Ascent of Bull Run Peak on 2001-08-14

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, August 14, 2001
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Bull Run Peak
    Elevation:9495 ft / 2894 m

Ascent Trip Report

`My hike to Bull Run and Henry Peaks began at the upper end of Pacific Valley Campground (7,550'), the turnoff for which is 1 mile NE of Pacific Grade Summit (8,050') on CA 4. The good dirt road is closed to further vehicular traffic near where I parked. This Pacific Valley Trail parallels the Pacific Valley through forest and an open meadow for 1.5 miles to the "real" TH at the junction with the Milk Ranch Tr and Bull Run Creek Tr. This latter trail climbs 1.7 miles up into the valley under the imposing volcanic ramparts of Bull Run Peak and, after crossing Pacific Creek, arrives at a granitic saddle between Bull Run Peak and Henry Peak at the northern edge of the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. Bull Run Peak looks somewhat challenging but really is not. It is climbed by an easily followed use trail starting just below a wood sign at the saddle that points in the direction of the peak. The route winds its way through a jumble of boulders and crosses an area where granitic changes to volcanic. Across a wooded flat the route continues steeply up a scree slope to the summit ridge of Bull Run Peak. It was a magnificent days with clear, 360-degree views which included Mokelumne Peak, Round Top, the jagged Reynolds Peak ridge, Highland&Silver Peaks, Lookout Peak, Peep Sight Peak, the Dardanelles, and Spicer Meadows Reservoir. The open register can contained a sealed baggie with only a few sheets for sign-ins. On my return I climbed Henry Peak, an easy cross-country jaunt from the Bull Run-Henry Saddle.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1945 ft / 592 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Trailhead:Pacific Valley Campground  7550 ft / 2301 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Ideal, shirtsleeve weather, excellent visibility

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