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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascents
1.Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point5906White Mountains187
2.Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur5492White Mountains345
3.High PeaksNew YorkMount Marcy5344Adirondack Mountains1930
4.PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette5240White Mountains2589
5.Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter Dome4832White Mountains1239
6.Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain4823Adirondack Mountains729
7.Giant MountainNew YorkGiant Mountain4626Adirondack Mountains1361
8.Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope4265Adirondack Mountains10
9.Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain4180Catskill Mountains1084
10.Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid4160White Mountains1197
11.Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain4040Catskill Mountains970
12.Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome3980Catskill Mountains618
13.Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn Mountain3881Adirondack Mountains14
14.West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther Mountain3862Adirondack Mountains57
15.Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain3840Catskill Mountains490
16.BreadloafVermontBread Loaf Mountain3835Green Mountains194
17.Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman Mountain3704Adirondack Mountains13
18.Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain3700Catskill Mountains342
18.GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope3700Green Mountains11
20.Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope3681Adirondack Mountains6
21.Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback Mountain3615Adirondack Mountains34
22.Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak3425Green Mountains106
23.Siamese PondsNew YorkBig Range3366Adirondack Mountains2
23.Joseph BattellVermontGillespie Peak3366Green Mountains125
25.Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain3248Adirondack Mountains5
26.Big BranchVermontMount Tabor3051Green Mountains19
27.Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows Peak2941Green Mountains6
28.Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain2913Adirondack Mountains11
29.Caribou-Speckled MountainMaineSpeckled Mountain2906White Mountains81
30.George D. AikenVermontAiken-yaw Mountain2618Green Mountains7
31.Pharaoh LakeNew YorkPharaoh Mountain2556Adirondack Mountains95
32.Five PondsNew YorkHitchins Pond Peak2463Adirondack Mountains0
33.Ha-de-ron-dahNew YorkHa-de-ron-dah Wilderness High Point2359Adirondack Mountains0
34.Bristol CliffsVermontSouth Mountain2325Green Mountains5
35.William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain2323Adirondack Mountains0
36.Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak2264Adirondack Mountains2
37.PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds Peak2172Adirondack Mountains0
38.Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point1900Allegheny Plateau2
39.Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point1150Allegheny Plateau0
40.Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak400New England Upland0
41.Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point280Mid-Atlantic Highlands8
42.MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point200New England Upland0
43.Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point45Mid-Atlantic Highlands1
44.MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point30Mid-Atlantic Highlands0
45.BrigantineNew JerseyBrigantine Refuge High Point13Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain2

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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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