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Washington Bulger List

Showing Alexei Evans's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (12 out of 100, or 12%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2462301 
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area811618332001-06-23
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area8183302013-07-07
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range881215402009-06-14
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area74987191999-08-09
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711134 
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354690 
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811160 
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808120 
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4411635 
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034145 
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains380308 
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades1487115 
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range421184 
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains882353 
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range477999 
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades3450488 
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 Mountains2436372 
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades21886802013-06-30
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains17606252013-06-16
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 Range16861422012-08-31
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains6655032011-06-12
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1170177 
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365128 
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades44093 
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades80632 
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838190 
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 Mountains20701172012-07-07
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range1147116 
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains1092131 
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 Cascades82895 
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range90464 
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades26456 
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581292 
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 Mountains7421202012-07-08
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261141 
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655131 
75.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range52760 
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains6441162012-07-07
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range188074 
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains1720100 
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area720100 
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 Area457321121999-06-27
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772135 
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades49255 
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570124 
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.



     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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