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35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For

04.27.17

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  • Rainbow Lake in the foreground with Blackcomb Mountain behind.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Looking west from the top of the ridge above Rainbow Lake.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Black Tusk HIke: Looking back toward the Tantalus Range.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Black Tusk HIke: The view from the ridge at the base of the tusk. Garibaldi Lake and Mount Garibaldi top right.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Joffre Lakes Hike: The view of the Matier Glacier from Lower Joffre Lake.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Joffre Lakes Hike: Upper Joffre Lake.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Brew Lake Hike: A nice spot to relax with a good book.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Brew Lake Hike: Looking out toward Black Tusk.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount Seymour Summit: Exploring and enjoying the view. - 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • The view east from Mount Seymour's First Peak.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • View northeast from the summit of Mount Baker toward Mount Shuksan (9,131').- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount Baker: Descending the Roman Wall: Colfax Peak is below, and Boston Basin is in the distance.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • View on top of the Sperry Peak summit.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Sperry Peak: After Headlee Pass, stay to your right and traverse.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount Rainier via Disappointment Cleaver: Ingraham Glacier with Little Tahoma Peak (11,138') on the left.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount Rainier via Disappointment Cleaver: View to the east from the summit.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) on the south face of Mount Ellinor.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • View north from the summit of Mount Ellinor.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Goat Lake Hike: View to the northwest of Mount Rainier (14,409').- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Goat Lake Hike: View to the south of Mount Adams (12,280').- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount Hood via South Route: Looking down at Hogsback.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount Hood via South Route: View south toward Mount Jefferson, Broken Top and the Three Sisters.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • South Sister Hike: Panoramic vista looking south with Broken Top (9,177') on the left and Mount Bachelor (9,068') in the middle.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • View north from the summit of South Sister.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • View looking down Broken Top's northwest ridge toward the Three Sisters.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Broken Top: View south to another climbing friend.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • View from Mount McLoughlin.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount McLoughlin: View from the summit, Fourmile Lake at left, Lake of the Woods on the right.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Strawberry Mountain: A hiker enjoys the summit views.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Strawberry Mountain: Summit views looking east toward Strawberry Lake.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Summit view from Mount Whitney.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount Whitney: Looking at Mount Russell (14,094'), right before "The Notch."- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount Shasta via Avalanche Gulch: View west toward Mount Eddy (9,026') in the Trinity Mountains.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Summit of Mount Shasta.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • The lookout is perched on the precipice of the 8,587-foot Sierra Buttes.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Sierra Buttes Fire Lookout: The view southeast toward the Tahoe Basin.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Top of the cables on Half Dome's summit.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Half Dome: Summit view facing east overlooking the Sierra.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Matthes Crest: View looking south.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Matthes Crest: Climbers ascending the north summit.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • View of Monterey Bay from Fremont Peak Trail.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Sunset from Fremont Peak.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Sawtooth Lake.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • The north Face of Mount Regan (10,190') towers above Sawtooth Lake.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • The Rakers just over the top of Blacknose Mountain and Arrowhead Lake. This view is from the summit of Anderson Peak.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Looking across Arrowhead Lake to Anderson Peak from above the Queens River Divide.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • The view south from Peak 9,694 above Leggit Lake.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Looking down onto Leggit Lake from Peak 9,694.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Borah Peak Climb: Looking down on Chicken Out Ridge from above.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • View from the summit of Borah Peak.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Devil's Castle Traverse: Contributor John Badila on the first summit, checking out the rest of the route. - 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Devil's Castle Traverse: View of American Fork Canyon. - 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount Superior: View of the route and Little Cottonwood Canyon from the top.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount Superior: Salt Lake City lights at sunset from the summit.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • The summit of Mount Timpanogos summit from the saddle.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • View east from the summit of Mount Timpanogos.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Volcano Peak and the Bonneville Salt Flats below.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • The view north from Volcano Peak.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount Evans + Mount Goliath: Mountain goats inhabit the area after being introduced in the 1960s.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Sunset viewed from the Mount Evans summit.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount Audubon's summit is at 13,229 feet with Longs Peak to the north.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • The summit view from Mount Audubon is grand, with views of the entire Rocky Mountain Front Range.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mountain goats on the summit of Buffalo Mountain.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mountain goats on the summit of Buffalo Mountain.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount Democrat: Looking back down the Kite Lake Road.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Seeing forever from the top of Mount Democrat.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • The traverse from Redcloud Peak to Sunshine Peak.- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Redcloud Peak (14,035').- 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount of the Holy Cross. - 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
  • Mount of the Holy Cross via North Ridge: Summit view looking south. - 35 Summit Views Worth Hiking For
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Regardless of how tired I get climbing a mountain, the pain disappears once I take in the view from up top. It's hard to beat a great 360-degree perspective. Western North America is a land of extremes, with the heights dominated by the Rocky Mountains and the Cascade Range volcanoes. Most summits provide that expansive feeling of awe, but a few really stand out for their vistas.

Mount Whitney is the highest point in the lower 48, and from the summit the surrounding rock spires of the Sierra Nevada are seemingly endless. So it goes in the Sierra and Rockies, where colliding tectonic plates and periods of glaciation have sculpted the earth into hundreds of miles of peaks. Compare this to the Cascade Range, a line of volcanoes, most still active, that seem to sprout from the land itself. From a Cascade summit, the view is usually highlighted by more volcanic summits to the north and south. Mount Rainier is the tallest of the Cascade Range mountains, Mount Hood the most popular mountaineering mountain, and Mount St. Helens, as the most active, is the easiest of the group to climb.

The Cascades are bordered on the north by the Pacific ranges of Western British Columbia, where glaciation has created a truly remarkable mountain region with high peaks and extensive glaciers. The Mount Garibaldi area north of Vancouver is the most accessible of what is a remote and largely undeveloped area.

Colorado and Utah are defined by the Rockies, as are eastern British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. Due to varying degrees of glaciation, however, the mountains in these areas have a distinct feel, with the similarities of large, sheer granite faces.

Picking a list of the best summit views is an exercise that inevitably leads to disagreement, but throwing caution to the wind, this "best of" list doesn't disappoint. Some of these views are only accessible using technical mountaineering or climbing routes. Others take a long hike.

Want to add your own? Use the comments field to upload your favorite summit views.

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