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Washington State Drainage Basin High Points

Basins with over 200 square miles

Showing Shadle Stewart's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (4 out of 18, or 22.22%)

RankDrainage BasinArea-SqKmPeak Elev-M CountryRange (Level 5)Ascent Date
1.Columbia671,560Mount Rainier-Southeast Crater Rim4328United StatesMount Rainier Area2010-06-27
2.Skagit8,282Mount Baker3286United StatesSkagit Range2010-05-16
3.Chehalis5,484Capitol Peak1540United StatesSouthern Olympic Mountains 
4.Snohomish4,718Mount Daniel2426United StatesAlpine Lakes Area 
5.Puyallup2,575Mount Rainier4392United StatesMount Rainier Area 
6.Nooksack2,109Mount Baker3286United StatesSkagit Range2010-05-16
7.Nisqually1,913Mount Rainier4392United StatesMount Rainier Area 
8.Stillaguamish1,811Three Fingers2088United StatesMountain Loop Area 
9.Quillayute1,626South Appleton1859United StatesNorthwest Olympics 
10.Lake Washington1,546Meadow Mountain1658United StatesSouth Cascade Crest 
11.Duwamish1,284Blowout Mountain1753United StatesSouth Cascade Crest 
12.Queets1,167Athena2245United StatesCentral Olympic Mountains 
13.Quinault1,124West Peak2245United StatesCentral Olympic Mountains 
14.Elwha833West Peak2245United StatesCentral Olympic Mountains 
15.Hoh772Mount Olympus2429United StatesCentral Olympic Mountains2010-07-25
16.Humptulips638North Gibson Peak1377United StatesSouthern Olympic Mountains 
17.Skokomish634Mount Stone2015United StatesEastern Olympic Mountains 
18.Dungeness574Mount Deception2374United StatesNorth-Central Olympic Mountains 

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List Description

This list shows all peaks in Washington State that are high points of primary drainage basins with an area of over 200 square miles. A primary basin is that of a river that reaches the sea, so high points of basins of tributary rivers are excluded.

Over half of Washington is part of the vast Columbia River Basin, but the well-watered western part of the state has a healthy collection of smaller rivers that drain the Olympic Peninsula and the western slopes of the Cascades. Many of these high points are well-known peaks that many Washington climbers normally ascend in the course of their careers, so it is likely that many peakbaggers already have a head-start on this list even if they are seeing it for the first time.


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