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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

Showing John Wiley's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (16 out of 45, or 35.56%)

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)AscentsAscent Date
1.PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette5240White Mountains25732016-01-31
2.High PeaksNew YorkMount Marcy5344Adirondack Mountains19182009-09-25
3.Giant MountainNew YorkGiant Mountain4626Adirondack Mountains13522010-08-28
4.Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter Dome4832White Mountains12312016-10-08
5.Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid4160White Mountains11942016-04-10
6.Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain4180Catskill Mountains10782012-07-02
7.Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain4040Catskill Mountains9652014-07-11
8.Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain4823Adirondack Mountains7252012-09-16
9.Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome3980Catskill Mountains6142017-06-24 f
10.Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain3840Catskill Mountains4822014-10-19
11.Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur5492White Mountains3442016-11-18 b
12.Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain3700Catskill Mountains3412017-09-23 d
13.BreadloafVermontBread Loaf Mountain3835Green Mountains192 
14.Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point5906White Mountains1862016-07-17
15.Joseph BattellVermontGillespie Peak3366Green Mountains1242017-10-14 c
16.Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak3425Green Mountains105 
17.Pharaoh LakeNew YorkPharaoh Mountain2556Adirondack Mountains87 
18.Caribou-Speckled MountainMaineSpeckled Mountain2906White Mountains78 
19.West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther Mountain3862Adirondack Mountains56 
20.Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback Mountain3615Adirondack Mountains322016-05-22
21.Big BranchVermontMount Tabor3051Green Mountains19 
22.Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn Mountain3881Adirondack Mountains14 
23.Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman Mountain3704Adirondack Mountains13 
24.GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope3700Green Mountains11 
25.Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope4265Adirondack Mountains10 
25.Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain2913Adirondack Mountains10 
27.Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point280Mid-Atlantic Highlands8 
28.George D. AikenVermontAiken-yaw Mountain2618Green Mountains7 
29.Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope3681Adirondack Mountains62016-09-17
29.Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows Peak2941Green Mountains6 
31.Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain3248Adirondack Mountains5 
31.Bristol CliffsVermontSouth Mountain2325Green Mountains5 
33.Siamese PondsNew YorkBig Range3366Adirondack Mountains2 
33.Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak2264Adirondack Mountains2 
33.Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point1900Allegheny Plateau2 
33.BrigantineNew JerseyBrigantine Refuge High Point13Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain2 
37.Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point45Mid-Atlantic Highlands1 
38.Five PondsNew YorkHitchins Pond Peak2463Adirondack Mountains0 
38.Ha-de-ron-dahNew YorkHa-de-ron-dah Wilderness High Point2359Adirondack Mountains0 
38.William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain2323Adirondack Mountains0 
38.PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds Peak2172Adirondack Mountains0 
38.Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point1150Allegheny Plateau0 
38.Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak400New England Upland0 
38.MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point200New England Upland0 
38.MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point30Mid-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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