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Washington Bulger List

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascents
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2462560
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81162095
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area818361
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88121788
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7498823
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711152
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354791
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811206
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808144
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4411750
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034156
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains380372
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades1487127
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range421193
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains882427
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range4779111
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades3450577
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range164998
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains48476
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains3996242
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040165
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains698236
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854145
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2436439
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades2188773
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains1760704
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055293
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731199
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades2235108
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1680147
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range3268122
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686182
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains665572
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1170218
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365142
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades440103
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades80682
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838235
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range123066
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range89491
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405173
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1522203
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range989127
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades104069
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range95595
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range107279
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains2070141
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range1147130
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains1092165
50.Buck Mountain8560Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1920119
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades60076
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains480314
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032138
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades211186
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades828112
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range90469
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades26469
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581347
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades685112
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range28071
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades8083
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3070203
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range162480
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains424213
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1219178
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains733172
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range2884171
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades84068
68.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades800130
68.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains760211
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains280633
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains742143
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261175
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655164
75.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range52766
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains644140
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range188086
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains1720121
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area720117
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range39789
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains1072102
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains672232
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains855207
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range81184
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range1126204
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range726177
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1244224
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades172255
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range758148
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2907237
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades414112
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45732451
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772168
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades49262
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570136
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades188587
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains801198
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains441224
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades180070
99.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades108056

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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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