WASHINGTON'S HIGHEST PEAKS
with 400 Feet of Prominence
Photos © John Roper 2004
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<400 means this peak has less than 400-feet of prominence.
Peaks with the same elevation are given the same rank.
HORSESHOE PEAK 8480+ P80
Sahale Peak is on the left, Mount Buckner on the right, connected by Ripsaw Ridge. The original Horseshoe Peak name was applied by miners to the horseshoe-shaped summit (with the V notch) in the middle of Ripsaw Ridge above Horseshoe Basin, as shown on the 1962 Mt. Baker National Forest map. When the 1963 USGS Cascade Pass quad came out, a confused office cartographer had moved the "Horseshoe Peak" words on the map over to a non-descript rotten crag just west of Buckner. This transposition led to the inclusion of this peak on the Bulger List as it became a named summit with sufficient elevation, even though it has only 80 feet of prominence. Many a climber has grumbled about this peculiarity, especially on this chossy pinnacle. The case for the desirability of a one-rule Top 100 List (400-foot prominence only) is rested.
HORSESHOE PEAK 8480+ P80
The original maps had this name on the left, V-notched, horseshoe-shaped summit. The 1963 USGS Cascade Pass quad moved the label to the highest right crag. Bulgers Russ Kroeker, Bruce Gibbs, Bette Felton, and Mary Jo Gibbs made its FA on July 13, 1980.
Click here for a good close-up shot of "Bulger Horseshoe" by Paul Klenke.
MOUNT RAHM 8480+ P280
from the North on Silvertip-Rideout ridge in Canada, looking up Maselpanik Creek. Rahm is the left snow-topped summit. The map shows its barely lower right rocky top as 8480+, but the "8478" left snow summit is higher. (L) to (R) are Devils Tongue, Rahms Horn' (aka McNaught Peak'), Rahm, Ag Peak', Spickard (highest central), and Custer.
BIG CRAGGY PEAK 8470' P3070
from West Craggy
HOODOO PEAK 8464' P424
Silas Wild on traverse from Libby Peak'.
LOST PEAK 8464' P1624
from NW. This was my final Bulger Big Boy on May 24, 1987, and Mike "Buffalo" Bialos finished here in 1997. The Buff never admitted to wanting to do the Bulger List, but finally made it by continuing each year to climb the highest peak in Washington that he had not yet climbed.
CHIWAWA MOUNTAIN 8459' P1219
ARGONAUT PEAK 8453' P733
TOWER MOUNTAIN 8444' P2884
Western Cwm of Tower in April
DORADO NEEDLE 8440+ P800
The snowy right pyramid, Eldordo Peak on left. Dorado Needle was the last Top 100 peak for John Plimpton in 1995, and Mike Torok in 2002.
DORADO NEEDLE 8440+
from SW on The Triad
MOUNT BIGELOW 8440+ P760
from NW on Seance Peak. Glaciologist and aerial photographer Austin Post has noted that this peak's north-side, rock-covered glacier is the farthest east glacial ice in the Cascades. He calls it Eacas Glacier, for Ea(st)cas(cade).
LITTLE ANNAPURNA 8440+ P280
from NE, near Prusik Pass, across Perfection Lake
SINISTER PEAK 8440+ P800
from NW, above Chickamin Glacier. On October 4, 1980, Russ Kroeker became the first person to finish the Bulger Top 100 peaks. He did it on Sinister.
Winter aerial photo of Sinister by John Scurlock: 1
EMERALD PEAK 8422' P742
on right, from SW on Saska. Bearcat Peak (L) was one of the Top 200 Peaks in Washington, but that's a whole 'nother ten years out of your life, and another USGS 15-minute to 7.5 minute alteration of the data.
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