Located in the northwestern US, Montana is one of the country’s nine Mountain States. Montana covers an area of 380,800 square km, making it the fourth biggest state in the nation. The major mountain ranges are found in the western part of the state, while smaller island ranges are scattered in other parts of the state. Several of these mountain ranges are part of the Rocky Mountains. A list of the tallest peaks in Montana is provided below.
1. Granite Peak
The 12,799 ft tall Granite Peak is Montana’s highest peak. Located in Park County, the peak is part of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Climbing the peak is a challenging task, and is considered the second most difficult after Alaska's Mount Denali, which is the highest point in North America. The peak was first summited on August 29, 1923, after several previous failed attempts. Climbers of Granite Peak face great technical difficulties, harsh weather conditions, and route finding challenges.
2. Granite Peak-Northwest Peak
The 12,750 ft tall Granite Peak-Northwest Peak, also known as Peak 12745, is sometimes regarded as the second tallest peak in Montana. However, since it has a prominence of only over 300 ft, it is often left out of the list of Montana’s tallest peaks, as it is not considered to be a distinct peak. Instead, it is sometimes regarded as a sub-peak of Granite Peak massif. It is also a part of the Beartooth Mountains, and only 0.64 km away from Montana’s tallest peak.
3. Mount Wood
The 12,660 ft tall Mount Wood is the third highest peak in Montana. Mount Wood is the highest summit of the Granite Range, and is located within the limits of Custer National Forest. The peak is one of the least frequently attempted in the area due to an arduous climb to the summit and its relative remoteness. Mount Wood is usually climbed in one long day or a couple of days if one chooses to rest in a camp. The top of the mountain offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountainous landscape.
4. Mount Wood-West Peak
Mount Wood-West Peak is 12,649 ft tall and can be regarded as the fourth tallest summit in Montana. However, the peak has a prominence of only 129 ft, which sometimes obscures its identity as a distinct peak. However, the Mount Wood-East Peak, on the other hand, has a higher prominence of 2860 ft, which makes it a distinct peak.
5. Castle Mountain
The 12,612 ft tall Castle Mountain is the fifth tallest peak in Montana and has a prominence of 2652 ft. The peak is part of the Beartooth Mountains and its area extends into both Custer National Forest and Gallatin National Forest, and is located in close proximity to Yellowstone National Park. The mountain is relatively easy to climb and serves as a great spot for hiking and mountain climbing.