Hull Mountain

Upper Lake, California (Mendocino County)

Last Updated: 08/23/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Typically Open: 04/01 - 12/15
Length: 11.78 miles
Highest Elevation: 6873 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 50 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Upper Lake
Nearest Town w/ Services: Upper Lake
Official Road Name: M1
Management Agency: Mendocino National Forest
District: Upper Lake Ranger District


Highlight: Hull Mountain
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).


Route Information

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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is at the intersection of Elk Mountain Road/M1 and Homeview. Although the road is paved at this intersection, as you continue on M1, the surface changes to a heavily potholed, washboard gravel trail within a few hundred yards.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Upper Lake, California

From Upper Lake, follow the M1 - Elk Mountain Road to Lake Pillsbury trail to its final waypoint at the north end of Lake Pillsbury. This is the trailhead for Hull Mountain.



Trail Reviews (7)

Questions & Answers (4)

Q: Thanks so much for the great info. Is Pogie Point still open? Looks like some surrounding roads are closed now?
–Jay Courant (09/18/2018)
–Vlad Mott (09/20/2018)
Q: Is the duration 2 hrs there and back or 2 hrs just to get to the top? Thanks a lot for all the answers btw.
–Ricardo ravelo (06/09/2018)
–Vlad Mott (06/11/2018)
Q: Is camping not allowed at all at the top of Hull or it’s just not possible because of the uneven ground and lack of space?
–Ricardo ravelo (06/09/2018)
–Vlad Mott (06/09/2018)
Q: Is camping possible at the end of the hull mountain road?
–Ricardo ravelo (06/09/2018)
–Vishal Pachigar (09/12/2019)
–Vlad Mott (06/09/2018)

Writer Information

Vlad Mott

Mapping Crew - California

Vlad Mott is a longtime outdoors enthusiast who loves hiking, jeeping & backcountry adventure.
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