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grandwazooSouth Ridge Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2005


Dale Millsap and I were on our marathon COHP run. This was 5 of 7 for me in two days. It was a 45 minute run to the summit and a nice brisk jog off.
Posted Aug 13, 2007 6:52 pm

StansburyJuly Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2007


Dean thanks much for a great page about the directions, summit, and history. The real challenge with this hike is getting to the trailhead. It takes ~ 90 min. from Torrey to arrive at the pass. The road was clear when I was there but obviously had been cleared of trees frequently. High clearance is recommended and I was glad to have 4X4 at times. Once on top it's a challenge to complete all of the summits but worth it once you've made the effort to be there.
Posted Aug 4, 2007 11:37 pm

weeds19Windy Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2004


Enjoyed a very windy day hiking to the top of Ellen. The non-literal highpoint of the day was the drive down where we saw three bison grazin near the road.
Posted Mar 2, 2007 7:14 pm

surgentSnow and bison  Sucess!


Saw a lone bison in the early a.m. from my truck. Too cool. Snowed on the way up, cleared as I descended.
Posted Sep 12, 2006 10:43 pm

Bob BoltonBull Creek Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006

Bob Bolton

My wife and I met Duane at the junction of SR24 to Notom, then rode in his Explorer to Bull Creek Pass. After nearly a year of lamenting our failure to summit Ellen in the dark last September, Duane and I finally got this one off our backs. We had stopped one hump short on the previous attempt.
Posted Aug 24, 2006 11:38 pm

markhyamsnot so remote  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2005


Did the short hike from Bull Creek Pass, but only after being accosted by a group of very drunk hunters who were up there scouting out mule deer hunting possibilities. Apparantly the Henry Mts is the premier Mule Deer hunting area in the lower 48. The place was crawling with guys in camo clothes and atvs going around video taping deer and such. Very surreal experience, and the incident with the three drunkards (they told us they had brought 90 beers with them, yes 90) had a Deliverance feel to it, although it never got that far. They kept asking me and my buddy, "Are you gay?" and "Are you sure?" Enter at your own risk. The only time in my life that I wished I was a gun owner.
Posted Mar 5, 2006 6:52 pm

Rob ThompsonBull Creek Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 1973

Rob Thompson

Fun times and spectacular views with Cliff Moser.
Posted Mar 5, 2006 3:00 pm

nebbenRoute Climbed: Bull Creek Pass Date Climbed: January 7, 2006  Sucess!


With MOCKBA reached the summit after starting maybe a mile up the road from Wikiup pass. Very windy on Bull Creek Pass and Mt. Ellen Peak! Outstanding views in 360 degrees. We could even see what we thought were the San Juans. A fantastic winter trip with what seemed like very low snow amounts for January.
Posted Jan 8, 2006 4:15 pm

VarleysRoute Climbed: South ridge from Bull Creek Pass Date Climbed: Sept. 25 2004  Sucess!
We drove in on the dirt road from Hanksville but there's a better way. Take the highway to the water tank then turn west onto the dirt road. Good graded dirt up to the foothills where damage from the rains was evident.

Exciting voyage up the recently washed-out road with a little road building to warm us up. It had rained during the previous two weeks and at one point it was not obvious where the road was!

Started hiking at the car park at Bull Creek Pass and followed the trail up the south ridge. Round trip was 3 or 4 hours. Many people have commented on the winds but there were no winds this day. Wonderful views.

In the 1890's the record for the longest-distance message was set between Mt. Ellen and a peak in Colorado. Sun-reflecting mirrors were used.
Posted Oct 8, 2005 5:34 pm

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: 25 Sep 2005  Sucess!


A nice mellow hike with spectacular views. The wind was particularly intense at Bull Creek Pass, but otherwise it was a fantastic day and hike.
Posted Sep 26, 2005 10:59 am

Dennis PoulinRoute Climbed: South Ridge Trail Date Climbed: 13 July 2005  Sucess!

Dennis Poulin

Climbed with Dean on a beautiful day.
Posted Jul 18, 2005 6:36 pm

ScottCool Peak  Sucess!


Good views of the desert country.
Posted Jul 13, 2005 8:47 pm

DeanRoute Climbed: South Ridge Trail Date Climbed: July 5, 2005  Sucess!


We came in from the Burr Trail (to the south) after doing some peaks such as Mine Camp, Fishlake Hightop and Bluebell Knoll (Boulder Top) prior. Traversing the Hells Backbone road and then heading east via the Burr Trail were special highlights of this trip. We drove north towards Sandy Junction and turned

east towards McMillan Springs Campground where we spent the night. The next day, we drove the five miles up to Bull Creek Pass and did the easy hike to the top of Mount Ellen. No buffalo were spotted although we did see many deer.

After, doing Mount Ellen, we tried to go east from Bull Creek Pass but were stopped by snowbanks. Haze kept our views down but this area is an incredible place. I'll be back to do more of the Henry mountains in the future.
Posted Jul 13, 2005 3:55 pm

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