Ascent of Bullhead Mountain on 2012-07-07

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, July 7, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bullhead Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3862 ft / 1177 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bullhead is the highest peak along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Alleghany County and the fourth highest in the county overall.

Park at BRP Milepost 234 at the junction of Mahogany Rock Road and follow the ridge to the summit.

The hike is a 2-mile round trip--an easy-to-follow bushwhack along a distinct ridgeline through open woods with grass and fern understory. You are safely on public land (national park on the S side and state park on the N), so it should be OK even in hunting season. Limited views along the ridge approaching the top, and a good open view to the E/NE about 100 yards beyond the summit.

From the same parking place, you can also climb Mahogany Rock Mountain on the opposite side of the Parkway. See my 2005 trip report.

Listsofjohn calculates that this is my 100th ranked peak in NC. I also count 56 others (including the aforementioned Mahogany Rock). As far as I'm concerned, there is no such thing as an unranked peak. If I ever get all 1,339 ranked peaks, then maybe I'll reconsider.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:682 ft / 207 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Trailhead:BRP milepost 234  3180 ft / 969 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Ascent Statistics
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes

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