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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 Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2461988-07-17
2.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88121980-07 b
3.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81161981-06
4.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area74981985-08-23
5.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains53541984-06-15
6.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range47792000-07-19
7.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45731988-05-01
8.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range44111980-07 a
9.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range43651988-09-03
10.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range42111990-08-03
11.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains39961990-06-25
12.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808 
13.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades37112009-07-02
14.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34501983-07-24
15.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range32681988-06-28
16.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range30701987-07-04
17.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades30401994-07-24
18.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades30341986-07-22
19.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades29071988-07-31
20.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range28841987-09-06
21.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains28111990-07-07
22.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains27311988-07-11
23.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains24361984-06
24.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades22351991-07-11
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades21881986-07-09
26.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades2111 
27.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains20701987-07-25
28.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains20321989-06-11
29.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area18881988-10-10
30.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades1885 
31.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range18801988-10-02
32.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades18002011-07-24 a
33.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range17721994-06-19
34.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains17601990-09-14
35.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades17222002-09-22
36.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains17201989-07-16
37.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range16861988-06-19
38.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area16801987-09-13
39.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range16491986-08-13
40.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range16241991-08-12
41.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains15811987-08-16
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area15221988-08-07
43.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades14871988-08-13
44.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains12611989-08-13
45.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains12441990-09-14
46.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range12302005-08-06
47.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area12191989-08-12
48.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains11701988-07-10
49.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range11471988-06-28
50.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range11261987-09-06
51.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades10802002-09-21
52.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range10721994-09-19
52.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains10721989-10-01
54.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades10551985-07-20
55.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades10401997-07-20
56.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range9891988-09-04
57.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range9551988-06-28
58.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range9041986-08-14
59.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range8941991-08-11
60.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains8821987-07-11
61.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains8551989-06-24
62.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854 
63.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades840 
64.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains8381990-09-15
65.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades8282001-07-10
66.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area8181996-07-14
67.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range8111994-09-18
68.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains8011987-09-27
69.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades800 
70.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains7601989-06-23
71.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range7581988-09-04
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains7421989-07-17
73.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains7332000-09-17
74.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range7261990-07-03
75.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7201994-08-28
76.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains6981990-06-25
77.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades6851986-07-08
78.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains6721993-10-15
79.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6651990-09-14
80.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains6551989-08-13
81.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains6441989-07-17
82.Storm King8520Central North Cascades600 
83.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains5701991-07-19
84.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range5271986-08-15
85.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades4921997-07-20
86.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains4841990-07-08
87.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains4801990-09-13
88.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains4411989-06-24
89.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades4401991-07-11
90.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains4241990-10-06
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades4142001-07-10
92.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains4051994-07-10
93.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range3971994-09-18
94.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains3801986-06-29
95.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range2802000-07-18
95.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains2801984-08
97.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades264 
98.Raven Ridge-Libby Peak8555Methow Mountains1551987-08-29
99.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades801980-07
99.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades80 

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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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