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Mt. Ellinor Trail #812



2.9 mile 4.6 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 3,280' 1,000 m
Descent: -56' -17 m
High: 5,901' 1,799 m
Low: 2,677' 816 m


Avg Grade: 22% (12°)
Max Grade: 71% (35°)


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Trail shared by Noah Crowe

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

Noah Crowe

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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.

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


The lower section of the trail ascends through the forest for the first mile, becoming steeper and increasingly rough. At the tree line, some 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. Expect nice views of Hood Canal, Lake Cushman, and the Cascades from the rock outcrops near the base of the chute.

Summer Route to Summit: Beyond the aforementioned viewpoint, the Summer Route climbs along switchbacks to the south ridge of Mt. Ellinor. It then follows along the ridge to the summit at 5,944' elevation. Please use the Summer Route during the snow-free months to prevent damaging the sensitive vegetation along the Winter Route. Always wear good boots, carry the ten essentials, and lots of water.

Winter Route to Summit: Use extra caution when climbing the chute, especially when there is moisture in the air (clouds and fog) as the rocks will become extremely slippery. Check on the avalanche conditions before beginning the climb. An ice axe, boots, and the ten essentials are necessary. Conditions can change very rapidly and the chute can be hazardous even in good weather.

Flora & Fauna

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

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Aug 31, 2019
Raj Hiker
Aug 17, 2019
Lori R
camped at big creek campground with Shipmans. hiked sat, Aug 17. cloudy, very limited view. saw 2 goats. day before trail closed for goat removal
Aug 4, 2019
Deirdra Parker
Jun 29, 2019
Kristin Horton
Jun 21, 2019
Fifi Aralia
caught the sunset on the longest day of the year 5.8mi — 4h 00m
Aug 22, 2018
Deirdra Parker
Made it to the top!!!
Jul 8, 2018
Justin Battaglia
Thinking the distance is a little off on the stated miles of 2.9 From lower parking lot my GPS 7.1 and wife’s 6.9 round trip w/.10 movement at top. 7mi
Jul 3, 2018
Kevin Mears

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Looking South from the peak of Mount Ellinor.
Jul 21, 2019 near Hoodsport, WA
Sharing the view of Jefferson Peak with a couple of curious goats.
Jul 21, 2019 near Hoodsport, WA
Through a rubble field on Mt. Ellinor trail.
Feb 2, 2016 near Belfair, WA
"Stairway to Heaven" or the diagonal staircase.
Feb 2, 2016 near Belfair, WA
Mt. Olympus from the summit of Mt. Ellinor.
Feb 2, 2016 near Belfair, WA

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