WASHINGTON'S HIGHEST PEAKS

with 400 Feet of Prominence                                                          

TOP 10 Peaks

Photos © John Roper 2004

Rank Rank      
 
400'P Bulger      
 
List List Name Elev  
Prom
1 1 Mount Rainier 14410  
13210
2 nb Liberty Cap 14112  
472
3 2 Mount Adams 12276  
8116
4 3 Little Tahoma 11138  
858
5 4 Mount Baker 10781  
8881
6 5 Glacier Peak 10520 +
7480
7 NB Sherman Peak 10160 +
400
8b80 6b80 Mt St Helens (b 5.18.80) 9677  
5917
8 6 Bonanza Peak 9511  
3711
9 NB Colfax Peak 9440 +
400
10 7 Mount Stuart 9415  
5335

NB:  Not on Bulger List because of volcano subsummit peculiarity

b80: Before the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mt St. Helens

 

MOUNT RAINIER  14410'     Prominence 13210'

This is the view from the south, just west of Paradise. The apparent high point in this photo is actually Point Success 14158' (with a puny 118 feet of prominence). The 14410' top (Columbia Crest) is the white bulge just right. Nisqually Glacier is the tumbling icy beauty.  This 13210-foot-prominence value is 21st-greatest on Earth, and more than K2. 

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View from space

MOUNT RAINIER  14410'     P13210'

from NE, above Sunrise (at the highest paved road in WA).  Little Tahoma (L). Huge Emmons Glacier (largest glacier in Washington, and the lower US) leads to the 14410' top.  Liberty Cap (R).

(L) to (R): John Roper, Charlie Johnson, Chuck Welsh, Hurley Johnson, and Maurine Roper, August 6, 1967 after climbing Rainier.  I was lucky to climb Rainier for the first time with Chuck Welsh who, in the late 1940's, made the first ascents of Liberty Bell, South Hozomeen, Golden Horn, Big Snagtooth, and Wamihaspi/Cornice Peak.  My sister Maurine (R) was an Annie Wright Seminary schoolmate of Chuck's s daughter, Hurley.  The three teenagers did great, and I was amazed at how powerful an "old man" of 42 could be.

 

LIBERTY CAP 14112'     P472

from SW.  Pretty nice summit, with a decent 472 feet of prominence, but not on the Bulger List because of the volcano subsummit exclusion. This was my final Top 100 peak by clean-400-foot prominence, climbed July 21, 1991, thanks to Gary and Joel Mellom. Sunset Amphitheater is the high bowl in the sun, with the cascading Puyallup Glacier icefall right. Sunset Ridge is the rocky route that leads to the summit, with the upper lobe of the South Mowich Glacier at its base. Mowich Face is in the left shadows with the Edmunds (not Emmons) Glacier below it. Ptarmigan Ridge is on left skyline.  It's a lot easier from the other side.

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View from space

MOUNT ADAMS 12276'        P8116

from SW, on Flattop Mountain June 6, 1992. The Pinnacle (L), Pikers Peak (R).  Usual route up right slope.

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View from space

 

LITTLE TAHOMA  11138'    P858

NW Face, looking across the Emmons Glacier from Camp Schurman.  This is the only volcano subsummit that counts on the Bulger List because of the (Lix)variation that it has >800 feet of prominence.

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View from space

 

MOUNT BAKER 10781'    P8881

from NE with Park Glacier high, Rainbow Glacier in foreground. Sherman Peak pokes up on left. Cockscomb, the notched crag high right, is one of my last remaining named summits to do in the Skagit drainage. Anybody interested?

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View from space

Winter aerial photos of Baker by John Scurlock will knock your socks off.  My favorites: 1  2

 

GLACIER PEAK  10520+     P7480

South side, from Kololo

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View from space

 

SHERMAN PEAK  10160+    P400

Lou Zibelli and Charlie Janeway pass by steam plumes emitting from Summit Crater with sulphur stain on snow, nearly to the top of Mount Baker.  Silas Wild skied off of Sherman to become the second person to finish the WA Top 100 by the Clean 400-Foot prominence rule on 6/2/2007.

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View from space

Spring aerial photo of Sherman by John Scurlock:  1

 

MOUNT SAINT HELENS  9677'    P5917

North side before the May 18, 1980 eruption.  The left skyline over the Dogs Head was a fabulous spring ski. Other features no longer with us after the cataclysm are the crevassed Forsyth Glacier on left, Leschi Glacier flowing between the Big and Little Lizard ridges, and Loowit Glacier under Goat Rocks on right skyline.

Mount St. Helens, May 1, 1977.  Bill Affolter (L), Dave Stonington (R), and I skied

from the 9677' top of St. Helens 4 times in the 1970's before she blew.

 

BONANZA PEAK  9511'    P3711

Company Glacier, north side 

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View from space

Aerial photos of Bonanza by John Scurlock on October 27, 2004:  1  2  3 

 

BONANZA PEAK

The standard route is via Mary Green Glacier here, up the highest right-leaning snow thumb, then the final rock wall.  This is the highest peak in Chelan county, and the hardest of the 39 county highpoints in the state, and the highest non-volcanic peak in Washington.

 

COLFAX PEAK  9440+    P400

on descent of Baker. Tragic rescue and retrieval in progress this day.

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View from space

 

MOUNT STUART  9415'    P5335

from the NE. The full 2800-vertical foot North Ridge dominates with Ice Cliff Glacier left, Stuart Glacier right.

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View from space

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