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Washington Bulger List

Showing John Porter's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (100 out of 100, or 100%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,24625622013-07-06
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area811620962013-06-28
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area8183612015-05-24
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range881217912012-07-15
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area74988242012-09-02
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades37111522014-07-20
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains53547912011-09-10
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains28112062014-10-04 a
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades38081442015-09-28
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range44117542012-08-11
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades30341572014-07-26
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains3803722010-08-14
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades14871272015-09-13
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range4211932015-09-05
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains8824272013-07-13
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range47791112015-06-30
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34505772010-10-03
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range1649982015-07-02
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains484762014-10-05 b
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains39962422011-09-04 b
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades30401652014-07-05 b
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains6982362011-09-04 a
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades8541452014-09-21
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains24364402012-09-29
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades21887772013-08-17
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains17607042011-09-17
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades10552932013-07-09
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains27311992011-08-07
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades22351082014-08-18 a
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area16801472013-09-13 a
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range32681222013-07-21 a
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range16861822011-07-24
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6655752012-06-16
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains11702182011-08-06 a
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range43651422014-09-14
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades4401032014-08-18 b
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades806822012-09-22
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains8382352012-09-09
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range1230662015-07-01 b
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range894912015-08-16 b
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains4051732014-10-19
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area15222032012-09-15 a
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range9891272014-09-13 b
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades1040692014-09-28 a
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range955952013-07-20 a
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range1072792014-07-12 b
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains20701412016-07-02
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range11471302013-07-20 b
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains10921652011-08-14
50.Buck Mountain8560Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area19201192014-07-29
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades600762014-08-30
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains4803142013-09-01 b
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains20321382011-08-20
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades2111862014-07-21
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades8281122015-06-20
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range904692015-07-04
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades264692015-06-06
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains15813472016-07-06
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades6851122015-07-19
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range280712015-07-01 a
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades80832014-09-20
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range30702062011-07-31 a
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range1624802014-07-13
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains4242152011-08-13
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area12191782013-09-13 b
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains7331742014-06-11
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range28841712014-08-09 a
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades840682014-07-05 a
68.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades8001302015-07-18
68.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains7602112012-07-28
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains2806332011-09-18
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains7421432016-07-04
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains12611752013-07-26 b
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains6551642013-07-26 a
75.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range527662015-07-03
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains6441402016-07-03 b
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range1880862014-08-02
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains17201212016-07-03 a
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7201172012-09-15 b
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range397892013-07-21 b
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains10721022013-07-14
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains6722322011-08-06 b
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains8552072012-07-29 b
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range811842014-07-12 a
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range11262042014-08-09 b
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range7261802011-07-31 b
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains12442242013-09-01 a
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades1722552015-08-01 b
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range7581482014-09-13 c
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades29072372015-06-13
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades4141122015-06-21
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area457324522011-06-05
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range17721692014-09-15
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades492622014-09-28 b
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains5701362014-08-17
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades1885872015-05-31
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains8011982011-08-21
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains4412242012-07-29 a
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades1800702015-08-02
99.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades1080562015-08-01 a

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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.



     Summit Routes: Washington's Highest Peaks
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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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