Mount Ellen (UT) Climber's Log

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ZeeJay - Dec 3, 2014 11:17 pm Date Climbed: Dec 2, 2014

Windy  Sucess!

I was able to drive all the way to Bull Creek Pass from the east side but there were snow patches from 7700' on and the road was pretty slick near the top. Virtually no snow on the trail to Ellen. Continued on to Ellen Peak and then descended to the NW to the saddle with Deer Heaven (10687), ascended Deer Heaven, took a sloping traverse back to the north saddle of Ellen, and then back to the start. The wind was brutal, but otherwise conditions were great. I also climbed Bull Mt, P8300, and Wickiup Ridge the day before and in my opinion, Bull Mt is far more impressive looking and more of a challenge than Mount Ellen.


scgrant - Jun 22, 2014 11:40 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2014

Mount Ellen  Sucess!

Drove up to Bull Creek Pass from outside of Hanksville. Very enjoyable hike along the ridge. Continued on to Mount Ellen Peak as well. Amazing views in all directions.


boisedoc - Jun 19, 2014 3:12 am Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2014

Long dirt road  Sucess!

Drove in from the west. Road in good shape but certainly some risk of cutting a tire. No snow left. Hike itself was trivial. Skipped the second peak as I had to get back to the family. In this part of the country the canyons are more scenic than the mountains

johnpaul - May 28, 2014 1:40 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2014

From Sawmill Basin Road  Sucess!

We were able to get to around 10,000' from the Bull Creek (Sawmill Basin Road) side with our Subaru Outback NP albeit a little muddy. Could have made it to the pass but snow drifts entirely blocked the road so no one could. We saw tire tracks very close to the pass from the west side so that's probably the way to go early season. Went up South Summit over to Mt Ellen & then Ellen Peak. We also climbed several of the lower peaks listed on LOJ with Bull Mtn being a 1K prom peak & UN 8300 being enjoyable with the neat class 3 summit block. Thanks seano for the beta!


seano - May 5, 2014 8:18 pm Date Climbed: May 2, 2014

Standard route  Sucess!

Parked around 9,700' where snow blocked the road, then hiked on up. The lower Ellen to the north is well worth visiting for the old building foundations. Also tagged the peak with the radio tower south of the road on the way home, which was "meh." Trip report.


eamhatch - Apr 24, 2014 4:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2013

Desert Mountains  Sucess!

This is the second ultra-prominence peak I climbed in 2013, and the fourth peak I climbed with Ammon Hatch. I am particularly fond of Ellen for many reasons, one of them being the awesome views of my favorite landscape: the desert.

Oh, and I love that the log at the summit consisted largely of pages from The Two Towers.

montbadlands - Jan 19, 2014 3:31 pm Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2006

From Bull Creek Pass  Sucess!

An absolutely perfect fall day! Endless views of Utah's canyon country along our route up Mt. Ellen and Ellen Peak. Also got to see a few bison on the slopes below us while hiking.


Tracy - Oct 12, 2013 7:48 pm Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2013

can you say solitude?  Sucess!

I drove through Capital Reef NP after spending the night in Beaver, UT and approached from the west side of the Henry Mtns. I got started hiking at 12:30 and visited Mt Ellen as well as Mt. Ellen Peak. It was very windy and sunny with a lot of storm clouds forming in the distant western skies. After hitting the two summits, I drove the Burr Trail to Boulder, UT where I missed a stop sign and subsequently met a fine deputy from the Garfield County Sheriff's Office. Finished the day with dinner at Escalante Outfitters in Escalante and then got a motel room for the night in Mt. Carmel Junction.


abrennalinerush - Sep 22, 2013 1:25 am Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2013

Say what?  Sucess!

Pretty sure the wind blew out my ear drum. I don't even care, because this was so lovely. Twenty-first peak on the 21st! Weeeeee!


PrinceOfNorway - Sep 21, 2013 11:45 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2013

WIND!  Sucess!

The wind was ferocious from the west. But we held firm and made it to the top. The aspens had started to change and the views were probably the best ever. What a fun peak!


yadahzoemtn - Sep 14, 2013 8:31 pm Date Climbed: May 25, 2013

Another County High Point  Sucess!

Long trip with lots of snow.

Jeremy Hakes

Jeremy Hakes - May 29, 2013 11:59 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2013

Amazing view  Sucess!

With Mount Ellen Peak. Pass still closed due to snow.

Climbed with Erin.


apachedino - Apr 25, 2013 5:20 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012

Nice nap  Sucess!

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.


Fletch - Dec 28, 2012 3:30 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2011

wife waited in the car...  Sucess!



strongbadreggie - Aug 10, 2012 7:30 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2012

Amazing solitude  Sucess!

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.


DarrenKnezek - Sep 19, 2011 4:06 pm Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2011

Mount Ellen as well as Ellen Peak  Sucess!

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!


MoapaPk - Sep 6, 2011 1:24 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2011

with N Ellen Peak  Sucess!

The slightly lower, northern neighbor is a very worthwhile addition.


McCannster - May 15, 2011 9:27 pm Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2011

Spring Ascent  Sucess!

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.


voxnihili - Aug 30, 2010 7:46 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2010

Holy Wind, Batman  Sucess!

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.


Pfeiffer75 - Aug 12, 2010 8:57 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2010

Do not go during monsoon season  Sucess!

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.

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