The trailhead is located in the parking lot at the top of the Bull Creek Pass trail.
This trail is hiking only. In order to reach the trail head you must follow the Bull Creek Trail in a vehicle.
This trail is is 5 miles round trip from the Bull Creek Pass parking lot to the summit and back.
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.
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 natural beauty.
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 Waterpocket Fold.
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!