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Ascent of Little Bulger on 2008-09-10

Climber: Fred Beavon

Date:Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Bulger
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5111 ft / 1557 m

Ascent Trip Report

"Little Bulger Peak", 5111', #91 on the Home Court List, took 6 and 1/2 hours roundtrip. Parking at the end of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Road at the gate, I took the Dingford Creek Trail about five miles to Myrtle Lake. I was planning to visit Little Myrtle Lake, but then backtracked to Myrtle Lake, deciding Little Myrtle Lake wasn't worth it. While going around the east side of Myrtle Lake, I noticed a boulder field that would help in getting to the ridge. There were just some minor dew laden huckleberry bushes to walk through from the trail to the boulders. Veering to the left above the boulders, I hit the ridge just a bit before the summit. Besides Myrtle Lake, there are many other lakes in view from the summit area. Snoqualmie, Bear, Deer and Dorothy Lakes were the main ones.

It's best not to try what I did on the descent. For variation, I looped down to the 4720' saddle SW of the summit. A steep gully got me to the saddle, but it's way too dangerous for most sane individuals. Then, the brush back down to Myrtle Lake was unpleasant, compared to the pleasant route up. Though shorter distance wise, this took longer than the ascent from Myrtle Lake. Tread from an overgrown path on the west side of Myrtle Lake helped in getting back to the Dingford Creek Trail.
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