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Washington Bulger List

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascents
1.Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2462040
2.Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81161551
3.Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area818298
4.Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88121303
5.Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7498590
6.Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711118
7.Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354564
8.Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811130
9.Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808101
10.Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4411522
11.Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034118
12.Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains380236
13.Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades148794
14.Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range421166
15.Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains882266
16.Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range477990
17.Black Peak8970Central North Cascades3450381
18.Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range164985
19.Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains48458
20.North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains3996166
21.Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040129
22.Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains698164
23.Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854107
24.Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2436305
25.Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades2188569
26.Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains1760512
27.Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055216
28.Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731134
28.Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades223572
30.Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area168094
31.Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range326881
32.Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686106
33.Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains665421
34.Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1170144
35.Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365101
36.Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades44070
36.Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades80541
38.Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838167
39.Mount Custer8630Skagit Range123051
40.Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range89459
41.Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405126
42.Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1522150
43.Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range98976
44.Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades104051
45.Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range95569
46.Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range107251
47.Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains207086
48.Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range114793
49.Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains109299
50.Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area188880
51.Storm King8520Central North Cascades60052
51.Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains480210
53.Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032102
54.Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades211169
55.Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades82877
56.Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range90458
56.Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades26448
58.Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581237
59.Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades68584
60.Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range28056
60.Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades8059
62.Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3070138
63.Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range162459
63.Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains424132
65.Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1219117
66.Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains733130
67.Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range2884110
68.Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades84055
68.Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades80087
68.Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains760126
68.Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains280456
72.Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains74284
73.Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261117
74.Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655112
75.Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range52753
76.Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains64483
77.Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range188050
77.Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains172068
77.Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area72076
80.Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range39763
81.Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains107269
81.Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains672147
83.Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains855126
84.Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range81150
85.Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range1126152
85.West Craggy8366Okanogan Range726123
87.McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1244151
88.Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades172237
89.Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range75890
90.Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2907160
91.Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades41480
92.Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45731764
92.Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772108
94.Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades49245
95.Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570103
96.Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades188566
97.Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains801132
97.Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains441136
99.Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades180044
99.Tupshin Peak8320Central North Cascades108036

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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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