West Peak is often called the major hydrographic apex of the Olympic Mountains (and Olympic Peninsula), even by the Olympic Mountain Guide "bible". However, a close look at the map shows that the real triple divde point between the waters of Hood Canal, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the open Pacfic lies about 230 yards northeast of the summit of West Peak. My guess is that many climbers pass this point anyway enroute to the summit, unaware of its topographic significance. Perhaps it is worth a stop for a brief "pouring of the water" ceremony to those who enjoy geographic oddities.
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