Buck Mountain/Southwest Route

At 8,528 ft, Buck Mountain in the Glacier Peak Wilderness is the 49th highest peak on Bulger list. The Southwest Route, 20 miles and 6,000 feet elevation gain, takes you from the Little Giant Trail to Napeequa Valley and up Louis Creek.

Approach & Ascent

On Chiwawa River Road, 1 mi past Nineteen Mile campground, cross the river and hike the Little Giant Trail over Little Giant Pass and drop down into the Napeequa Valley.  Cross Lewis Creek 1.7 mi past the junction with Boulder Creek trail. Leave the trail here and hike up left side of creek through steep brush, past a waterfall, to nice basin at 6,400 ft.  Ascend northeasterly to summit plateau.  The middle summit is true summit, and is reached by ascending a Class 3 gully.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 5
  • Length: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,000 ft
  • 8,528 ft
  • USGS Trinity
  • USGS Clark Mountain
  • Green Trails Holden No. 113
  • Trails Illustrated Glacier Peak Wilderness

Upcoming Activities

Basic Alpine Climb - Buck Mountain/Southwest Route

Climbing Trip
We will climb Fortress and Buck Mountains over 3 days. Actual route will differ from
Difficulty: Strenuous 5, Technical 5
Fri, Jul 24, 2020 - Sun, Jul 26, 2020
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants 0 leaders
Registration opens Jun 1
Seattle Branch

Alpine Scramble - Buck Mountain/Southwest Route

Scrambling Trip
Best 3 days out of 4 to view golden larch and nab a Bulger peak.
Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 5
Fri, Oct 2, 2020 - Mon, Oct 5, 2020
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants
Registration opens Sep 1
Seattle Branch
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