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Northeastern Wilderness High Points

Showing Rachel Wolf's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (8 out of 45, or 17.78%)

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 4)AscentsAscent Date
30.George D. AikenVermontAiken-yaw Mountain2618Green Mountains7 
34.William C. WhitneyNew YorkAntediluvian Mountain2333Adirondack Mountains0 
40.Moosehorn-Baring UnitMaineBald Mountain-South Peak405New England Upland0 
17.Big IndianNew YorkBig Indian Mountain3710Catskill Mountains3482010-11-07
23.Siamese PondsNew YorkBig Range3376Adirondack Mountains2 
12.Windham-Blackhead RangeNew YorkBlack Dome3990Catskill Mountains6302010-10-10 b
2.Presidential Range-Dry RiverNew HampshireBoott Spur5502White Mountains353 
16.BreadloafVermontBread Loaf Mountain3835Green Mountains199 
45.BrigantineNew JerseyBrigantine Refuge High Point13Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain2 
6.Wild RiverNew HampshireCarter Dome4832White Mountains1253 
39.Allegheny IslandsPennsylvaniaCrulls Island High Point1155Allegheny Plateau0 
5.Dix MountainNew YorkDix Mountain4839Adirondack Mountains7422013-06-03
43.Otis Pike Fire Island High DuneNew YorkFire Island Wilderness High Point48Mid-Atlantic Highlands1 
7.Giant MountainNew YorkGiant Mountain4626Adirondack Mountains13872012-06-04
24.Joseph BattellVermontGillespie Peak3366Green Mountains129 
17.GlastenburyVermontGlastenbury Mountain-West Slope3710Green Mountains13 
1.Great GulfNew HampshireGreat Gulf Wilderness High Point5915White Mountains191 
41.Great Swamp National Wildlife RefugeNew JerseyGreat Swamp Refuge High Point290Mid-Atlantic Highlands9 
33.Ha-de-ron-dahNew YorkHa-de-ron-dah Wilderness High Point2359Adirondack Mountains0 
25.Silver LakeNew YorkHamilton Mountain3258Adirondack Mountains5 
38.Hickory CreekPennsylvaniaHickory Creek Wilderness High Point1910Allegheny Plateau2 
32.Five PondsNew YorkHitchins Pond Peak2463Adirondack Mountains0 
19.Hoffman NotchNew YorkHoffman Mountain3704Adirondack Mountains13 
11.Hunter-West Kill MountainNew YorkHunter Mountain4050Catskill Mountains9832013-11-03 b
13.Sentinel RangeNew YorkKilburn Mountain3881Adirondack Mountains14 
36.Round LakeNew YorkLost Pond Peak2274Adirondack Mountains2 
27.Lye BrookVermontLye Brook Meadows Peak2941Green Mountains6 
44.MonomoyMassachusettsMonomoy Island High Point35Mid-Atlantic Highlands0 
42.MoosehornMaineMoosehorn Wilderness High Point210New England Upland0 
4.PemigewassetNew HampshireMount Lafayette5260White Mountains2621 
3.High PeaksNew YorkMount Marcy5344Adirondack Mountains19662017-09-04 a
26.Big BranchVermontMount Tabor3061Green Mountains19 
10.Sandwich RangeNew HampshireNorth Tripyramid4180White Mountains1213 
14.West Canada LakeNew YorkPanther Mountain3862Adirondack Mountains57 
22.Peru PeakVermontPeru Peak3435Green Mountains110 
31.Pharaoh LakeNew YorkPharaoh Mountain2556Adirondack Mountains99 
15.Indian HeadNew YorkPlateau Mountain3850Catskill Mountains4962013-07-28
21.Jay MountainNew YorkSaddleback Mountain3615Adirondack Mountains34 
9.Slide MountainNew YorkSlide Mountain4190Catskill Mountains11022013-08-04 c
35.Bristol CliffsVermontSouth Mountain2325Green Mountains5 
29.Caribou-Speckled MountainMaineSpeckled Mountain2906White Mountains84 
37.PepperboxNew YorkTwin Ponds Peak2172Adirondack Mountains0 
20.Blue RidgeNew YorkWakely Mountain-North Slope3691Adirondack Mountains6 
28.Pigeon LakeNew YorkWest Mountain2923Adirondack Mountains11 
8.Mckenzie MountainNew YorkWhiteface Mountain-Southwest Slope4298Adirondack Mountains11 

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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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