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Washington Bulger List

Showing Adam R's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (19 out of 100, or 19%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,24622752010
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area811618082009
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area818326 
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range881215252010
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area74987132012
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711132 
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains53546842012
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811156 
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808119 
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range44116282017-07-09
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034143 
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains380303 
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades14871122016-07-03
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range421182 
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains882349 
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range477998 
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34504842020-08-06
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range164991 
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains48462 
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains3996209 
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040152 
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains698206 
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854130 
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains24363632017-06-03
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades21886702017-06-24
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains1760618 
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055266 
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731157 
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades223596 
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1680124 
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range3268105 
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686141 
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6654882017-06-17
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1170175 
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365127 
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades44092 
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades806262018-06-24
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838186 
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range123057 
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range89479 
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405142 
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1522180 
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range9891092017-07-03
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades104061 
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range95585 
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range107263 
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains2070116 
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range11471142018-07-08
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains1092128 
50.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area188898 
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades60062 
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains480261 
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032125 
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades211176 
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades82892 
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range90463 
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades26455 
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581283 
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades685100 
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range28061 
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades8075 
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3070171 
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range162473 
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains424170 
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1219148 
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains733149 
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range2884144 
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades84066 
68.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades800108 
68.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains760160 
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains280547 
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains742119 
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261140 
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655129 
75.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range52759 
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains644115 
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range188073 
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains172099 
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area72098 
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range39777 
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains107285 
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains6721792012
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains855159 
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range81165 
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range11261822019-08-24
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range726151 
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1244182 
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades172246 
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range7581282017-07-02
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades29072032019-07-30
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades41495 
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area457320272016-05-14
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772133 
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades49254 
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570121 
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades188578 
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains801168 
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains441174 
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades180058 
99.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades108045 

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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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