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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascents
1.Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains4759365
2.Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains286026
3.Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains265232
4.Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range406343
5.Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range265220
6.Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains5709115
7.Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains379445
8.Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains163515
9.Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range338958
10.Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains328130
11.West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range395350
12.Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains318131
13.South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges366621
14.Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains388456
15.Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range374127
16.Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range5226104
17.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains442267
18.Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains336360
19.Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range372853
20.Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range3570167
21.Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range438246
22.Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range440134
23.McDonald Peak9820Mission Range564067
24.Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range3930173
25.Mount Edith9480Big Belt Mountains408082
26.Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains380563
27.Red Mountain9411Flathead Range380155
28.Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front323256
29.Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range243111
30.Holland Peak9356Swan Range399652
31.Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains355752
32.Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith241940
33.Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains428656
34.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains541892
35.Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range250591
36.Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains406142
37.Old Baldy8680Big Snowy Mountains136029
38.McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains374031
39.Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains276821
40.Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains254812
41.Black Mountain8330Garnet Range253033
42.Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range304636
43.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides399699
44.Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range189016
45.Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains442457
46.Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains329044
47.Baldy Mountain7464Thompson-Baldy Area406458
48.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains307134
49.West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains363344
50.Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains422632
51.O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains313226
52.Antoine Butte5720Western International Border Area Plains267030
53.West Chalk Butte4200Southeast Montana Plains2201

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List Description

Cedron Jones is perhaps the most prolific peakbagger in the history of Montana, with over 1000 ascents of peaks in the state to his credit over many decades of exploring its huge variety of mountains. In 2011 he wrote a new guidebook, Peakbagging Montana, with climbing information for 53 of the most prominent, interesting, and representative peaks in Montana, based on his intimate knowledge of the subject.

This list, while not based on any objective criteria, has several virtues. It does not contain as many relatively flat peaks and "liners" as the Montana county high point list, it has fewer peaks than the daunting 143 on the 2000-foot prominence list for the state, and it has more geographic diversity than the 11,000-foot peak list, which is inordinately focused on the Beartooths.

There are still many stiff challenges on this list, and only skilled scramblers comfortable on Montana's notoriously crumbly rock will be able to complete it. Under ideal weather and route conditions, no peak on this list will require a rope for peakbaggers comfortable with class 3 terrain with occasional bits of class 4. Still, many peaks require multi-day expeditions and solid wilderness skills. The peaks in Glacier National Park and the Beartooths in particular can be difficult.


Thanks to Cedron Jones and Chris Cauble of Riverbend Publishing for putting together the list and the Peakbagging Montana book.


     Riverbend Publishing - Peakbagging Montana

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       Peakbagging Montana (Jones)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.


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