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Washington Bulger List

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascents
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2462499
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81162027
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area818358
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88121720
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7498810
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711148
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354760
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811201
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808140
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4411725
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034154
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains380361
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades1487125
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range421192
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains882413
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range4779108
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades3450557
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range164997
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains48476
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains3996237
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040160
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains698233
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854142
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2436422
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades2188754
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains1760688
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055289
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731189
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades2235105
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1680141
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range3268118
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686175
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains665563
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1170211
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365141
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades440102
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades80672
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838231
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range123065
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range89487
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405166
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1522201
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range989124
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades104070
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range95592
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range107277
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains2070138
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range1147126
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains1092161
50.Buck Mountain8560Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1920114
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades60076
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains480307
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032135
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades211184
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades828109
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range90469
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades26469
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581336
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades685110
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range28070
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades8083
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3070196
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range162479
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains424206
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1219173
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains733169
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range2884167
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades84068
68.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades800128
68.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains760204
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains280618
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains742141
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261170
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655159
75.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range52766
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains644138
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range188086
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains1720120
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area720117
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range39786
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains107299
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains672221
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains855203
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range81181
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range1126201
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range726173
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1244218
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades172253
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range758144
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2907232
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades414110
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45732324
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772165
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades49262
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570135
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades188584
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains801189
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains441221
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades180069
99.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades108055

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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
     Official Roster of Bulger Completers

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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