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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

Showing W K's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (12 out of 45, or 26.67%)

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-M
(Avg)
Range (Level 4)AscentsAscent Date
1.Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain1277Catskill Mountains10852015-05-09
2.Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome1216Catskill Mountains6182015-07-25
3.Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain1173Catskill Mountains4902015-08-07
4.Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain1234Catskill Mountains9702015-08-08
5.Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain1131Catskill Mountains3432015-08-15
6.High PeaksNew YorkMount Marcy1629Adirondack Mountains19302015-09-06
7.Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain1475Adirondack Mountains7292015-09-24
8.Giant MountainNew YorkGiant Mountain1410Adirondack Mountains13612015-10-11
9.Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter Dome1473White Mountains12392016-01-16
10.Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur1677White Mountains3452016-05-29
11.PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette1603White Mountains25892016-06-18
12.Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid1274White Mountains11972016-11-25 a
 Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point1803White Mountains187 
 Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope1310Adirondack Mountains10 
 Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn Mountain1183Adirondack Mountains14 
 West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther Mountain1177Adirondack Mountains57 
 BreadloafVermontBread Loaf Mountain1169Green Mountains194 
 GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope1131Green Mountains11 
 Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman Mountain1129Adirondack Mountains13 
 Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope1125Adirondack Mountains6 
 Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback Mountain1102Adirondack Mountains34 
 Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak1047Green Mountains106 
 Siamese PondsNew YorkBig Range1029Adirondack Mountains2 
 Joseph BattellVermontGillespie Peak1026Green Mountains125 
 Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain993Adirondack Mountains5 
 Big BranchVermontMount Tabor933Green Mountains19 
 Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows Peak896Green Mountains6 
 Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain891Adirondack Mountains11 
 Caribou-Speckled MountainMaineSpeckled Mountain886White Mountains81 
 George D. AikenVermontAiken-yaw Mountain798Green Mountains7 
 Pharaoh LakeNew YorkPharaoh Mountain779Adirondack Mountains95 
 Five PondsNew YorkHitchins Pond Peak751Adirondack Mountains0 
 Ha-de-ron-dahNew YorkHa-de-ron-dah Wilderness High Point719Adirondack Mountains0 
 William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain711Adirondack Mountains0 
 Bristol CliffsVermontSouth Mountain709Green Mountains5 
 Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak693Adirondack Mountains2 
 PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds Peak662Adirondack Mountains0 
 Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point582Allegheny Plateau2 
 Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point352Allegheny Plateau0 
 Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak123New England Upland0 
 Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point88Mid-Atlantic Highlands8 
 MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point64New England Upland0 
 Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point15Mid-Atlantic Highlands1 
 MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point11Mid-Atlantic Highlands0 
 BrigantineNew JerseyBrigantine Refuge High Point4Mid-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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