Bull Hill A
South Ridge
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Difficulty:
 Class 2 
Trailhead:Echo Canyon
Start:10,000 feet
Summit:13,761 feet
Total Gain:3,800 feet
RT Length:7.25 miles
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:6/2012
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:17 reports
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? (WINTER) HOLD ON! If you don't have much high-elevation, winter climbing experience, be careful in your planning and take a partner. All 14er routes are more difficult and more dangerous in winter.

Trailhead

From U.S. 24 south of Leadville, take Colorado 82 (Independence Pass) west toward Twin Lakes. Drive about 12.5 miles and turn right onto a dirt road. When approaching the area of the turn-off, slow down because it's hard to see the turn and it's unmarked. Follow the dirt road for less than 100 yards to the unmarked "trailhead." There's parking on the left for two vehicles. Across the road, the trail (old 4WD road) heads north up into the forest.

Route

This isn't marked and the unmarked turn-off from CO 82 is very easy to miss. If you have 4WD and don't want to park in the lower area, turn right (north) and continue 150 yards up the old road (trail) where you'll find a pull-off with parking for a couple more vehicles - easy 4WD to that point and it's on public land.

Start up the road/trail ( 1) and turn right at a stream crossing ( 2), 0.3 mile up from the trailhead. Continued N/NE on the trail as it parallels the creek in Echo Canyon. Near 10,600', the trail gets back on the old, overgrown 4WD road that was used to access mines long ago. A defined trail now weaves through the trees on the road - 3. At 11,640', pass a mine shack ( 4) in the area of the Last Change Mine and continue up the road - 5. There's a great view of Casco Peak during much of the climb - 6.

Reach the Golden Fleece Mine near 12,700' ( 7 and 8) and the road ends just above the mine - 9. Leave the mine and hike (Class 2) up the slope ( 10) to reach Bull Hill's south ridge. Finally on the south ridge, the remaining hike is obvious: Easy, grass-covered slopes - 11. Hike north along the ridge to reach a flat-ish spot near 13,500' ( 12) and continue ( 13 and 14) up to the summit - 15.

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