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Washington Bulger List

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RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
 Mount Rainier14,411Mount Rainier Area13,2462041 
 Mount Adams12,276Mount Adams Area81161555 
 Little Tahoma11,138Mount Rainier Area818299 
 Mount Baker10,781Skagit Range88121304 
 Glacier Peak10,520Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area7498590 
 Bonanza Peak9511Central North Cascades3711118 
 Mount Stuart9415Wenatchee Mountains5354565 
 Mount Fernow9249Entiat Mountains2811130 
 Goode Mountain9200Central North Cascades3808102 
 Mount Shuksan9131Skagit Range4411522 
 Mount Buckner9114Central North Cascades3034118 
 Seven Fingered Jack9100Entiat Mountains380237 
 Mount Logan9087Central North Cascades148794 
 Jack Mountain9066Hozameen Range421166 
 Mount Maude9040Entiat Mountains882267 
 Mount Spickard8979Skagit Range477990 
 Black Peak8970Central North Cascades3450383 
 Mount Redoubt8969Skagit Range164985 
 Copper Peak8964Entiat Mountains48458 
 North Gardner Mountain8956Methow Mountains3996166 
 Dome Peak8920Central North Cascades3040129 
 Gardner Mountain8898Methow Mountains698164 
 Boston Peak8894Central North Cascades854107 
 Silver Star Mountain8876Methow Mountains2436306 
 Eldorado Peak8868Central North Cascades2188570 
 Dragontail Peak8840Wenatchee Mountains1760514 
 Forbidden Peak8815Central North Cascades1055216 
 Oval Peak8795Methow Mountains2731134 
 Mesahchie Peak8795Central North Cascades223572 
 Fortress Mountain8760Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area168094 
 Mount Lago8745Okanogan Range326881 
 Robinson Mountain8726Okanogan Range1686106 
 Colchuck Peak8705Wenatchee Mountains665422 
 Star Peak8690Methow Mountains1170145 
 Remmel Mountain8685Okanogan Range4365101 
 Katsuk Peak8680Central North Cascades44070 
 Sahale Peak8680Central North Cascades80542 
 Cannon Mountain8638Wenatchee Mountains838167 
 Mount Custer8630Skagit Range123051 
 Ptarmigan Peak8614Okanogan Range89459 
 Sherpa Peak8605Wenatchee Mountains405127 
 Clark Mountain8602Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1522150 
 Cathedral Peak8601Okanogan Range98976 
 Kimtah Peak8600Central North Cascades104051 
 Mount Carru8595Okanogan Range95569 
 Monument Peak8592Okanogan Range107251 
 Cardinal Peak8590Chelan Mountains207086 
 Osceola Peak8587Okanogan Range114793 
 Raven Ridge8572Methow Mountains1092100 
 Buck Mountain8528Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area188880 
 Storm King8520Central North Cascades60052 
 Enchantment Peak8520Wenatchee Mountains480210 
 Reynolds Peak8512Methow Mountains2032102 
 Martin Peak8511Central North Cascades211169 
 Primus Peak8508Central North Cascades82877 
 Mox Peaks8504Skagit Range90458 
 Dark Peak8504Central North Cascades26448 
 Cashmere Mountain8501Wenatchee Mountains1581238 
 Klawatti Peak8485Central North Cascades68584 
 Horseshoe Peak8480Central North Cascades8059 
 Mount Rahm8480Skagit Range28056 
 Big Craggy Peak8470Okanogan Range3070139 
 Lost Peak8464Okanogan Range162459 
 Hoodoo Peak8464Methow Mountains424133 
 Chiwawa Mountain8459Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area1219117 
 Argonaut Peak8453Wenatchee Mountains733130 
 Tower Mountain8444Okanogan Range2884110 
 Mount Bigelow8440Methow Mountains760126 
 Dorado Needle8440Central North Cascades80088 
 Sinister Peak8440Central North Cascades84055 
 Little Annapurna8440Wenatchee Mountains280458 
 Emerald Peak8422Chelan Mountains74284 
 Dumbell Mountain8421Entiat Mountains1261118 
 Greenwood Mountain8415Entiat Mountains655113 
 Mox Peaks-Northwest Peak8407Skagit Range52753 
 Saska Peak8404Chelan Mountains64483 
 Pinnacle Mountain8400Chelan Mountains172068 
 Azurite Peak8400Okanogan Range188050 
 Luahna Peak8400Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area72076 
 Blackcap Mountain8397Okanogan Range39763 
 Courtney Peak8392Methow Mountains672148 
 Spectacle Buttes8392Entiat Mountains107270 
 Martin Peak8375Methow Mountains855127 
 Lake Mountain8371Okanogan Range81150 
 Golden Horn8366Okanogan Range1126152 
 West Craggy8366Okanogan Range726124 
 McClellan Peak8364Wenatchee Mountains1244151 
 Devore Peak8360Central North Cascades172237 
 Amphitheater Mountain8358Okanogan Range75890 
 Snowfield Peak8347Central North Cascades2907160 
 Austera Peak8334Central North Cascades41480 
 Windy Peak8333Okanogan Range1772108 
 Mount Saint Helens8333Mount Saint Helens Area45731768 
 Cosho Peak8332Central North Cascades49245 
 Big Snagtooth8330Methow Mountains570103 
 Mount Formidable8325Central North Cascades188566 
 Switchback Mountain8321Methow Mountains441137 
 Abernathy Peak8321Methow Mountains801132 
 Flora Mountain8320Central North Cascades180044 
 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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