Washington peaks

3,111 peaks

Highest peak

Mount Rainier

14,411 ft / 4,392 m

Most summited peak

Mount Rainier

226 summits

Most prominent peak

Mount Rainier

13,212 ft / 4,027 m prom

Washington summits

5,131 summits

First Ascent Awards

866 of 3,111 peaks 27%

Top climbing months

July 17%

June 14%

August 13%

Washington mountains highlights

  • Washington is the epicenter of mountaineering in the lower 48 US states with more technical and glacier ascents than anywhere else outside of Alaska.
  • The rugged, volcanic Cascade Range runs north-south across the state with hundreds of major peaks including Mt. Rainier (Washington's highest peak and the only US 14er outside of Colorado, California, and Alaska), Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, Glacier Peak, and Mt. St. Helens of 1980 eruption fame. The Pacific Crest Trail passes 500 miles along the length of the range across Washington on its way to the Canadian border
  • The Olympic Mountains in the Olympic Peninsula of western Washington only rise up shy of 8,000 ft but look much higher because they lie only 12 to 22 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The western slope of the range is the wettest place in the US.
  • Washington has 3 mountain-centric National Parks: Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, and North Cascades National Park. All 3 lie within a couple hours drive of the Seattle metro area.
  • Get away from the crowds and head to the North Cascades, a particularly rugged and vertical part of the Cascades with a multitude of incredible peaks to climb.
  • Over 4 million acres of mountainous wilderness areas protect vast trail networks leading to a lifetime of peaks to climb. An incredible place to explore.
"Took the scenic route home to Tacoma from the Mount Adams area and stopped to hike Sleeping Beauty along the way. The trail is direct and in good condition, ending on a cool, rocky outcropping at the top (the former site of a lookout). Another low investment, high reward hike in the Mount Adams region. Be aware that the trailhead is not totally obvious. When you get to where trees and shrubs start to close over the road, stop and park, then walk back down the road a few yards to find the start of the trail." - Sleeping Beauty, TynanRammGranberg, Jun 22, 2018
"Forded Summit Creek and followed defunct logging roads south and east from Road 207, then shrub-whacked up the north face. Did this for work while assessing ecological integrity on property recently acquired by Columbia Land Trust. The surveys took me further down the west ridge, so I made a loop of it by following the ridge all the way down to the Klickitat River and then walking back up Road 207. " - Grayback Mountain, TynanRammGranberg, Jun 21, 2018
"Started from the Alpental parking area and used the steep climbers trail up about 2.2 miles. There was still a large amount of snow here and I was putting on my micro spikes when there were two loud thunderclaps. Sky was getting pretty dark so I abandoned my summit bid and headed back down. This is an extremely steep trail which is class 2 with a few class 3 sections." - Snoqualmie Mountain, Zardoz, Jun 20, 2018
"I pulled one out of Sean Casserly's playbook and decided to hike up some random butte that nobody has heard of :-) This one was kind of a hellish shrub-whack through vine maple for most of the way, but it had a fantastic payoff with some beautiful rock crevice wildflowers and a sunset view of Mount Adams. 90 Minutes up and back after work." - Eckhart Point, TynanRammGranberg, Jun 19, 2018
"We headed up to the upper camp and stayed there the night. A brief storm that evening, but a beautifull sunset. Woke up at 1:30am. Geared up and joined the stream of hikers heading for the peak. Summited shortly after sunrise. Windy and cold at the top, but the view was fantastic. The snow condition was great too. We left the peak around 7am and after packing up camp and lots of glissading, we reached the car by 11am." - Mount Baker, PabloBruneau, Jun 17, 2018

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