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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

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RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-Ft
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Range (Level 4)AscentsAscent Date
1.Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point5925White Mountains187 
2.Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur5512White Mountains345 
3.High PeaksNew YorkMount Marcy5344Adirondack Mountains19302004-05-16
4.PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette5280White Mountains25892004-01-04
5.Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain4856Adirondack Mountains729 
6.Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter Dome4832White Mountains12392015-09-11
7.Giant MountainNew YorkGiant Mountain4626Adirondack Mountains13612016-01-09
8.Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope4331Adirondack Mountains10 
9.Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid4200White Mountains1197 
9.Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain4200Catskill Mountains10852017-11-02
11.Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain4060Catskill Mountains9702016-01-23
12.Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome4000Catskill Mountains618 
13.Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn Mountain3881Adirondack Mountains14 
14.West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther Mountain3862Adirondack Mountains57 
15.Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain3860Catskill Mountains490 
16.BreadloafVermontBread Loaf Mountain3835Green Mountains194 
17.Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain3720Catskill Mountains343 
17.GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope3720Green Mountains11 
19.Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman Mountain3704Adirondack Mountains13 
20.Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope3701Adirondack Mountains6 
21.Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback Mountain3615Adirondack Mountains34 
22.Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak3445Green Mountains106 
23.Siamese PondsNew YorkBig Range3386Adirondack Mountains2 
24.Joseph BattellVermontGillespie Peak3366Green Mountains125 
25.Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain3268Adirondack Mountains5 
26.Big BranchVermontMount Tabor3071Green Mountains19 
27.Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows Peak2941Green Mountains6 
28.Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain2933Adirondack 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.William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain2343Adirondack Mountains0 
35.Bristol CliffsVermontSouth Mountain2325Green Mountains5 
36.Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak2283Adirondack Mountains2 
37.PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds Peak2172Adirondack Mountains0 
38.Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point1920Allegheny Plateau2 
39.Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point1160Allegheny Plateau0 
40.Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak410New England Upland0 
41.Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point300Mid-Atlantic Highlands8 
42.MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point220New England Upland0 
43.Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point50Mid-Atlantic Highlands1 
44.MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point40Mid-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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