges on this list, and only skilled scramblers comfortable on Montana's notoriously crumbly rock will be able to complete it. Under ideal weather and route conditions, no peak on this list will require a rope for peakbaggers comfortable with class 3 terrain with occasional bits of class 4. Still, many peaks require multi-day expeditions and solid wilderness skills. The peaks in Glacier National Park and the Beartooths in particular can be difficult.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Cedron Jones and Chris Cauble of Riverbend Publishing for putting together the list and the Peakbagging Montana book.

Links

     Riverbend Publishing - Peakbagging Montana

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       Peakbagging Montana (Jones)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.

 


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