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U.S. National Forest High Points

Public Land in New Reorganized Forest Units

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RankLand NamePeak Elev-Ft StateAscentsAscent Date
 Inyo National ForestMount Whitney14,498California2717 
 Pike and San Isabel National ForestMount Elbert14,433Colorado1449 
 Rio Grande National ForestBlanca Peak14,345Colorado304 
 Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison National ForestUncompahgre Peak14,309Colorado334 
 Arapaho and Roosevelt National ForestGrays Peak14,270Colorado979 
 White River National ForestGrays Peak14,270Colorado979 
 San Juan National ForestMount Wilson14,246Colorado175 
 Shasta-Trinity National ForestMount Shasta14,162California1147 
 Sierra National ForestMount Humphreys13,986California157 
 Bridger-Teton National ForestGannett Peak13,804Wyoming274 
 Shoshone National ForestGannett Peak13,804Wyoming274 
 Ashley National ForestKings Peak13,528Utah613 
 Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National ForestGilbert Peak13,442Utah106 
 Chugach National ForestMount Marcus Baker13,176Alaska7 
 Bighorn National ForestCloud Peak13,167Wyoming112 
 Carson National ForestWheeler Peak13,161New Mexico798 
 Santa Fe National ForestTruchas Peak13,102New Mexico80 
 Medicine Bow-Routt National ForestMount Richthofen12,940Colorado25 
 Custer National ForestGranite Peak12,799Montana274 
 Gallatin National ForestGranite Peak12,799Montana274 
 Manti-Lasal National ForestMount Peale12,721Utah223 
 Salmon-Challis National ForestBorah Peak12,662Idaho551 
 Coconino National ForestHumphreys Peak12,633Arizona1089 
 Sequoia National ForestFlorence Peak12,432California116 
 Humboldt-Toiyabe National ForestDunderberg Peak12,374California136 
 Gifford Pinchot National ForestMount Adams12,276Washington1584 
 Caribou-Targhee National ForestDiamond Peak12,197Idaho88 
 Fishlake National ForestDelano Peak12,169Utah222 
 Sawtooth National ForestHyndman Peak12,009Idaho106 
 Lincoln National ForestLookout Mountain11,580New Mexico116 
 Stanislaus National ForestLeavitt Peak11,569California222 
 San Bernardino National ForestSan Gorgonio Mountain11,499California1387 
 Apache-Sitgreaves National ForestMount Baldy-North Peak11,400Arizona76 
 Beaverhead-Deerlodge National ForestHilgard Peak11,316Montana23 
 Dixie National ForestBrian Head11,307Utah248 
 Cibola National ForestMount Taylor11,301New Mexico182 
 Mount Hood National ForestMount Hood11,239Oregon1492 
 Gila National ForestWhitewater Baldy10,895New Mexico47 
 Lake Tahoe Basin Management UnitFreel Peak10,881California389 
 Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National ForestMount Baker10,781Washington1326 
 Coronado National ForestMount Graham10,720Arizona162 
 Willamette National ForestMount Jefferson10,497Oregon169 
 Kaibab National ForestKendrick Peak10,418Arizona142 
 Eldorado National ForestRound Top10,381California313 
 Deschutes National ForestSouth Sister10,358Oregon701 
 Bitterroot National ForestTrapper Peak10,157Montana102 
 Angeles National ForestMount San Antonio10,064California3294 
 Tongass National ForestKates Needle10,016Alaska/British Columbia1 
 Modoc National ForestEagle Peak9892California118 
 Wallowa-Whitman National ForestSacajawea Peak9838Oregon149 
 Boise National ForestSteel Mountain9730Idaho13 
 Payette National ForestMormon Mountain9545Idaho2 
 Okanogan-Wenatchee National ForestBonanza Peak9511Washington120 
 Rogue River-Siskiyou National ForestMount McLoughlin9495Oregon312 
 Helena National ForestMount Edith9480Montana62 
 Nez Perce National ForestShe Devil9400Idaho85 
 Lewis and Clark National ForestRocky Mountain9392Montana38 
 Flathead National ForestLowary Peak9369Montana11 
 Lolo National ForestScapegoat Mountain9202Montana5 
 Fremont-Winema National ForestMount Thielsen9182Oregon315 
 Umpqua National ForestMount Thielsen9182Oregon315 
 Tahoe National ForestMount Lola9148California271 
 Malheur National ForestStrawberry Mountain9040Oregon144 
 Klamath National ForestCaesar Peak8920California2 
 Los Padres National ForestMount Pinos8831California650 
 Clearwater National ForestRanger Peak8817Idaho/Montana1 
 Kootenai National ForestSnowshoe Peak8738Montana61 
 Lassen National ForestCrater Peak8683California50 
 Plumas National ForestMount Ingalls8372California139 
 Mendocino National ForestSouth Yolla Bolly Mountain8094California86 
 Prescott National ForestMount Union7979Arizona167 
 Umatilla National ForestVinegar Hill Northeast7926Oregon6 
 Tonto National ForestMyrtle Point7920Arizona108 
 Idaho Panhandle National ForestSouth Selkirk Crest7709Idaho37 
 Colville National ForestGypsy Peak7320Washington41 
 Black Hills National ForestBlack Elk Peak7231South Dakota796 
 Olympic National ForestMount Fricaba7139Washington30 
 Six Rivers National ForestSalmon Mountain6956California77 
 Ochoco National ForestLookout Mountain6926Oregon87 
 National Forests in North CarolinaBalsam Cone6600North Carolina218 
 Cleveland National ForestMount Laguna6299California46 
 Cherokee National ForestRoan High Knob6285North Carolina/Tennessee299 
 White Mountain National ForestWhite Mountain National Forest High Point6142New Hampshire183 
 George Washington-Jefferson National ForestMount Rogers5729Virginia883 
 Monongahela National ForestSpruce Knob4861West Virginia813 
 Chattahoochee-Oconee National ForestsBrasstown Bald4784Georgia951 
 Nebraska National ForestSoldier Creek Wilderness High Point4740Nebraska3 
 Siuslaw National ForestMarys Peak4097Oregon262 
 Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National ForestsMount Ellen4083Vermont585 
 El Bosque Nacional del YunqueEl Toro3524Las Piedras/Río Grande4 
 Francis Marion-Sumter National ForestFork Mountain3294South Carolina25 
 Daniel Boone National ForestPine Mountain-Harlan 2 Benchmark2840Kentucky1 
 Ozark-St. Francis National ForestMagazine Mountain2753Arkansas618 
 Ouachita National ForestRich Mountain2681Arkansas59 
 Allegheny National ForestAllegheny National Forest High Point2360Pennsylvania4 
 Superior National ForestEagle Mountain2301Minnesota443 
 National Forests in AlabamaHernandez Peak-South Slope2240Alabama25 
 Ottawa National ForestMarquette County High Point1932Michigan7 
 Chequamegon-Nicolet National ForestVilas County High Point1900Wisconsin21 
 Huron-Manistee National ForestBriar Hill1706Michigan33 
 Mark Twain National ForestBell Mountain1702Missouri18 
 Chippewa National ForestCass-Chippewa High Point1630Minnesota5 
 Wayne National ForestWayne National Forest High Point1320Ohio2 
 National Forests in TexasBall Knob Hill1180Texas2 
 Hiawatha National ForestHiawatha National Forest High Point1112Michigan3 
 Shawnee National ForestWilliams Hill1064Illinois46 
 Hoosier National ForestBald Knobs-South Slope950Indiana6 
 National Forests in MississippiHolly Springs National Forest High Point720Mississippi3 
 Kisatchie National ForestWebster Parish High Point480Louisiana30 
 National Forests in FloridaOsceola National Forest High Point195Florida13 

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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.


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).


     Preliminary National Forest High Points


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