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Washington Bulger List

Showing mike helminger's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (61 out of 100, or 61%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades802008-07-25
2.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains17602008-08-17
3.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range32682008-08-30
3.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range9552008-08-30
3.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range11472008-08-30
6.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains4242008-09-26
7.Raven Ridge-Libby Peak8555Methow Mountains1552008-09-27
8.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains53542009-06-20
9.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains8012009-10-11
10.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades8542010-07-30
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades30342010-07-31
11.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades802010-07-31
13.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area74982010-08-14
14.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81162010-08-21
15.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains11702010-08-24
15.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains6722010-08-24
17.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains27312010-08-25
18.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains12612010-09-04
18.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains6552010-09-04
20.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range10722010-09-14
20.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range8112010-09-14
22.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range16242010-09-15
23.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains4802010-10-16
23.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains2802010-10-16
25.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45732011-05-21
26.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains24362011-06-05
27.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2102011-06-26
28.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains8552011-07-02
28.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains4412011-07-02
30.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains7602011-07-03
31.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades29072011-07-10
32.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades30402011-07-29
32.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades8402011-07-29
34.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains3802011-09-07
34.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains8822011-09-07
36.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains10722011-09-08
37.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area15222011-09-10
38.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7202011-09-11
39.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area18882011-09-21
40.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34502011-09-24
41.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains12442011-10-02
42.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6652012-07-01
43.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area12192012-08-17
44.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range3972012-09-01
45.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range8942012-09-02
46.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range28842012-10-06
47.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range11262012-10-07
48.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range42112013-06-08
49.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades8282013-07-05
49.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades4142013-07-05
51.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades21882013-07-06
51.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades6852013-07-06
53.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range43652013-07-26
54.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range17722013-07-29
55.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains39962014-07-05
55.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains6982014-07-05
57.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88122015-05-31
58.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range44112015-06-13
59.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range47792015-06-26
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range2802015-06-27
61.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range16492015-06-30
 Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area818 
 Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711 
 Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811 
 Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808 
 Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades1487 
 Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains484 
 Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055 
 Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades2235 
 Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1680 
 Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686 
 Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades440 
 Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838 
 Mount Custer8630Skagit Range1230 
 Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405 
 Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range989 
 Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades1040 
 Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains2070 
 Storm King8520Central North Cascades600 
 Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032 
 Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades2111 
 Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range904 
 Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades264 
 Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581 
 Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3070 
 Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains733 
 Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades800 
 Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains742 
 Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range527 
 Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains644 
 Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range1880 
 Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains1720 
 West Craggy8366Okanogan Range726 
 Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades1722 
 Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range758 
 Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades492 
 Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570 
 Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades1885 
 Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades1080 
 Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades1800 

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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 strictly defined Washington Top 100, ranking only peaks that have a clean 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.



     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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