Mount Ellen Trail | Capitol Reef Country

Mt. Ellen

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LOCATION 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. DESCRIPTION The trail goes in and out of visibility at some points but the trail is easily followed.
EQUIPMENT This trail is for hiking only. ENVIRONMENT This trail is only open from May to November due to snow. SAFETY 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. TRAIL TIP 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.
Name (Click name below to view map) GPS Latitiude Longitude
Mt. Ellen 38.108889 -110.813333
Get a Closer Look

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.
Take in the Views
Do it at Your Own Pace

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!

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