Mount Deception

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The highest peak in the eastern Olympics even though it cannot be seen from Seattle. It is located 1 1/2 miles NE of Mt. Mystery between Deception Creek and Royal Creek.

Mount Deception at 7788 feet is second highest in the Olympic Range, second only to Mt Olympus (7965 ft), however it is located in the rain shadow of the range and receives less precipitation than Olympus.

Mount Deception was originally named Mt. Holmes by the Seattle Press Expedition for John H. Holmes of the Boston Herald. Mount Deception was later renamed by US Forest Service worker G.A. Whitehead for the difficulty that mountaineers experienced in trying to find climbing routes on the often cloud-shrouded peak.

Refer to Olympic Mountains: A Climbing Guide by Olympic Mountain Rescue, or Climbing Washington's Mountains By Jeff Smoot, for information on established climbing routes.

Elevation (feet): 7,788
Elevation (meters): 2,374
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Olympic Mountains
State: Washington
Latitude: 47.813146
Longitude: -123.233507
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: SeaTac
Convenient Center: Brinnon

Thanks to Grant for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 2 trip reports for Mount Deception.

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  • Log #22537 - by theyogiclimber on June 16, 2016
    Solo, via Deception Creek. Complete solitude in April. 
  • Log #17763 - by Grant on Dec 02, 2002
    Ascent via NE Face in perfect conditions. Descent via Deception Glacier. One day climb: trailhead 8:30 am; Royal Basin 10:30 am; Summit 12:30; trailhead 4:30 pm.