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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascents
1.Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point5906White Mountains214
2.Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur5492White Mountains397
3.High PeaksNew YorkMount Marcy5344Adirondack Mountains2157
4.PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette5240White Mountains2898
5.Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter Dome4832White Mountains1396
6.Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain4823Adirondack Mountains818
7.Giant MountainNew YorkGiant Mountain4626Adirondack Mountains1523
8.Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope4265Adirondack Mountains11
9.Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain4180Catskill Mountains1214
10.Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid4160White Mountains1333
11.Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain4040Catskill Mountains1129
12.Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome3980Catskill Mountains723
13.Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn Mountain3881Adirondack Mountains15
14.West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther Mountain3862Adirondack Mountains61
15.Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain3840Catskill Mountains562
16.BreadloafVermontBread Loaf Mountain3835Green Mountains229
17.Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman Mountain3704Adirondack Mountains16
18.Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain3700Catskill Mountains404
18.GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope3700Green Mountains15
20.Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope3681Adirondack Mountains8
21.Hurricane MountainNew YorkHurricane Mountain3678Adirondack Mountains624
22.Little MooseNew YorkLittle Moose Mountain3632Adirondack Mountains10
23.Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback Mountain3615Adirondack Mountains34
24.Siamese PondsNew YorkPuffer Mountain3451Adirondack Mountains16
25.Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak3425Green Mountains123
26.Joseph BattellVermontGillespie Peak3366Green Mountains142
27.Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain3248Adirondack Mountains5
28.Big BranchVermontMount Tabor3051Green Mountains22
29.Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows Peak2941Green Mountains9
30.Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain2913Adirondack Mountains12
31.Caribou-Speckled MountainMaineSpeckled Mountain2906White Mountains95
32.George D. AikenVermontAiken-yaw Mountain2618Green Mountains8
33.Pharaoh LakeNew YorkPharaoh Mountain2556Adirondack Mountains117
34.Hudson GorgeNew YorkStarbuck Mountain2533Adirondack Mountains2
35.Five PondsNew YorkHitchins Pond Peak2463Adirondack Mountains0
36.Ha-de-ron-dahNew YorkHa-de-ron-dah Wilderness High Point2359Adirondack Mountains0
37.Bristol CliffsVermontSouth Mountain2325Green Mountains6
38.William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain2323Adirondack Mountains0
39.Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak2264Adirondack Mountains2
40.PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds Peak2172Adirondack Mountains0
41.Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point1900Allegheny Plateau2
42.Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point1150Allegheny Plateau0
43.Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak400New England Upland0
44.Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point280Mid-Atlantic Highlands9
45.MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point200New England Upland0
46.Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point45Mid-Atlantic Highlands1
47.MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point30Mid-Atlantic Highlands0
48.BrigantineNew JerseyBrigantine Refuge High Point13Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain4

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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 designated Wilderness Areas in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. These include the federally designated Wilderness Areas on National Forest and Wildlife Refuge land, plus the New York state Department of Conservation Wilderness Areas in the Adirondacks and Catskills. These two ranges are unique in the US in being managed by a state agency, not a federal one, and the state wildernesses are functionally equivalent to the federal ones. So it made sense to include their high points on this list.

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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