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Bullard Mountain
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Bullard Mountain, southwest aspect
(Nugget Falls in lower left)
Highest point
Elevation 4,225 ft (1,288 m)
Prominence 782 ft (238 m)
Parent peak Nugget Towers
Geography
Location Tongass National Forest
Juneau Borough
Alaska, United States
Parent range Coast Mountains
Boundary Ranges
Juneau Icefield
Topo map USGS Juneau B-2
Climbing
Easiest route Scrambling class 4

Bullard Mountain is a 4,225-foot (1,288 m) mountain summit located in the Boundary Ranges, in the U.S. state of Alaska. The peak is situated immediately east of the terminus of Mendenhall Glacier, within Tongass National Forest, 9 mi (14 km) north-northwest of Juneau, and 6 mi (10 km) northeast of Juneau International Airport. McGinnis Mountain lies 3.7 mi (6 km) on the opposite side of the glacier, and Heintzleman Ridge lies 2.75 mi (4 km) to the south. Bullard Mountain is often seen and photographed with Mount Wrather, a 5,968-foot (1,819 m) summit 3.9 mi (6 km) to the north because they are together in the background behind Mendenhall Lake, a popular tourist and recreation area. Although modest in elevation, relief is significant since the mountain rises from this nearly sea-level lake in less than two miles. Precipitation runoff from the mountain drains into the lake via Nugget Creek and Nugget Falls. Bullard Mountain is named for Benjamin Bullard (1848-1933), a mining engineer who, in 1907, began mining on Nugget Creek where he later built a hydroelectric power plant.

Climate

Based on the Köppen climate classification, Bullard Mountain is located in a subarctic climate zone with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. Temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C. This climate supports the Mendenhall Glacier to the mountain's west. The month of July offers the most favorable weather for viewing and climbing this peak.

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