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Feb 27 2020
nikorock28
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 Routes 9
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 Triplogs 867

38 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Bull Mountain - West Approach, AZ 
Bull Mountain - West Approach, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2020
nikorock28
Hiking6.33 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking6.33 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   3.09 mph
1,750 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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I headed west on the continuation of Camelbak Road to the saddle. It wasn't my intention to go off trail, but Bull Mountain looming above was tempting me. I started up and quickly found that this route is much more manageable than going up the east face. The footing is more stable, less vegetation and not nearly as steep. It is also very nice. There are some cave like formations in the rocks once you to get to the ridge. I think I like the views from this end of the mountain more than the east side. This feels more like a hike, while the approach up the east face kind of beats you up a little bit. The ground was nice and soft from the rain this past Saturday, which made the off trail descent quick and fun. Continuing further along the south ridge of the mountain would enable you to complete a loop, so I will have to check that out another trip.
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Feb 21 2020
nikorock28
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 Routes 9
 Photos 394
 Triplogs 867

38 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Bull MountainNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2020
nikorock28
Hiking3.40 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   1.70 mph
1,750 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Over 70 degrees in February... I will take it! At the first rock band, I usually veer to the left and across it but decided to stay in the chute to the right. This totally kicked my butt today and I had to briefly stop a few times. I enjoyed this chute, there was rock a lot of the time to grab onto and also quite a nice red rockish section. Topping out to the right means you get a nice 0.05 mile walk before negotiating the very minor boulder section, which is fun. I went to my usual location and found a great place to rest, complete with back rest and foot rest. I failed to walk over to the true top because I didn't feel like it. I mostly returned the way I came and took another 20 minute break at the saddle. The recorded elevations on my route were jumping all over the place, so I adjusted the stats.
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Feb 01 2020
nikorock28
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 Routes 9
 Photos 394
 Triplogs 867

38 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Bull MountainNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
nikorock28
Hiking3.40 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles
1,700 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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I had to take advantage of the warmer weather prior to the cold of next week. This has turned into my go to hike during the winter months when it is too cold for the Hualapais. The dogs at the last house on Camelbak Rd. must recognize me now because they do not bark at me any longer :) I failed in recording the route for the ascent (we will call it operator error), but got one for the descent. At times, I went down different ways than I came up, which usually seems to be the case on this one. The route recorded my upper elevation around 5,060 feet, but looking at the topo map, there is a 5120' contour.
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Dec 13 2019
nikorock28
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 Routes 9
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38 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Bull MountainNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2019
nikorock28
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
 
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I was here a few days ago but didn't have time to make the top prior to sunset. I went back today and completed the task. It seems each time I have done this, I go a little bit different way each time. Today, I went down a different chute than I went up and I was pleased I could follow that for the whole descent, with no cliffing out. It was about 40 minutes up once off trail from the road and 50 minutes down. Always slower down for me as I am more cautious with my steps. Some butt sliding as well. There was one woman in a quad on the road looking for her flashlight which she said she had lost earlier this morning. I totally freaked her out when I caught up to her at the side of her vehicle (she was driving ridiculously slow to search). I still need to do this from the west side, but that is a longer approach, so I am not really a fan.
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Dec 10 2019
nikorock28
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 Routes 9
 Photos 394
 Triplogs 867

38 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Bull MountainNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2019
nikorock28
Hiking2.80 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles
1,150 ft AEG
 
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I went one mile on the mine road to the east approach and up that ridge to about 4650', just past the second band of rock. The vegetation has greatly dissipated, which is very nice. When I started up this a few months ago, I turned around because progress was slow going and I didn't want to deal with it. Made it back just before sunset.
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Dec 18 2016
nikorock28
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38 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Bull MountainNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2016
nikorock28
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
 
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Second time on Bull Mountain; the name is certainly appropriate. I parked at the end of the paved road and started up the mine road. The skies were clear and sunny, but the wind was strong. Every foot of AEG is earned on this one, even on the road, since it is horizontally uneven and quite rocky. About 3/4 of a mile in and the rock outcropping to the east was encountered, which was my starting point for the ascent to the summit.

The last time I did this there was a semblance of a trail for the first third of the climb, but I couldn't spot anything on this occasion, probably due to the overgrown brush. Up a drainage, traverse over, up another drainage, a little scramble up, down, up and I was on the top plateau. It is a very expansive area and I headed towards the west end to investigate. I considered heading down the western end, but decided it would be wise to stick with what I was familiar with. Very windy and cold up top.

The down is the difficult task on this one; this might be the most challenging descent I have encountered. The rock is extremely loose, the scree is loose, the soil is loose and the terrain is inconsistent/unpredictable so you pretty much have to be cautious with every step and test each rock. I butt slide a few times (intentional), used the solid rock that separated the chutes and traversed and worked in a few different drainages to make it back to the mine road.

I checked out the cut on the way back, which I found to be pretty neat. I didn't attempt to figure out the depth, but it has to be on the order of 100 feet.

This is a nice once a year off trail adventure. I probably wouldn't want to do it more often than that.
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Dec 21 2015
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38 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Bull MountainNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2015
nikorock28
Hiking4.25 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   1.65 mph
1,700 ft AEG
 
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After Sugarloaf near Bullhead City, I was up for some more off trail fun so paid a visit to Bull Mountain in Kingman. I parked at the end of Camelback, where the pavement ends and the mine road begins. I wouldn’t call it passable in a non-clearance vehicle; it was in pretty rough shape. I walked up the mine road for a little less than 20 minutes, or approximately one mile. You pass some old mine sites and reach an area with a rock outcropping to your right, just before the road starts to dip. Nice views of Kingman from this vantage point at approximately 4,000 feet. This is where I started off road, heading for the nearest chute drainage, which would be my access to the top. There was some semblance of a pathway here and there for the first third of the climb until the drainage becomes more defined and eventually turns into a chute. Once in the drainage, I just kept going up, shooting for a saddle of sorts between two rock outcroppings, which was near the top of the plateau/butte/massif/whatever this is called. I did pass what I believed to be a cairn about halfway up, but that was the only one I saw on the ascent. It took me less than a half an hour to reach the saddle upon leaving the mine road, so not too bad. Probably a little over a thousand foot climb from the road to here. From this vantage point, I could now see that the north slope of the mountain still had a good amount of snow on it.

Once in the rocky areas near the top, I saw that this would now require some scrambling and climbing. I climbed up a couple sections, just trying to keep getting higher. Hit a point where I had to downclimb to keep getting higher, so I retreated back down to the nearest drainage, which had a nice chute to go up. Went up this chute and after a few short uphill scrambles to head east, this put me on top. I am unsure what the spot elevation is, but I can make out a 5300 contour on the topo, so presumably something above that, but below 5400. I walked over to the south edge, which appeared to be the high point. The area at the top is quite expansive and probably a mile from east to west. I started heading to the west end, but after a few minutes, I decided to turn back as it was starting to get later in the day. Exploration would be better left for a future visit.

I headed down the chute I took for the last 100 feet or so on the ascent and decided to just stay in that instead of retracing my now confusing steps. The downhill was much more slow going than the ascent. Tons of loose rock, scree, you name it. It was a good thing I was the only one out there as I was sending rocks flying all over the place. At one point, I dislodged a huge 100+ pound small boulder and it went tumbling down the chute. It eventually rested about 100 yards further down. You really do have to be cautious on every rock you step on, even the big ones, as most of those were not stable. In one area I could hear movement beneath the large rock that I had just stepped on. If you do hike this with someone, I would highly encourage being side to side. On this chute, I spotted two cairns along the way. I eventually made it back to the mine road and to my vehicle with no incident.

This is a very fun little mountain and there are doubtless numerous ways to the top. No risk of getting lost because the mine road is always in plain sight. I will be back to explore this again.
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