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Washington Bulger List

Showing Luke Shy's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (100 out of 100, or 100%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88122007-06-03
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81162007-06-23
3.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains15812008-06-07
4.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2462008-06-16
5.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades37112008-07-04
6.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains17602008-07-11
6.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains2802008-07-11
8.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6652008-07-12
9.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range44112008-08-10
10.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area12192008-08-24
11.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains8822008-08-29
12.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains28112008-08-30
13.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains3802008-08-31
14.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range16862008-09-07
15.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34502009-06-28
16.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area74982009-07-05
17.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains4802009-07-10
18.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains8382009-07-11
18.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains12442009-07-11
20.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area8182009-07-19
21.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains7332009-08-01
22.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area16802009-08-08
23.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range28842009-08-15
24.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range11262009-08-16
25.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains53542009-10-11
26.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45732010-01-24
27.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades21882010-05-15
28.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades10552010-06-27
29.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains24362010-07-10
30.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades802010-07-17
31.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades30342010-07-18
32.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains20322010-08-08
33.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades8002010-08-15
34.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains6722010-09-04
35.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains27312010-09-05
35.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains11702010-09-05
37.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range11472010-09-10
38.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range32682010-09-11
38.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range8942010-09-11
38.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range9552010-09-11
41.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area18882010-10-16
42.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains39962011-06-04
42.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains6982011-06-04
44.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains5702011-06-19
45.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains4052011-06-26
46.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades8282011-07-02
46.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades4142011-07-02
48.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades6852011-07-03
49.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains8012011-08-14
50.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains7602011-09-03
51.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains8552011-09-04
51.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains4412011-09-04
53.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range30702012-06-10
53.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range7262012-06-10
55.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains4242012-07-04
56.Raven Ridge-Libby Peak8555Methow Mountains1552012-07-05
57.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains12612012-07-28
57.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains6552012-07-28
59.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades4922012-08-26
60.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades22352012-08-27
60.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades4402012-08-27
62.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area15222012-09-03
62.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7202012-09-03
64.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades29072013-03-31
65.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades802013-06-22
66.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range16492013-07-04
67.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range9042013-07-05
68.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range47792013-07-06
68.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range5272013-07-06
70.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades17222013-07-28
70.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades10802013-07-28
72.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades18002013-07-29
73.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range10722013-08-17
73.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range8112013-08-17
75.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range16242013-08-18
75.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range3972013-08-18
77.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades14872013-09-08
78.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range18802014-06-21
79.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range12302014-07-12
79.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range2802014-07-12
81.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades38082014-07-26
82.Storm King8520Central North Cascades6002014-07-27
83.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range17722014-08-09
84.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades30402014-08-23
85.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains10722014-09-01
86.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades8542014-09-20
87.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades2642015-05-09
88.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades8402015-06-07
89.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range42112015-08-01
90.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades10402015-09-27
91.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades21112016-07-23
92.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades18852016-07-30
93.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains7422016-08-06
93.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains6442016-08-06
95.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains20702016-08-07
95.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains17202016-08-07
97.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains4842017-07-09
98.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range9892017-07-21
98.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range7582017-07-21
100.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range43652017-07-22

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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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