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Mt. Ellinor Trail #812

 4.6 (17)

Length


2.9 Miles 4.6 Kilometers


3,280' 1,000 m

Ascent

-56' -17 m

Descent

22%

Avg Grade (12°)

71%

Max Grade (35°)

5,901' 1,799 m

High

2,677' 816 m

Low

Shared By Noah Crowe

Conditions


All Clear 16 days ago
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Climb through evergreen forest and wildflower meadows to reach great views of Lake Cushman and the Puget Sound.

Noah Crowe

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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.

Need to Know

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

Description

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 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
Jun 4, 2018
Bryse Paffile
Apr 30, 2018
Britni Rae
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

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  4.6 from 17 votes

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