Washington peaks

3,103 peaks

Highest peak

Mount Rainier

14,411 ft / 4,392 m

Most summited peak

Mount Rainier

222 summits

Most prominent peak

Mount Rainier

13,212 ft / 4,027 m prom

Washington summits

4,892 summits

First Ascent Awards

849 of 3,103 peaks 27%

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.
"This hike is a tale of two trails. Always have wanted to check out Mount Teneriffe but have been leery of the crowds. An early start today seemed like a good day to give it a go. Pretty awesome paved parking lot, very Mailbox Peak-like. Decided to take the new trail up, which is in very good shape. A dusting of snow appeared at about 3 miles and by 4 1/2 miles in, the snow was pretty deep. Someone had been up in snowshoes sometime last week, which helped a bit, but with the recent snow, the tracks were mostly filled in and without snowshoes, the last 2 miles were pretty slow going with " - Mount Teneriffe, BryHong8, Feb 10, 2018
"My buddy and I spent the day hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail across the Chuckanuts. We took a quick detour to the summit of Anderson Mountain. We got a view of Mount Baker through the trees from the summit. " - Anderson Mountain, Al-Rashid, Jan 14, 2018
"We took a quick detour to check out this much talked about viewpoint and maaaan was it crowded! Then again, the weather was quite out of the ordinary for January. Probably about 30 degrees warmer than I would expect. My buddy and I spent the day following 30 miles of the Pacific Northwest Trail across the Chuckanuts. It felt more like June than January. Great day for a hike!" - Oyster Dome, Al-Rashid, Jan 14, 2018
"My buddy Paul and I decided to go for a 1 day traverse of the Chuckanuts. We followed the PNT for the first 20 miles up and over Anderson Mountain, then veered north as we made our way across Chuckanut Mountain. It came out to about 30 miles and 5800' of gain. " - Anderson Mountain, Al-Rashid, Jan 6, 2018
"Winter ascent of Quartz and Bessequartz. Didn't have time for point 4641. Good views of the surrounding peaks around the trees. Took the South Ridge. The traverse was a bit squirrely with a few inches of snow on the ground. Got off route on the way back and ended up with some steep bushwacking. Underestimated how long it would take and had to headlamp for about an hour. Snowshoes were necessary today." - Quartz Mountain, MangyMarmot, Jan 3, 2018

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