Ascent of Mule Creek Butte on 2011-07-25

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Monday, July 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Mule Creek Butte
    Elevation:6787 ft / 2068 m

Ascent Trip Report

From US-93, about 4½ miles N of the NV border, I turned E following a BLM sign to Rabbit Spring Recreation Site. Call the turnoff point mile 0.0. The road immediately turns R, then L, around the site, which is very minimal. At 1.3 miles I turned L on an unsigned side road at a broad saddle. The side road is narrow and rough, and a vehicle without high clearance would probably have trouble. At 1.9 miles I turned R at an unsigned fork. At 2.2 miles I crossed a cattle guard. At 3.1 miles I encountered some exposed rock slabs which required careful negotiation, even with high clearance. At 3.4 miles I encountered a wire gate with a No Trespassing sign. This was at the border of sections 5 and 6. I was in remote country, and the property all around seemed abandoned, but I decided to backtrack and park at the first wide spot I could find, which was about ½ mile back.

I hiked back to the wire gate and negotiated it. Just beyond it is a triangle junction where the R branch barely exists any more. That was OK, as I was to take the L branch heading N. The road dropped into a shallow canyon, and climbed up along its bottom for about 1½ miles. Then it emerged onto the broad, gentle slope on the N side of section 32. At a junction with a salt lick I turned R and headed up the ever-lessening slope to the summit area, where small slabs and scattered desert evergreens are the land cover. I stepped on all apparent high ground and called it good.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:787 ft / 239 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Trailhead:6100 ft / 1859 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 

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