Events by EventfulWalk 27: Little Ellis in the Northern Gallatins
Public Land Management: Gallatin National Forest
Trail Miles: 4 to 5
Group Size: 15
Reservations By: Jan. 22
Meeting Time and Place: 7:45 a.m., Sola Cafe at the southeast corner of Kagy and South 3rd, Bozeman
Leader: Al Parker
This hike starts at 5,284 feet in elevation at a trailhead on state land and then climbs about 2,400 feet onto Little Ellis, an iconic yet diminutive peak on Bozeman’s southeast skyline. We are sure to cross moose tracks on this snowshoe adventure! The first mile is a stroll along a well used track across a large meadow until a recently constructed logging road is reached. While the road eventually accesses the logged area on Ellis’s east side, we’ll only follow the road a short way until veering south into thick timber onto a steep single track. After a short, tough ascent, we’ll gain the open ridge that continues to climb over the last mile. A last steep climb gains the peak of “Little Ellis” (7,690 feet) that offers expansive views of the northern-most reaches of the Gallatins. We’ll not continue on the rough and avalanche-prone route to “Big Ellis,” which is 1.5 miles further south. While Mount Ellis is north of the Wilderness Study Area that encompasses the Hyalite area down to Yellowstone National Park, Mount Ellis is in an adjacent inventoried roadless area. This wild place is included in the proposal for wilderness by Montanans for a Gallatin Wilderness.
For information about more Wilderness Walks with the Montana Wilderness Association, visit www.wildmontana.org/walks.