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apachedinoNice nap  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012


Finally made it out to the elusive Henry range. Took a great nap in one of the wind shelters on the summit. Lots of nice campsites on the drive up. We stayed in Blind Troll wash and it was perfect.
Posted Apr 25, 2013 5:20 pm

Fletchwife waited in the car...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2011


Posted Dec 28, 2012 3:30 pm

strongbadreggieAmazing solitude  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2012


Drove to the Bull Creek Pass in the dark from the Capital Reef side. Easy enough in 2WD as this is a low water year. Set up my hammock in the trees next to the road at Bull Creek Pass, and fell asleep watching the moon bathe Mt. Ellen in light, and listening to the bats. Started on the trail at 5:30 am, and the early morning rise was well worth it. Got some great photos of the sunrise. Also did Mt. Ellen Peak. Sat at the summit, all alone, and felt immense joy in the stillness of the surroundings, and the beauty of the desert landscape below me.
Posted Aug 10, 2012 7:30 pm

DarrenKnezekMount Ellen as well as Ellen Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2011


Didn't start until 11am, pretty tired from climbing two days straight in Monroe Canyon. Drove to Lonesome Beaver Campground which was totally empty. Woke up and then did both of the peaks in a couple of hours.
A really nice hike that would be fun to take someone who hasn't done too many mountains.
Ellen Peak was way worth the extra effort!
Posted Sep 19, 2011 4:06 pm

MoapaPkwith N Ellen Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2011


The slightly lower, northern neighbor is a very worthwhile addition.
Posted Sep 6, 2011 1:24 pm

McCannsterSpring Ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2011


Parked at Nasty Flat along the road from the west and hiked up the road to Bull Creek Pass, then onto the summit. Still quite a bit of snow up there. Misty views at the summit, cleared briefly to see some of the Canyonlands to the east and southeast.
Posted May 15, 2011 9:27 pm

voxnihiliHoly Wind, Batman  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010


It was very windy along the ridge the morning I hiked to the peak. Wonderful view and hiking with my favorite person made the impact of the wind tolerable. I called ahead to the Hanksville BLM office for road conditions. Road crews had cleared the washouts on the way up from Notom, so I drove up the West side and down the east (Bull Creek Pass Byway) which was in much better condition.
Posted Aug 30, 2010 7:46 pm

Pfeiffer75Do not go during monsoon season  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2010


We had planned this trip since January. Unfortunately, the monsoon did not cooperate with us. We climbed Mine Camp peak earlier in the day. We approached Bull Creek Pass from the west via the Notom/Bullfrog road. Once we got to the Henry Mountains Road, we saw a pickup truck stuck in a wash within 1 mile. We had to traverse about 4 more washed out areas. It took nearly 3 hours to reach McMillan Springs campground via the nasty road. The only good thing was we were the only ones at the campground. We did run into two DNWR officers who told us the road from Hanksville to Bull Creek Pass was much better and they were really surprised we made it up from the west (I almost got my Jeep Wrangler stuck in one of the washes). We spent the night at McMillan Springs and summited the next day. We also ascended Ellen Peak and the clouds started getting dark. We had to contour down below the ridge as some thunder was heard. When we finally got back to the car, we decided to descend Bull Creek Pass on the east side. The road was in much better shape than the west approach. This was an experience that I will never forget. If I ever go to the Henry's again, I will go in October.
Posted Aug 12, 2010 8:57 pm

utclimberBull Creek Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2010
Hiked up Mt. Ellen and continued on to Ellen Peak. Great views of Capital Reef.
Posted Jun 27, 2010 11:41 pm

Moogie737The final UT county highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2009


#1 11-9-09 Parked 1.3 miles below Bull Creek Pass because of 8" of snow on the east approach road above Wickiup Pass. I was back at the car 2+40 later. Windy, 4" snow on many trail portions from Bull Creek Pass. Saw no bison (ground-based evidence aplenty they had been there!) but saw and heard nearly 2 dozen ravens circling the summit ridges. It's good to complete the list of Utah County Highpoints. #2 5-25-13 Mit wunderbarer Gesellschaft. Auf der selben Stelle wie oben geparkt. Grausamer Wind von dem Pass bis zur Spitze wo es viele andere Wanderer gegeben hat.
Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:30 pm

shphilbyFun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2009


Camped just down the road. Stayed up watching all the deer and spent the morning watching more deer. I need a deer tag. Climbed with Kirt and our boys. Made it to the peak no problem.
Posted Sep 5, 2009 4:59 pm

KoryDavisWith my dad  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2009


Climbed up with dad.
Posted Aug 23, 2009 4:40 pm

KirtDavisWith My Son  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2009


Hiked up here with my 9 year old son. He wanted to go to Ellen Peak as well... Good thing we did, there was a herd of 22 bison in the saddle. Great day, Great hike!
Posted Aug 18, 2009 9:24 pm

mountaingazelleSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009


Hiked up Mount Ellen as a storm front was moving through. The wind was relentless the whole time. Saw some hunters in the morning and met a family that made it to the summit not long after I did. They managed to make it all the way to Bull Creek Pass in a large fifteen passenger van. I talked to them for a while and they said were trying to complete all of the Utah county highpoints like me.
Posted Aug 18, 2009 3:58 pm

rharrisGreat Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007


Drove up from Notom after bagging Fishlake Hightop and Bluebell Knoll the day before. The drive up is almost the most exciting part. The hike itself is easy and straightforward. The nearly 360 degree views from the top are amazing.
Posted Jul 10, 2009 1:22 pm

NoSubasBAaaaaaa  Sucess!


Climbed it with Miss Cali
Posted Jan 5, 2009 11:07 pm

vernileRoad Trip Day Two  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2008


Day two of a little road trip through Garfield and Wayne Counties to bag a couple of county high points. We got into the high country and were rewarded by seeing some of that famous Henry Mountain Deer Herd. The bucks were awesome! The hike was great and the weather beautiful. We returned via Notum Road, The Burr Trail, The Million Dollar Highway to Boulder, Bryce Canyon and Cedar Mountain.
Posted Sep 4, 2008 8:26 pm

rmjwinters1st time in the Henry's  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2008


This was our first time in the Henry mountains. We loved the drive, the hike and the views. It was fairly windy ahead of a front coming in, but nothing would have deterred us.
Posted Aug 31, 2008 10:40 pm

DayHikerJrFrom Bull Creek Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2008
Mommy and Daddy brought me to the summit of Mount Ellen, the high point of the beautiful Henry Mountains! Daddy carried me because I am only 10 1/2 months old. Thunderstorms in the deserts to both the east and west were really scary!
Posted Jul 28, 2008 6:25 am

Day HikerFrom Bull Creek Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2008

Day Hiker

Hiked with my wife and carried DayHikerJr, age 10 1/2 months. Thunderstorms in the area, in the deserts to both our east and west, prevented us from continuing north to the slightly lower Ellen Peak. But we got the high point, Mount Ellen.

The hike to Mount Ellen was great, with spectacular views of Utah's canyon country, my favorite part of the Universe. But, for peaks in the Henry Mountains, the real epic journey is the vehicle approach.

For the approach, we took the Fairview Ranch Road (N38.23918 W110.64902), which is off UT95, 10.0 miles south of the junction of UT24 and UT95. Fairview Ranch Road connects to Sawmill Basin Road at N38.21454 W110.74112.

For the return, we tried to take a different road back to UT95, so we turned southeast instead of northwest at Wickiup Pass. When we reached the lower elevations, thunderstorms dropped heavy rains in the area, causing some serious flooding. We were forced to stop for about 45 minutes while we watched a flooded wash (N38.07938 W110.67426) tear perpendicularly across the road in front of us. After the water slowed enough to allow safe crossing, we continued across, only to find the road 1/10 mile ahead completely flooded and destroyed by a larger wash running parallel to, and on, our road! (N38.08055 W110.67281)

We could find no detour around this mess to get to UT95, so we had to return the way we came, all the way back over Wickiup Pass, and then to Sawmill Basin Road. Instead of using Fairview Ranch Road again, we decided to stay on Sawmill Basin Road all the way to where it becomes 100 East in Hanksville.

In the lower elevations, the roads (when dry) were 2WD passable, and even the higher roads could probably be driven with a 2WD passenger car by someone (me) who is really determined to get to a trailhead. But luckily we had higher clearance and AWD for this day, because we needed it for all the flooding and wet sandy roads. I was prepared to pack up DayHikerJr, along with some food and water, and hike out to UT95.
Posted Jul 28, 2008 5:30 am

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