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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 Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2102011-06-26
2.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range8812 
3.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area8116 
4.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7498 
5.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains53542015-07-11
6.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range4779 
7.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45732011-05-30
8.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range44112012-08-12
9.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365 
10.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range4211 
11.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains39962012-05-27
12.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808 
13.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711 
14.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34502013-07-28
15.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range3268 
16.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range30702015-09-26
17.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040 
18.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades30342012-07-22
19.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2907 
20.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range28842013-09-14
21.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains28112011-07-03
22.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains27312013-09-01
23.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains24362012-08-05
24.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades2235 
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades21882011-06-06
26.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades2111 
27.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains20702014-07-04
28.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032 
29.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1888 
30.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades1885 
31.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range1880 
32.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades1800 
33.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772 
34.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains17602011-10-09
35.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades1722 
36.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains17202014-07-06
37.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686 
38.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1680 
39.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range1649 
40.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range1624 
41.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains15812011-08-20
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1522 
43.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades1487 
44.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261 
45.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains12442013-10-20
46.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range1230 
47.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area12192011-08-06
48.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains11702013-09-01
49.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range1147 
50.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range11262013-09-15
51.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades1080 
52.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range1072 
52.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains1072 
54.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades10552014-08-09
55.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades1040 
56.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range989 
57.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range955 
58.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range904 
59.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range894 
60.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains8822014-10-11
61.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains8552011-09-04
62.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854 
63.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades840 
64.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838 
65.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades828 
66.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area8182013-05-19
67.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range811 
68.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains801 
69.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades8002016-08-21
70.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains7602011-09-03
71.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range758 
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains7422014-07-05
73.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains733 
74.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range7262015-09-27
75.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area720 
76.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains6982012-05-27
77.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades6852011-06-05
78.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains6722013-08-31
79.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6652010-08-14
80.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655 
81.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains6442014-07-05
82.Storm King8520Central North Cascades600 
83.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570 
84.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range527 
85.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades492 
86.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains484 
87.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains4802013-10-19
88.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains4412011-09-04
89.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades440 
90.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains424 
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades414 
92.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405 
93.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range397 
94.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains3802011-07-04
95.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range280 
95.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains280 
97.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades264 
98.Raven Ridge-Libby Peak8555Methow Mountains1552012-06-09
99.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades802011-07-23
99.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades802014-05-31

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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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