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Steepness As A Peakbagging Category

This SummitPost page has been created with much thanks and appreciation to Tim Worth, who compiled much of the information used on this page and from whom permission was granted for that information to be posted here.

In the mountaineering community, there are lists created for different peakbagging categories. Lists have been created for such peakbagging goals as state and county highpoints, prominence, and isolation. Peak steepness also has its own peakbagging list, although unlike other peakbagging lists a peak steepness list at first glance might seem more appealing to rock climbers than general mountaineers. However, many of the mountains on the Washington Top 100 Steepest Peaks list can be summited without any rope or protection. This list contains a plethora of mountaineering technical difficulty, ranging from steep hikes and scrambles to steep roped climbs.

When considering the steepest peaks within a given region, some people might initially envision tower-shaped mountains or high pinnacles. However, such aspects are not typical of many peaks that have high degrees of steepness. Similarly, when considering steepest peaks within a given region, some people might initially envision the necessity of roped vertical or near-vertical rock climbs to reach the summits. However, that, too, is not true of many steep peaks. The overall steepness of a mountain is dependent upon all sides of the peak, not just one or two sides with vertical or near-vertical rock faces.

By definition, the steepness of a mountain is determined by measuring the average of slope angles in every downward direction over a fixed distance from the mountain summit. Different people and resources might use different fixed distances to determine the steepness of a peak. One of the most valuable and credible resources is the National Elevation Dataset (NED) related website created and maintained by Tim Worth, which uses three different possible steepness distance criteria: 100m, 800m, 1600m.

A list of steepest peaks can be greatly influenced by the length of fixed distance being referenced from a given summit. Some peaks are steeper over longer or shorter downward distances than other peaks. In example, Mount Baring is Washington's 30th-steepest peak using a 100m fixed distance from its summit, steepest overall peak using 800m, and 27th-steepest peak using 1600m. In another example, Sloan Peak is Washington's 86th-steepest peak using a 100m fixed distance from its summit, 14th-steepest using 800m, and 9th-steepest using 1600m. The general rule of thumb is that a sharply-pointed mountain tends to have greatest steepness at a lower fixed distance from a summit (such as 100m), while a more massive mountain with steep sides tends to have greatest steepness at a higher fixed distance from a summit (such as 800m or 1600m).
Upper Sloan Peak
Sloan Peak (Photo Credit: Josh Lewis)

As a result of steepness determination being based upon which fixed distance is referenced, multiple lists are included on this SummitPost page. Each steepness distance criteria (100m, 800m, 1600m) has its own Top 100 list on this page. The 100m list can be considered a decent indicator of peaks with the steepest summit pinnacles in Washington.

Perhaps most importantly to those interested in this peakbagging category, a "Master List" of steepest Washington peaks has been created and is also included on this page. The Master List uses an average compilation of the other three distance criteria combined. The Master List on this page shows the steepest peaks in Washington overall, rather than only steepest sections of peaks as demonstrated by the other lists using single steepness distance criteria (100m, 800m, 1600m).

An explanation of how the steepness criteria is determined is further explained in the following section.

Criteria For Determining Steepness And Creating Steepness Lists

The steepness criteria explained in this section came verbatim from Tim Worth's NED website and is shown in italics.

Three ranking criteria are presented at three horizontal distances (100m/800m/1600m):

1. Maximum angle of steepness in any direction outward from summit. This measures the steepest single line at the given distance.

2. Highest minimal angle of steepness in any direction outward from summit. Every other direction will have a more severe drop than the figure shown here. At 100m this measure favors sharp spires, at 800m and 1600m the most conically shaped summits will score near the top.

3. Average angle of steepness in all directions outward from summit. Best measure for all around steepness of a summit at the given distance interval. At 100m, sharp spires are identified, 800m/1600m favor large mountains with great vertical drop.

The Summit Steepness Master List is a normalized average of the average angle figures at the three given distances(100m/800m/1600m). This is the best measure for all around vertical drop, with all distances represented.

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To create his 100m list, 800m list, 1600m list, and Master List, Tim Worth regarded the definition of a "peak" as having at least 300' of prominence. Tim Worth's prominence determinations were compiled from John Kirk's website, which actually uses a form of optimistic prominence by averaging clean prominence versus full optimistic prominence. Basically, Tim Worth's lists include "peaks" which had optimistic averages of at least 300' of prominence.

However, many notable peakbaggers and mountaineers consider a true "peak" as having at least 400' of clean prominence. This prominence threshold is the standard used by most notable peakbaggers in Washington. Depending upon which criteria is used as a definition of a peak, several peaks are different between the Master Lists but most peaks are on both Master Lists.

I have posted two Master Lists on this page. Using a variety of resources (including Tim Worth's website, Peakbagger.com, listsofjohn.com), I created the first Master List, which only contains peaks with at least 400' of clean prominence (a largely accepted prominence threshold for Washington peaks). The second Master List, created by Tim Worth, contains peaks with at least 300' of estimated/optimistic prominence. The use of clean prominence makes the first Master List much more reliable and accurate than Tim Worth's Master List, but out of respect for Tim Worth's efforts and cooperation I included his version on this page as a secondary list and general reference.

These two Master Lists will likely be the most important resources and checklists for potential future completers, which is why it was important to show each list here. The 100m, 800m, and 1600m lists are also shown on this page, each listed as Tim Worth originally created them (using peaks with at least 300' of optimistic prominence), and should only be used as a general reference for each category.

The first Master List (see next section) is the most researched, comprehensive, and accurate steepness list for Washington peaks. As such, this list is recommended as the primary list to use for the top 100 steepest peaks in Washington.

Top 100 Steepest Peaks Of Washington (MASTER LIST: 400'+ Minimum Prominence)

RANK PEAK SUMMIT ELEVATION AVERAGE VERTICAL STEEPNESS (ANGLE) FROM SUMMIT COUNTY
1 "South Hozomeen Mountain" 8003' 42.62° Whatcom
2 Needle Peak 7900' 40.66° Chelan
3 Mount Baring 6125' 40.29° King
4 Hozomeen Mountain 8066' 38.86° Whatcom
5 Mount Thomson 6554' 38.77° King
6 Agnes Mountain 8115' 38.30° Chelan
7 Mount Stuart 9415' 38.15° Chelan
8 Sloan Peak 7835' 37.93° Snohomish
9 "Southwest Hozomeen" 7471' 37.86° Whatcom
10 American Border Peak 7994' 37.61° Whatcom
11 "South Baring" 6010' 37.58° King
12 White Chuck Mountain 6989' 37.27° Snohomish
13 Mount Pugh 7201' 37.12° Snohomish
14 Mount Triumph 7260' 37.07° Whatcom
15 Peak 5380 ("Rouge Peak") 5380' 36.91° Snohomish
16 Goode Mountain 9220' 36.90° Chelan
17 Copper Peak 8964' 36.78° Chelan
18 Luna Peak 8311' 36.60° Whatcom
19 Red Mountain 5740' 36.56° Snohomish
20 Argonaut Peak 8453' 36.40° Chelan
21 West McMillan Spire 8020' 36.40° Whatcom
22 Trapper Mountain 7530' 36.32° Chelan
23 Lincoln Peak 9100' 36.26° Whatcom
24 Lemah Mountain 7500' 36.15° King & Kittitas
25 Bear Mountain 5519' 36.13° Snohomish
26 Mesahchie Peak 8795' 36.07° Skagit
27 Chimney Rock 7727' 35.99° King & Kittitas
28 Garfield Mountain 5519' 35.92° King
29 Bear Mountain 7931' 35.84° Whatcom
30 Colonial Peak 7771' 35.83° Whatcom
31 Seahpo Peak 7441' 35.77° Whatcom
32 Johannesburg Mountain 8220' 35.76° Skagit
33 Mount Redoubt 8969' 35.72° Whatcom
34 Mount Terror 8151' 35.72° Whatcom
35 Forbidden Peak 8815' 35.53° Skagit
36 Tower Mountain 8444' 35.53° Okanogan & Skagit
37 Peak 5980 ("ExSpire") 5980' 35.39° Skagit
38 Little Tahoma Peak 11138' 35.33° Pierce
39 Mount Hardy 8100' 35.33° Okanogan & Skagit
40 Katsuk Peak 8700' 35.32° Skagit
41 Bonanza Peak 9511' 35.25° Chelan
42 Lyall Ridge 7780' 35.23° Chelan
43 Jack Mountain 9066' 35.16° Whatcom
44 Tupshin Peak 8340' 35.10° Chelan
45 Hall Peak 5484' 35.09° Snohomish
46 Peak 5915 5915' 35.00° Skagit
47 Merchant Peak 6113' 34.91° Snohomish
48 Mount Constance 7756' 34.85° Jefferson
49 Mox Peaks HP 8504' 34.79° Whatcom
50 Three Fingers South 6850' 34.77° Snohomish
51 Liberty Mountain 5700' 34.51° Snohomish
52 Bears Breast Mountain 7197' 34.38° Kittitas
53 Peak 5884 5884' 34.34° Snohomish
54 Del Campo Peak 6610' 34.28° Snohomish
55 Scott Peak 5288' 34.24° Snohomish
56 Whitehorse Mountain 6850' 34.22° Snohomish
57 Mount Despair 7292' 34.16° Whatcom
58 Hubbart Peak 5936' 34.16° Snohomish
59 Mount Phelps 5535' 34.09° King
60 Mount Shuksan 9131' 34.07° Whatcom
61 Golden Horn 8366' 33.99° Okanogan
62 Mount Pershing 6154' 33.89° Mason
63 Martin Peak 8511' 33.86° Chelan
64 Mount Forgotten 6005' 33.84° Snohomish
65 Gabriel Peak 7940' 33.67° Skagit
66 Grasshopper Peak 6850' 33.66° Chelan
67 Hoh Peak 5570' 33.66° Jefferson
68 Booker Mountain 8300' 33.57° Chelan
69 Russian Butte 5123' 33.40° King
70 Tomyhoi Peak 7435' 33.32° Whatcom
71 Buck Mountain 8528' 33.30° Chelan
72 Sheep Mountain 6166' 33.25° Snohomish
73 Kimtah Peak 8620' 33.21° Skagit
74 Bandit Peak 7625' 33.21° Chelan
75 Distal Phalanx 7620' 33.19° Skagit
76 Davis Peak 7051' 33.18° Whatcom
77 Sheep Gap Mountain 5819' 33.17° Snohomish
78 Cosho Peak 8332' 33.13° Skagit
79 Seven Fingered Jack 9100' 33.12° Chelan
80 Graybeard Peak 7965' 33.08° Skagit
81 Mount Formidable 8325' 33.06° Skagit
82 Black Peak 8970' 33.01° Chelan & Skagit
83 Montaña Sin Nombre 6688' 33.01° Whatcom
84 Clever Peak 5808' 33.01° Skagit
85 Cathedral Rock 6724' 32.99° Kittitas
86 Mount Index Middle Peak 5493' 32.92° Snohomish
87 Buckner Mountain 9112' 32.90° Chelan & Skagit
88 Corteo Peak 8100' 32.90° Chelan
89 The Trap 6980' 32.80° Chelan
90 Morning Star Peak 6020' 32.79° Snohomish
91 Azurite Peak 8420' 32.78° Okanogan & Skagit
92 Heather Ridge 7928' 32.75° Chelan
93 Bald Eagle Peak 6259' 32.69° King
94 Jumbo Mountain 5860' 32.67° Snohomish
95 Mount Bullon 5980' 32.64° Snohomish
96 Whistler Mountain 7790' 32.63° Chelan
97 Mount Ballard 8340' 32.62° Whatcom
98 Nodoubt Peak 7290' 32.57° Whatcom
99 Peak 7747 ("Tradition Peak") 7747' 32.54° Whatcom
100 Peak 6799 6799' 32.52° Snohomish

Hozomeen Mountain
Hozomeen Massif, with peaks listed at #1, #4, #9 (Photo Credit: "Gimpilator")

Fun Facts Of Steepness Master List (400P)

-> No person has yet completed the Top 100 Steepness Master List.

-> Unlike all other major Washington peakbagging lists (such as county highpoints, county greatest prominence points, 2000' prominence peaks, isolation peaks), the Top 100 Steepness Master List does not contain any mountains located in the southwestern, southeastern, or northeastern sides of the State.

-> The average steepness of peaks on the Master List is 34.94°.

-> 24 mountains on the Top 100 Steepness Master List are on the Bulger List for Top 100 highest peaks in Washington.

-> 24 mountains on the Master List have more than 2000' of prominence.

-> The most mountains on the Master List are located in Whatcom County (23 peaks), Snohomish County (23 peaks), and Chelan County (22 peaks). The other counties with peaks making the list are Skagit (18), King (9), Kittitas (4), Okanogan (4), Jefferson (2), Pierce (1), and Mason (1).

-> Seven mountains on the Master List have summits found along county lines.

-> The highest elevation peak on the Master List is Little Tahoma Peak at 11138' (#38 for overall steepness).

-> The lowest elevation peak on the Master List is Russian Butte at 5123' (#69 for overall steepness).

-> The average elevation of peaks on the Master List is 7428'.

Updates And Revisions To Master List (400P)

October 16, 2012:
-> Add unofficial name "Rouge Peak" to Peak 5380.
-> Add unofficial name "ExSpire" to Peak 5980.
-> Remove from Master List: Bonanza Peak SW (280' of clean prominence, was at Position 61), Chimney Rock North (354' of clean prominence, was at Position 81). Reason for removal: Not enough clean prominence; was originally given faulty prominence information.
-> Add to Master List: Peak 7747 ("Tradition Peak"), Peak 6799

Top 100 Steepest Peaks Of Washington (TIM WORTH'S 300P MASTER LIST)

Tim Worth created lists based upon a "peak" being defined as having at least 300' of prominence. This includes any sub-peak found on massifs, ridges, and volcanoes if such sub-peak meets the 300' of prominence standard and steepness criteria.
RANK PEAK SUMMIT ELEVATION AVERAGE VERTICAL STEEPNESS (ANGLE) FROM SUMMIT COUNTY
1 "South Hozomeen Mountain" 8003' 42.62° Whatcom
2 Needle Peak 7900' 40.66° Chelan
3 Mount Baring 6125' 40.29° King
4 Hozomeen Mountain 8066' 38.86° Whatcom
5 Mount Thomson 6554' 38.77° King
6 Agnes Mountain 8115' 38.30° Chelan
7 Mount Stuart 9415' 38.15° Chelan
8 Sloan Peak 7835' 37.93° Snohomish
9 "Southwest Hozomeen" 7471' 37.86° Whatcom
10 American Border Peak 7994' 37.61° Whatcom
11 "South Baring" 6010' 37.58° King
12 White Chuck Mountain 6989' 37.27° Snohomish
13 Mount Pugh 7201' 37.12° Snohomish
14 Mount Triumph 7260' 37.07° Whatcom
15 "Rouge Peak" 5380' 36.91° Snohomish
16 Goode Mountain 9220' 36.90° Chelan
17 Garfield Mountain West 4896' 36.79° King
18 Copper Peak 8964' 36.78° Chelan
19 Luna Peak 8311' 36.60° Whatcom
20 Red Mountain 5740' 36.56° Snohomish
21 Peak 8940 8940' 36.47° Chelan
22 Argonaut Peak 8453' 36.40° Chelan
23 West McMillan Spire 8020' 36.40° Whatcom
24 Trapper Mountain 7530' 36.32° Chelan
25 Lincoln Peak 9100' 36.26° Whatcom
26 Lemah Mountain 7500' 36.15° King & Kittitas
27 Bear Mountain 5519' 36.13° Snohomish
28 Mesahchie Peak 8795' 36.07° Skagit
29 Chimney Rock 7727' 35.99° King & Kittitas
30 Garfield Mountain 5519' 35.92° King
31 Bear Mountain 7931' 35.84° Whatcom
32 Colonial Peak 7771' 35.83° Whatcom
33 Mount Index North 5380' 35.79° Snohomish
34 Seahpo Peak 7441' 35.77° Whatcom
35 Johannesburg Mountain 8220' 35.76° Skagit
36 Mount Redoubt 8969' 35.72° Whatcom
37 Mount Terror 8151' 35.72° Whatcom
38 Forbidden Peak 8815' 35.53° Skagit
39 Tower Mountain 8444' 35.53° Okanogan & Skagit
40 Peak 5980 5980' 35.39° Skagit
41 Little Tahoma Peak 11138' 35.33° Pierce
42 Mount Hardy 8100' 35.33° Okanogan & Skagit
43 Katsuk Peak 8700' 35.32° Skagit
44 Bonanza Peak 9511' 35.25° Chelan
45 Lyall Ridge 7780' 35.23° Chelan
46 Jack Mountain 9066' 35.16° Whatcom
47 Tupshin Peak 8340' 35.10° Chelan
48 Hall Peak 5484' 35.09° Snohomish
49 Peak 5915 5915' 35.00° Skagit
50 Merchant Peak 6113' 34.91° Snohomish
51 Mount Constance 7756' 34.85° Jefferson
52 Mox Peaks HP 8504' 34.79° Whatcom
53 Three Fingers South 6850' 34.77° Snohomish
54 Nooksack Tower 8285' 34.54° Whatcom
55 Liberty Mountain 5700' 34.51° Snohomish
56 Bears Breast Mountain 7197' 34.38° Kittitas
57 Peak 5884 5884' 34.34° Snohomish
58 Del Campo Peak 6610' 34.28° Snohomish
59 Scott Peak 5288' 34.24° Snohomish
60 Whitehorse Mountain 6850' 34.22° Snohomish
61 Mount Despair 7292' 34.16° Whatcom
62 Hubbart Peak 5936' 34.16° Snohomish
63 Mount Phelps 5535' 34.09° King
64 Mount Shuksan 9131' 34.07° Whatcom
65 Bonanza Peak SW 9320' 34.03° Chelan
66 Golden Horn 8366' 33.99° Okanogan
67 Mount Pershing 6154' 33.89° Mason
68 Martin Peak 8511' 33.86° Chelan
69 Mount Forgotten 6005' 33.84° Snohomish
70 Gabriel Peak 7940' 33.67° Skagit
71 Grasshopper Peak 6850' 33.66° Chelan
72 Hoh Peak 5570' 33.66° Jefferson
73 Booker Mountain 8300' 33.57° Chelan
74 Russian Butte 5123' 33.40° King
75 Tomyhoi Peak 7435' 33.32° Whatcom
76 Buck Mountain 8528' 33.30° Chelan
77 Sheep Mountain 6166' 33.25° Snohomish
78 Kimtah Peak 8620' 33.21° Skagit
79 Bandit Peak 7625' 33.21° Chelan
80 Dharma Gendarme 7740' 33.19° Whatcom
81 Distal Phalanx 7620' 33.19° Skagit
82 Davis Peak 7051' 33.18° Whatcom
83 Sheep Gap Mountain 5819' 33.17° Snohomish
84 Cosho Peak 8332' 33.13° Skagit
85 Seven Fingered Jack 9100' 33.12° Chelan
86 Chimney Rock North 7634' 33.12° Kittitas
87 Graybeard Peak 7965' 33.08° Skagit
88 Mount Formidable 8325' 33.06° Skagit
89 Black Peak 8970' 33.01° Chelan & Skagit
90 Montaña Sin Nombre 6688' 33.01° Whatcom
91 Clever Peak 5808' 33.01° Skagit
92 Cathedral Rock 6724' 32.99° Kittitas
93 Peak 5820 5820' 32.96° King
94 Mount Index Middle Peak 5493' 32.92° Snohomish
95 Buckner Mountain 9112' 32.90° Chelan & Skagit
96 Corteo Peak 8100' 32.90° Chelan
97 The Trap 6980' 32.80° Chelan
98 Morning Star Peak 6020' 32.79° Snohomish
99 Azurite Peak 8420' 32.78° Okanogan & Skagit
100 Heather Ridge 7928' 32.75° Chelan

South Hozomeen
"South Hozomeen Mountain": Overall Steepest Peak In Washington

Fun Facts Of Steepness Master List (300P, Tim Worth's List)

-> Unlike all other major Washington peakbagging lists (such as county highpoints, county greatest prominence points, 2000' prominence peaks, isolation peaks), the Top 100 Steepness Master List does not contain any mountains located in the southwestern, southeastern, or northeastern sides of the State.

-> The average steepness of peaks on the Master List is 35.10°.

-> 24 mountains on the Top 100 Steepness Master List are on the Bulger List for Top 100 highest peaks in Washington.

-> 24 mountains on the Master List have more than 2000' of prominence.

-> The most mountains on the Master List are located in Chelan County (23 peaks), Whatcom County (22 peaks), and Snohomish County (21 peaks). The other counties with peaks making the list are Skagit (18), King (10), Kittitas (5), Okanogan (4), Jefferson (2), Pierce (1), and Mason (1).

-> Seven mountains on the Master List have summits found along county lines.

-> The highest elevation peak on the Master List is Little Tahoma Peak at 11138' (#41 for overall steepness).

-> The lowest elevation peak on the Master List is the West Peak of Garfield Mountain (#17 for overall steepness).
Mount Pershing
Mount Pershing: Only Peak In Mason County On Master Lists

Top 100 Steepest Peaks (100m Criteria Only)

RANK PEAK SUMMIT ELEVATION AVERAGE DROP PER ANGLE FROM SUMMIT AVERAGE VERTICAL STEEPNESS (ANGLE) FROM SUMMIT COUNTY
1 Nooksack Tower 8285' 594' 61.08° Whatcom
2 Mount Thomson 6554' 563' 59.78° King
3 "South Hozomeen Mountain" 8003' 556' 59.45° Whatcom
4 "Southwest Hozomeen" 7471' 547' 59.07° Whatcom
5 Tupshin Peak 8340' 538' 58.64° Chelan
6 Chimney Rock 7727' 533' 58.38° King & Kittitas
7 Peak 7940 7940' 519' 57.71° Skagit
8 Mount Cruiser 6104' 498' 56.62° Mason
9 "Rouge Peak" 5380' 497' 56.57° Snohomish
10 Garfield Mountain 5519' 492' 56.30° King
11 Cowlitz Chimneys North 7015' 491' 56.28° Pierce
12 Lincoln Peak 9100' 490' 56.20° Whatcom
13 Forbidden Peak 8815' 477' 55.48° Skagit
14 Argonaut Peak 8453' 459' 54.48° Chelan
15 Kaleetan Peak 6259' 454' 54.14° King
16 Scott Peak 5288' 446' 53.69° Snohomish
17 Red Mountain 5740' 438' 53.17° Snohomish
18 "Hermes" 6852' 433' 52.86° Jefferson
19 Peak 6980 6980' 431' 52.75° Skagit
20 Skadulgwas Peak 4985' 428' 52.51° Skagit
21 Garfield Mountain West 4896' 426' 52.41° King
22 Cowlitz Chimneys South 7605' 419' 51.93° Pierce
23 Peak 7060 7060' 418' 51.88° Skagit
24 Peak 6445 6445' 416' 51.72° Snohomish
25 Tower Mountain 8444' 413' 51.56° Okanogan & Skagit
26 Beacon Rock 860' 413' 51.53° Skamania
27 Peak 8060 8060' 410' 51.36° Chelan
28 Mox Peaks HP 8504' 410' 51.31° Whatcom
29 Paul Bunyans Stump 7500' 408' 51.20° Whatcom
30 Mount Baring 6125' 407' 51.14° King
31 Mox Peaks West 8407' 407' 51.12° Whatcom
32 Peak 7700 7700' 406' 51.05° Chelan & Snohomish
33 Mount Shuksan 9131' 406' 51.04° Whatcom
34 Bonanza Peak 9511' 405' 51.03° Chelan
35 Peak 5740 5740' 399' 50.59° Jefferson
36 Sluiskin Mountain East 7026' 399' 50.54° Pierce
37 Bessemer Mountain 5166' 398' 50.52° King
38 Needle Peak 7900' 398' 50.47° Chelan
39 Bonanza Peak SW 9320' 397' 50.45° Chelan
40 Pinnacle Peak 6562' 397' 50.44° Lewis
41 "Silhouette Peak" 7274' 397' 50.42° Whatcom
42 Cathedral Rock 6724' 397' 50.41° Kittitas
43 Peak 7711 7711' 395' 50.31° Chelan
44 Peak 5712 5712' 395' 50.30° King
45 Peak 8940 8940' 392' 50.10° Chelan
46 Katsuk Peak 8700' 392' 50.10° Skagit
47 "Black Tower" 7880' 392' 50.07° Chelan
48 Peak 5980 5980' 391' 50.02° Skagit
49 "X Mountain" 5980' 390' 49.91° Whatcom
50 Peak 6980 6980' 389' 49.86° King & Kittitas
51 Cutthroat Peak 8050' 389' 49.84° Chelan & Skagit
52 "North Garfield" 5101' 389' 49.84° King
53 Lemah Mountain 7500' 388' 49.81° King & Kittitas
54 Sheep Gap Mountain 5819' 388' 49.79° Snohomish
55 Hoh Peak 5570' 387' 49.74° Jefferson
56 "The Trap" 6980' 387' 49.71° Chelan
57 "Barbara Peak" 6020' 387' 49.70° Whatcom
58 "Bushwhack Peak" 5145' 387' 49.70° Snohomish
59 Peak 4365 4365' 386' 49.66° King
60 Little Tahoma Peak 11138' 386' 49.65° Pierce
61 Jumpoff Ridge 5380' 386' 49.63° Snohomish
62 Overcoat Peak 7432' 385' 49.57° King
63 Gunn Peak 6240' 384' 49.51° Snohomish
64 Spire Point 8264' 383' 49.45° Chelan & Skagit
65 Trapper Mountain 7530' 381' 49.25° Chelan
66 Martin Peak 8511' 380' 49.22° Chelan
67 North Crested Butte 5318' 380' 49.21° Snohomish
68 Huckleberry Mountain 6340' 380' 49.18° King & Kittitas
69 "Cocked Hat" 7292' 380' 49.16° Whatcom
70 Mount Triumph 7260' 379' 49.14° Whatcom
71 Chimney Rock North 7634' 378' 49.07° Kittitas
72 "Middle Chief" 7140' 378' 49.05° King
73 Agnes Mountain 8115' 378' 49.02° Chelan
74 Peak 7865 7865' 375' 48.84° Chelan & Skagit
75 Whalehead Ridge 5300' 374' 48.72° Lewis
76 "Duke of Kent" 4860' 373' 48.66° King
77 Crater Mountain East 7555' 372' 48.56° Whatcom
78 Cascade Peak 7428' 371' 48.52° Skagit
79 "Perdition Peak" 7675' 371' 48.51° Skagit
80 "Ram's Horn" 5683' 370' 48.47° Snohomish
81 Sherpa Peak 8605' 369' 48.37° Chelan
82 Twin Peaks West 5683' 369' 48.34° Snohomish
83 Del Campo Peak 6610' 368' 48.27° Snohomish
84 Mount Stone 6612' 367' 48.23° Mason
85 Mount Terror 8151' 367' 48.22° Whatcom
86 Sloan Peak 7835' 366' 48.13° Snohomish
87 White Chuck Mountain 6989' 366' 48.12° Snohomish
88 "Salish Peak" 5700' 365' 48.08° Snohomish
89 Russian Butte 5123' 365' 48.06° King
90 "The Saint" 7185' 365' 48.02° Whatcom
91 Monte Cristo Peak 7136' 364' 48.00° Snohomish
92 Bald Eagle Peak 6241' 364' 47.99° King
93 "Salmon Red" 5139' 364' 47.94° King
94 Mount Hardy 8100' 363' 47.87° Okanogan & Skagit
95 "Long Gone Peak" 7020' 362' 47.86° Skagit
96 Mount Constance 7756' 361' 47.77° Jefferson
97 "The Bat" 6475' 361' 47.75° Skagit
98 Mount Pershing 6154' 360' 47.62° Okanogan
99 Golden Horn 8366' 359' 47.62° Mason
100 Peak 4780 4780' 358' 47.48° Jefferson

Nooksack Tower
Nooksack Tower: Steepest Peak Of 100m Criteria

Top 100 Steepest Peaks (800m Criteria Only)

RANK PEAK SUMMIT ELEVATION AVERAGE DROP PER ANGLE FROM SUMMIT AVERAGE VERTICAL STEEPNESS (ANGLE) FROM SUMMIT COUNTY
1 Mount Baring 6125' 2286.73' 41.07° King
2 Needle Peak 7900' 2255.97' 40.69° Chelan
3 "South Hozomeen Mountain" 8003' 2243.02' 40.52° Whatcom
4 Hozomeen Mountain 8066' 2212.14' 40.13° Whatcom
5 Agnes Mountain 8115' 2127.28' 39.03° Chelan
6 American Border Peak 7994' 2045.77' 37.94° Whatcom
7 Mount Stuart 9415' 2041.25' 37.88° Chelan
8 Mount Index North 5380' 2030.88' 37.74° Snohomish
9 Mount Pugh 7201' 2018.86' 37.57° Snohomish
10 Goode Mountain 9220' 2001.19' 37.33° Chelan
11 "South Baring" 6010' 2000.21' 37.32° King
12 Mount Triumph 7260' 1984.05' 37.09° Whatcom
13 Luna Peak 8311' 1982.71' 37.07° Whatcom
14 Sloan Peak 7835' 1964.92' 36.83° Snohomish
15 Trapper Mountain 7530' 1959.40' 36.75° Chelan
16 Bear Mountain 5519' 1957.06' 36.72° Snohomish
17 Lemah Mountain 7500' 1953.86' 36.67° King & Kittitas
18 West McMillan Spire 8020' 1951.29' 36.64° Whatcom
19 White Chuck Mountain 6989' 1935.38' 36.41° Snohomish
20 Merchant Peak 6113' 1912.22' 36.08° Snohomish
21 Copper Peak 8964' 1892.90' 35.81° Chelan
22 Gabriel Peak 7940' 1887.42' 35.73° Skagit
23 Mount Thomson 6554' 1863.60' 35.38° King
24 Mount Bullon 5980' 1856.49' 35.28° Snohomish
25 Little Tahoma Peak 11138' 1853.25' 35.23° Pierce
26 Johannesburg Mountain 8220' 1852.24' 35.22° Skagit
27 Bear Mountain 7931' 1835.86' 34.98° Whatcom
28 Elephant Butte 7380' 1833.81' 34.95° Whatcom
29 Colonial Peak 7771' 1831.18' 34.91° Whatcom
30 Clever Peak 5808' 1827.92' 34.86° Skagit
31 Mount Constance 7756' 1824.48' 34.81° Jefferson
32 Hall Peak 5484' 1823.32' 34.79° Snohomish
33 Mount Terror 8151' 1822.59' 34.78° Whatcom
34 Mesahchie Peak 8795' 1815.50' 34.68° Skagit
35 Argonaut Peak 8453' 1809.68' 34.59° Chelan
36 Little J-Berg 7945' 1809.63' 34.59° Skagit
37 Burnt Boot Peak 6540' 1807.37' 34.56° King
38 Seahpo Peak 7441' 1805.65' 34.53° Whatcom
39 Mount Forgotten 6005' 1797.96' 34.42° Snohomish
40 Graybeard Peak 7965' 1797.24' 34.41° Skagit
41 Mount Redoubt 8969' 1796.99' 34.40° Whatcom
42 Whitehorse Mountain 6850' 1794.63' 34.37° Snohomish
43 Voodoo Peak 5198' 1793.33' 34.35° Snohomish
44 Garfield Mountain West 4896' 1792.11' 34.33° King
45 Peak 5980 5980' 1786.48' 34.25° Skagit
46 Sperry Peak 6140' 1773.86' 34.06° Snohomish
47 Peak 5915 5915' 1771.95' 34.03° Skagit
48 "Rouge Peak" 5380' 1770.12' 34.00° Snohomish
49 Bears Breast Mountain 7197' 1763.36' 33.90° Kittitas
50 Peak 5884 5884' 1759.76' 33.85° Snohomish
51 Mount Hardy 8100' 1758.26' 33.82° Okanogan & Skagit
52 Peak 8940 8940' 1757.19' 33.81° Chelan
53 Lyall Ridge 7780' 1756.67' 33.80° Chelan
54 Hubbart Peak 5936' 1744.95' 33.62° Snohomish
55 Seven Fingered Jack 9100' 1734.59' 33.47° Chelan
56 Lincoln Peak 9100' 1731.72' 33.42° Whatcom
57 Tower Mountain 8444' 1724.44' 33.31° Okanogan & Skagit
58 Peak 7102 7102' 1717.25' 33.20° Skagit
59 Big Four Mountain 6180' 1716.45' 33.19° Snohomish
60 Booker Mountain 8300' 1715.35' 33.17° Chelan
61 Mount Formidable 8325' 1711.45' 33.11° Skagit
62 Castle Peak 8306' 1711.24' 33.11° Okanogan & Whatcom
63 Lewis Peak 5608' 1709.79' 33.09° Snohomish
64 Three Fingers South 6850' 1709.58' 33.08° Snohomish
65 Liberty Mountain 5700' 1708.88' 33.07° Snohomish
66 Red Mountain 5740' 1699.63' 32.93° Snohomish
67 Grasshopper Peak 6850' 1696.86' 32.89° Chelan
68 Mount Phelps 5535' 1694.84' 32.86° King
69 "Southwest Hozomeen" 7471' 1686.50' 32.73° Whatcom
70 Mount Ballard 8340' 1684.58' 32.70° Whatcom
71 Mount Index - Middle Peak 5493' 1683.99' 32.69° Snohomish
72 Oakes Peak 5681' 1680.29' 32.63° Whatcom
73 Mount Washington 6255' 1677.55' 32.59° Mason
74 Little Greider Peak 4602' 1677.37' 32.59° Snohomish
75 Corteo Peak 8100' 1675.03' 32.55° Chelan
76 Tradition Peak 7747' 1674.82' 32.55° Whatcom
77 Azurite Peak 8420' 1669.24' 32.46° Okanogan & Skagit
78 Jack Mountain 9066' 1668.93' 32.46° Whatcom
79 Mount Maude 9060' 1667.02' 32.43° Chelan
80 Golden Horn 8366' 1663.90' 32.38° Okanogan
81 Mount Crowder 7082' 1662.34' 32.35° Whatcom
82 Kimtah Peak 8620' 1661.33' 32.34° Skagit
83 Inner Constance 7667' 1660.64' 32.33° Jefferson
84 Morning Star Peak 6020' 1659.68' 32.31° Snohomish
85 West Twin Needle 7936' 1659.06' 32.30° Whatcom
86 Mount Index 5991' 1658.37' 32.29° King
87 Mox Peaks HP 8504' 1646.11' 32.10° Whatcom
88 Distal Phalanx 7620' 1645.60' 32.09° Skagit
89 Jordan Benchmark 6397' 1645.18' 32.09° Skagit
90 Peak 7265 7265' 1640.62' 32.02° Chelan
91 Buckner Mountain 9112' 1638.88' 31.99° Chelan & Skagit
92 Little Jackass Mountain 4387' 1638.35' 31.98° Whatcom
93 Whistler Mountain 7790' 1637.93' 31.97° Chelan
94 Mount Despair 7292' 1635.99' 31.94° Whatcom
95 Mount Larrabee 7861' 1634.86' 31.92° Whatcom
96 Dharma Gendarme 7740' 1634.43' 31.92° Whatcom
97 Whatcom Peak 7574' 1629.77' 31.84° Whatcom
98 Montaña Sin Nombre 6688' 1628.30' 31.82° Whatcom
99 Katsuk Peak 8700' 1626.05' 31.79° Skagit
100 Heather Ridge 7928' 1623.45' 31.74° Chelan

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Mount Baring: Steepest Peak Of 800m Criteria

Top 100 Steepest Peaks (1600m Criteria Only)

RANK PEAK SUMMIT ELEVATION AVERAGE DROP PER ANGLE FROM SUMMIT AVERAGE VERTICAL STEEPNESS (ANGLE) FROM SUMMIT COUNTY
1 Mount Stuart 9415' 3191.29' 31.30° Chelan
2 Johannesburg Mountain 8220' 3155.39' 31.02° Skagit
3 Luna Peak 8311' 3132.28' 30.83° Whatcom
4 Needle Peak 7900' 3129.67' 30.81° Chelan
5 Mount Pugh 7201' 3100.12' 30.57° Snohomish
6 American Border Peak 7994' 3073.40' 30.35° Whatcom
7 Tomyhoi Peak 7435' 3059.35' 30.24° Whatcom
8 "South Hozomeen Mountain" 8003' 3026.18' 29.97° Whatcom
9 Sloan Peak 7835' 3024.50' 29.96° Snohomish
10 Goode Mountain 9220' 2971.99' 29.52° Chelan
11 Jack Mountain 9066' 2927.69' 29.16° Whatcom
12 "South Baring" 6010' 2916.38' 29.06° King
13 Grasshopper Peak 6850' 2910.99' 29.02° Chelan
14 Hozomeen Mountain 8066' 2909.48' 29.00° Whatcom
15 Big Four Mountain 6180' 2864.89' 28.63° Snohomish
16 Elephant Butte 7380' 2840.52' 28.42° Whatcom
17 Tradition Peak 7747' 2834.70' 28.38° Whatcom
18 North Big Bosom Butte 6384' 2818.29' 28.24° Whatcom
19 Peak 8940 8940' 2807.91' 28.15° Chelan
20 White Chuck Mountain 6989' 2806.77' 28.14° Snohomish
21 Glory Mountain 7228' 2805.24' 28.13° Chelan
22 Copper Peak 8964' 2799.68' 28.08° Chelan
23 Davis Peak 7051' 2798.88' 28.07° Whatcom
24 Mount Shuksan 9131' 2798.61' 28.07° Whatcom
25 Colonial Peak 7771' 2793.60' 28.03° Whatcom
26 Mesahchie Peak 8795' 2792.31' 28.02° Skagit
27 Mount Baring 6125' 2775.29' 27.87° King
28 Jumbo Mountain 5860' 2756.24' 27.71° Snohomish
29 Hubbart Peak 5936' 2755.17' 27.70° Snohomish
30 Katsuk Peak 8700' 2746.30' 27.62° Skagit
31 Elija Ridge West 7665' 2744.38' 27.61° Whatcom
32 Mount Ballard 8340' 2734.87' 27.53° Whatcom
33 Heather Ridge 7928' 2734.84' 27.52° Chelan
34 Lyall Ridge 7780' 2734.63' 27.52° Chelan
35 Chimney Peak 6917' 2712.87' 27.34° Jefferson
36 Black Peak 8970' 2712.85' 27.34° Chelan & Skagit
37 Blister Mountain 5447' 2708.86' 27.30° Whatcom
38 Sheep Mountain 6166' 2696.56' 27.20° Snohomish
39 Whitehorse Mountain 6850' 2696.53' 27.20° Snohomish
40 Red Mountain 5740' 2695.51' 27.19° Snohomish
41 Bandit Peak 7625' 2691.63' 27.15° Chelan
42 Three Fingers South 6850' 2689.93' 27.14° Snohomish
43 Buckner Mountain 9112' 2686.67' 27.11° Chelan & Skagit
44 "Revelations" 6872' 2681.73' 27.07° Whatcom
45 Peak 5820 5820' 2675.01' 27.01° King
46 Bear Mountain 7931' 2672.88' 26.99° Whatcom
47 East Fury 8300' 2667.10' 26.94° Whatcom
48 "Southwest Hozomeen" 7471' 2661.62' 26.89° Whatcom
49 Mount Despair 7292' 2653.35' 26.82° Whatcom
50 Bonanza Peak 9511' 2648.11' 26.78° Chelan
51 Burgler Bear 6170' 2642.17' 26.72° Whatcom
52 Mount Redoubt 8969' 2632.38' 26.64° Whatcom
53 "Sunny Girl" 6180' 2628.62' 26.61° Skagit
54 Nodoubt Peak 7290' 2627.91' 26.60° Whatcom
55 Seahpo Peak 7441' 2623.74' 26.56° Whatcom
56 Mount Index 5991' 2616.40' 26.50° King
57 Buck Mountain 8528' 2611.69' 26.46° Chelan
58 "Styloid" 6972' 2610.19' 26.44° Skagit
59 Nlaka-pamux Peak 6607' 2603.06' 26.38° Whatcom
60 Del Campo Peak 6610' 2587.35' 26.24° Snohomish
61 Mount Saul 7300' 2584.19' 26.22° Chelan
62 Mount Baker 10781' 2580.35' 26.18° Whatcom
63 Gabriel Peak 7940' 2576.03' 26.14° Skagit
64 Agnes Mountain 8115' 2573.43' 26.12° Chelan
65 Bedal Peak 6554' 2572.33' 26.11° Snohomish
66 Garfield Mountain West 4896' 2568.39' 26.08° King
67 Lunatic Peak 6115' 2567.33' 26.07° Whatcom
68 Booker Mountain 8300' 2566.10' 26.06° Chelan
69 Rojo Peak 5158' 2556.18' 25.97° Snohomish
70 Nameless Mountain 6616' 2545.94' 25.88° Whatcom
71 The Pleiades East 7340' 2543.01' 25.85° Whatcom
72 Mount Sefrit 7191' 2539.19' 25.82° Whatcom
73 Mount Hardy 8100' 2537.11' 25.80° Okanogan & Skagit
74 Mount Larrabee 7861' 2529.66' 25.74° Whatcom
75 Heretic Hill 5612' 2526.74' 25.71° Whatcom
76 Mount Pershing 6154' 2526.01' 25.70° Mason
77 West McMillan Spire 8020' 2520.10' 25.65° Whatcom
78 Kimtah Peak 8620' 2519.69' 25.65° Skagit
79 The Brothers 6842' 2510.34' 25.56° Jefferson
80 Liberty Cap 14112' 2509.24' 25.55° Pierce
81 Mount Tom 7076' 2504.75' 25.51° Jefferson
82 Peak 7140 7140' 2500.94' 25.48° Chelan
83 Elija Ridge 7739' 2493.31' 25.41° Whatcom
84 Mount Persis 5464' 2487.38' 25.36° Snohomish
85 Apple Peak 6763' 2483.20' 25.32° Whatcom
86 Liberty Mountain 5700' 2481.03' 25.30° Snohomish
87 Mount Fury 8300' 2478.81' 25.28° Whatcom
88 Spring Mountain 5770' 2469.02' 25.20° Snohomish
89 Garfield Mountain 5519' 2466.98' 25.18° King
90 Crater Mountain 8128' 2463.06' 25.14° Whatcom
91 Mount Phelps 5535' 2461.37' 25.13° King
92 Mount Fernow 9249' 2460.07' 25.12° Chelan
93 Whatcom Peak 7574' 2459.75' 25.11° Whatcom
94 Mount Terror 8151' 2455.29' 25.07° Whatcom
95 Peak 7730 7730' 2452.90' 25.05° Chelan
96 Mount Crowder 7082' 2452.62' 25.05° Whatcom
97 Mount Degenhardt 8020' 2451.51' 25.04° Whatcom
98 Majestic I - North Peak 7510' 2443.02' 24.96° Whatcom
99 West Twin Needle 7936' 2441.74' 24.95° Whatcom
100 Scott Peak 5288' 2441.12' 24.95° Snohomish

Mount Stuart
Mount Stuart: Steepest Peak Of 1600m Criteria

External Links

Tim Worth's National Elevation Dataset (NED) related website provides a valuable resource for determining and recognizing peak steepness, as well as in-depth explanations of analysis and useful pictorials.

The USGS National Elevation Dataset website provides a valuable resource for the foundation of this peakbagging category.

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RedwicTwo Master Lists Created

Redwic

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Thinking thoroughly about this List page, I decided to create *two* Master Lists. One Master List shows peaks that are defined as having a minimum 300' of prominence, which is the standard Tim Worth originally used. Another Master List only shows peaks that are defined as having a minimum 400' of prominence. A 400P type of peak list tends to be most agreeable amongst peakbaggers, especially those in/around Washington. I will leave it to the individuals to decide which Master List to use; there are only six different peaks on each list.



I will keep Tim Worth's original 100m, 800m, and 1600m steepness lists on the page, as a general reference. He put quite a lot of effort into those lists, and that effort should not be forgotten.
Posted Jan 31, 2011 11:39 pm
RedwicGPS Coordinates

Redwic

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Sometime soon, I plan to include either an online map link, GPS coordinates, or both for each peak shown on the Master List(s).
Posted Jan 31, 2011 11:41 pm

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