Peaks

 

57

 

 

Pursuers

 

1865

 

 

Finishers

 

0

 

 

Known as the "Ultra 57", this is perhaps the most iconic of all prominence-based peak challenges in the US. Includes all "ultra" peaks with prominence of at least 5,000 ft / 1,500 m in the lower 48 US states. These peaks read like a "greatest hits" for US mountains and offer an incredible gamut of adventures.

 

Highest peak

Mount Whitney

14,505 ft / 4,421 m

Most prominent peak

Mount Rainier

13,212 ft / 4,027 m

Most summited peak

Mount Washington

927 summits

Most difficult peak

Mount Whitney

Class 1

Difficulty breakdown

Class 1/2 13 peaks

Class 3/4 4 peaks

Class 5+ 1 peak

Top climbing months

July   21%

August   19%

June   15%

Highlights
  • All except 2 of the 57 Ultras lie in the Western US in 11 states. The east is represented by Appalachian peaks Mt Washington in New Hampshire and Mt Mitchell in North Carolina.
  • Includes only 7 peaks higher than 14,000 ft, the magic elevation threshold in the western US. Only 3 of Colorado's 55 14ers qualify as Ultras.
  • Ultras by state: 9 - California • 8 - Nevada • 7 - Washington, Utah • 5 - Arizona • 4 Montana, Oregon • 3 - Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming • 1 - North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico
  • Mt St Helens in Washington was the 58th Ultra before its 1980 eruption blew 1,312 vertical feet off the top.