Super long day!
Summited with Jason. Tiffany and Brian Garcia were with us, but didn't go all the way. On the way to Windy Pass, a marmot walked up to Jason on the trail and took a bite out of the toe of his boot. He kicked that little communist!
Fantastic scramble! I did a loop route with Jake and it was awesome. I think the SE approach should become the standard route up, saves so many miles and it's a better scramble. Trip report here.
Did a very fun scramble up the south side, then descended standard route.
One of my favorite summits in Washington. Awesome views of the Enchantments!
We went up via the Lake Victoria route which was a bit brushy, but acceptable. The North Route above the lake was decent. Summited just before sunset. Went down the standard route due to not wanting to go back through the brush. Pulled off three ticks that day.
Went with josh and mike lewis. Schwacked to lake Victoria and climbed snow directly to the summit on the north face. Then descended to lake Caroline and hiked down the eightmile trail in the dark. Long day!
The non-scramble version with Josh Lewis and Matt Lemke. The best ALW summit I have done with the best view of the Enchantments by far. Approach to the lake was a * route but from the lake to the summit was ****. Great memorable snow-climb. Thanks Matt Lemke for taking us there. I look forward to the report. Here's a cheesy vid:
Spent the night at Caroline lake with no company and then to the summit solo. So quiet.
Our first day in was 101 degrees in Leavenworth. Amazed we didn't collapse from the heat.
An excellent class 3-4 scramble, definitely one of the better in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Camped at Eightmile Lake and went up the peak in the afternoon with two partners, both of whom turned around at Little Caroline Lake.
We followed footsteps and cairns and summited via the north ridge. When the cairns ran out we just used our sense and were on the summit shortly thereafter. Beautiful day! Great peak!
A very enjoyable scramble. The views of The Enchantments make this climb gorgeous. I believe the short class 4 moves can be avoided if you take time to look around. My 27th Bulger Peak.
This was a great all-around alpine experience with a great partners (Adam, Greg, Jacob). We choose wisely for our destination, as much of Washington was having thunderstorms and we had great weather conditions. The hike took 10 hours roundtrip (5h20m to summit, 40m at summit, 4h0m to car). Highly recommended peak!!!
Caught a beautiful February day!
My second successful climb on the Bulger list. I found this to be a very easy hike although a long one.
Nice layer of powdery snow everywhere made the class three steps on the backside a little tricky.
Hereandthere was a defunct account I had. I recently recovered access to it and moved the climbing logs over. I have copied the same info above on my new accounts climber log entry.
Just an fyi for everyone as the "post below" will be disappearing soon.
Scrambled the peak via the Windy Pass route hiking along the ridgeline. My friend and I scrambled under the two lower summits South of the true summit block allowing us to reach the saddle at just under 8000 ft. There are four "false summits" and the real summit on the summit block. If you are at the saddle, the true summit is on the opposite side from you (aka the North side of the summit block). It is the very last summit you would come to. I didn't realize this. There is a class 3 scrambling route (ridge and talus climb) on the North-West side of the summit block. Take the extra time and find this route (my buddy and I found it on the way down). If you try to summit earlier, you will have a class 4 scramble, and you will still have to traverse around the false summits to get over to the true summit. Also the last, 15 to 20 feet or so of the false summit (or at least the 3 of the 4 I tried before the true summit) are strictly climbing (In my opinion). The true summit, however, has an easy class 3 ridgeline finish or a slightly scary but easy class 4 gully finish (since we were traversing from the south we used the gully). Overall it was a great peak. Hard work, but the view of the Cascades (all of them from Mt. Baker to the far north and Mt. Ranier to the south) is breathtaking, not to mention the Birdseye view of the Enchantments. It doesn't get much better than this.
We started at 9:00 A.M. and reached the summit at 4:36 P.M. then camped in the basin below the ridge and used a shortcut through the basin to get back out (it gets really windy on the ridge after about 6:00 P.M.) after spending the night in the basin.
It was a good day.
Note: Even in mid-July there was a significant amount of snow (at last count we traversed 12 snowfields I believe) so be prepared. An ice axe would be comforting in some situations. Keep your eyes up and watch for rockfall. Also, give yourself ample time to get down. Packs are a nuisance on the loose talus/scree so ditch them or set up a high camp.