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Washington Bulger List

Showing Brian Kalet's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (1 out of 100, or 1%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft
(Avg)
Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2102006-09-27
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area8136 
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area838 
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range8845 
5.Glacier Peak10,540Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7518 
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3731 
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354 
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811 
9.Goode Mountain9220Central North Cascades3828 
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4431 
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3054 
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains400 
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades1507 
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range4211 
15.Mount Maude9060Entiat Mountains902 
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range4799 
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades3470 
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range1669 
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains504 
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains4016 
21.Dome Peak8940Central North Cascades3080 
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains718 
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades874 
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2456 
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades2208 
26.Dragontail Peak8860Wenatchee Mountains1800 
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1075 
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731 
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades2255 
30.Fortress Mountain8780Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1720 
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range3268 
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1706 
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains869 
34.Katsuk Peak8700Central North Cascades480 
34.Sahale Peak8700Central North Cascades120 
36.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1190 
37.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4385 
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains858 
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range1250 
40.Kimtah Peak8620Central North Cascades1080 
41.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range914 
42.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains425 
43.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1542 
44.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range1022 
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range975 
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range1092 
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains2090 
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range1167 
49.Raven Ridge8580Methow Mountains1120 
50.Storm King8540Central North Cascades640 
50.Enchantment Peak8540Wenatchee Mountains520 
52.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1888 
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2052 
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades2131 
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades848 
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range924 
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades284 
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1601 
59.Mount Rahm8500Skagit Range320 
59.Horseshoe Peak8500Central North Cascades120 
61.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades705 
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3090 
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range1644 
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains444 
65.Sinister Peak8460Central North Cascades880 
65.Dorado Needle8460Central North Cascades840 
65.Mount Bigelow8460Methow Mountains800 
65.Little Annapurna8460Wenatchee Mountains320 
69.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1239 
70.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains753 
71.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range2904 
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains762 
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1281 
74.Azurite Peak8420Okanogan Range1920 
74.Pinnacle Mountain8420Chelan Mountains1760 
74.Luahna Peak8420Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area760 
77.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains675 
78.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range547 
79.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains664 
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range417 
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains1092 
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains692 
83.Devore Peak8380Central North Cascades1742 
84.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains875 
85.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range831 
86.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range1146 
86.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range746 
88.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1264 
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range778 
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2927 
91.Tupshin Peak8340Central North Cascades1120 
92.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades434 
93.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area4593 
93.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1787 
95.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades512 
96.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains590 
97.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades1905 
98.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains821 
98.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains461 
100.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 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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