Mount Ellen 11,522'
South of Hanksville, Southern Utah
Mount Ellen is the highest point on the Henry Mountains, which are located south of Hanksville Utah. It is also the highest point in Garfield County.
The trail starts in Bull Creek Pass, and travels north over lichen and moss covered shards of granite. The trail is two miles to the actual summit 11,522, but we went another mile to Mount Ellen Peak, which is 16 feet lower but offers much more dramatic views.
It was swarming with grasshoppers. Every step we took set off a chain reaction of jumping grasshoppers.
They jumped in whatever direction they were facing, One jumped into my closed hand. I started swinging my thin walking stick and you'll be glad to know that I was successful swatting dozens of them into next week.