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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

Showing Dan Quinlan's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (10 out of 45, or 22.22%)

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-Ft
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Range (Level 4)AscentsAscent Date
1.PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette5280White Mountains25742009-08-01 c
2.Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter Dome4832White Mountains12332010-09-18 d
3.BreadloafVermontBread Loaf Mountain3835Green Mountains1922011-06-19
4.Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid4200White Mountains11952011-07-23 a
5.Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur5512White Mountains3442011-09-10 a
6.Giant MountainNew YorkGiant Mountain4626Adirondack Mountains13522011-09-17 a
7.High PeaksNew YorkMount Marcy5344Adirondack Mountains19182011-11-21 c
8.Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain4856Adirondack Mountains7252012-07-01 e
9.Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain4060Catskill Mountains9652015-07-17
10.Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain4200Catskill Mountains10782015-07-19
 Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point5925White Mountains186 
 Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope4331Adirondack Mountains10 
 Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome4000Catskill Mountains615 
 Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn Mountain3881Adirondack Mountains14 
 West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther Mountain3862Adirondack Mountains56 
 Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain3860Catskill Mountains482 
 Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain3720Catskill Mountains341 
 GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope3720Green Mountains11 
 Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman Mountain3704Adirondack Mountains13 
 Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope3701Adirondack Mountains6 
 Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback Mountain3615Adirondack Mountains33 
 Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak3445Green Mountains105 
 Siamese PondsNew YorkBig Range3386Adirondack Mountains2 
 Joseph BattellVermontGillespie Peak3366Green Mountains124 
 Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain3268Adirondack Mountains5 
 Big BranchVermontMount Tabor3071Green Mountains19 
 Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows Peak2941Green Mountains6 
 Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain2933Adirondack Mountains10 
 Caribou-Speckled MountainMaineSpeckled Mountain2906White Mountains78 
 George D. AikenVermontAiken-yaw Mountain2618Green Mountains7 
 Pharaoh LakeNew YorkPharaoh Mountain2556Adirondack Mountains87 
 Five PondsNew YorkHitchins Pond Peak2463Adirondack Mountains0 
 Ha-de-ron-dahNew YorkHa-de-ron-dah Wilderness High Point2359Adirondack Mountains0 
 William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain2343Adirondack Mountains0 
 Bristol CliffsVermontSouth Mountain2325Green Mountains5 
 Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak2283Adirondack Mountains2 
 PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds Peak2172Adirondack Mountains0 
 Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point1920Allegheny Plateau2 
 Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point1160Allegheny Plateau0 
 Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak410New England Upland0 
 Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point300Mid-Atlantic Highlands8 
 MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point220New England Upland0 
 Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point50Mid-Atlantic Highlands1 
 MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point40Mid-Atlantic Highlands0 
 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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