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Washington Bulger List

RankPeak Elev-M
(Avg)
Range (Level 5) Prom-M
(Avg)
Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier4392Mount Rainier Area4026 
2.Mount Adams3742Mount Adams Area2480 
3.Little Tahoma3395Mount Rainier Area255 
4.Mount Baker3286Skagit Range2696 
5.Glacier Peak3212Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area2291 
6.Bonanza Peak2899Central North Cascades1137 
7.Mount Stuart2870Wenatchee Mountains1632 
8.Mount Fernow2819Entiat Mountains857 
9.Goode Mountain2810Central North Cascades1167 
10.Mount Shuksan2783Skagit Range1350 
11.Mount Buckner2778Central North Cascades931 
12.Seven Fingered Jack2774Entiat Mountains122 
13.Mount Logan2770Central North Cascades460 
14.Jack Mountain2763Hozameen Range1283 
15.Mount Maude2761Entiat Mountains274 
16.Mount Spickard2737Skagit Range1463 
17.Black Peak2734Central North Cascades1058 
18.Mount Redoubt2734Skagit Range509 
19.Copper Peak2732Entiat Mountains153 
20.North Gardner Mountain2730Methow Mountains1224 
21.Dome Peak2725Central North Cascades939 
22.Gardner Mountain2712Methow Mountains219 
23.Boston Peak2711Central North Cascades266 
24.Silver Star Mountain2705Methow Mountains748 
25.Eldorado Peak2703Central North Cascades673 
26.Dragontail Peak2700Wenatchee Mountains548 
27.Forbidden Peak2687Central North Cascades328 
28.Oval Peak2681Methow Mountains833 
29.Mesahchie Peak2681Central North Cascades688 
30.Fortress Mountain2676Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area524 
31.Mount Lago2665Okanogan Range996 
32.Robinson Mountain2660Okanogan Range520 
33.Colchuck Peak2653Wenatchee Mountains264 
34.Katsuk Peak2652Central North Cascades146 
35.Sahale Peak2652Central North Cascades37 
36.Star Peak2649Methow Mountains363 
37.Remmel Mountain2647Okanogan Range1336 
38.Cannon Mountain2633Wenatchee Mountains262 
39.Mount Custer2630Skagit Range380 
40.Kimtah Peak2627Central North Cascades329 
41.Ptarmigan Peak2626Okanogan Range279 
42.Sherpa Peak2623Wenatchee Mountains130 
43.Clark Mountain2622Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area470 
44.Cathedral Peak2622Okanogan Range312 
45.Mount Carru2620Okanogan Range297 
46.Monument Peak2619Okanogan Range333 
47.Cardinal Peak2618Chelan Mountains637 
48.Osceola Peak2617Okanogan Range355 
49.Raven Ridge2615Methow Mountains341 
50.Storm King2603Central North Cascades195 
51.Enchantment Peak2603Wenatchee Mountains158 
52.Buck Mountain2599Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area575 
53.Reynolds Peak2594Methow Mountains625 
54.Martin Peak2594Central North Cascades649 
55.Primus Peak2593Central North Cascades258 
56.Mox Peaks2592Skagit Range282 
57.Dark Peak2592Central North Cascades86 
58.Cashmere Mountain2591Wenatchee Mountains488 
59.Mount Rahm2591Skagit Range98 
60.Horseshoe Peak2591Central North Cascades37 
61.Klawatti Peak2586Central North Cascades215 
62.Big Craggy Peak2582Okanogan Range942 
63.Lost Peak2580Okanogan Range501 
64.Hoodoo Peak2580Methow Mountains135 
65.Sinister Peak2579Central North Cascades269 
66.Dorado Needle2579Central North Cascades256 
67.Mount Bigelow2579Methow Mountains244 
68.Little Annapurna2579Wenatchee Mountains98 
69.Chiwawa Mountain2578Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area377 
70.Argonaut Peak2576Wenatchee Mountains229 
71.Tower Mountain2574Okanogan Range885 
72.Emerald Peak2567Chelan Mountains232 
73.Dumbell Mountain2567Entiat Mountains391 
74.Azurite Peak2566Okanogan Range585 
75.Pinnacle Mountain2566Chelan Mountains536 
76.Luahna Peak2566Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area231 
77.Greenwood Mountain2565Entiat Mountains206 
78.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak2562Skagit Range166 
79.Saska Peak2562Chelan Mountains203 
80.Blackcap Mountain2559Okanogan Range127 
81.Spectacle Buttes2558Entiat Mountains333 
82.Courtney Peak2558Methow Mountains211 
83.Devore Peak2554Central North Cascades531 
84.Martin Peak2553Methow Mountains267 
85.Lake Mountain2551Okanogan Range253 
86.Golden Horn2550Okanogan Range349 
87.West Craggy2550Okanogan Range227 
88.McClellan Peak2549Wenatchee Mountains385 
89.Amphitheater Mountain2548Okanogan Range238 
90.Snowfield Peak2544Central North Cascades892 
91.Tupshin Peak2542Central North Cascades341 
92.Austera Peak2540Central North Cascades132 
93.Mount Saint Helens2540Mount Saint Helens Area1400 
94.Windy Peak2540Okanogan Range545 
95.Cosho Peak2540Central North Cascades156 
96.Big Snagtooth2539Methow Mountains180 
97.Mount Formidable2537Central North Cascades580 
98.Abernathy Peak2536Methow Mountains250 
99.Switchback Mountain2536Methow Mountains140 
100.Flora Mountain2536Central North Cascades555 

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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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