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Washington Bulger List

Showing Petter Bjørstad's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (6 out of 100, or 6%)

RankPeak Elev-M Range (Level 5) Prom-M Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier4392Mount Rainier Area40262003-08-26
2.Mount Baker3286Skagit Range26862006-06-21
3.Mount Adams3742Mount Adams Area24741989-05
4.Glacier Peak3206Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area22852010-08-11
5.Mount Stuart2870Wenatchee Mountains16322010-08-27
6.Mount Spickard2737Skagit Range1457 
7.Mount Saint Helens2540Mount Saint Helens Area13941989-05
8.Mount Shuksan2783Skagit Range1344 
9.Remmel Mountain2647Okanogan Range1330 
10.Jack Mountain2763Hozameen Range1283 
11.North Gardner Mountain2730Methow Mountains1218 
12.Goode Mountain2804Central North Cascades1161 
13.Bonanza Peak2899Central North Cascades1131 
14.Black Peak2734Central North Cascades1052 
15.Mount Lago2665Okanogan Range996 
16.Big Craggy Peak2582Okanogan Range936 
17.Dome Peak2719Central North Cascades927 
18.Mount Buckner2778Central North Cascades925 
19.Snowfield Peak2544Central North Cascades886 
20.Tower Mountain2574Okanogan Range879 
21.Mount Fernow2819Entiat Mountains857 
22.Oval Peak2681Methow Mountains833 
23.Silver Star Mountain2705Methow Mountains742 
24.Mesahchie Peak2681Central North Cascades682 
25.Eldorado Peak2703Central North Cascades667 
26.Martin Peak2594Central North Cascades643 
27.Cardinal Peak2618Chelan Mountains631 
28.Reynolds Peak2594Methow Mountains619 
29.Buck Mountain2599Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area575 
30.Mount Formidable2537Central North Cascades574 
31.Azurite Peak2560Okanogan Range573 
32.Flora Mountain2536Central North Cascades549 
33.Windy Peak2540Okanogan Range540 
34.Dragontail Peak2694Wenatchee Mountains536 
35.Devore Peak2548Central North Cascades525 
36.Pinnacle Mountain2560Chelan Mountains524 
37.Robinson Mountain2660Okanogan Range514 
38.Fortress Mountain2670Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area512 
39.Mount Redoubt2734Skagit Range503 
40.Lost Peak2580Okanogan Range495 
41.Cashmere Mountain2591Wenatchee Mountains482 
42.Clark Mountain2622Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area464 
43.Mount Logan2770Central North Cascades454 
44.Dumbell Mountain2567Entiat Mountains385 
45.McClellan Peak2549Wenatchee Mountains379 
46.Mount Custer2630Skagit Range374 
47.Chiwawa Mountain2578Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area371 
48.Star Peak2649Methow Mountains357 
49.Osceola Peak2617Okanogan Range349 
50.Golden Horn2550Okanogan Range343 
51.Tupshin Peak2536Central North Cascades329 
52.Monument Peak2619Okanogan Range327 
52.Spectacle Buttes2558Entiat Mountains327 
54.Forbidden Peak2687Central North Cascades322 
55.Kimtah Peak2621Central North Cascades317 
56.Cathedral Peak2622Okanogan Range302 
57.Mount Carru2620Okanogan Range291 
58.Mox Peaks2592Skagit Range276 
59.Ptarmigan Peak2626Okanogan Range273 
60.Mount Maude2755Entiat Mountains268 
61.Martin Peak2553Methow Mountains261 
62.Boston Peak2711Central North Cascades260 
63.Sinister Peak2573Central North Cascades257 
64.Cannon Mountain2633Wenatchee Mountains256 
65.Primus Peak2593Central North Cascades252 
66.Little Tahoma3395Mount Rainier Area249 
67.Lake Mountain2551Okanogan Range247 
68.Abernathy Peak2536Methow Mountains244 
69.Dorado Needle2573Central North Cascades244 
70.Mount Bigelow2573Methow Mountains232 
71.Amphitheater Mountain2548Okanogan Range232 
72.Emerald Peak2567Chelan Mountains226 
73.Argonaut Peak2576Wenatchee Mountains223 
74.West Craggy2550Okanogan Range221 
75.Luahna Peak2560Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area219 
76.Gardner Mountain2712Methow Mountains213 
77.Klawatti Peak2586Central North Cascades209 
78.Courtney Peak2558Methow Mountains205 
79.Colchuck Peak2653Wenatchee Mountains202 
80.Greenwood Mountain2565Entiat Mountains200 
81.Saska Peak2562Chelan Mountains197 
82.Storm King2597Central North Cascades183 
83.Big Snagtooth2539Methow Mountains174 
84.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak2562Skagit Range160 
85.Cosho Peak2540Central North Cascades150 
86.Copper Peak2732Entiat Mountains147 
87.Enchantment Peak2597Wenatchee Mountains146 
88.Switchback Mountain2536Methow Mountains134 
89.Katsuk Peak2646Central North Cascades134 
90.Hoodoo Peak2580Methow Mountains129 
91.Austera Peak2540Central North Cascades126 
92.Sherpa Peak2623Wenatchee Mountains124 
93.Blackcap Mountain2559Okanogan Range121 
94.Seven Fingered Jack2774Entiat Mountains116 
95.Mount Rahm2585Skagit Range86 
95.Little Annapurna2573Wenatchee Mountains86 
97.Dark Peak2592Central North Cascades80 
98.Raven Ridge-Libby Peak2608Methow Mountains48 
99.Sahale Peak2646Central North Cascades25 
99.Horseshoe Peak2585Central North Cascades25 

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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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