Ascent of Bull Mountain on 2019-04-11

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, April 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bull Mountain
    Elevation:710 ft / 216 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the power easement along SW Mistletoe Drive so to be on public land and R/W and not near anybodies home that would fuss about a peakbagger in the area. I hiked down to the corner of SW Fern Street and SW Ascension Dr. which is Directly north of the parking area so that I could start the urban hike at the lowest point possible to "earn" the summit since it a totally urban ascent in a nice neighborhood. You can make it a 3 mile loop with over 400 feet of gain thus earning the 400+ prominence instead of boring "drive-up". Why not get the exercise?

This loop took me to SW Fern to SW 138th to SW Walnut to SW 135th to SW Hillshire Dr to Mistletoe to SW High Tor Drive where the HP is. The ground of the highpoint is a public water tank behind a low gate fence that you can jump if you want but the natural highpoint of the top of the hill is obliterated by the placement of the tanks so since this is not an official listed HP like a CHP or SHP, it is up to you if you want to jump the 4 foot fence and kick dirt around the concrete tank. It is all pretty flat in there. I am more interested in "earning" a 300 foot prominence peak then doing a drive up and then spending an hour trying to worry about what may be the the most natural native ground in the fenced in area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:468 ft / 141 m
    Total Elevation Loss:55 ft / 16 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
Rainy Portland Spring Weather
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:433 ft / 131 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 413 ft / 126 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:see TR and GPS track
    Start Trailhead:corner of SW Fern and SW Ascension   297 ft / 90 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:35 ft / 10 m
    Gain on way out:35 ft / 10 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Portland - 3

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Bull Mountain2019-04-11 a468 ft / 143 m
2Grant Butte2019-04-11 b413 ft / 126 m
3Larch Mountain2019-04-11 c1507 ft / 459 m
10Wildcat Mountain2019-04-12 a580 ft / 177 m
11Long Mountain2019-04-12 b373 ft / 114 m
12Bacona Hill2019-04-12 c223 ft / 68 m
13Green Mountain2019-04-12 d360 ft / 110 m
14Sexton Mountain2019-04-12 e325 ft / 99 m
Total Trip Gain: 4249 ft / 1296 m    Total Trip Loss: 365 ft / 112 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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