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Washington Bulger List

Showing Iron Knee's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (22 out of 100, or 22%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,24628482015-06-21
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area811623472015-07-18
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area8184082017-05-07
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range881220942017-05-21
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area74989372015-08-02
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades37111702017-07-01
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains53548862016-09-10
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains28112272017-09-02 a
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808169 
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range44118562017-08-26
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034183 
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains3804042017-09-02
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades1487155 
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range4211103 
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains8824722017-09-03 b
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range4779125 
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34506732017-09-24
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range1649106 
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains48485 
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains3996277 
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040176 
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains698273 
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854159 
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2436492 
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades21888872015-08-16
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains17608082015-06-07
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055333 
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731232 
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades2235126 
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1680170 
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range3268135 
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686206 
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6656672019-06-08
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1170249 
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365169 
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades440118 
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades807782016-08-30
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838278 
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range123069 
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range89498 
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405202 
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1522235 
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range989152 
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades104080 
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range955105 
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range107296 
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains2070150 
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range1147147 
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains10922032017-10-07
50.Buck Mountain8560Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1920129 
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades60084 
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains480358 
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032157 
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades2111100 
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades828128 
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range90474 
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades26473 
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581386 
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades685129 
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range28076 
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades8099 
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3070250 
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range162492 
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains4242502017-10-07
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1219208 
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains7332122020-09-05
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range2884215 
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades84073 
68.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades800144 
68.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains760249 
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains2807232015-07-15
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains742151 
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261199 
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655189 
75.Mox Peaks - Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range52770 
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains644150 
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range1880102 
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains1720131 
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area720135 
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range39799 
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains1072116 
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains672267 
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains855248 
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range81199 
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range11262392017-10-15
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range726205 
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1244255 
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades172265 
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range758172 
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2907290 
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades414130 
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area457327282015-02-14
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772186 
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades49272 
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570161 
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades188599 
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains801246 
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains441269 
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades180077 
99.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades108063 

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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
     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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