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Ascent of Bully Choop Mountain on 2019-08-15

Climber: Daniel Coulter

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 15, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Bully Choop Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6975 ft / 2125 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access: Bully Choop Mountain is a drive-up, but it a long drive on rough dirt roads. Thankfully navigation is easy and Google Maps will take you all the way to the summit. For those who like text directions, take E County Line Rd off of Highway 299 and follow it for about 12 miles. There are many spur roads, but keeping to the main road at all times should keep you on track. Eventually you will reach an unmarked junction just east of the summit. Take the right fork and follow it for 1.5 miles to the summit. Trip reports have described E County Line Rd in various states of maintenance, so I will add my experience to the mix. During my visit the road was in pretty rough shape and would not have been suitable for a sedan. There were countless deep channels across the road, cut by flowing water. Anything with moderate or high clearance should be able to get past these. I also had to get out of my car twice, once to move a large rock that had fallen in the middle of the road and once to move a large log off the road. About half a mile from the summit there is a gate, which was open when I visited. If you do not have a high-clearance 4WD vehicle, park here as the remaining road is very rough. I was able to drive up in my 4Runner, but it was slow going dodging sharp rocks.

The Climb: This was a drive-up for me, but if you parked at the gate this will be a quick and easy 1.2 mile round trip road hike. There were no vehicles at the summit and the lookout did not appear to be manned. The benchmark is behind the lookout in a slab of concrete. Views were excellent in all directions, with Mount Shasta and Lassen Peak looking awfully impressive.

My Thoughts: Admittedly, the bang for the buck on this one is not very good. However, I was driving across California on Highway 299 and was resting after several days of climbing and hiking, so Bully Choop Mountain seemed like a decent objective. Bully Choop is mainly of interest to prominence peakbaggers, as 3000 feet of prominence is quite enticing.

I am always looking for climbing partners, so if you are based in or around northern Idaho feel free to contact me.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9 ft / 2 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Drive-up
    Trailhead:6966 ft / 2123 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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