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Washington Bulger List

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascents
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2462100
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81161608
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area818300
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88121348
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7498610
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711121
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354587
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811131
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808104
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4411541
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034119
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains380243
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades148796
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range421168
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains882273
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range477991
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades3450395
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range164986
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains48459
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains3996181
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040131
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains698179
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854108
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2436329
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades2188586
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains1760531
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055223
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731144
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades223573
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area168094
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range326882
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686110
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains665433
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1170154
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365105
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades44071
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades80558
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838172
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range123052
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range89460
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405129
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1522151
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range98981
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades104052
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range95570
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range107252
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains207090
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range114794
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains1092105
50.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area188880
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades60055
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains480213
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032111
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades211170
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades82878
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range90459
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades26449
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581247
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades68585
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range28057
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades8060
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3070150
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range162460
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains424138
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1219121
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains733131
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range2884113
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades84056
68.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades80089
68.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains760130
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains280474
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains74288
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261121
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655115
75.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range52754
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains64487
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range188052
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains172070
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area72077
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range39764
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains107272
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains672158
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains855131
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range81151
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range1126157
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range726132
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1244157
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades172239
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range75896
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2907166
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades41481
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45731849
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772112
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades49246
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570107
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades188567
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains801139
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains441141
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades180047
99.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades108038

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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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