Ascent of Bunker Hill on 2019-09-07

Climber: Kyle Wilson

Date:Saturday, September 7, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bunker Hill
    Elevation:11473 ft / 3496 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Tonopah, Google Maps will accurately navigate you to the turn off to the dirt road that goes to the trailhead we used. We followed the road and parked shortly before it ended because of a creek crossing and a flash flood concern (there was a big rain storm forecasted in a couple of hours after we arrived). This actually turned out well because a 2 minute hike from the vehicle showed us an excellent path to the top of the ridge with almost zero bushwhacking. While it was difficult going up the steep hillside, there was a decent path on top. We found numerous animal trails (and droppings) on the way up using the few nice sections of trails we found. On the way up, I did a large switch back while I was following the trail, but it seemed rather unnecessary. I recommend just exiting the trail when it heads up and away from the summit and start hiking up the ridge. The terrain was surprising stable all the way to the upper ridgeline for it being so steep. Once you get up there, it becomes rocky and loose, but we found a few trails that made it easier. At the top, I was disappointed when I came to the false summit with communication equipment. The actual summit is about 1200 feet from there and you have to drop down and climb back up to get to it. I found the register, but it was difficult to get out of the small glass bottle and I recommend someone brings a new container since the register could easily get damaged from removing it.

Since there was a lovely 70% of chance of rain and thunderstorms we were in a rush on this hike! It didn't help that we started late in the day since we just hiked Mount Jefferson a few hours ago. However, we managed to finish about an hour before the storm was supposed to be there and we saw lots of lightning in our rearview mirrors after getting to Carvers, NV. Also, a quick note about Carvers, NV: the Rebel Gas Station located at the Shoshone Market had gas that was 50 cents cheaper a gallon than Tonopah! The only drawback is they aren't open 24/7.

Overall it was a nice hike with great views at the top.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3480 ft / 1060 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3480 ft / 1059 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.5 mi / 8.8 km
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3381 ft / 1030 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3280 ft / 999 m; Extra: 101 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:101 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.6 km
    Start Trailhead:8193 ft / 2497 m
    Time:2 Hours 31 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3379 ft / 1029 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3280 ft / 999 m; Extra: 99 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:99 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    End Trailhead:8193 ft / 2497 m
    Time:1 Hours 36 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Kyle Wilson
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