Ascent of Bullhead Mountain on 2019-06-14

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, June 14, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bullhead Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5920 ft / 1804 m

Ascent Trip Report

Per previous reports, I was ready ready for this one. Rather than ascend from Locust Knob below, I
parked at Bullhead Gap and the made the best out of the MST until I saw a faint trail on the north side of the summit. All of the reports are correct and I am likely to have been dumb enough to try this in summer. Knarley, weedy and well worth a machete bushwhacking, the summit afforded no views and no respite for a hot, sweating and bleeding hiker. Why is it that some of the least significant peaks prove to be physically toughest. The HP appeared draped in a canopy of vines and briars. Thank goodness I kept my long sleeves on from Snowball Mountain!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:474 ft / 144 m
    Total Elevation Loss:474 ft / 144 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:474 ft / 144 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Maintained Trail and Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  5446 ft / 1659 m
    Time:35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:474 ft / 144 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Bushwhack to Trail
    End Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  5446 ft / 1659 m
    Time:35 Minutes

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