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Washington Bulger List

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascents
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2462769
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81162283
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area818391
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88121992
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7498904
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711167
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354863
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811223
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808165
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4411824
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034179
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains380394
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades1487152
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range4211100
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains882461
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range4779122
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades3450650
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range1649102
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains48485
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains3996263
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040170
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains698260
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854156
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2436475
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades2188860
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains1760783
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055325
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731225
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades2235121
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1680161
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range3268135
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686199
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains665636
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1170240
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365165
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades440114
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades80759
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838266
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range123068
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range89498
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405196
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1522229
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range989147
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades104078
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range955104
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range107294
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains2070146
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range1147145
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains1092196
50.Buck Mountain8560Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1920127
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades60083
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains480347
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032151
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades211199
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades828122
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range90471
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades26470
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581373
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades685123
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range28075
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades8096
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3070244
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range162492
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains424245
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1219198
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains733205
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range2884210
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades84069
68.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades800141
68.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains760244
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains280707
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains742148
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261195
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655185
75.Mox Peaks - Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range52769
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains644148
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range188099
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains1720129
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area720132
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range39798
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains1072114
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains672258
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains855242
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range81196
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range1126235
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range726199
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1244247
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades172264
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range758168
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2907277
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades414124
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45732615
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772184
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades49269
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570150
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades188595
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains801235
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains441263
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades180076
99.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades108062

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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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