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South side of Mount Rainier

5 Epic Volcano Climbs in Washington

The most popular and accessible routes up Washington's five volcanoes.

Alpine Climbing Easy, Moderate

South side of Mount Rainier
South side of Mount Rainier Photo: Catrina Kindahl-Ross


The five Cascade volcanoes in Washington state attract thousands of climbers each year due to their challenge and beauty. As some of the highest mountains in the state of Washington, the iconic Cascade volcanoes punctuate the skyline.

This guide showcases the most straightforward routes to each of these volcanic summits.

Some of these routes require glacier travel, while others only require basic snow scrambling skills. These routes assume snow coverage, though in late summer, several of these peaks are accessible without crossing snow.

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