Ascent of Bullhead Mountain on 2018-04-25

Climber: Chris Gilsdorf

Date:Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bullhead Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5920 ft / 1804 m

Ascent Trip Report

This one was far easier than anticipated. Either my forays into miserable bushwhacking in every corner of the contiguous US have turned me into a battle-hardened peakbagger, or this mountain is seeing a lot more traffic these days. Probably both...

It took me about 15 minutes from the parking area to reach the obvious topping-out point of the MST. Here, there's an obvious, but short-lived use path that gets you over some rock outcroppings. Then it's contending with moderately heavy brush, with minimal thorns and lots of vertical-standing shrubs as you head toward the crest of the range. After passing over the top of the grassy gully mentioned in other trip reports, you'll soon arrive at the crest, where on a clear day (this was not) you would have great views toward Craggy Dome. Turn left, suffer a few dozen more feet of brush, then enter a surprisingly open meadow with some trees, similar to areas you've seen on the approach. Crossing this leads most of the way to the obvious high ground, reached after only a half minute more of brush.

On the return journey, I followed the grassy gully back down to the trail, where I soon reemerged just on the far side of the crest of the trail, and had an easy walk back to the car.

For future visitors: go just past the crest of the trail a few dozen feet to the grassy gully, follow this to its upper end, and continue another minute or two of heavy brush to the crest. Turn left, following a faint use trail to the upper grassy meadow, and at the far end is the summit. My roundtrip off trail took 22 minutes; take this route and you'll spend even less. A GPS is helpful, but probably not strictly necessary, and if you're wearing long clothes, no blood need be shed.
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