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.
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.
Climbed with Dean on a beautiful day.
Good views of the desert country.
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.