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The New England Fifty Finest Peaks

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eakbaggers like to climb peaks. In fact some would say they are obsessed with climbing peaks! And most hikers and climbers who call themselves "peakbaggers" endevour to climb certain lists of peaks, such as all those above a certain elevation in some region. If you follow some of the accounts below you'll get the idea.

This page is one of those lists into which I have linked reports of my own climbs and hikes and I have included links to location information for others who may be interested.

So what, you might ask, is meant by the "Fifty Finest Peaks"? "Fifty Finest" is an informal term used to list the fifty most "prominent" peaks in an area, in this case New England. And prominence, or specifically "topographic prominence" is a measure of how much a peak rises (topographically) from its neighbors, how much it "sticks out", so to speak.

For some background, here's an outline of what prominence is all about on Aaron Maizlish's excellent site: Topographic Prominence. The list on this page is derived from a list developed by Roy Schweiker and Andy Martin: The Most Prominent Peaks in New England. And here's a prominence map by Aaron Maizlish of the Northeast (New England and New York) showing (most of) these "Fifty Finest" peaks: Northeastern U.S. Prominence Map.

And why Fifty? Well, it's a nice number and besides, it goes well with "Finest". "Fifty Finest" sounds better than "Forty-two Finest" or "Sixty-three Finest", don't you think?

Peaks on the list are listed in order of prominence, irrespective of their elevation or when I climbed them (or even if I haven't yet climbed them). For example I climbed the first peak on the list (Washington) in 2002 but I had already climbed the next on the list (Katahdin) way back in 1963! I hope you like this layout and maybe it will inspire a few others to get out there and climb a mountain! Climb two! Climb fifty!

As of October 9th, 2005, I have climbed all the peaks on this list.

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The New England Fifty Finest Peaks (click for my trip report) Location (click for Topozone map)
#1 - Mount Washington, New Hampshire
Elevation: 6288', Prominence: 6138'
My first climb: July 13, 2002
DeLorme Atlas: NH pg. 44 A6
USGS quad: Mount Washington
#2 - Katahdin - Baxter Peak, Maine
Elevation: 5267', Prominence: 4292'
My first climb: September 1963

1963 pictures
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 50 D5
USGS quad: Mount Katahdin
#3 - Mount Mansfield, Vermont
Elevation: 4393', Prominence: 3643'
My first climb: August 17, 2005
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 46 E2
USGS quad: Mount Mansfield
#4 - Mount Lafayette, New Hampshire
Elevation: 5240', Prominence: 3360'
My first climb: September 1964
DeLorme Atlas: NH pg. 43 E12
USGS quad: Franconia
#5 - Killington Peak, Vermont
Elevation: 4235', Prominence: 3325'
My first climb: June 6, 2002
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 30 D1
USGS quad: Killington Peak
#6 - Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine
Elevation: 4240', Prominence: 3180'
My first climb: September 19, 2002
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 29 D4
USGS quad: Sugarloaf Mountain
#7 - Equinox Mountain, Vermont
Elevation: 3840', Prominence: 3060'
My first climb: June 25, 2003
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 25 H9
USGS quad: Manchester
#8 - Jay Peak, Vermont
Elevation: 3858', Prominence: 2975'
My firat climb: August 18, 2005
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 53 C8
USGS quad: Jay Peak
#9 - Mount Moosilauke, New Hampshire
Elevation: 4802', Prominence: 2932'
My first climb: June 14, 2002
DeLorme Atlas: NH pg. 43 J8
USGS quad: Mount Moosilauke
#10 - Bigelow Mountain - West Peak, Maine
Elevation: 4145', Prominence: 2855'
My first climb: July 9, 2003
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 29 C4
USGS quad: The Horns
#11 - Dorset Peak, Vermont
Elevation: 3760', Prominence: 2840'
My first climb: June 19, 2003
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 25 C10
USGS quad: Dorset
#12 - Carter Dome, New Hampshire
Elevation: 4832', Prominence: 2814'
My first climb: July 15, 2002
DeLorme Atlas: NH pg. 45 A9
USGS quad: Carter Dome
#13 - Old Speck Mountain, Maine
Elevation: 4160', Prominence: 2720'
My first climb: September 10, 2002
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 18 E1
USGS quad: Old Speck Mountain
#14 - Mount Cabot, New Hampshire
Elevation: 4160', Prominence: 2664'
My first climb: July 6, 2004
DeLorme Atlas: NH pg. 48 D3
USGS quad: Stark
#15 - White Cap Mountain, Maine
Elevation: 3654', Prominence: 2624'
My first climb: September 1, 2004
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 42 C2
USGS quad: Big Shanty Mountain
#16 - Coburn Mountain, Maine
Elevation: 3720', Prominence: 2520'
My first climb: November 14, 2004
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 40 D1
USGS quad: Enchanted Pond
#17 - Mount Greylock, Massachusetts
Elevation: 3487', Prominence: 2482'
My first climb: 1962
DeLorme Atlas: MA pg. 20 G15
USGS quad: Cheshire
#18 - Worcester Mountains High Point, Vermont
Elevation: 3642', Prominence: 2472'
My first climb: June 2, 2004
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 46 J5
USGS quad: Stowe
#19 - Saddleback Mountain, Maine
Elevation: 4120', Prominence: 2446'
My first climb: September 17, 2002
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 29 E1
USGS quad: Saddleback Mountain
#20 - Kinsman Mountain - South Peak, New Hampshire
Elevation: 4358', Prominence: 2418'
My first climb: July 8, 2002
DeLorme Atlas: NH pg. 43 F10
USGS quad: Lincoln
#21 - Stratton Mountain, Vermont
Elevation: 3940', Prominence: 2411'
My first climb: May 22, 2002
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 25 K13
USGS quad: Stratton Mountain
#22 - The Traveler, Maine
Elevation: 3542', Prominence: 2342'
My first climb: August 30, 2005
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 51 B1
USGS quad: The Traveler
#23 - Mount Shaw, New Hampshire
Elevation: 2990', Prominence: 2340'
My first climb: October 13, 2004
DeLorme Atlas: NH pg. 40 H7
USGS quad: Melvin Village
#24 - Snow Mountain, Maine
Elevation: 3960', Prominence: 2330'
My first climb: July 12, 2004
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 28 A4
USGS quad: Chain of Ponds
#25 - Mount Ascutney, Vermont
Elevation: 3130', Prominence: 2290'
My first climb: October 11, 2003
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 31 J10
USGS quad: Mount Ascutney
#26* - Kibby Mountain, Maine (* - see note below)
Elevation: 3654', Prominence: 2264'
My first climb: July 14, 2004
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 39 D1
USGS quad: Kibby Mountain
 

* - Due to uncertainties on the topographic maps, it is not known whether Kibby (above) or Caribou (below) is higher. The higher peak will have the prominence listed, and will have the rank of #26, the lower will have prominence of about 1240'. In other words, only one of these peaks belongs on this list, but we don't know which. So we'll climb them both!

#26* - Caribou Mountain, Maine (* - see note above)
Elevation: 3650', Prominence: 2260'
My first climb: July 13, 2005
DeLorme Atlas: ME 38 D5
USGS quad: Kibby Mountain
#27 - Mount Carrigain, New Hampshire
Elevation: 4680', Prominence: 2240'
My first climb: October 9, 2005
DeLorme Atlas: NH pg. 44 G3
USGS quad: Mount Carrigain
#28 - Baldpate Mountain - East Peak, Maine
Elevation: 3780', Prominence: 2238'
My first climb: September 12, 2002
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 18 D2
USGS quad: Old Speck Mountain
#29 - East Mountain, Vermont
Elevation: 3438', Prominence: 2227'
My first climb: June 4, 2004
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 49 A11
USGS quad: Seneca Mountain
#30 - Grass Mountain, Vermont
Elevation: 3109', Prominence: 2199'
My first climb: October 11, 2003
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 20 A6
USGS quad: Arlington
#31 - Baker Mountain, Maine
Elevation: 3521', Prominence: 2129'
My first climb: August 6, 2005
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 41 C5
USGS quad: Number Four Mountain
#32 - Smarts Mountain, New Hampshire
Elevation: 3238', Prominence: 2188'
My first climb: June 12, 2002
DeLorme Atlas: NH pg. 38 F3
USGS quad: Smarts Mountain
#33 - Monadnock, New Hampshire
Elevation: 3150', Prominence: 2169'
My first climb: October 10, 2003
DeLorme Atlas: NH pg. 20 E2
USGS quad: Monadnock Mountain
#34 - Cold Hollow Mountains High Point, Vermont
Elevation: 3327', Prominence: 2165'
My first climb: August 19, 2005
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 52 H4
USGS quad: Cold Hollow Mountains
#35 - Signal Mountain, Vermont
Elevation: 3360', Prominence: 2140'
My first climb: June 3, 2004
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 41 F13
USGS quad: Knox Mountain
#36 - Mount Ellen, Vermont
Elevation: 4083', Prominence: 2132'
My first climb:August 16, 2005
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 39 G13
USGS quad: Mount Ellen
#37 - Big Moose Mountain, Maine
(formerly Big Squaw Mountain)
Elevation: 3194', Prominence: 2124'
My first climb: May 10, 2005
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 41 D1
USGS quad: Big Squaw Pond
#38 - Mount Kearsarge, New Hampshire
Elevation: 2920', Prominence: 2100'
My first climb: October 12, 2003
DeLorme Atlas: NH pg. 34 J7
USGS quad: Andover
#39 - Doubletop Mountain, Maine
Elevation: 3489', Prominence: 2079'
My first climb: September 8, 2004
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 50 C4
USGS quad: Doubletop Mountain
#40 - Elephant Mountain, Maine
Elevation: 3772', Prominence: 2062'
My first climb: July 8, 2003
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 18 B3
USGS quad: Metallak Mountain
#41 - Mount Osceola, New Hampshire
Elevation: 4340', Prominence: 2040'
My first climb: November 27, 2004
DeLorme Atlas: NH pg. 44 K1
USGS quad: Mount Osceola
#42 - Boundary Bald Mountain, Maine
Elevation: 3620', Prominence: 2002'
My first climb: November 14, 2004
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 47 E5
USGS quad: Boundary Bald Mountain
#43 - Gore Mountain, Vermont
Elevation: 3332', Prominence: 1994'
My first climb: June 1, 2004
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 55 C11
USGS quad: Norton Pond
#44 - Mount Cardigan, New Hampshire
Elevation: 3155', Prominence: 1922'
My first climb: October 12, 2003
DeLorme Atlas: NH pg. 34 A6
USGS quad: Mount Cardigan
#45 - Big Spencer Mountain, Maine
Elevation: 3206', Prominence: 1916'
My first climb: May 9, 2005
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 49 E4
USGS quad: Big Spencer Mountain
#46 - Camels Hump, Vermont
Elevation: 4083', Prominence: 1873'
My first climb:August 17, 2005
DeLorme Atlas: VT pg. 39 B14
USGS quad: Huntington
#47 - Belknap Mountain, New Hampshire
Elevation: 2382', Prominence: 1872'
My first climb: October 13, 2003
DeLorme Atlas: NH pg. 36 E4
USGS quad: West Alton
#48 - Saddleback Mountain, Maine
Elevation: 2998', Prominence: 1848'
My first climb: May 8, 2005
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 42 C3
USGS quad: Big Shanty Mountain
#49 - Mount Blue, Maine
Elevation: 3180', Prominence: 1840'
My first climb: July 11, 2005
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 19 C3
USGS quad: Mount Blue
#50 - Moxie Mountain, Maine
Elevation: 2920', Prominence: 1823'
My first climb: May 10, 2005
DeLorme Atlas: ME map 30 B4
USGS quad: Caratunk

 

New England Fifty Finest Peaks Topo Map (Peakbagger.com)