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Washington Bulger List

Showing Grant Myers's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (91 out of 100, or 91%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft
(Avg)
Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2461988-07-17
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81361981-06
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area8381996-07-14
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88451980-07 b
5.Glacier Peak10,540Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area75181985-08-23
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades37312009-07-02
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains53541984-06-15
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains28111990-07-07
9.Goode Mountain9220Central North Cascades3828 
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range44311980-07 a
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades30541986-07-22
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains4001986-06-29
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades15071988-08-13
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range42111990-08-03
15.Mount Maude9060Entiat Mountains9021987-07-11
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range47992000-07-19
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34701983-07-24
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range16691986-08-13
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains5041990-07-08
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains40161990-06-25
21.Dome Peak8940Central North Cascades30801994-07-24
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains7181990-06-25
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades874 
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains24561984-06
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades22081986-07-09
26.Dragontail Peak8860Wenatchee Mountains18001990-09-14
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades10751985-07-20
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains27311988-07-11
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades22551991-07-11
30.Fortress Mountain8780Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area17201987-09-13
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range32681988-06-28
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range17061988-06-19
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6851990-09-14
34.Katsuk Peak8700Central North Cascades4801991-07-11
34.Sahale Peak8700Central North Cascades1201980-07
36.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains11901988-07-10
37.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range43851988-09-03
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains8581990-09-15
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range12502005-08-06
40.Kimtah Peak8620Central North Cascades10801997-07-20
41.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range9141991-08-11
42.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains4251994-07-10
43.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area15421988-08-07
44.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range10221988-09-04
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range9751988-06-28
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range10921994-09-19
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains20901987-07-25
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range11671988-06-28
49.Raven Ridge-Libby Peak8555Methow Mountains1751987-08-29
50.Storm King8540Central North Cascades640 
50.Enchantment Peak8540Wenatchee Mountains5201990-09-13
52.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area18881988-10-10
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains20521989-06-11
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades2131 
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades8482001-07-10
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range9241986-08-14
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades284 
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains16011987-08-16
59.Mount Rahm8500Skagit Range3202000-07-18
59.Horseshoe Peak8500Central North Cascades120 
61.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades7051986-07-08
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range30901987-07-04
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range16441991-08-12
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains4441990-10-06
65.Sinister Peak8460Central North Cascades880 
65.Dorado Needle8460Central North Cascades840 
65.Mount Bigelow8460Methow Mountains8001989-06-23
65.Little Annapurna8460Wenatchee Mountains3201984-08
69.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area12391989-08-12
70.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains7532000-09-17
71.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range29041987-09-06
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains7621989-07-17
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains12811989-08-13
74.Azurite Peak8420Okanogan Range19201988-10-02
74.Pinnacle Mountain8420Chelan Mountains17601989-07-16
74.Luahna Peak8420Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7601994-08-28
77.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains6751989-08-13
78.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range5471986-08-15
79.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains6641989-07-17
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range4171994-09-18
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains10921989-10-01
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains6921993-10-15
83.Devore Peak8380Central North Cascades17422002-09-22
84.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains8751989-06-24
85.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range8311994-09-18
86.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range11461987-09-06
86.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range7461990-07-03
88.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains12641990-09-14
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range7781988-09-04
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades29271988-07-31
91.Tupshin Peak8340Central North Cascades11202002-09-21
92.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades4342001-07-10
93.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45931988-05-01
93.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range17881994-06-19
95.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades5121997-07-20
96.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains5901991-07-19
97.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades1905 
98.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains8211987-09-27
98.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains4611989-06-24
100.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades18202011-07-24 a

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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

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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