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Ascent of Hull Mountain on 2005-06-26

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Sunday, June 26, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hull Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6873 ft / 2094 m

Ascent Trip Report

From CA-20 in Upper Lake, I turned north on Elk Mtn Rd, where a sign says 31 miles to Lake Pillsbury. The first 10 miles are paved, then it becomes dirt. Though very convoluted, it is suitable for any street-legal vehicle. The road is briefly paved as it winds around the west and north sides of the lake. I stayed on the main road until a few miles after the lake near "Cabbage Patch" on the topo map where I made a sharp left turn. Though a sign on this side road inidcates that it goes to Hull Mtn, there is no sign for it on the main road; one must anticipate the turn and look back up the side road to see the sign. The road becomes gradually steeper and rougher and a vehicle without high clearance will probably have difficulty. I parked my Nissan pickup at Timberline Camp at 5800', a good place to Earlize to 1000' gain. There was some hang gliding activity at Timerline Camp. Above the camp, the road becomes very rough, narrow, and steep, and it is probably negotiable only by a 4WD vehicle with a granny gear.

The hike to the summit of Hull Mtn is straightforward. Upon return to the highway grid, I followed signs from Lake Pillsbury to Potter Valley (which involved only 7 miles of unpaved roads), whence I joined CA-20 west of where I had left it.
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