This trail is for hiking only.
This trail is only open from May to
November due to snow.
The weather can great affect the
safety of the trail. Be sure to be
aware of the weather conditions and
be prepared for any changes.
Be sure to pack out
what you pack in, especially if
you are staying overnight. It is
important that Mt. Ellen stay
free of litter to maintain its
The trailhead is located in the parking lot at the top of the
Bull Creek Pass trail. Trail Type
This trail is hiking only. In order to reach the trail head
you must follow the Bull Creek Trail in a vehicle. Distance
This trail is is 5 miles round trip from the Bull Creek
Pass parking lot to the summit and back. Difficulty Hard
This hike is difficult. It is very steep and rocky.
The trail goes in and out of visibility at some points but
the trail is easily followed.
Trail Coordinates / Points of Interest
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Get a Closer Look
Throughout the year there can be seen a
variety of mountain animals. The most well
know is a herd of bison that can be seen from
on the South Summit Ridge of Mt. Ellen during
the summer months.
Take in the Views
At the summit of Mt. Ellen you will be
standing at an elevation of 11,480 ft. The
view opens to miles and miles of
spectacular beauty in all directions. From
the top you will be able to see sights such
as the Thousand Lakes Mountain,
Boulder Mountain, The La Sal and Abajo
Mountains, the Circle Cliffs and the
Do it at Your Own Pace
Once you reach the top of Mt. Ellen there is a summit registar.
There are also places to camp once your each the top. The primitive
roack shelters have provided a great place for overnight camping.
There is no rush to get up or down, just make sure you have fun!