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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 Range (Level 4)AscentsAscent Date
30.George D. AikenVermontAiken-yaw Mountain798Green Mountains7 
35.William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain708Adirondack Mountains0 
40.Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak122New England Upland0 
18.Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain1128Catskill Mountains3432015-08-15
23.Siamese PondsNew YorkBig Range1026Adirondack Mountains2 
12.Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome1213Catskill Mountains6182015-07-25
2.Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur1674White Mountains3452016-05-29
16.BreadloafVermontBread Loaf Mountain1169Green Mountains194 
45.BrigantineNew JerseyBrigantine Refuge High Point4Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain2 
5.Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter Dome1473White Mountains12392016-01-16
39.Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point351Allegheny Plateau0 
6.Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain1470Adirondack Mountains7292015-09-24
43.Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point14Mid-Atlantic Highlands1 
7.Giant MountainNew YorkGiant Mountain1410Adirondack Mountains13632015-10-11
23.Joseph BattellVermontGillespie Peak1026Green Mountains125 
18.GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope1128Green Mountains11 
1.Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point1800White Mountains187 
41.Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point85Mid-Atlantic Highlands8 
33.Ha-de-ron-dahNew YorkHa-de-ron-dah Wilderness High Point719Adirondack Mountains0 
25.Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain990Adirondack Mountains5 
38.Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point579Allegheny Plateau2 
32.Five PondsNew YorkHitchins Pond Peak751Adirondack Mountains0 
17.Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman Mountain1129Adirondack Mountains13 
11.Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain1231Catskill Mountains9702015-08-08
13.Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn Mountain1183Adirondack Mountains14 
36.Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak690Adirondack Mountains2 
27.Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows Peak896Green Mountains6 
44.MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point9Mid-Atlantic Highlands0 
42.MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point61New England Upland0 
4.PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette1597White Mountains25922016-06-18
3.High PeaksNew YorkMount Marcy1629Adirondack Mountains19302015-09-06
26.Big BranchVermontMount Tabor930Green Mountains19 
10.Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid1268White Mountains11972016-11-25 a
14.West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther Mountain1177Adirondack Mountains56 
22.Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak1044Green Mountains106 
31.Pharaoh LakeNew YorkPharaoh Mountain779Adirondack Mountains96 
15.Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain1170Catskill Mountains4912015-08-07
21.Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback Mountain1102Adirondack Mountains34 
9.Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain1274Catskill Mountains10872015-05-09
34.Bristol CliffsVermontSouth Mountain709Green Mountains5 
29.Caribou-Speckled MountainMaineSpeckled Mountain886White Mountains82 
37.PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds Peak662Adirondack Mountains0 
20.Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope1122Adirondack Mountains6 
28.Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain888Adirondack Mountains11 
8.Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope1300Adirondack Mountains10 

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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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