Mount Ellen South Summit Ridge

Hanksville, Utah

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Mount Ellen’s South Summit is really a long ridge with three small peaks that extends south of Bull Creek Pass. In the snowy months it can only be approached from the west, which requires long and remote driving on desert dirt roads. If you time it right and are able to park near the McMillan Spring Campground, you’ll find efficient access to ski- and snowboard-friendly lines that stack up all along the west face. The terrain here is more open and exposed than the east-facing canyon and tree shots of the North Summit and (depending on how far you’re able to drive) can be a playground for short day tours. The trip alone is worth making for turns above expansive views of Utah’s southern desert and Capitol Reef National Park.
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Utah

by Jared Hargrave (The Mountaineers Books)

Mount Ellen’s South Summit is really a long ridge with three small peaks that extends south of Bull Creek Pass. In the snowy months it can only be approached from the west, which requires long and remote driving on desert dirt roads. If you time it right and are able to park near the McMillan Spring Campground, you’ll find efficient access to ski- and snowboard-friendly lines that stack up all along the west face. The terrain here is more open and exposed than the east-facing canyon and tree shots of the North Summit and (depending on how far you’re able to drive) can be a playground for short day tours. The trip alone is worth making for turns above expansive
views of Utah’s southern desert and Capitol Reef National Park.

© 2015 Jared Hargrave/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Hanksville
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 3,030 feet
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 8,389 feet
Top Elevation: 11,419 feet
Additional Use: Camping
Local Maps: USGS Mount Ellen
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Ellen South Summit Ridge

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