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Washington State Drainage Basin High Points

Basins with over 200 square miles

RankDrainage BasinArea-SqMiPeak Elev-Ft CountryRange (Level 5)
1.Columbia259,390Mount Rainier-Southeast Crater Rim14,200United StatesMount Rainier Area
2.Skagit3,143Mount Baker10,781United StatesSkagit Range
3.Chehalis2,123Capitol Peak5054United StatesSouthern Olympic Mountains
4.Snohomish1,806Mount Daniel7960United StatesAlpine Lakes Area
5.Puyallup988Mount Rainier14,411United StatesMount Rainier Area
6.Nooksack801Mount Baker10,781United StatesSkagit Range
7.Nisqually716Mount Rainier14,411United StatesMount Rainier Area
8.Stillaguamish681Three Fingers6850United StatesMountain Loop Area
9.Quillayute631South Appleton6100United StatesNorthwest Olympics
10.Lake Washington566Meadow Mountain5440United StatesSouth Cascade Crest
11.Duwamish475Blowout Mountain5750United StatesSouth Cascade Crest
12.Queets451Athena7365United StatesCentral Olympic Mountains
13.Quinault428West Peak7365United StatesCentral Olympic Mountains
14.Elwha322West Peak7365United StatesCentral Olympic Mountains
15.Hoh294Mount Olympus7969United StatesCentral Olympic Mountains
16.Skokomish243Mount Stone6612United StatesEastern Olympic Mountains
17.Humptulips235North Gibson Peak4517United StatesSouthern Olympic Mountains
18.Dungeness225Mount Deception7788United 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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