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Olympic Mountains

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointMount Olympus (7969 ft/2429 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesWashington
Area5,536 sq mi / 14,337 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent101 mi / 162 km North-South
99 mi / 159 km East-West
Center Lat/Long47° 39' N; 123° 40' W
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For their height, the Olympic Mountains are quite possibly the most spectacular mountains in the world outside of the polar regions. Nowhere do the Olympics crack the 8000 foot barrier, making them of almost Appalachian stature, but their incredible array of jagged peaks, massive glaciers, and epic approach marches is only matched in one or two other ranges in the entire "Lower 48" United States.

The principal fact of life in the Olympics is its justifiably famous precipitation, in many places well over 200 inches per year. Down low the nearly continuous rain supports lush temprate rain forests that blanket the western and southern slopes of the mountains, and up higher the massive amounts of snowfall create the large glaciers and snowfields that give the Olympics their awesome alpine character.

Before you write off a trip to the Olympics because you don't like being fogbound and miserably wet, bear in mind that although winter can sometimes mean solid months without sun, there are often week-long stretches during the summer when hot, humid weather and clear blue skies settle in. During these times the Olympics are a delight--the views of the Pacific Ocean, the strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, Vancouver Island, and the Cascade Range are devastating. Also, the northeastern areas of the Olympic Peninsula are among the driest in the Pacific Northwest, because the main bulk of the Olympics create a rain shadow.

Map of Olympic Mountains
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Olympic Mountains.
Northwest U.S. Coast RangesLevel 3 (Parent)
         Olympic MountainsLevel 4
                 Northwest OlympicsLevel 5 (Child)
                 North-Central Olympic MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Western Olympic FoothillsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Central Olympic MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Eastern Olympic MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Southern Olympic MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
         Washington Coastal HillsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Oregon Coast RangeLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Klamath MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Northern California Coast RangeLevel 4 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Olympic Mountains

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Mount Olympus79692429Central Olympic Mountains
2.Mount Deception77882374North-Central Olympic Mountains
3.Mount Constance77562364Eastern Olympic Mountains
4.Mount Johnson7680+2341+North-Central Olympic Mountains
5.Inner Constance76672337Eastern Olympic Mountains
6.Mount Mystery76392328North-Central Olympic Mountains
7.Martin Peak76382328North-Central Olympic Mountains
8.Sweat Spire7560+2304+North-Central Olympic Mountains
9.Mount Clark75282295North-Central Olympic Mountains
10.Gasp Pinnacle7520+2292+North-Central Olympic Mountains
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Mount Olympus79692429Central Olympic Mountains
2.Mount Deception77882374North-Central Olympic Mountains
3.Mount Constance77562364Eastern Olympic Mountains
4.South Appleton6100+1859+Northwest Olympics
5.Peak 563756371718Western Olympic Foothills
6.Peak 507750771547Southern Olympic Mountains



Photos of Peaks in the Olympic Mountains

Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus rises spectacularly above the Blue Glacier (1992-08-16).
Mount Olympus-False Summit
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Ladder and rope in place at slide area just before Glacier Meadows (2014-06-28). Photo by Kristian Kalsing.
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Mount Deception
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Mount Deception, second highest peak in the Olympic Mountains, rises steeply above Royal Basin. Photo by Grant Myers (2011-07-02).
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Grand Pass Peak
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Grand Pass Peak, Olympic National Park (2014-08-08). Photo by Cindy Lin.
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Mount Stone

The summit block of Mount Stone is in deep shadow in this view from the southwest (1995-07-30).
Mount Angeles

Rocky Mount Angeles is plainly visible from the Hurricane Ridge Road (1991-08-21).
South Appleton
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South Appleton from Oyster Lake (2014-08-26). Photo by Rex Shaw.
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Hurricane Hill

Gentle Hurricane Hill is reached by a paved trail from the end of the Hurricane Ridge Road (1991-08-21).



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