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.

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#1. Mount St. Helens


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 of Cap…
From the guidebook "Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes"
Cougar, WA - Climbing BestClimbing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Rattlesnake Lake


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 in t…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area"
North Bend, WA - Climbing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 13.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Mount Rainier


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. It is t…
From the guidebook "Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes"
Ashford, WA - Climbing BestClimbing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Mount Adams


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 volcan…
From the guidebook "Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes"
Trout Lake, WA - Climbing BestClimbing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Mount Adams: South Spur


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 neighborin…
From the guidebook "Climbing Washington's Mountains"
Trout Lake, WA - Climbing - 12 miles BestClimbing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Mount St. Helens: Monitor Ridge and Swift Glacier Route


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 up t…
From the guidebook "Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Volume I"
Cougar, WA - Climbing BestClimbing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#7. Mount Olympus: Blue Glacier


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 range. Ol…
From the guidebook "Climbing Washington's Mountains"
Forks, WA - Climbing - 44 miles BestClimbing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Mount Baker


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 has…
From the guidebook "Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes"
Glacier, WA - Climbing
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Mount Rainier: Disappointment Cleaver / Emmons Glacier


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 highest…
From the guidebook "Climbing Washington's Mountains"
Ashford, WA - Climbing - 12 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

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


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 volc…
From the guidebook "Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Volume I"
Trout Lake, WA - Climbing
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#11. Mount Shuksan: Sulphide Glacier


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, maps,…
From the guidebook "Climbing Washington's Mountains"
Concrete, WA - Climbing - 14 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Mount Baker: Coleman Glacier / Easton Glacier


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 spread o…
From the guidebook "Climbing Washington's Mountains"
Glacier, WA - Climbing - 10 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Mount Si: Haystack Gully


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 to the s…
From the guidebook "Climbing Washington's Mountains"
North Bend, WA - Climbing - 9 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Mount Stuart: Cascadian Couloir


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. A…
From the guidebook "Climbing Washington's Mountains"
Leavenworth, WA - Climbing - 13 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Mount Rainier: Disappointment Cleaver / Ingraham Glacier Route


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 and…
From the guidebook "Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Volume I"
Ashford, WA - Climbing
Published by The Mountaineers Books

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


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 crowde…
From the guidebook "Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Volume II - Alpine Routes, Sport Climbs, & Crag Climbs"
North Bend, WA - Climbing
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#17. Mount Rainier - Washington Highpoint


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 shoul…
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
Elbe, WA - Climbing - 14 miles
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#18. Mount Baker: Easton Glacier & North Ridge Routes


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, Mount…
From the guidebook "Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Volume I"
Sedro Woolley, WA - Climbing
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#19. Frenchman Coulee


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 Vantag…
From the guidebook "Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Volume II - Alpine Routes, Sport Climbs, & Crag Climbs"
Quincy, WA - Climbing
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#20. Mount Pugh: Northwest Ridge


Mount Pugh is one of the landmark peaks of the western Cascades. Rising to a height of 7,201 feet with a vertical rise of over 5,000 feet from the Sauk River, Pugh stands aloof among the Mountain Loop…
From the guidebook "Climbing Washington's Mountains"
Darrington, WA - Climbing - 10 miles
Published by Falcon Guides