Mount Ellen Peak Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hanksville, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.6 miles
1,811 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

rock climbing






Tallest mountain in the Henry Mountains, Utah Ultra-Prominent Peak Park your car at Bull Creek Pass, and make the short trek to the peak. The road from both sides of Bull Creek Pass is accessible for 2WD, but would be impassable in high water years, or in the spring melt. The trailhead is clearly visible with a log fence painted brown, and a log book next to the gate. The trail is very easy to make out until you reach the top of the summit ridge, but as there are no trees to block your view, it is easy to spot the summit and make your way over to it. The tallest stone cairn is actually not the summit, you must continue to a smaller cairn with a mailbox in it. This is where the geocache is. If your feeling energetic, drop down to the saddle between Mt. Ellen Summit and Mt. Ellen Peak, then trek the steep sides of Mt. Ellen Peak. You will complete two mountains higher than 11,500 feet in less than an hour!

5 months ago

We approached the Henry range from the southeast on UT95. If you use your smartphone for mapping, ignore any route with "Granite" in it. We were in a 4WD and that route wasn't much better than a rock path. If you come from the SE, you will want to find Sawmill Basin Rd. Much better road. Also, the Lonesome Beaver campground looked very nice. The hike was nice. Quite exposed. We went all the way to Mt. Ellen Peak, which was very tiring on the return portion.

5 months ago

Awesome trail with spectacular views all around. The drive to the trail head is insane. You definitely need a truck or Jeep to get there - the road is known to pop tires so make sure to have a spare! The hike itself is slightly challenging but doesn’t take long to complete. Well worth the hassle of driving up there!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hiked this peak in high winds and hail around mid September. We were shrouded in the clouds for most of the hike too. Weather can appear and disappear fast. The trail unfortunately is mainly on the windy side of the mountain most of the way up, but it's a great hike with majestic views all round!

recorded Mount Ellen

5 months ago