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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

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RankPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft
AscentsAscent Date
1.Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains4779271 
2.Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains288018 
3.Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains267221 
4.Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range406323 
5.Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range267210 
6.Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains571979 
7.Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains3814302015-08-01
8.Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains16359 
9.Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range339931 
10.Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains330111 
11.West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range3973312014-09-01
12.Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains320115 
13.South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges367612 
14.Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains390434 
15.Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range376114 
16.Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range524674 
17.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains4422452014-07-20
18.Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains338335 
19.Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range3748332015-07-19
20.Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range35701012008-08-09
21.Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range440235 
22.Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range440126 
23.McDonald Peak9820Mission Range565049 
24.Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range395092 
25.Mount Edith9500Big Belt Mountains4110622014-06-29
26.Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains3805442015-06-20
27.Red Mountain9411Flathead Range3801372016-07-23
28.Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front3252382017-07-29
29.Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range24514 
30.Holland Peak9356Swan Range401628 
31.Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains356739 
32.Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith241924 
33.Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains429626 
34.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains543861 
35.Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range252546 
36.Old Baldy8700Big Snowy Mountains140019 
37.Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains407126 
38.McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains376015 
39.Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains276812 
40.Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains25685 
41.Black Mountain8330Garnet Range255019 
42.Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range306624 
43.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides401664 
44.Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range191013 
45.Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains445734 
46.Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains330028 
47.Baldy Mountain7464Thompson-Baldy Area408436 
48.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains309117 
49.West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains363828 
50.Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains422922 
51.O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains315216 
52.Antoine Butte5740Western International Border Area Plains269520 
53.West Chalk Butte4210Southeast Montana Plains2401 

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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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