mount ellen - 11522' - south ridge class 1
After John and I descended Hog 1, we decided to drive up to Bull Creek Pass up since I had still not been up and of the peaks in the Henry Mountains. After a small rain shower, we got to the pass in one piece and my car unscathed. From the pass it was only an hour or so north along the ridge to the top of Mount Ellen, the highest peak in the Henry Mountains at about 11,530 feet. It was fairly late in the afternoon so the sun was low, and the scenery was incredible. I was able to get a complete view of everything I have explored in southern Utah over the past 4 years! To the west, against the glare of the sun was Capitol Reef where I was able to spot George Benchmark. Looking down the spine of the range to the south Mount Pennell and the rest of the peaks were visible (see the banner photo above). To the north the entire San Rafael Swell and Factory Butte was visible. We stood at the top over an hour admiring the view while I pointed out bunches of features below us. It was very peaceful and quiet up there.