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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 Area13,2462017 
2.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88451285 
3.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81361530 
4.Glacier Peak10,540Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7518585 
5.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354561 
6.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range479990 
7.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45931732 
8.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4431519 
9.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range438599 
10.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range421166 
11.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains4016165 
12.Goode Mountain9220Central North Cascades3828101 
13.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3731119 
14.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades3470373 
15.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range326879 
16.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3090136 
17.Dome Peak8940Central North Cascades3080129 
18.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3054117 
19.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2927160 
20.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range2904109 
21.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811129 
22.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731130 
23.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2456303 
24.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades225571 
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades2208566 
26.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades213169 
27.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains209085 
28.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains205298 
29.Azurite Peak8420Okanogan Range192050 
30.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades190566 
31.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area188878 
32.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades182044 
33.Dragontail Peak8860Wenatchee Mountains1800503 
34.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1788107 
35.Pinnacle Mountain8420Chelan Mountains176067 
36.Devore Peak8380Central North Cascades174237 
37.Fortress Mountain8780Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area172094 
38.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1706104 
39.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range166985 
40.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range164458 
41.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1601233 
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1542149 
43.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades150794 
44.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1281117 
45.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1264149 
46.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range125051 
47.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1239117 
48.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1190141 
49.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range116789 
50.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range1146150 
51.Tupshin Peak8340Central North Cascades112036 
52.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains111298 
53.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range109251 
53.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains109266 
55.Kimtah Peak8620Central North Cascades108050 
56.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1075215 
57.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range102275 
58.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range97568 
59.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range92458 
60.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range91458 
61.Mount Maude9060Entiat Mountains902261 
62.Sinister Peak8460Central North Cascades88055 
63.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains875125 
64.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades874107 
65.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains858163 
66.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades84877 
67.Dorado Needle8460Central North Cascades84087 
68.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area838296 
69.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range83150 
70.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains821123 
71.Mount Bigelow8460Methow Mountains800125 
72.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range77888 
73.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains76284 
74.Luahna Peak8420Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area76076 
75.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains753130 
76.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range746119 
77.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains718162 
78.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades70584 
79.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains692143 
80.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains685416 
81.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains675112 
82.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains66483 
83.Storm King8540Central North Cascades64052 
84.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains590102 
85.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range54753 
86.Enchantment Peak8540Wenatchee Mountains520206 
87.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades51244 
88.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains50458 
89.Katsuk Peak8700Central North Cascades48069 
90.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains461135 
91.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains444129 
92.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades43480 
93.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains425126 
94.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range41762 
95.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains400233 
96.Mount Rahm8500Skagit Range32056 
96.Little Annapurna8460Wenatchee Mountains320449 
98.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades28448 
99.Sahale Peak8700Central North Cascades120536 
99.Horseshoe Peak8500Central North Cascades12059 

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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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