This is an unofficial list compiled by me that catalogs the 100 highest mountains in Vermont. This list is intended to be similar to the the lists created by the Appalachian Mountain Club. The mountains on this list all have summits that are in Vermont and that nominally have a topographic prominence of at least 200 feet. However, I have made some exceptions to the 200 foot rule in a few cases. Some mountains that don't meet that criteria are included if they are well known, named peaks with trails. Some mountains that do meet that criteria are omitted if they are obscure, nameless and without trails. The ultimate purpose of this list is to motivate hiking adventures in Vermont, not to slavishly adhere to some arbitrary rule. I used my own judgement when making exceptions.
The mountains are sorted in descending order of elevation. All elevations shown are in feet above sea level. Mountains that I have climbed are shown with the date it was last climbed by me. A date of "????-??-??" means that I've climbed the mountain, but I don't have a record (or clear memory) of exactly when. Some mountains I've climbed many times, but I only record the date of my most recent climb here. A date of "notes" means I have not yet climbed the mountain, but I have accumulated some notes about it that may be relevant to a future climb.
A mountain is considered to be located in the town that contains its summit. If a summit is on the border between two towns, an arbitrary choice is made regarding the town association (e. g., based on the location of the most popular or most easily accessible trailhead). Some mountains are also shown with links to my personal comments about that mountain.
Mountains with known trails to the summit are shown with "yes" in the "Trails?" column. A "no" in that column means there are no known (to me) trails to that summit, and I have checked. A "herd path" in that column means there is at least one unofficial trail to the summit, but it is not maintained. If the "Trails?" column is blank that means the mountain's trail status is not known to me at this time or has not yet been filled in.
Be aware: Many mountains in Vermont, specially mountains without trails, are on private property. Before attempting to ascend such a mountain, be sure you have appropriate access. Always respect private property rights!
This list is a work in progress. As far as I know, there is no other published list like this for Vermont. I find new mountains to add by studying maps or by word of mouth. Consequently this list is subject to significant revision. This is why the list extends beyond 100 mountains. As the list evolves some mountains may be removed, causing mountains that are currently off the end to come back into the range of the 100 highest. To avoid having to constantly add and remove mountains at the end, I just let a few remain past the official limit as a future convenience.
I have a similar page for the New England Hundred Highest that I have climbed.
|Rank||Name||Elev (ft)||Town||Trail?||Most Recent Climb|
|12||Big Jay||3786||Montgomery||herd path|
|29||North Jay Peak||3438||Jay|
|72||Knox, NE Peak||2980||Orange|
|73||Molly Stark||2967||Buels Gore|
|74||Pete Parent Peak||2960||Mount Tabor|
|81||The Darning Needle||2883||Pittsfield||no|
|84||Baker Peak||2840||Mount Tabor|
|85||Buckball Peak||2840||Mount Tabor|
|87||Knox, NW Peak||2837||Orange|