Mount Bullen

Elevation (feet): 5,974
Elevation (meters): 1,821
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Washington
Latitude: 48.195502
Longitude: -121.698732
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1932
First successful climber(s): Sydney Schmerling, Herman Ulrichs
Nearest major airport: Seattle
Convenient Center: Darrington

Thanks to Stefan Feller for adding this peak.

Sunday dawned brilliantly and we were on the go at 7 am. Squire Cr required wading shoes and was painfully cold. Thereafter we had a nice open forest, bearing what I thought was an appropriate amount of flagging. OK, John, maybe those 2 big flourescent papers with "ROUTE" stenciled on them were a bit much.

When the legendary brush began at 2800', we had a snow filled gully which led shortly to higher snow slopes, making for an essentially brushless approach. In 5 hours from the car we had reached the 5200' saddle on the Salish-Buckeye divide, where we dumped our overnight gear and prepared for the afternoon to Bullon. By now the perfect day had given way to high clouds moving in quickly. The 1200' drop to Bullon Lks went easily down a snow filled gully.

The 1800' climb to Bullon presented more difficulty than we were led to expect. We took the only easy line, a gully which rose steeper and steeper til it reached 40 degrees at the top. The summit cairn was just barely melted out, but sporadic digging revealed no register. By now the sky was decidedly gray, with many disturbing lenticular like features. The descent off Bullon was a little scary-most of us chose to back down facing in for 500'. The 1200' regain to our camp was a brutal way to end a day on which one had just climbed a peak. We had just enough room to pitch the 2 tents. Sunset showed clear sky far to the east and the Olympics, so I still had hopes for just a cloudy day for Mon, but pitter patter on the tent in the wee hours of morning became steady light rain by daybreak. The nearby prominent summits were walkups and close, but the consensus was to leave them for a better day. I was home by noon, feeling stangely out of place. We had visited a fabulous little area. The views of Squire Cr Wall rival the greatest sweeps of granite I have ever seen. 5/30/99

Thanks to Stefan Feller for this description.