Bull Basin Trail
The Bull Basin Trail starts at a trailhead located off FR 90A. Ascending Kendrick Mountain's north slope, it switchbacks up to a large meadow. The trail then turns south along a rocky ridge to a flat area where there is a spring, and on to the old Kendrick Lookout Cabin. That one-room log structure, built in the early 1900s, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Be sure to go up to the lookout to enjoy the view. The two springs along the trail are not reliable and not recommended for drinking.
Trail Layout: The lower section of Bull Basin Trail follows some old logging roads (now closed to vehicles) and then merges with the Connector Trail, which branches off to the west. Bull Basin proceeds east, passing a small meadow. About 1/4 mile beyond the meadow the trail begins a steep ascent. It then curves south at another large meadow near the top of Kendrick Mountain, passing a spring before reaching the old Kendrick Lookout Cabin. The trail is generally well marked. The old cabin can be used by visitors, but please leave it in good shape for the next person or even you, when you come back again. Most of the trail is within the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness.
Bull Basin: 4.5 miles one-way
Connector: 1 mile one-way
Hiking Time: About 5 to 6 hours round trip to the top of Kendrick Mountain (10,120'/3005M), or to the trailhead of Kendrick Mountain Trail. If a loop is made using the Bull Basin Trail, the Pumpkin Trail, and the Connector Trail, travel time will run for about 7 hours.
Bull Basin: Moderate
Trailhead Location: Bull Basin Trailhead is located at 7900' (2415M), just off Forest Road 90A. The Connector Trail connects the Bull Basin Trail and the Pumpkin Trail.
Recommended Season: Late spring to early fall.
Use Restrictions: No motorized vehicles or mechanized (e.g. mountain bikes) vehicles. Horseback riding or hiking only.
Access: From Williams, take I-40 east to the Parks Exit (#178). Turn left across the overpass, take a left at the "T" intersection, and turn right at the Parks store onto FR 141. Continue north on FR 141 for about 11 miles to FR 144. Follow FR 144 about 6 miles and turn right on FR 90. Go about 5 miles to FR 90A, and follow this to the trailhead near some private land.
Travel Time: About 1 hour from Williams to the parking area.
Road Conditions: Paved road, all-weather graveled road, suitable for passenger vehicles only when dry. The last few miles of unsurfaced road suitable for high clearance vehicles only.
USGS Map(s): Moritz Ridge-Kendrick.