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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

Showing Scott Burns's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (6 out of 45, or 13.33%)

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)AscentsAscent Date
1.PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette1597White Mountains25901994-08-13
2.High PeaksNew YorkMount Marcy1629Adirondack Mountains1930 
3.Giant MountainNew YorkGiant Mountain1410Adirondack Mountains1362 
4.Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter Dome1473White Mountains12392001-09-01
5.Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid1268White Mountains11971996-07-06
6.Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain1274Catskill Mountains1086 
7.Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain1231Catskill Mountains970 
8.Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain1470Adirondack Mountains729 
9.Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome1213Catskill Mountains618 
10.Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain1170Catskill Mountains491 
11.Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur1674White Mountains3452019-08-03
12.Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain1128Catskill Mountains343 
13.BreadloafVermontBread Loaf Mountain1169Green Mountains1941997-08-02
14.Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point1800White Mountains187 
15.Joseph BattellVermontGillespie Peak1026Green Mountains125 
16.Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak1044Green Mountains106 
17.Pharaoh LakeNew YorkPharaoh Mountain779Adirondack Mountains95 
18.Caribou-Speckled MountainMaineSpeckled Mountain886White Mountains81 
19.West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther Mountain1177Adirondack Mountains56 
20.Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback Mountain1102Adirondack Mountains34 
21.Big BranchVermontMount Tabor930Green Mountains19 
22.Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn Mountain1183Adirondack Mountains14 
23.Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman Mountain1129Adirondack Mountains13 
24.GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope1128Green Mountains112000-07-03
24.Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain888Adirondack Mountains11 
26.Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope1300Adirondack Mountains10 
27.Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point85Mid-Atlantic Highlands8 
28.George D. AikenVermontAiken-yaw Mountain798Green Mountains7 
29.Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope1122Adirondack Mountains6 
29.Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows Peak896Green Mountains6 
31.Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain990Adirondack Mountains5 
31.Bristol CliffsVermontSouth Mountain709Green Mountains5 
33.Siamese PondsNew YorkBig Range1026Adirondack Mountains2 
33.Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak690Adirondack Mountains2 
33.Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point579Allegheny Plateau2 
33.BrigantineNew JerseyBrigantine Refuge High Point4Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain2 
37.Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point14Mid-Atlantic Highlands1 
38.Five PondsNew YorkHitchins Pond Peak751Adirondack Mountains0 
38.Ha-de-ron-dahNew YorkHa-de-ron-dah Wilderness High Point719Adirondack Mountains0 
38.William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain708Adirondack Mountains0 
38.PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds Peak662Adirondack Mountains0 
38.Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point351Allegheny Plateau0 
38.Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak122New England Upland0 
38.MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point61New England Upland0 
38.MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point9Mid-Atlantic Highlands0 

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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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