Hen Hole Peak is the higher of the 2 pointed peaks north of Thousand Lake Mountain overlooking the northern reaches of Capitol Reef National Park. Though scarred by small fires, it still boasts a small forested summit with tremendous views of south-central Utah from the Tushar Mountains to the Abajo Mountains.
The dirt road (FR206) starts on UT-72 17.3 miles north of Loa, 24 miles south of I-70. Stay on Forest Road 206 for 5.8 miles. The pullout is on the left-hand side 0.9 miles past the turnoff to Capital Reef National Park at 38.48424, -111.45975.
From the pullout described in the section above, walk in the sagebrush to the northwest and traverse straight west once above the grove of Aspen. As terrain skirts the southern slope of the false summit, a well-worn travel can be found leading to a clearing to the north. The slope to the west is covered by a large number of dead trees (mostly fallen). Meander up this difficult terrain to the west. Once past the dead, fallen forest, switchback up the slope to the southwest and continue past the healthy pines atop of rise. Head to the gully to the west-southwest, which is the easiest way to the summit.
Round-trip Distance: 2 miles
Elevation Gain: 1100 feet
Hens Hole Topo
The area is in the Fishlake National Forest and managed by the US Forest Service. No permits or fees required. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics.
When to Climb
Year-round though the road is socked in by snow in the winter.
is the nearing official camping area though there are several pullouts for primitive camping in the region. There is also Cathedral Valley Campground in Capitol Reef National Park, which is fairly primitive as well.