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Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascents
1.Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains4759249
2.Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains286017
3.Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains265220
4.Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range406322
5.Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range265210
6.Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains570971
7.Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains379428
8.Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains16358
9.Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range338931
10.Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains32817
11.West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range395329
12.Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains318113
13.South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges36668
14.Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains388432
15.Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range374114
16.Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range522662
17.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains442241
18.Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains336330
19.Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range372830
20.Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range357092
21.Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range438227
22.Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range440123
23.McDonald Peak9820Mission Range564038
24.Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range393086
25.Mount Edith9480Big Belt Mountains408055
26.Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains380542
27.Red Mountain9411Flathead Range380135
28.Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front323233
29.Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range24314
30.Holland Peak9356Swan Range399627
31.Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains355735
32.Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith241922
33.Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains428625
34.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains541849
35.Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range250536
36.Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains406123
37.Old Baldy8680Big Snowy Mountains136016
38.McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains374013
39.Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains276810
40.Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains25485
41.Black Mountain8330Garnet Range253019
42.Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range304618
43.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides399659
44.Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range189013
45.Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains442428
46.Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains329026
47.Baldy Mountain7464Thompson-Baldy Area406429
48.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains307116
49.West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains363326
50.Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains422619
51.O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains313214
52.Antoine Butte5720Western International Border Area Plains267020
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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