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Washington Bulger List

RankPeak Elev-M
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Range (Level 5) Prom-M
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1.Mount Rainier4392Mount Rainier Area4026
2.Mount Adams3742Mount Adams Area2486
3.Little Tahoma3395Mount Rainier Area261
4.Mount Baker3286Skagit Range2706
5.Glacier Peak3218Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area2297
6.Bonanza Peak2899Central North Cascades1143
7.Mount Stuart2870Wenatchee Mountains1632
8.Mount Fernow2819Entiat Mountains857
9.Goode Mountain2816Central North Cascades1173
10.Mount Shuksan2783Skagit Range1356
11.Mount Buckner2778Central North Cascades937
12.Seven Fingered Jack2774Entiat Mountains128
13.Mount Logan2770Central North Cascades466
14.Mount Maude2767Entiat Mountains280
15.Jack Mountain2763Hozameen Range1283
16.Mount Spickard2737Skagit Range1469
17.Black Peak2734Central North Cascades1064
18.Mount Redoubt2734Skagit Range515
19.Copper Peak2732Entiat Mountains159
20.Dome Peak2731Central North Cascades951
21.North Gardner Mountain2730Methow Mountains1230
22.Gardner Mountain2712Methow Mountains225
23.Boston Peak2711Central North Cascades272
24.Dragontail Peak2706Wenatchee Mountains560
25.Silver Star Mountain2705Methow Mountains754
26.Eldorado Peak2703Central North Cascades679
27.Forbidden Peak2687Central North Cascades334
28.Fortress Mountain2682Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area536
29.Oval Peak2681Methow Mountains833
29.Mesahchie Peak2681Central North Cascades694
31.Mount Lago2665Okanogan Range996
32.Robinson Mountain2660Okanogan Range526
33.Katsuk Peak2658Central North Cascades158
33.Sahale Peak2658Central North Cascades49
35.Colchuck Peak2653Wenatchee Mountains327
36.Star Peak2649Methow Mountains369
37.Remmel Mountain2647Okanogan Range1342
38.Kimtah Peak2633Central North Cascades341
39.Cannon Mountain2633Wenatchee Mountains268
40.Mount Custer2630Skagit Range386
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 Range361
49.Raven Ridge2615Methow Mountains347
50.Storm King2609Central North Cascades207
50.Enchantment Peak2609Wenatchee Mountains170
52.Buck Mountain2599Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area575
53.Mount Rahm2597Skagit Range110
53.Horseshoe Peak2597Central North Cascades49
55.Reynolds Peak2594Methow Mountains631
56.Martin Peak2594Central North Cascades655
57.Primus Peak2593Central North Cascades264
58.Mox Peaks2592Skagit Range288
58.Dark Peak2592Central North Cascades92
60.Cashmere Mountain2591Wenatchee Mountains494
61.Klawatti Peak2586Central North Cascades221
62.Sinister Peak2585Central North Cascades281
62.Dorado Needle2585Central North Cascades268
62.Mount Bigelow2585Methow Mountains256
62.Little Annapurna2585Wenatchee Mountains110
66.Big Craggy Peak2582Okanogan Range948
67.Lost Peak2580Okanogan Range507
67.Hoodoo Peak2580Methow Mountains141
69.Chiwawa Mountain2578Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area383
70.Argonaut Peak2576Wenatchee Mountains235
71.Tower Mountain2574Okanogan Range891
72.Azurite Peak2572Okanogan Range597
72.Pinnacle Mountain2572Chelan Mountains548
72.Luahna Peak2572Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area243
75.Emerald Peak2567Chelan Mountains238
76.Dumbell Mountain2567Entiat Mountains397
77.Greenwood Mountain2565Entiat Mountains212
78.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak2562Skagit Range172
79.Saska Peak2562Chelan Mountains209
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 Mountains391
89.Tupshin Peak2548Central North Cascades353
90.Amphitheater Mountain2548Okanogan Range244
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 Cascades586
98.Abernathy Peak2536Methow Mountains256
98.Switchback Mountain2536Methow Mountains146
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 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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