10 Badass Winter Summit Hikes

Fair-weather hikers need not apply.

Standing atop a towering peak, looking out over the mountain expanse, and appreciating the hard work you put in to get there is a pretty badass feeling. Anyone can accomplish this in fair weather, but it takes a special kind of grit to make a summit hike during the winter. With careful planning and preparation and the right gear, this feat is well within your reach - and totally worth it. So this winter, grab your crampons and your warmest layers and set your sites on one of these epic summit hikes.

1. Winter Summit Mt. Whitney


Photo: Alex Anderson

2. Winter Hike Flattop Mountain


Photo: Eric Schuette

3. Winter Hike the Pfeifferhorn


Photo: Jacob Moon

4. Summit Mount St. Helens via Worm Flows Route


Photo: Greg Balkin

5. Summit Mt. Thielsen


Photo: Dan Loch

6. Snowshoe to Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout


Photo: Matthew Eaton

7. Winter Backpack to the Summit of Mt. Dickerman


Photo: Scott Kranz

8. Winter Hike to Mt. Olympus


Photo: Ken Meleta

9. Hike to the Summit of Rock Mountain, WA


Photo: Tobin Akehurst

10. Winter Hike to Quandry Peak (14,265’)


Photo: Amy Kesic

Cover photo: Jacob Moon

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