Washington peaks

3,159 peaks

Highest peak

Mount Rainier

14,411 ft / 4,392 m

Most summited peak

Mount Rainier

237 summits

Most prominent peak

Mount Rainier

13,212 ft / 4,027 m prom

Washington summits

5,578 summits

First Ascent Awards

899 of 3,159 peaks 28%

Top climbing months

July 18%

August 14%

June 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.
"Hiked to Teneriffe Falls and then until the summit via the Kamikaze trail. This trail starts off with a gradual incline and then transitions to switchbacks to the Teneriffe falls. The switchbacks then transition to what is essentially straight up the ridge to the summit. We encountered ice and snow during the last part of the hike up to the summit. We put on our micro spikes and we were able to hike with pretty good traction. It would be difficult to make it to the summit without microspikes or cramptons. It was very cold with a strong wind on the summit so we snapped a few pictures and " - Mount Teneriffe, joeerickson, Jan 19, 2019
"Decided to try Dirty Harry's Peak with the Mountain Goats. Everyone turned back at the creek (2.8 miles in) - boys broke trail in fresh snow to the summit. Cold and snowing a bit at the top. Lots of trees so not much of a view, but a great winter hike/snowshoe. Lower trail snow free and very nicely maintained and marked (new, I guess?) Lots of side trails for climbing walls marked as well. Nice close alternative to Si, Washington, etc. for a quick one near Seattle" - Dirty Harrys Peak, BryHong8, Dec 27, 2018
"Hit the trail head at 0640, started up in the rain. Hit the trail intersection towards Bandera peak but the trail was completely snowed in and I wasn't outfitted to bust trail through the 2 foot snow since I was just out for a trail run. Decided top cut my loss and headed back top the trail head. Will head back up I m the spring. " - Bandera Mountain, CraigArnold2, Dec 20, 2018
"Hit the trail head at 0640, started up in the rain. Hit the trail intersection towards Bandera peak but the trail was completely snowed in and I wasn't outfitted to bust trail through the 2 foot snow since I was just out for a trail run. Decided top cut my loss and headed back top the trail head. Will head back up I m the spring. " - Mount Defiance, CraigArnold2, Dec 18, 2018
"I went with a Mountaineers trip to scramble up Mutton Mountain, 20 miles NE of Rainier, and 5 miles north of the Crystal Mtn ski area. We had interesting conditions, no snow at the trailhead (3000 ft), but above 5000 ft the snow was 4 ft of slightly sticky powder. Going up the SW facing slopes it was deep, but on the wind-blown final ascent it was not. We took turns breaking trail. The weather was predicted to be rain and snow, but we actually saw a lot of blue sky and sun - very nice! Never a full view of Rainier though. There was a forest fire a few years ago in this area, so we hiked t" - Mutton Mountain, markgarrett, Dec 13, 2018

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