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Washington Bulger List

Showing Claire Jaja's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (8 out of 100, or 8%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2462789 
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area811623032021-06-25
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area818394 
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range881220122022-06-25
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7498915 
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711169 
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354871 
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811225 
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808168 
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4411834 
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034182 
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains380398 
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades1487153 
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range4211101 
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains882466 
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range4779122 
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades34506572021-10-03
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range1649104 
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains48485 
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains3996266 
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040173 
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains698261 
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854158 
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2436479 
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades2188867 
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains1760798 
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055328 
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731227 
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades2235124 
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1680167 
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range3268135 
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686200 
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6656472022-06-17
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1170242 
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365168 
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades440116 
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades80768 
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838272 
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range123068 
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range89498 
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405198 
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1522231 
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range989149 
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades104079 
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range955105 
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range107294 
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains2070147 
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range1147147 
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains10921992022-06-28
50.Buck Mountain8560Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1920128 
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades60083 
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains480351 
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032152 
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades2111100 
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades828122 
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range90473 
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades26470 
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581379 
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades685124 
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range28075 
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades8098 
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3070245 
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range162492 
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains424247 
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1219205 
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains733208 
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range2884211 
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades84071 
68.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades800142 
68.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains760247 
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains280714 
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains742149 
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261196 
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655186 
75.Mox Peaks - Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range52770 
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains644148 
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range188099 
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains1720129 
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7201322022-07-10
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range39799 
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains1072114 
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains672260 
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains855244 
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range81196 
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range1126237 
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range726200 
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1244249 
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades172264 
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range758170 
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2907281 
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades414125 
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area457326452021-05-22
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772184 
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades49269 
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570150 
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades188597 
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains8012382022-06-30
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains441265 
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades180076 
99.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades108062 

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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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