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Washington Bulger List

Showing Dean Molen's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (7 out of 100, or 7%)

RankPeak Elev-M
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Range (Level 5) Prom-M
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Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier4392Mount Rainier Area40371969-08-09
2.Mount Adams3742Mount Adams Area24862003-07-11
3.Little Tahoma3395Mount Rainier Area262 
4.Mount Baker3286Skagit Range2706 
5.Glacier Peak3219Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area2298 
6.Bonanza Peak2899Central North Cascades1143 
7.Mount Stuart2870Wenatchee Mountains1632 
8.Mount Fernow2819Entiat Mountains857 
9.Goode Mountain2816Central North Cascades1173 
10.Mount Shuksan2783Skagit Range1357 
11.Mount Buckner2778Central North Cascades937 
12.Seven Fingered Jack2774Entiat Mountains128 
13.Mount Logan2770Central North Cascades465 
14.Mount Maude2768Entiat Mountains281 
15.Jack Mountain2763Hozameen Range1284 
16.Mount Spickard2737Skagit Range1469 
17.Black Peak2734Central North Cascades1064 
18.Mount Redoubt2734Skagit Range515 
19.Copper Peak2732Entiat Mountains160 
20.Dome Peak2731Central North Cascades951 
21.North Gardner Mountain2730Methow Mountains12302004-07-17
22.Gardner Mountain2712Methow Mountains225 
23.Boston Peak2711Central North Cascades272 
24.Dragontail Peak2707Wenatchee Mountains561 
25.Silver Star Mountain2705Methow Mountains755 
26.Eldorado Peak2703Central North Cascades679 
27.Forbidden Peak2687Central North Cascades334 
28.Fortress Mountain2682Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area536 
29.Oval Peak2681Methow Mountains832 
29.Mesahchie Peak2681Central North Cascades693 
31.Mount Lago2665Okanogan Range996 
32.Robinson Mountain2660Okanogan Range526 
33.Katsuk Peak2658Central North Cascades158 
33.Sahale Peak2658Central North Cascades49 
35.Colchuck Peak2653Wenatchee Mountains215 
36.Star Peak2649Methow Mountains369 
37.Remmel Mountain2647Okanogan Range1343 
38.Kimtah Peak2633Central North Cascades341 
39.Cannon Mountain2633Wenatchee Mountains2681986-08
40.Mount Custer2630Skagit Range387 
41.Ptarmigan Peak2626Okanogan Range285 
42.Sherpa Peak2623Wenatchee Mountains136 
43.Clark Mountain2622Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area476 
44.Cathedral Peak2622Okanogan Range322 
45.Mount Carru2620Okanogan Range303 
46.Monument Peak2619Okanogan Range339 
47.Cardinal Peak2618Chelan Mountains643 
48.Osceola Peak2617Okanogan Range362 
49.Storm King2609Central North Cascades207 
49.Enchantment Peak2609Wenatchee Mountains1711988-08-15
51.Raven Ridge-Libby Peak2608Methow Mountains59 
52.Buck Mountain2599Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area575 
53.Mount Rahm2597Skagit Range110 
53.Horseshoe Peak2597Central North Cascades49 
55.Reynolds Peak2594Methow Mountains632 
56.Martin Peak2594Central North Cascades656 
57.Primus Peak2593Central North Cascades265 
58.Mox Peaks2592Skagit Range288 
58.Dark Peak2592Central North Cascades93 
60.Cashmere Mountain2591Wenatchee Mountains494 
61.Klawatti Peak2586Central North Cascades221 
62.Sinister Peak2585Central North Cascades280 
62.Dorado Needle2585Central North Cascades268 
62.Mount Bigelow2585Methow Mountains256 
62.Little Annapurna2585Wenatchee Mountains1101972-08-06
66.Big Craggy Peak2582Okanogan Range948 
67.Lost Peak2580Okanogan Range507 
67.Hoodoo Peak2580Methow Mountains141 
69.Chiwawa Mountain2578Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area384 
70.Argonaut Peak2576Wenatchee Mountains236 
71.Tower Mountain2574Okanogan Range891 
72.Azurite Peak2573Okanogan Range597 
72.Pinnacle Mountain2573Chelan Mountains549 
72.Luahna Peak2573Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area244 
75.Emerald Peak2567Chelan Mountains238 
76.Dumbell Mountain2567Entiat Mountains397 
77.Greenwood Mountain2565Entiat Mountains212 
78.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak2562Skagit Range173 
79.Saska Peak2562Chelan Mountains208 
80.Devore Peak2560Central North Cascades537 
81.Blackcap Mountain2559Okanogan Range133 
82.Spectacle Buttes2558Entiat Mountains339 
82.Courtney Peak2558Methow Mountains217 
84.Martin Peak2553Methow Mountains273 
85.Lake Mountain2551Okanogan Range259 
86.Golden Horn2550Okanogan Range355 
86.West Craggy2550Okanogan Range233 
88.McClellan Peak2549Wenatchee Mountains3911973-08
89.Tupshin Peak2548Central North Cascades354 
90.Amphitheater Mountain2548Okanogan Range243 
91.Snowfield Peak2544Central North Cascades898 
92.Austera Peak2540Central North Cascades138 
93.Mount Saint Helens2540Mount Saint Helens Area1406 
93.Windy Peak2540Okanogan Range550 
95.Cosho Peak2540Central North Cascades162 
96.Big Snagtooth2539Methow Mountains186 
97.Mount Formidable2537Central North Cascades587 
98.Abernathy Peak2536Methow Mountains256 
98.Switchback Mountain2536Methow Mountains147 
100.Flora Mountain2536Central North Cascades561 

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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
     Official Roster of Bulger Completers

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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