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Washington Bulger List

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RankPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft
(Avg)
AscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2461985 
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81361507 
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area838294 
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88451272 
5.Glacier Peak10,540Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7518566 
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3731118 
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354547 
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811124 
9.Goode Mountain9220Central North Cascades3828101 
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4431510 
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3054117 
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains400229 
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades150794 
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range421166 
15.Mount Maude9060Entiat Mountains902255 
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range479990 
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades3470352 
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range166985 
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains50458 
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains4016162 
21.Dome Peak8940Central North Cascades3080129 
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains718159 
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades874105 
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2456301 
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades2208549 
26.Dragontail Peak8860Wenatchee Mountains1800501 
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1075209 
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731128 
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades225570 
30.Fortress Mountain8780Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area172091 
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range326878 
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1706102 
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains685412 
34.Katsuk Peak8700Central North Cascades48068 
34.Sahale Peak8700Central North Cascades120526 
36.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1190138 
37.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range438593 
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains858161 
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range125049 
40.Kimtah Peak8620Central North Cascades108050 
41.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range91456 
42.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains425124 
43.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1542146 
44.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range102269 
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range97567 
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range109250 
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains209083 
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range116788 
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains111291 
50.Storm King8540Central North Cascades64051 
50.Enchantment Peak8540Wenatchee Mountains520202 
52.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area188870 
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains205297 
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades213169 
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades84876 
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range92458 
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades28448 
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1601231 
59.Mount Rahm8500Skagit Range32052 
59.Horseshoe Peak8500Central North Cascades12059 
61.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades70583 
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3090133 
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range164457 
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains444125 
65.Sinister Peak8460Central North Cascades88055 
65.Dorado Needle8460Central North Cascades84086 
65.Mount Bigelow8460Methow Mountains800122 
65.Little Annapurna8460Wenatchee Mountains320437 
69.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1239115 
70.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains753129 
71.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range290494 
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains76283 
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1281111 
74.Azurite Peak8420Okanogan Range192049 
74.Pinnacle Mountain8420Chelan Mountains176066 
74.Luahna Peak8420Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area76075 
77.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains675106 
78.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range54753 
79.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains66481 
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range41760 
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains109265 
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains692140 
83.Devore Peak8380Central North Cascades174237 
84.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains875123 
85.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range83149 
86.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range1146126 
86.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range746116 
88.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1264144 
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range77882 
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2927159 
91.Tupshin Peak8340Central North Cascades112036 
92.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades43478 
93.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45931703 
93.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1788103 
95.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades51244 
96.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains590102 
97.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades190566 
98.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains821119 
98.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains461133 
100.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades182044 

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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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