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Washington Bulger List

RankPeak Elev-M Range (Level 5) Prom-M 
1.Mount Rainier4392Mount Rainier Area4026
2.Mount Baker3286Skagit Range2686
3.Mount Adams3742Mount Adams Area2474
4.Glacier Peak3206Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area2285
5.Mount Stuart2870Wenatchee Mountains1632
6.Mount Spickard2737Skagit Range1457
7.Mount Saint Helens2540Mount Saint Helens Area1394
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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