Hull Mountain

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4.6/5 (8 reviews)
Upper Lake, California (Mendocino County)
Last Updated: 08/23/2021
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Hull Mountain rises above Lake Pillsbury in the southwest part of the Mendocino National Forest in Northern California. This is a beautiful area for camping, swimming, fishing, and 4WD adventures. The mountain stands at 6,873', and there is a rough gravel road all the way to the summit, where only a concrete foundation remains of the fire lookout tower that once stood here. The views from the top are world-class; on a clear day, you can see Lassen Peak to the north, the Sierras to the east, and the nearby peaks of the Mendocino National Forest all around you (including Snow, Sanhedrin, and Goat, to name a few).

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4.6/5 (8)
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

the trail was not in the best condition. 3-4 downed trees on the way to the summit. one of the trees was too big to be cut down and you have to drive up and over a pretty large embankment that was very sketchy. also many of the downed trees don't leave much room to get thru the trail. in general the trail was ok for a 4wd, but we tried to pull a 16ft airstream up the mountain and just because we could doesn't mean we should have. lesson learned. also getting to the start of the trail looks pretty easy on maps, but it is really a 2-3 hour drive on a very washboard 11-mile fire road (from the 20) make sure you have enough gas to get up and over the mountain. we barely made it. not too many places to turn around on the way up.
Trail Review: Hull Mountain - paul bailey
Trail Review: Hull Mountain - paul bailey
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/26/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Trail was open and in good condition, there are a couple of side opportunities for mild rock crawling near the top, but otherwise super easy.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/23/2021

First time up the trail and it turned out to be memorable ! We camped on the concrete slab atop the hill and it was sheer bliss. The views at dawn and dusk are truly memorable. I did the trip on my stock Wrangler Willys 2021 LE. A few edits to the trail description below 1. The cross mentioned in waypoint 3 is now missing 2. The obstacle in the final stretch is now deeper and I am sure it will be hard to navigate in wetter weather 3. There IS however a byepass constructed to the top byepassing the final stretch 4. By day, there is an army of flies and bugs in the air. They thankfully disappear at night 5. There is almost zero mobile connectivity all the way from Lake Pillsubury and even the approach to it. Offline your stuff (incl music :) ) 6.
Trail Review: Hull Mountain - Vinod Muthukrishnan
Trail Review: Hull Mountain - Vinod Muthukrishnan
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/02/2020

Fun trail with nice views. Only hard part was right before the summit, there is a huge rut that has been dugged pretty deep. Ended up backing up in a stock 4Runner with A/T tires
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/22/2020

Great little trail, did get a bit of snow at the very top. Would think the rating of 3 is a little overkill, if conditions are dry 2wd will make it all day. Only part where 4wd would be needed would be to make the last 300 feet to the peak itself.

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