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Washington Bulger List

Showing Paul Michelson's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (100 out of 100, or 100%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2461983-09-25
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81161983-08-13
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area8181983-08-07
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88121998-06-14
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area74981985-06-30
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades37111996-07-27
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains53541988-06-26
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains28111988-08-14
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades38082006-08-28
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range44111995-05-07
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades30341990-09-09
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains3801993-08-28
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades14872003-07-19
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range42112005-09-26
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains8821985-09-15
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range47792004-07-25
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34501990-08-16
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range16492006-07-23
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains4841988-08-15
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains39961991-07-14
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades30402006-06-09
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains6981991-07-14
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades8541987-07-25
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains24361990-05-26
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades21881987-05-24
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains17601989-06-11
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades10551985-07-14
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains27311995-08-26
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades22351991-09-15
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area16801988-07-17
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range32682005-07-17
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range16861991-04-22
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6651990-07-08
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains11701998-09-19
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range43652001-09-16
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades4401991-09-15
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades801987-07-25
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains8381992-09-08
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range12302004-07-24
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range8942004-06-19
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains4051985-06-09
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area15221992-05-24
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range9891999-08-15
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades10401997-07-13
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range9552000-08-18
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range10721988-05-29
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains20701992-07-26
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range11472000-08-17
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains10922005-06-12
50.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area18881998-07-19
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades6002006-08-27
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains4801992-09-07
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains20321994-05-07
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades21111996-07-28
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades8282000-06-25
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range9042006-07-21
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades2642003-06-01
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains15811991-06-29
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades6851987-05-24
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range2802004-07-24
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades801990-09-09
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range30701990-05-06
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range16242005-07-17
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains4241988-08-17
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area12191988-07-17
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains7331989-07-23
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range28841995-05-21
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades8402006-08-06
68.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades8002005-08-02
68.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains7601993-09-18
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains2801987-10-02
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains7421992-07-25
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains12611988-07-16
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains6551988-07-16
75.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range5272006-07-22
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains6441992-07-25
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range18801999-07-24
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains17201996-07-07
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7201999-09-19
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range3972005-07-16
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains10721993-08-29
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains6721997-09-19
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains8551993-09-19
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range8111988-05-29
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range11261994-06-11
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range7261991-10-06
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains12441987-10-02
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades17221995-09-02
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range7581999-08-15
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades29071986-05-25
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades4141987-05-24
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45731987-05-08
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range17721994-10-15
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades4921997-07-13
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains5701993-10-30
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades18851994-08-07
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains8011993-06-27
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains4411993-09-19
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades18001995-09-03
99.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades10801995-08-05

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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
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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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