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RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2462129 
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81161643 
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area818305 
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88121378 
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7498632 
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711126 
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354612 
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811135 
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808105 
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4411551 
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034123 
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains380246 
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades148797 
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range421169 
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains882279 
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range477995 
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades3450411 
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range164988 
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains48461 
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains3996189 
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040132 
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains698186 
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854108 
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2436341 
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades2188598 
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains1760561 
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055227 
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731145 
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades223574 
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1680102 
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range326888 
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686117 
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains665455 
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1170155 
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365110 
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades44073 
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades80564 
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838175 
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range123056 
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range89465 
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405131 
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1522158 
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range98987 
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades104052 
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range95573 
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range107254 
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains207099 
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range114797 
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains1092116 
50.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area188883 
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades60056 
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains480230 
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032116 
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades211173 
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades82880 
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range90461 
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades26454 
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581258 
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades68587 
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range28060 
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades8063 
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3070153 
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range162463 
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains424152 
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1219124 
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains733138 
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range2884114 
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades84057 
68.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades80092 
68.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains760134 
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains280489 
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains742101 
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261126 
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655120 
75.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range52756 
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains64497 
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range188059 
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains172078 
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area72079 
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range39766 
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains107276 
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains672159 
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains855136 
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range81157 
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range1126160 
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range726135 
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1244171 
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades172240 
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range758105 
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2907170 
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades41483 
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45731886 
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772116 
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades49247 
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570114 
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades188570 
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains801145 
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains441149 
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades180048 
99.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades108039 

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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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