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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.Crazy Peak11,209Crazy Mountains570979 
2.McDonald Peak9820Mission Range564049 
3.Snowshoe Peak8738Cabinet Mountains541861 
4.Mount Cleveland10,466Lewis Range522674 
5.Granite Peak12,799Beartooth Mountains4759270 
6.Northwest Peak7705United States Purcell Mountains442434 
7.Table Mountain10,223Highland Mountains4422452014-07-20
8.Kintla Peak10,101Livingston Range440126 
9.Mount Stimson10,142Lewis Range438235 
10.Big Pryor Mountain8786Pryor Mountains428626 
11.Bearpaw Baldy6916Western International Border Area Plains422622 
12.Mount Edith9480Big Belt Mountains4080622014-06-29
13.Baldy Mountain7464Thompson-Baldy Area406436 
14.Hilgard Peak11,316Madison Range406323 
15.Greathouse Peak8681Big Snowy Mountains406126 
16.Holland Peak9356Swan Range399628 
16.Ch-paa-qn Peak7996Ninemile-Reservation Divides399664 
18.West Goat Peak10,793Anaconda Range3953312014-09-01
19.Sacagawea Peak9650Bridger Range393092 
20.Hollowtop Mountain10,604Tobacco Root Mountains388434 
21.Crow Peak9414Elkhorn Mountains3805442015-06-20
22.Red Mountain9411Flathead Range3801372016-07-23
23.Tweedy Mountain11,154Pioneer Mountains3794302015-08-01
24.Sunset Peak10,581Snowcrest Range374114 
25.McLeod Peak8620Rattlesnake Mountains374015 
26.Mount Powell10,168Flint Creek Range3728332015-07-19
27.South Sheep Mountain10,606Lionshead-Henrys Lake Ranges366612 
28.West Butte6983Western International Border Area Plains363328 
29.Trapper Peak10,157Central Bitteroot Range35701012008-08-09
30.Big Baldy Mountain9177Little Belt Mountains355739 
31.Electric Peak10,969Gallatin Range338931 
32.Mount Jefferson10,203Centennial Mountains336335 
33.Highwood Baldy7670Highwood Mountains329028 
34.Garfield Mountain10,961Beaverhead Mountains328111 
35.Rocky Mountain9392Rocky Mountain Front3232382017-07-29
36.Homer Youngs Peak10,621Beaverhead Mountains318115 
37.O'Brien Mountain6772United States Purcell Mountains313216 
38.McGuire Mountain6991Salish Mountains307117 
39.Nasukoin Mountain8086Whitefish-MacDonald Range304624 
40.Mount Wood12,660Beartooth Mountains286018 
41.Elk Peak8566Castle Mountains276812 
42.Antoine Butte5720Western International Border Area Plains267020 
43.Castle Mountain12,612Beartooth Mountains265221 
43.Mount Cowen11,212Northern Absaroka Range265210 
45.Butte Cabin Ridge8468John Long Mountains25485 
46.Black Mountain8330Garnet Range253019 
47.Great Northern Mountain8705Flathead Range250546 
48.Ruby Benchmark9391Ruby Range24314 
49.Haystack Mountain8819Bolder Batholith241924 
50.Quartz Benchmark7770Northern Bitterroot Range189013 
51.Eighteenmile Peak11,125Beaverhead Mountains16359 
52.Old Baldy8680Big Snowy Mountains136019 
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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