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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

Showing Josh Lewis's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (39 out of 53, or 73.58%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains47593592021-09-05
2.Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains286024 
3.Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains265229 
4.Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range4063432022-07-30
5.Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range265220 
6.Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains57091142021-06-06
7.Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains3794452021-09-27
8.Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains163515 
9.Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range338957 
10.Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains3281302021-05-03 a
11.West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range3953492022-07-09 b
12.Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains3181312022-09-06
13.South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges366621 
14.Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains3884542021-08-30 a
15.Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range3741272022-09-04 c
16.Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range52261042021-08-15
17.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains4422672021-08-06 c
18.Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains336359 
19.Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range3728532022-07-10
20.Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range35701642021-04-24 b
21.Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range4382462021-07-31
22.Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range4401342021-09-12
23.McDonald Peak9820Mission Range5640662021-05-15
24.Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range39301662021-08-29 b
25.Mount Edith9480Big Belt Mountains4080822021-06-05
26.Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains3805632021-05-06 c
27.Red Mountain9411Flathead Range3801552021-06-19
28.Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front3232552019-09-05 j
29.Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range243111 
30.Holland Peak9356Swan Range3996502020-07-24 b
31.Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains355751 
32.Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith2419402022-06-18 a
33.Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains4286552021-10-11 a
34.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains5418882021-07-05
35.Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range2505872018-06-28 d
36.Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains406140 
37.Old Baldy8680Big Snowy Mountains136029 
38.McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains3740302021-05-08
39.Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains276819 
40.Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains2548122022-05-02
41.Black Mountain8330Garnet Range2530332021-05-28
42.Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range3046332019-10-06 j
43.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides3996982021-06-21
44.Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range189016 
45.Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains4424562021-07-17 a
46.Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains3290442021-06-07
47.Baldy Mountain7464Thompson-Baldy Area4064582020-10-23
48.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains3071342021-03-18
49.West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains3633442020-12-29
50.Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains4226322021-10-10 a
51.O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains3132262021-07-18 a
52.Antoine Butte5720Western International Border Area Plains2670302021-10-10 b
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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