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Washington Bulger List

Showing Devin Monas's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (40 out of 100, or 40%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft
(Avg)
Ascent Date
1.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6852010-08-14
2.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45932011-05-30
3.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades7052011-06-05
4.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades22082011-06-06
5.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2102011-06-26
6.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains28112011-07-03
7.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains4002011-07-04
8.Sahale Peak8700Central North Cascades1202011-07-23
9.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area12392011-08-06
10.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains16012011-08-20
11.Mount Bigelow8460Methow Mountains8002011-09-03
12.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains8752011-09-04
12.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains4612011-09-04
14.Dragontail Peak8860Wenatchee Mountains18002011-10-09
15.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains40162012-05-27
15.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains7182012-05-27
17.Raven Ridge-Libby Peak8555Methow Mountains1752012-06-09
18.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades30542012-07-22
19.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains24562012-08-05
20.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range44312012-08-12
21.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area8382013-05-19
22.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34702013-07-28
23.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains6922013-08-31
24.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains27312013-09-01
24.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains11902013-09-01
26.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range29042013-09-14
27.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range11462013-09-15
28.Enchantment Peak8540Wenatchee Mountains5202013-10-19
29.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains12642013-10-20
30.Horseshoe Peak8500Central North Cascades1202014-05-31
31.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains20902014-07-04
32.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains7622014-07-05
32.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains6642014-07-05
34.Pinnacle Mountain8420Chelan Mountains17602014-07-06
35.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades10752014-08-09
36.Mount Maude9060Entiat Mountains9022014-10-11
37.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains53542015-07-11
38.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range30902015-09-26
39.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range7462015-09-27
40.Dorado Needle8460Central North Cascades8402016-08-21
 Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area8136 
 Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range8845 
 Glacier Peak10,540Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7518 
 Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3731 
 Goode Mountain9220Central North Cascades3828 
 Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades1507 
 Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range4211 
 Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range4799 
 Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range1669 
 Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains504 
 Dome Peak8940Central North Cascades3080 
 Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades874 
 Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades2255 
 Fortress Mountain8780Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1720 
 Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range3268 
 Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1706 
 Katsuk Peak8700Central North Cascades480 
 Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4385 
 Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains858 
 Mount Custer8630Skagit Range1250 
 Kimtah Peak8620Central North Cascades1080 
 Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range914 
 Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains425 
 Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1542 
 Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range1022 
 Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range975 
 Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range1092 
 Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range1167 
 Storm King8540Central North Cascades640 
 Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1888 
 Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2052 
 Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades2131 
 Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades848 
 Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range924 
 Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades284 
 Mount Rahm8500Skagit Range320 
 Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range1644 
 Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains444 
 Sinister Peak8460Central North Cascades880 
 Little Annapurna8460Wenatchee Mountains320 
 Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains753 
 Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1281 
 Azurite Peak8420Okanogan Range1920 
 Luahna Peak8420Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area760 
 Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains675 
 Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range547 
 Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range417 
 Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains1092 
 Devore Peak8380Central North Cascades1742 
 Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range831 
 Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range778 
 Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2927 
 Tupshin Peak8340Central North Cascades1120 
 Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades434 
 Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1788 
 Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades512 
 Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains590 
 Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades1905 
 Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains821 
 Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades1820 

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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.

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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