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Ascent of Bull Mountain on 2014-02-05

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bull Mountain
    Location:USA-Maryland
    Elevation:265 ft / 80 m

Ascent Trip Report

Could not find a parking lot near the second peak in the park that was over 260 feet tall. My intention was to climb from the eastern side of the peninsula to the west but all the property on the east side of SR 272 in this area of the park was private with many warning signs and gates!

So I parked along Boy Scout road a narrow one gravel and mud road with the snow. I hiked in from the intersection of SR 272. You hike down into the saddle between Bull Mtn and the higher plateau to the NE. Thus you get 60 feet of add gain getting to the cut off trail to the top. All along the roadway there is signs NO HUNTING...NO tresspassing...etc but the road is in the State Park and so was the all the property? Confused, I chose to stay on the road assuming it was public and the lands on either side perhaps leased? Then a gated area. I noticed the signs on the gate straight ahead were only NO HUNTING but the open gate to the left was NO TRESSPASSING. Soon red and blue blazes were everywhere back there along the road and signs explaing some boyscout hiking trails. Presuming that hiking back here was fine and I suspect the signs were to protect boyscouts from guns!

I found a small trail heading up Bull Mtn jsut before the picnic table and it takes you to the endless wander of the top of the plateau called Bull Mtn. Still not satsified, I headed further North then east and found the little knob adjacent to the road where the 270 foot top is cleaved away from Bull Mtn by the "Gravel Pit" I bushwhacekd up the side and ended up at the edge of the culdera of the pit! There were hiking trails up there ( I forget the blaze colors green perhaps or orange??) I wonder where they went. Then I hiked back to the road and took the blue blaze road back to the car.

I am only countin doing Bull Mtn once although I was above the 270 at least twice to make sure I claimed the top thus, a lot of additional gain counted on the descent as I went back up again in another location by the gravel pit. 34F and rain finally stopped on hike out.

Add Gain out to summit overcoming saddle = 60 ft.
Add Gain along road to summit = 15 ft.
SUBTOTAL Add Gain on ascent = 75
Add Gain from 160 road to second summit = 110 ft.
Add Gain exploring ridges of Bull Mtn for alt highpoints = 30 ft.
Add Gain along road to saddle on return = 15 ft.
Add Gain from saddle to car 60 ft.
SUBTOTAL Add Gain on descent = 215
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:380 ft / 115 m
    Total Elevation Loss:380 ft / 114 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Calm, Overcast
34F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:165 ft / 50 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 90 ft / 27 m; Extra: 75 ft / 22m
    Loss on way in:75 ft / 22 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Boy Scout Rd to Blue and Red Trails
    Start Trailhead:Boy Scout Rd and SR 272  175 ft / 53 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:305 ft / 92 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 90 ft / 27 m; Extra: 215 ft / 65m
    Gain on way out:215 ft / 65 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Reclimb other slopes and return
    End Trailhead:Boy Scout Rd and SR 272  175 ft / 53 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Elk Neck

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mauldin Mountain2014-02-05 a335 ft / 102 m
2Bull Mountain2014-02-05 b380 ft / 116 m
Total Trip Gain: 715 ft / 218 m    Total Trip Loss: 455 ft / 139 m



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