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Washington Bulger List

Showing Susan Shih's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (81 out of 100, or 81%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,24622752012-07-27
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area811618082012-08-08
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area8183262013-07-28
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range881215252013-07-21
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area74987132012-09-02
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades37111322017-07-03
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains53546842012-08-04
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains28111562017-09-02
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades38081192017-07-29
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range44116282014-09-11
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades30341432017-08-26
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains3803032014-09-01
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades14871122017-07-09
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range4211822017-08-20
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains8823492014-08-31
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range4779982015-07-07
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34504842012-09-29
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range1649912015-07-03
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains48462 
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains39962092013-06-15 b
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades30401522014-08-08
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains6982062013-06-15 a
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades8541302020-08-05 a
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains24363632013-06-30
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades21886702013-08-17
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains17606182011-09-23 a
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades10552662016-06-30
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains27311572013-07-05 d
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades2235962019-07-21 a
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area16801242020-07-18 a
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range3268105 
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range16861412011-08-13
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6654882011-07-01
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains11701752013-07-06
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range43651272019-09-02
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades440922019-07-21 b
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades806262012-08-25
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains8381862016-08-06
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range1230572015-07-08 a
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range89479 
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains4051422017-07-16
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area15221802013-07-14
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range989109 
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades1040612020-09-06
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range95585 
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range1072632020-09-12
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains20701162020-07-12 b
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range1147114 
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains10921282014-07-06 b
50.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1888982020-10-08 a
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades600622017-07-28
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains4802612020-07-03 a
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains20321252018-07-01
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades2111762017-07-02
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades82892 
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range904632015-07-05
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades264552020-06-23
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains15812832011-08-20
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades685100 
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range280612015-07-08 b
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades8075 
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range30701712019-09-21 a
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range162473 
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains4241702014-07-05 a
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area12191482020-07-18 b
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains7331492015-08-16
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range28841442014-09-21
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades84066 
68.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades800108 
68.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains7601602015-09-28
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains2805472011-09-23 b
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains7421192020-07-12 a
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains12611402019-08-24 a
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains6551292019-08-24 b
75.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range527592015-07-06
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains6441152020-07-11 b
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range1880732020-09-20
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains1720992020-07-11 a
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area720982020-08-10
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range39777 
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains1072852015-07-18
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains6721792013-07-05 a
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains8551592015-09-27 b
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range811652020-09-13
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range11261822014-09-20
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range7261512019-09-21 b
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains12441822020-07-03 b
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades172246 
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range758128 
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades29072032012-08-11
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades41495 
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area457320272011-07-09
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range17721332019-09-03
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades492542020-09-07
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains5701212015-06-27 a
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades188578 
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains8011682019-10-06
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains4411742015-09-27 c
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.



     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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