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Ascent of Mule Hill on 2010-05-31

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Monday, May 31, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mule Hill
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:2853 ft / 869 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached Mule Hill from Elk Creek Road about 12 miles from Hwy 62. The access road and trailhead is right off of Elk Creek Road. Elk Creek Road has a nice new bridge across Elk Creek on a sweeping right turn and then in about .5 mile you will see a nice gravel road heading directly at Mule Hill. The road also has a nice locked green gate just before a nice bridge over Button Creek. I parked at the gate and hiked the road. The road is great and ascends through a nice second grwoth forest. The road meanders around, but steadily gains elevation. I ignored all the secondary roads and stayed right on the the good road. After crossing under the electric power transmission lines, the road ends. I came back to the transmission lines and hiked up the steep slope under the lines to the summit. No views because of the forest. I think one of the secondary spur roads to the left would have taken me closer to the summit without having to hike up under the power lines.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:815 ft / 248 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Northern Road
    Trailhead:2038 ft / 621 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack



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