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Washington Bulger List

Showing Aaron Nash's most recent ascent dates for climbed peaks (10 out of 100, or 10%)

RankPeak Elev-M
(Avg)
Range (Level 5) Prom-M
(Avg)
Ascent Date
1.Mount Baker3286Skagit Range26962010-05-16
2.Mount Maude2761Entiat Mountains2742011-06-26
3.Mount Fernow2819Entiat Mountains8572011-07-03
3.Seven Fingered Jack2774Entiat Mountains1222011-07-03
5.Dragontail Peak2700Wenatchee Mountains5482011-08-06
6.Colchuck Peak2653Wenatchee Mountains2642012-06-03
7.Sherpa Peak2623Wenatchee Mountains1302012-06-17
8.Argonaut Peak2576Wenatchee Mountains2292012-08-05
9.Mount Saint Helens2540Mount Saint Helens Area14002013-04-27
10.Mount Rainier4392Mount Rainier Area40262014-07-18
 Mount Adams3742Mount Adams Area2480 
 Little Tahoma3395Mount Rainier Area255 
 Glacier Peak3212Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area2291 
 Bonanza Peak2899Central North Cascades1137 
 Mount Stuart2870Wenatchee Mountains1632 
 Goode Mountain2810Central North Cascades1167 
 Mount Shuksan2783Skagit Range1350 
 Mount Buckner2778Central North Cascades931 
 Mount Logan2770Central North Cascades460 
 Jack Mountain2763Hozameen Range1283 
 Mount Spickard2737Skagit Range1463 
 Black Peak2734Central North Cascades1058 
 Mount Redoubt2734Skagit Range509 
 Copper Peak2732Entiat Mountains153 
 North Gardner Mountain2730Methow Mountains1224 
 Dome Peak2725Central North Cascades939 
 Gardner Mountain2712Methow Mountains219 
 Boston Peak2711Central North Cascades266 
 Silver Star Mountain2705Methow Mountains748 
 Eldorado Peak2703Central North Cascades673 
 Forbidden Peak2687Central North Cascades328 
 Mesahchie Peak2681Central North Cascades688 
 Oval Peak2681Methow Mountains833 
 Fortress Mountain2676Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area524 
 Mount Lago2665Okanogan Range996 
 Robinson Mountain2660Okanogan Range520 
 Katsuk Peak2652Central North Cascades146 
 Sahale Peak2652Central North Cascades37 
 Star Peak2649Methow Mountains363 
 Remmel Mountain2647Okanogan Range1336 
 Cannon Mountain2633Wenatchee Mountains262 
 Mount Custer2630Skagit Range380 
 Kimtah Peak2627Central North Cascades329 
 Ptarmigan Peak2626Okanogan Range279 
 Clark Mountain2622Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area470 
 Cathedral Peak2622Okanogan Range312 
 Mount Carru2620Okanogan Range297 
 Monument Peak2619Okanogan Range333 
 Cardinal Peak2618Chelan Mountains637 
 Osceola Peak2617Okanogan Range355 
 Raven Ridge2615Methow Mountains341 
 Storm King2603Central North Cascades195 
 Enchantment Peak2603Wenatchee Mountains158 
 Buck Mountain2599Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area575 
 Reynolds Peak2594Methow Mountains625 
 Martin Peak2594Central North Cascades649 
 Primus Peak2593Central North Cascades258 
 Mox Peaks2592Skagit Range282 
 Dark Peak2592Central North Cascades86 
 Cashmere Mountain2591Wenatchee Mountains488 
 Mount Rahm2591Skagit Range98 
 Horseshoe Peak2591Central North Cascades37 
 Klawatti Peak2586Central North Cascades215 
 Big Craggy Peak2582Okanogan Range942 
 Lost Peak2580Okanogan Range501 
 Hoodoo Peak2580Methow Mountains135 
 Dorado Needle2579Central North Cascades256 
 Sinister Peak2579Central North Cascades269 
 Mount Bigelow2579Methow Mountains244 
 Little Annapurna2579Wenatchee Mountains98 
 Chiwawa Mountain2578Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area377 
 Tower Mountain2574Okanogan Range885 
 Emerald Peak2567Chelan Mountains232 
 Dumbell Mountain2567Entiat Mountains391 
 Azurite Peak2566Okanogan Range585 
 Luahna Peak2566Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area231 
 Pinnacle Mountain2566Chelan Mountains536 
 Greenwood Mountain2565Entiat Mountains206 
 Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak2562Skagit Range166 
 Saska Peak2562Chelan Mountains203 
 Blackcap Mountain2559Okanogan Range127 
 Courtney Peak2558Methow Mountains211 
 Spectacle Buttes2558Entiat Mountains333 
 Devore Peak2554Central North Cascades531 
 Martin Peak2553Methow Mountains267 
 Lake Mountain2551Okanogan Range253 
 Golden Horn2550Okanogan Range349 
 West Craggy2550Okanogan Range227 
 McClellan Peak2549Wenatchee Mountains385 
 Amphitheater Mountain2548Okanogan Range238 
 Snowfield Peak2544Central North Cascades892 
 Tupshin Peak2542Central North Cascades341 
 Austera Peak2540Central North Cascades132 
 Windy Peak2540Okanogan Range545 
 Cosho Peak2540Central North Cascades156 
 Big Snagtooth2539Methow Mountains180 
 Mount Formidable2537Central North Cascades580 
 Abernathy Peak2536Methow Mountains250 
 Switchback Mountain2536Methow Mountains140 
 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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