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Washington Bulger List

Showing Ira Rushwald's most recent ascent dates for climbed peaks (71 out of 100, or 71%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2462015-08-02
2.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88122011-06
3.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81162008-07
4.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area74982010-08
5.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains53542016-05-30
6.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range4779 
7.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45732004-04
8.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range44112012-09-08
9.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365 
10.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range4211 
11.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains39962015-10-03
12.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808 
13.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711 
14.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34502005-08
15.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range32682018-08-06
16.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range30702011-10
17.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040 
18.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades30342011-08
19.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades29072008-09
20.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range28842013-08-30
21.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains28112015-06-27
22.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains27312018-06-30
23.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains24362018-06-19
24.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades2235 
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades21882017-07-30
26.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades2111 
27.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains20702016-08-06
28.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains20322017-06-17
29.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1888 
30.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades18852013-07-12
31.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range1880 
32.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades1800 
33.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772 
34.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains17602008-07
35.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades1722 
36.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains1720 
37.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range16862005-07
38.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area16802009-08
39.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range16492018-07-10
40.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range1624 
41.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains15812011-07
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area15222014-08-09
43.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades1487 
44.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains12612010-09
45.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains12442015-07-18
46.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range1230 
47.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area12192015-07-22
48.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains11702018-06-28
49.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range11472018-08-08
50.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range11262013-08-31
51.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades1080 
52.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range1072 
52.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains10722014-08-23
54.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades10552010-07
55.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades1040 
56.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range989 
57.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range9552018-08-06
58.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range9042018-07-11
59.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range894 
60.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains8822007-06
61.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains8552012-08-04
62.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades8542015-06-26
63.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades840 
64.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains8382010-10
65.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades8282017-07-29
66.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area8182010-07
67.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range811 
68.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains8012014-06-28
69.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades8002011-07
70.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains7602012-08-03
71.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range758 
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains7422016-08-06
73.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains7332011-08
74.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range7262011-10
75.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7202014-08-09
76.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains6982012-11-17
77.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades6852015-03-07
78.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains6722018-06-29
79.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6652012-05-25
80.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains6552010-09
81.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains6442016-08-06
82.Storm King8520Central North Cascades6002017-09-02
83.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains5702013-06-07
84.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range5272017-07-15
85.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades492 
86.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains484 
87.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains4801988-10
88.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains4412012-08-04
89.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades440 
90.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains4242012-06-30
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades4142017-07-29
92.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains4052011-09
93.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range3972018-08-07
94.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains3802010-07
95.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range280 
95.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains2802008-07
97.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades2642015-05-23
98.Raven Ridge-Libby Peak8555Methow Mountains1552012-07-01
99.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades802015-06-26
99.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades802017-08-19

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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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