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This list of Washington State’s ten most challenging peaks defies climbers in all ways imaginable. The awe-inspiring high points demand one’s alpine ability and mental capacity thoroughly. Loose, unprotectable class 5 rocks and steep snow, plus brush-fighting comprise the bulk of the technical terrain. At the same time, it also requires ice climbing to finish the list. More info

Second hundred highest peaks of Washington with 400 feet or greater of clean prominence. In recent years, fewer than a handful of people have tackled and finished the list. Several of “The Difficult 10,” hardest peaks in Washington State, are also included in this list. More info

Every high point on this climbing and mountaineering list strictly adheres to the 400-foot prominence rule. Collectively, the 400P and the Bulger Lists share 93 of the same peaks. In addition, upon completion of the list, one can also finish the Bulger List by tackling seven additional peaks. Several of “The Difficult 10,” hardest peaks in Washington State, are also included in this list. More info

(2011-2016, #53 finisher)

Conceived in the late 1970s, the unofficial climbing and mountaineering list comprising Washington State’s 100 highest summits has slowly gained popularity over the years. Mild-to-intense ascents for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels, ranging from easy hike-ups to multi-pitch rock climbs and glacier travels. The list offers various opportunities to explore the heart of the Cascades where visitors are often few and far between. In addition, upon completion of the list, one can also finish the 400P List by tackling seven additional peaks. More info


A casual scramble, climbing, and mountaineering list with high points handpicked by the Mountaineers Club. Fun, easy route finding, mentally and physically fulfilling are just some ways to describe this perfect list for novice scramblers. Each peak offers a fresh and awe-filled perspective of rugged Stuart Range, plus picture-postcard views into the Teanaway Backcountry. More info

Nestled within North Cascades National Park, the Picket Range is home to many of the North Cascades classic ascents. The rough, steep, and jagged high points are among some of the finest and most challenging rock climbs in the Pacific Northwest. Nicknamed the “American Alps,” the range remains to be one of the most unexplored regions in the North Cascades. More info

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