Alpine Climbing

The Best Alpine Climbing Trails in Washington (United States)

43 trails

Photo of Summerland, Panhandle Gap, Banshee Peak, Owyhigh Lakes Loop Photo of Mt Rainier DC route 2015 Photo of Mt. Rainier - Emmons Glacier Route Direct - June 2010
  • near Sunrise, Washington (United States)
    Distance
    14.35mi
    Elevation +
    4380f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo ofSummerland, Panhandle Gap, Banshee Peak, Owyhigh Lakes Loop Photo ofSummerland, Panhandle Gap, Banshee Peak, Owyhigh Lakes Loop Photo ofSummerland, Panhandle Gap, Banshee Peak, Owyhigh Lakes Loop

    This is a moderate hike if done at the right time of the year but can be very difficult if done early or late since it requires crossing the Sarvant Glacier and crossing talus fields. Too early and the cornice onto the g...

  • Mt Rainier DC route 2015

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    near Nisqually Vista, Washington (United States)
    Distance
    17.10mi
    Elevation +
    9039f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo ofMt Rainier DC route 2015 Photo ofMt Rainier DC route 2015 Photo ofMt Rainier DC route 2015

    We couldn't see the condition of the glaciers on our way up in the dark, but we got a hint of it from the number of ladders that RMI had installed – about 7 of them – in places where it was impractical to do an end run a...

  • near Nisqually Vista, Washington (United States)
    Distance
    8.45mi
    Elevation +
    105f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo ofMt. Rainier - Emmons Glacier Route Direct - June 2010 Photo ofMt. Rainier - Emmons Glacier Route Direct - June 2010 Photo ofMt. Rainier - Emmons Glacier Route Direct - June 2010

    This was the route I took from the Summit at Columbia Crest all the way to the White River Parking lot. This was done 06/20/2010. Coniditons were near whiteout most of the time, and we had to rely on following our tracks...

  • Mount Shuksan via Sulphide Glacier Route

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    near Boundary, Washington (United States)
    Distance
    13.38mi
    Elevation +
    5335f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo ofMount Shuksan via Sulphide Glacier Route Photo ofMount Shuksan via Sulphide Glacier Route Photo ofMount Shuksan via Sulphide Glacier Route

    This route is better to do it in two days. We didn't have time so we tried to get the highest we could in just a day. We started on the Shannon Ridge Trail head early in the morning. The first part of the trail is by th...

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  • Preacher Mountain

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Nordrum (historical), Washington (United States)
    Distance
    10.75mi
    Elevation +
    4062f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo ofPreacher Mountain Photo ofPreacher Mountain Photo ofPreacher Mountain

    Great weather, perfect snow conditions. Hit route from Rainy Lk just right and actually found a faint trail for much of the way.. 9hrs 20 min RT with a lot of time on the summit. NOTE: The first mile or two of this track...

  • Mt Daniels

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    near Kachess Resort, Washington (United States)
    Distance
    11.05mi
    Elevation +
    5436f
    TrailRank
    25
    Photo ofMt Daniels Photo ofMt Daniels Photo ofMt Daniels

    The direct approach (northern track) is much faster though it's advisable to take crampons and ice ax since there is a section crossing a permanent snowfield which is quite steep.

  • Galleon North

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    near Nordrum (historical), Washington (United States)
    Distance
    10.50mi
    Elevation +
    4656f
    TrailRank
    24
    Photo ofGalleon North Photo ofGalleon North Photo ofGalleon North

    This peak is rarely climbed and is a very enjoyable scramble. There is a steep fishermen trail to Horseshoe Lake with the route above a steep scramble. Great views from the summit.

  • Chickamin Loop 7-26-10

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    near Kachess Resort, Washington (United States)
    Distance
    16.23mi
    Elevation +
    5728f
    TrailRank
    23
    Photo ofChickamin Loop 7-26-10 Photo ofChickamin Loop 7-26-10 Photo ofChickamin Loop 7-26-10

    Chickamin Peak Loop from the Mineral Creek Trailhead with approach from the PCT and out through Glacier Lake. RT time: 9 hr 40 min, Class II scrambling with modertly difficult route finding. Stay away from any gullies an...

  • Mt Adams - Killen Trail to High Camp

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    near Berry Patch, Washington (United States)
    Distance
    9.32mi
    Elevation +
    2448f
    TrailRank
    21
    Photo ofMt Adams - Killen Trail to High Camp Photo ofMt Adams - Killen Trail to High Camp

    After climbing Mt Rainier we were looking for another mountain to climb and choose Mt Adams since it was near. On the way up the fatigue kicked in from the recent ascent of Mt Rainier and we stopped at High Camp to enjoy...

  • Treen Peak

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    near Nordrum (historical), Washington (United States)
    Distance
    8.82mi
    Elevation +
    6663f
    TrailRank
    19

    Snow started at the top of Green Ridge and was in great condition. Used crampons and ice axe from Charlie Brown to the summit. Quite steep in the chute but above that section was easy travel. It was a cloudy day so didn'...

  • Mt Hinman and La Bohn Mt 08-04-2015

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Skykomish, Washington (United States)
    Distance
    26.04mi
    Elevation +
    7500f
    TrailRank
    19

    The approach on this is very long and so is best to do it as on overnighter. Take microspikes or crampons for the upper section of Hinman which is not technical may have lots of loose scree depending on the time of the y...

  • Lennox Mountain

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Nordrum (historical), Washington (United States)
    Distance
    11.19mi
    Elevation +
    4849f
    TrailRank
    19

    Snow started below mine site but melting quickly. It was great conditions though a little hard in places in the morning but soft by afternoon. J Took Lennox ridge up but dropped north on the way down which was a better r...

  • Observation Peak and Echo Rock 07-05-2015

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    near Upper Fairfax, Washington (United States)
    Distance
    12.14mi
    Elevation +
    4423f
    TrailRank
    19

    This is one of the better loops in Mt Rainier or just about anywhere for that matter. Always take an ice axe on this one and depending on the time of the year you may need microspikes or even crampons on the glacier. I'v...

  • Summit Chief Mtn 06-21-2015

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    near Kachess Resort, Washington (United States)
    Distance
    29.22mi
    Elevation +
    6043f
    TrailRank
    16

    A long approach though not technical if done at the right time of the year. It's a wonder more people don't do this peak since it's a very fun one.

  • MtEllinor 2011-04-23

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    near Lilliwaup, Washington (United States)
    Distance
    20.21mi
    Elevation +
    3957f
    TrailRank
    16

    Winter Scramble to summit of Mt. Ellinor with Mountaineers Tacoma Branch. Parked truck as far up the road as possible due to snow.

  • Treen Peak 04 June 2020

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    near Nordrum (historical), Washington (United States)
    Distance
    8.82mi
    Elevation +
    6663f
    TrailRank
    16

    This peak makes for a long but rewarding day. The approach trail is very steep and sketchy in places. Snow above 4,000 ft. We used crampons and ice axes for the last 800 ft.

  • Mt Adams South Spur

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Guler, Washington (United States)
    Distance
    12.27mi
    Elevation +
    6647f
    TrailRank
    27
    Photo ofMt Adams South Spur Photo ofMt Adams South Spur Photo ofMt Adams South Spur

    A walk up the south side of Mt Adams in July 2013

  • Mount Shuksan

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    near Boundary, Washington (United States)
    Distance
    15.51mi
    Elevation +
    6539f
    TrailRank
    20
    Photo ofMount Shuksan Photo ofMount Shuksan

    Shuksan in a (long) day - splitboard approach/descent, crampons & ice axe for the pyramid

  • Camp Muir

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Paradise, Washington (United States)
    Distance
    8.14mi
    Elevation +
    4816f
    TrailRank
    13

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