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Washington Bulger List

Showing Dean Molen's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (8 out of 100, or 8%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2101969-08-09
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81162003-07-11
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area818 
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range8812 
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7498 
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711 
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354 
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811 
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808 
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4411 
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034 
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains380 
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades1487 
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range4211 
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains882 
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range4779 
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades3450 
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range1649 
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains484 
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains39962004-07-17
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040 
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains698 
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854 
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2436 
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades2188 
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains1760 
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055 
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731 
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades2235 
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1680 
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range3268 
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686 
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains665 
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1170 
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365 
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades440 
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades80 
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains8381986-08
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range1230 
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range894 
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405 
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1522 
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range989 
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades1040 
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range955 
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range1072 
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains2070 
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range1147 
49.Raven Ridge8580Methow Mountains1100 
50.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1888 
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades600 
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains4801988-08-15
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032 
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades2111 
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades828 
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range904 
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades264 
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581 
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades685 
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range280 
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades80 
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3070 
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range1624 
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains424 
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1219 
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains733 
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range2884 
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades840 
68.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades800 
68.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains760 
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains2801972-08-06
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains742 
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261 
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655 
75.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range527 
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains644 
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range1880 
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains1720 
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area720 
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range397 
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains1072 
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains672 
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains855 
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range811 
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range1126 
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range726 
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains12441973-08
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades1722 
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range758 
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2907 
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades414 
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45731973-06-09
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1771 
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades492 
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570 
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades1885 
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains801 
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains441 
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades1800 
99.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades1080 

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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 Washington Peaks over 8200 feet, showing 130 summits in the state over 8200 feet and having a 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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