Best Climbing in Washington

This list represents the most popular climbing in Washington. Use this list to plan your next Washington climbing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Rattlesnake Lake

    1 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    The old railroad grade is extremely popular among Seattle area residents due to its easy access, scenic views, and non-technical riding. Climbing is minimal, and technical skills are not required ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  13.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The old railroad grade is extremely popular among Seattle area residents due to its easy access, scenic views, and non-technical ...

  • #2 Mount St. Helens

    4 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    Mount St. Helens hardly needs an introduction here. The present mountain is a poor reminder of the once-symmetrical cone rising above the placid waters of Spirit Lake. Though named for a friend ...
    •  Times vary by chosen route
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    Mount St. Helens hardly needs an introduction here. The present mountain is a poor reminder of the once-symmetrical cone ...

  • #3 Mount Rainier

    2 Reviews

    Ashford, WA

    Mount Rainier is arguably the King of the Cascade volcanoes. Certainly, the other peaks have their charms, but Rainier stands supreme in the hearts and minds all who view it from near or afar. ...
    •  Times vary by chosen route
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    Mount Rainier is arguably the King of the Cascade volcanoes. Certainly, the other peaks have their charms, but Rainier stands ...

  • #4 Mount Adams

    2 Reviews

    Trout Lake, WA

    The third highest of the Cascade volcanoes, Mount Adams ("Washington's forgotten volcano") rises above the rounded foothills of the eastern Cascade range, much farther east than its neighboring ...
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    The third highest of the Cascade volcanoes, Mount Adams ("Washington's forgotten volcano") rises above the rounded foothills ...

  • #5 Mount Adams: South Spur

    2 Reviews

    Trout Lake, WA

    The third highest of the Cascade volcanoes, Mount Adams (“Washington’s forgotten volcano”) rises above the rounded foothills and plateaus of the eastern Cascades, much farther east than its ...
    •  8 - 10 hours
    •  12 miles
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    The third highest of the Cascade volcanoes, Mount Adams (“Washington’s forgotten volcano”) rises above the rounded foothills ...

  • #6 Mount St. Helens: Monitor Ridge and Swift Glacier Route

    2 Reviews

    Cougar, WA

    The chief allure of climbing this shattered volcano is the glimpse over the rim into “the hole,” at the smoking, pulsating lava dome in the crater of this living mountain. The non-technical route ...
    •  5 - 8 hours one-way, car to summit
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    The chief allure of climbing this shattered volcano is the glimpse over the rim into “the hole,” at the smoking, pulsating ...

  • #7 Mount Olympus: Blue Glacier

    0 Reviews

    Forks, WA

    Mount Olympus is literally the crown jewel of the Olympic Mountains. It not only is the highest and most heavily glaciated peak of the Olympics, but it lies near the geographic center of the ...
    •  6 - 8 hours from Glacier Meadows to summit; best done as 3-day climb
    •  44 miles
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    Mount Olympus is literally the crown jewel of the Olympic Mountains. It not only is the highest and most heavily glaciated ...

  • #8 Mount Rainier: Disappointment Cleaver / Emmons Glacier

    1 Reviews

    Ashford, WA

    Mount Rainier is the crown jewel of the Cascade Range. Certainly other Cascade peaks have their charms, but Rainier stands supreme as a climbing objective. At 14,411 feet elevation, it is the ...
    •  Best done as a 3-day climb
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    Mount Rainier is the crown jewel of the Cascade Range. Certainly other Cascade peaks have their charms, but Rainier stands ...

  • #9 Mount Baker

    1 Reviews

    Glacier, WA

    Mount Baker, the "northern sentinel" of the Cascade Range, is one of the iciest of the Cascade volcanoes, with 44 square miles of ice spread out among its 12 glaciers (by comparison, Mount Rainier ...
    •  Times vary by chosen route
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    Mount Baker, the "northern sentinel" of the Cascade Range, is one of the iciest of the Cascade volcanoes, with 44 square ...

  • #10 Mount Adams: South Spur / Mazama Glacier and The Castle Routes

    2 Reviews

    Trout Lake, WA

    The South Spur, South Rib, or so-called Standard route, which is approached from Cold Springs, is—along with climb 4 on Mount St. Helens—one of the easiest and safest routes up any of the Cascade ...
    •  1 - 2 days round trip; 4 - 7 hours one-way; car to summit
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    The South Spur, South Rib, or so-called Standard route, which is approached from Cold Springs, is—along with climb 4 on Mount ...

  • #11 Mount Shuksan: Sulphide Glacier

    3 Reviews

    Concrete, WA

    Mount Shuksan, Washington’s tenth highest mountain, is one of the most recognized peaks in Washington due to the fact that its likeness graces a variety of postcards, brochures, magazine covers, ...
    •  8 to 10 hours trailhead to summit; best done as 2 or 3 day climb
    •  14 miles
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    Mount Shuksan, Washington’s tenth highest mountain, is one of the most recognized peaks in Washington due to the fact that ...

  • #12 Mount Baker: Coleman Glacier / Easton Glacier

    1 Reviews

    Glacier, WA

    Mount Baker, the “northern sentinel” of the Cascade Range, is the fourth highest summit in Washington State. It is also one of the iciest of the Cascade volcanoes, with 44 square miles of ice ...
    •  8 to 10 hours trailhead to summit; best done as 2 or 3 day climb
    •  10 miles
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    Mount Baker, the “northern sentinel” of the Cascade Range, is the fourth highest summit in Washington State. It is also one ...

  • #13 Mount Si: Haystack Gully

    1 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    Mount Si is the craggy peak rising to the northeast of the town of North Bend. It is one of Washington’s most recognizable and most frequently climbed mountains due primarily to its proximity ...
    •  3 - 4 hours to summit
    •  9 miles
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    Mount Si is the craggy peak rising to the northeast of the town of North Bend. It is one of Washington’s most recognizable ...

  • #14 Mount Stuart: Cascadian Couloir

    2 Reviews

    Leavenworth, WA

    Mount Stuart, the highest summit of the Stuart Range and one of the dominant landmarks of the Cascade Range, is visible from nearly every high ridge and summit in the northeast and central Cascades. ...
    •  8 - 10 hours trailhead to summit; best done as 2 or 3 day climb
    •  13 miles
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    Mount Stuart, the highest summit of the Stuart Range and one of the dominant landmarks of the Cascade Range, is visible from ...

  • #15 Pinnacle Peak: South Gully

    1 Reviews

    Ashford, WA

    Pinnacle Peak is the centerpiece of the Tatoosh Range, a jagged old mountain range rising in sharp relief directly south of Paradise. An attractive rock horn reminiscent of the Matterhorn, Pinnacle ...
    •  2 hours trailhead to summit
    •  4 miles
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    Pinnacle Peak is the centerpiece of the Tatoosh Range, a jagged old mountain range rising in sharp relief directly south ...

  • #16 Mount Rainier: Disappointment Cleaver / Ingraham Glacier Route

    0 Reviews

    Ashford, WA

    Mount Rainier is by far the most coveted summit in the Cascade Range. At 14,410 feet, just 84 feet lower than highest-in-the-Lower-48 Mount Whitney, this glacier-clad volcano towers above Seattle ...
    •  2 - 4 days round trip; 6 - 10 hours one-way from Camp Muir
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    Mount Rainier is by far the most coveted summit in the Cascade Range. At 14,410 feet, just 84 feet lower than highest-in-the-Lower-48 ...

  • #17 Exit 38 / Amazonia / Deception Crags: Peannacle Point (Killer Bob) & Amazonia (Iguanarama) Routes

    2 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    Climbing in the Deception Crags, located in part along the Iron Horse State Park trail, began in the late ’70s but greatly accelerated when Bryan Burdo sought an alternative to the increasingly ...
    •  Variable
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    Climbing in the Deception Crags, located in part along the Iron Horse State Park trail, began in the late ’70s but greatly ...

  • #18 Mount Rainier - Washington Highpoint

    1 Reviews

    Elbe, WA

    Highpoint rank by height: 4th. With climbing attempts numbering around 12,000 per year, it is especially interesting to note that the summit success rate hovers around 50%. This low success rate ...
    •  10 to 17 hours
    •  14 miles
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    Highpoint rank by height: 4th. With climbing attempts numbering around 12,000 per year, it is especially interesting to note ...

  • #19 Mount Baker: Easton Glacier & North Ridge Routes

    1 Reviews

    Sedro Woolley, WA

    The third-highest mountain in the state of Washington, Mount Baker wears its heavy mantle of ice with exceptional beauty. And while not as massive or dominating as Mount Rainier or Mount Adams, ...
    •  1 - 3 days round trip; 5 - 10 hours one-way from camp
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    The third-highest mountain in the state of Washington, Mount Baker wears its heavy mantle of ice with exceptional beauty. ...

  • #20 Frenchman Coulee

    0 Reviews

    Quincy, WA

    Frenchman Coulee can be overwhelming to climbers going there for the first time. Multiple bands of exposed basalt cliffs are located throughout this expansive desert climbing area along the Old ...
    •  1 hour
    •  Guide

    Frenchman Coulee can be overwhelming to climbers going there for the first time. Multiple bands of exposed basalt cliffs ...