Ascent of McCullough Mountain on 2011-02-15
|Date:||Tuesday, February 15, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||7026 ft / 2141 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI hiked McCullough Mtn using the DPS information for Route B. I exited I-15 at Primm, turned towards Buffalo Bills and turned left at the signal. Zero your odometer and just go straight parallel to I-15 in front of Buffalo Bills, the road turns to gravel and in 0.8 mile turn right on an unsigned gravel road. Cross the Rxr tracks at 2.1 miles and then stay on the main road as it parallels a couple of high transmission lines heading towards Beer Bottle Pass. This is a long straight road and at 6.4 miles enter a canyon and climb up to Beer Bottle Pass at 7.0 miles. Take the left fork under the transmission lines and go down into the little valley to mile 7.3 where I turned right on an unsigned road that parallels a wood power pole line. At 9.2 miles turn left at an old corral and shot up water tank. At 9.4 miles turn right, at 9.6 miles take the left fork, at 12.5 miles go over a small pass, and at 14.3 miles turn left on a lesser 4WD road. This is not a good road, sandy with big rocks. At 17.8 miles I could see the tin cabin near the trailhead, so I just parked in the wash and hiked from there.
I hiked up the main wash to the right of the cabin. Railroad Springs had been fenced to keep the cows away at one time, but they have trampled the fence and fouled the spring. Hiking up the wash was easy without too many obstacles. There was a dry water fall that wasn’t quite dry but it was easy to climb. Not far above the dry water fall I found some cows in the bottom of the wash. The cows moved out of the way, but a bull that was with them wasn’t quite so polite. I did get him to move up about 100 ft, but then he was not going to let me pass so I started climbing up the slope on my right. I had to climb up to the ridge anyway, so I wasn’t going out of my way. There were cow trails to follow up and that helped me make good progress. The route to the summit is easy to find, just keep going up. It would be hard to get lost going up, but pay attention to your route so that you come down the same way. There are some steep cliffy areas and several other canyons that one could take by mistake. There were good views from the summit in all directions.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1870 ft / 570 m|
| Distance:||3.9 mi / 6.2 km|
| Route:||DPS Rt B|
| Trailhead:||5156 ft / 1571 m|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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