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Bull Mountain, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance One Way 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,567 feet
Elevation Gain 1,573 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,600 feet
Avg Time One Way 2-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.83
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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Bull Mountain - West Approach
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Author johnner
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Apr, Mar, Nov, Oct → 8 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:48am - 5:53pm
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Bull King Awesome Views
by johnner

Likely In-Season!
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The current Official Route is from the SW. The guide below is directly south. The south approach is shorter distance wise yet sounds like a higher pucker factor. Will update as more information becomes available.


Prologue
Bull Mountain is the prominent, flat-topped massif about 3 miles North of Kingman, AZ. On many past visits, I thought of climbing it, this time, I would not let it go unclimbed. I studied many different possible routes. All sides of it are steep, and the mountain is banded by a clifflike ribbon of broken rock. Upon closer examination, the whole mountain seems like a huge rockpile.

The Northwest side seems to have the route that is the least in steepness, but the approach is too long. I never even got close enough to see what it was really like.

Hike
I opted for the South side, which has the shortest approach, but gets real steep, real fast. I went down the old mining road about a mile past the large mine that can be seen from the city, parked the truck, and headed up. I decided to stay on a ridge to avoid vegetation. The going was easy until about half way up where the ribbon of rock begins. Here I got into some class 4 climbing, but it was not as bad as it looked from below. Just a giant staircase to the top of "the Bull". There are many loose rocks, so if you climb this one, be careful to test before you trust. After about 25 minutes of of the "staircase", I found myself on a gentle, but long slope upward to the top. I headed Northwest towards the shoulders of "the Bull" that is the summit. The views of Kingman were great. This mountain is so steep that you really feel like you are in an airplane, high above the city.

Coming down, I decided to try a gulley, next to the ridge that I took up. It was less steep, the vegetation not too bad, and the footing actually better than the ridge - less scree. There was one section that was probably a 5.6 where I had to downclimb. Only for 10 or 12 feet though.

This is another "out there" kind of climb, where there are no trails, and few people go because it is a little on the difficult side. It's not that bad though. Just choose your route carefully, and watch for loose rock.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2004-01-14 johnner

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    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Directions
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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    To get there, go North on Stockton Hill Rd. A few blocks after Northern Ave, watch the side streets on the left for one called Camelback. Turn Left. Take that about 1 1/2 miles past where the pavement ends, and pick your route.
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