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Washington Bulger List

RankPeak Elev-M
(Avg)
Range (Level 5) Prom-M
(Avg)
 Abernathy Peak2536Methow Mountains250
 Amphitheater Mountain2548Okanogan Range238
 Argonaut Peak2576Wenatchee Mountains229
 Austera Peak2540Central North Cascades132
 Azurite Peak2566Okanogan Range585
 Big Craggy Peak2582Okanogan Range942
 Big Snagtooth2539Methow Mountains180
 Black Peak2734Central North Cascades1058
 Blackcap Mountain2559Okanogan Range127
 Bonanza Peak2899Central North Cascades1137
 Boston Peak2711Central North Cascades266
 Buck Mountain2599Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area575
 Cannon Mountain2633Wenatchee Mountains262
 Cardinal Peak2618Chelan Mountains637
 Cashmere Mountain2591Wenatchee Mountains488
 Cathedral Peak2622Okanogan Range312
 Chiwawa Mountain2578Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area377
 Clark Mountain2622Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area470
 Colchuck Peak2653Wenatchee Mountains264
 Copper Peak2732Entiat Mountains153
 Cosho Peak2540Central North Cascades156
 Courtney Peak2558Methow Mountains211
 Dark Peak2592Central North Cascades86
 Devore Peak2554Central North Cascades531
 Dome Peak2725Central North Cascades939
 Dorado Needle2579Central North Cascades256
 Dragontail Peak2700Wenatchee Mountains548
 Dumbell Mountain2567Entiat Mountains391
 Eldorado Peak2703Central North Cascades673
 Emerald Peak2567Chelan Mountains232
 Enchantment Peak2603Wenatchee Mountains158
 Flora Mountain2536Central North Cascades555
 Forbidden Peak2687Central North Cascades328
 Fortress Mountain2676Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area524
 Gardner Mountain2712Methow Mountains219
 Glacier Peak3212Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area2291
 Golden Horn2550Okanogan Range349
 Goode Mountain2810Central North Cascades1167
 Greenwood Mountain2565Entiat Mountains206
 Hoodoo Peak2580Methow Mountains135
 Horseshoe Peak2591Central North Cascades37
 Jack Mountain2763Hozameen Range1283
 Katsuk Peak2652Central North Cascades146
 Kimtah Peak2627Central North Cascades329
 Klawatti Peak2586Central North Cascades215
 Lake Mountain2551Okanogan Range253
 Little Annapurna2579Wenatchee Mountains98
 Little Tahoma3395Mount Rainier Area255
 Lost Peak2580Okanogan Range501
 Luahna Peak2566Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area231
 Martin Peak2594Central North Cascades649
 Martin Peak2553Methow Mountains267
 McClellan Peak2549Wenatchee Mountains385
 Mesahchie Peak2681Central North Cascades688
 Monument Peak2619Okanogan Range333
 Mount Adams3742Mount Adams Area2480
 Mount Baker3286Skagit Range2696
 Mount Bigelow2579Methow Mountains244
 Mount Buckner2778Central North Cascades931
 Mount Carru2620Okanogan Range297
 Mount Custer2630Skagit Range380
 Mount Fernow2819Entiat Mountains857
 Mount Formidable2537Central North Cascades580
 Mount Lago2665Okanogan Range996
 Mount Logan2770Central North Cascades460
 Mount Maude2761Entiat Mountains274
 Mount Rahm2591Skagit Range98
 Mount Rainier4392Mount Rainier Area4026
 Mount Redoubt2734Skagit Range509
 Mount Saint Helens2540Mount Saint Helens Area1400
 Mount Shuksan2783Skagit Range1350
 Mount Spickard2737Skagit Range1463
 Mount Stuart2870Wenatchee Mountains1632
 Mox Peaks2592Skagit Range282
 Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak2562Skagit Range166
 North Gardner Mountain2730Methow Mountains1224
 Osceola Peak2617Okanogan Range355
 Oval Peak2681Methow Mountains833
 Pinnacle Mountain2566Chelan Mountains536
 Primus Peak2593Central North Cascades258
 Ptarmigan Peak2626Okanogan Range279
 Raven Ridge2615Methow Mountains341
 Remmel Mountain2647Okanogan Range1336
 Reynolds Peak2594Methow Mountains625
 Robinson Mountain2660Okanogan Range520
 Sahale Peak2652Central North Cascades37
 Saska Peak2562Chelan Mountains203
 Seven Fingered Jack2774Entiat Mountains122
 Sherpa Peak2623Wenatchee Mountains130
 Silver Star Mountain2705Methow Mountains748
 Sinister Peak2579Central North Cascades269
 Snowfield Peak2544Central North Cascades892
 Spectacle Buttes2558Entiat Mountains333
 Star Peak2649Methow Mountains363
 Storm King2603Central North Cascades195
 Switchback Mountain2536Methow Mountains140
 Tower Mountain2574Okanogan Range885
 Tupshin Peak2542Central North Cascades341
 West Craggy2550Okanogan Range227
 Windy Peak2540Okanogan Range545

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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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