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Washington Bulger List

Showing John Stolk's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (74 out of 100, or 74%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2101989-06-25
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81161990-09-16
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area8181997-07-13
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88121990-07-08
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area74981988-06-23
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711 
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains53541990-08-05
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains28111995-08-30
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808 
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range44111996-09-10
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades30341995-09-14
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains3801992-09-12
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades14871993-09-05
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range4211 
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains8821992-09-06
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range4779 
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34501994-08-13
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range1649 
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains484 
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains39961995-08-21
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades30401996-10-09
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains6981995-08-21
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854 
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains24361994-08-20
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades21881994-07-23
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains17601991-06-15
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055 
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains27311995-07-21
29.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades22351997-08-23
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area16801995-09-26
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range32681996-08-17
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range16861998-07-25
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6651991-06-01
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains11701995-07-22
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range43651995-08-12
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades4401998-08-29
37.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades801991-10-05
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains8381997-06-07
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range12301998-08-04
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range8941996-08-19
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405 
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area15221996-07-14
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range9891995-08-11
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades10401998-09-04
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range9551999-09-12
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range10721999-09-13
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains20701996-10-04
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range11471996-08-16
49.Raven Ridge8580Methow Mountains11001995-09-19
50.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area18881996-07-26
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades600 
52.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains4801991-06-08
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains20321997-09-07
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades2111 
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades828 
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range904 
57.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades264 
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains15811992-07-11
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades685 
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range2801998-08-03
61.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades80 
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range30701996-09-01
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range16241996-08-18
64.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains4241995-09-19
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area12191996-08-01
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains7331996-09-12
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range28841997-08-17
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades840 
69.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades800 
70.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains7601995-09-20
71.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains2801991-05-26
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains7421996-10-04
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains12611998-09-27
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains6551998-09-26
75.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range527 
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains6441996-10-04
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range18801998-08-15
78.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains17201996-10-05
79.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7201998-06-06
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range3971996-08-20
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains1072 
82.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains6721995-07-22
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains8551995-09-20
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range8111999-09-13
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range11261997-08-16
86.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range7261996-09-01
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains12441997-07-26
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades1722 
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range7581995-08-11
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades29072002-07-14
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades414 
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45731990-01-20
93.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range17712002-07-05
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades4921998-09-04
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570 
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades1885 
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains8011995-08-22
98.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains4411995-09-20
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades1800 
100.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades1080 

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List Description

The Bulgers were a very informal group of climbers who set out to climb the 100 highest peaks in Washington State. This list was never "official", but it has achieved a certain legitimacy among Cascade climbers and it is the usual way to the Washingtion Top 100.

This site also has a list of the Washington Peaks over 8200 feet, showing 130 summits in the state over 8200 feet and having a prominence of over 400 feet. These lists are very similar, but do have some differences. While the Bulger list generally uses a 400-foot prominence cutoff, for volcanoes they use an 800-foot threshold, and for other well-known summits with less than 400 feet of prominence they make exceptions.

The differences are (thanks to Jeff Howbert for figuring all this out):

  • The Bulgers drop Liberty Cap, Sherman, Colfax, and Lincoln becasue they are volcanic subpeaks with less than 800 feet of prominence.
  • They also drop Mount Ballard, not realizing that it had a higher unsurveryed point to the north.
  • They add Seven Fingered Jack, Sahale, Dark, Rahm, Horseshoe, Little Annapurna, and Blackcap Mountain, all of which have less than 400 feet of strict prominence.
  • Having dropped five peaks and added seven, they also miss out on the bottom two of the strict 400-foot list, Luna and Castle.

Any way you look at it, this is a very difficult list to complete. Many of these peaks require serious mountaineering skill, including difficult rock-climbing ability. Consensus is that the highest of the Mox Peaks (Southeast Twin Spire) is the hardest to climb, but many of the other summits feature some combination of long approaches, bushwhacking, crevassed glaciers, steep rock pitches, and overall adventure.

The first to complete the Bulger list was Russ Kroeker in 1980.

Sources

Links

     Summit Routes: Washington's Highest Peaks

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       Summit Routes: Washington's 100 Highest Peaks (Stephenson, Bongiovanni)
       Washington's Highest Mountains: Basic Alpine and Glacier Routes (Goldman)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.

 


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