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Washington Bulger List

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascents
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2462295
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81161823
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area818330
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88121535
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7498718
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711134
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354689
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811159
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808120
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4411634
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034145
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains380308
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades1487115
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range421183
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains882353
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range477999
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades3450487
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range164992
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains48463
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains3996210
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040154
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains698207
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854131
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2436369
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades2188676
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains1760623
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055267
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731159
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades223597
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1680126
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range3268106
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686142
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains665495
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1170177
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365128
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades44093
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades80632
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838189
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range123058
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range89480
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405143
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1522181
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range989110
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades104062
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range95586
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range107264
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains2070117
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range1147116
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains1092130
50.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area188899
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades60063
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains480264
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032126
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades211177
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades82893
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range90464
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades26456
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581291
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades685101
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range28062
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades8076
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3070172
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range162474
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains424172
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1219150
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains733150
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range2884145
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades84067
68.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades800109
68.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains760161
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains280550
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains742120
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261141
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655131
75.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range52760
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains644116
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range188074
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains1720100
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area72099
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range39778
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains107286
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains672182
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains855160
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range81166
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range1126183
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range726152
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1244185
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades172247
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range758129
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2907205
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades41496
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45732079
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772135
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades49255
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570123
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades188579
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains801169
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains441175
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades180059
99.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades108046

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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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