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Summary Description

Mt. Ellinor Trail

 
 14 votes

2.9 Miles 4.6 Kilometers


Singletrack

3,280' 1,000 m

Ascent

-56' -17 m

Descent

5,901' 1,799 m

High

2,677' 816 m

Low

22%

Avg Grade (12°)

71%

Max Grade (35°)

Unknown

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Climb through evergreen forest and wildflower meadows to reach great views of Lake Cushman and the Puget Sound.

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Overview

• Beware of Avalanche risk during Winter and Spring ascents.
• A valid Recreation Pass is required for day use at upper trailhead, but is not needed at the lower one.
Features: Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Description

The lower part of the trail climbs gently through the forest for the first mile and then becomes steeper and increasingly rough. At timberline, 2.5 miles from the lower trailhead, the trail intersects the winter climbing route to the right and the summer trail route to the left. This is a good turnaround point for inexperienced hikers. Nice views of Hood Canal, Lake Cushman and the Cascades from rock outcrops near base of the chute. Summer Route to Summit: Beyond the viewpoint, the Summer Trail switchbacks to the south ridge of Mt. Ellinor, then follows the ridge to the summit at 5,944' elevation. Please use the summer route during the snow free months to prevent damage to the fragile vegetation along the winter climbing route. Always wear good boots, carry the ten essentials, and a full canteen. Winter Route to Summit: Use extra caution when climbing the chute, especially when it is cloudy and foggy as the rocks are extremely slick when wet. Check on avalanche conditions before beginning the climb. Ice axe, boots, and the ten essentials are necessary. Conditions can change very rapidly and the chute can be hazardous even in good weather.

Vault toilet at Upper Trailhead.
A valid Recreation Pass is required for day use at upper trailhead, none needed at lower.

Flora & Fauna

Mountain Goats are often perched on the top of Mount Ellinor.

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Oct 15, 2017
Ed Z
3.2mi — 2h 45m
Sep 9, 2017
Ryann Blake
1.5mi
Sep 3, 2017
Mira Valova
Challenging upper part of the hike, but the view on top was absolutely amazing. 6.2mi
Aug 26, 2017
Michael Nielsen
Aug 25, 2017
Josh Gaydeski
Aug 19, 2017
Mark Baumgartner
Lower trailhead to top 6mi
May 7, 2017
Ian Braun
Must bring: mircospikes/crampons, trekking poles, ice axe (highly recommended). Road is rough but passable, ice axe necessary for a controlled desent 6.5mi
Aug 27, 2016
Emily S
Still brutal. Winter or summer! 6.2mi

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  4.6 from 14 votes

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