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Washington Bulger List

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RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2462066 
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81161579 
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area818299 
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88121321 
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7498595 
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711120 
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354574 
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811131 
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808103 
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4411529 
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034119 
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains380241 
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades148796 
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range421168 
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains882271 
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range477991 
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades3450388 
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range164986 
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains48459 
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains3996169 
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040130 
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains698167 
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854108 
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2436309 
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades2188578 
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains1760527 
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055219 
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731137 
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades223573 
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area168095 
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range326882 
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686108 
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains665426 
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1170147 
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365103 
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades44071 
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades80548 
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 Range98978 
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades104052 
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range95570 
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range107252 
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains207088 
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range114794 
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains1092103 
50.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area188881 
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades60054 
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains480212 
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032106 
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades211170 
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades82878 
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range90459 
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades26449 
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581245 
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades68585 
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range28057 
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades8060 
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3070143 
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range162460 
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains424136 
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 Mountains760131 
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains280469 
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains74286 
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261121 
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655115 
75.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range52754 
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains64485 
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 Mountains672150 
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains855131 
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range81151 
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range1126155 
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range726127 
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1244156 
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades172238 
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range75892 
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2907164 
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades41481 
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45731793 
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772112 
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades49246 
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570105 
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades188567 
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains801133 
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains441141 
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades180045 
99.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades108037 

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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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