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Big Creek Campground to Mt. Ellinor Ascent

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The long way to climb Mt. Ellinor.


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13.1

Miles

21.1

KM

Lollipop

5,897' 1,797 m

High

930' 283 m

Low

5,045' 1,538 m

Up

5,045' 1,538 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (8°)

64%

Max Grade (32°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Hot Spring · Lake · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is the longest and hardest way to climb Mt. Ellinor, though the journey will be extremely rewarding.

Description

This route begins at Big Creek Campground, climbs steadily along the Big Creek Loop #827 trail and joins a connector trail that then joins the Lower Mt. Ellinor Trail. From this point it is a nice, well maintained trail through an old growth forest on the Lower Mt. Ellinor Trail until the Mt. Ellinor Trail is reached.

At that point, the trail climbs steeply up a ridge, over rocks to an open slope where a long stair step trail climbs to a saddle in the ridge. From there the trail switches back and forth up a steep slope ultimately reaching a last push to the summit.

From the summit of Mt. Ellinor you can see into the heart of the Olympics to Mt. Olympus. You can also see all the way north to Mt. Baker, west to Mt. Rainier and south to Mt. St. Helens. On a very clear day with the right lighting you can even see the Pacific Ocean!

Flora & Fauna

You'll often encounter Mt. Goats on and around the summit of Mt. Ellinor. The goats are a nuisance and are not native. They were introduced to the Olympics in the 1920s(?). Do not feed the goats, they can get aggressive.

Contacts

Shared By:

James Scott with improvements by Michael Mendelsohn

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  4.5 from 11 votes

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Photos

Surely you won't run out of creek scenes on this trail.
Apr 3, 2017 near Hoodsport, WA
Sharing the view of Jefferson Peak with a couple of curious goats.
Jul 21, 2019 near Hoodsport, WA
Looking South from the peak of Mount Ellinor.
Jul 21, 2019 near Hoodsport, WA
This is just one of the many bridges on this trail.
Apr 3, 2017 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

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Oct 1, 2020
Ethan Gingerich
Mar 4, 2019
Christopher Dumont
Heading out to summit camping at top until tomorrow around 1300
Jun 30, 2018
Jay Rosencrantz
200 yards of snow towards the top and lots of goats on the mountain
Jun 26, 2018
John Barsanti
Upper trailhead 3.2mi
Jun 21, 2018
Gen S.
Quite snowy and slippery for the last mile. Bring good shoes. 13.9mi
May 13, 2018
Lindsey Hesseltine
Apr 13, 2017
Dan Hess
Well maintained trail. Some dead/ wind falls laying down in the trail on some switchbacks but one can easily get around them. Saw some black tail deer 13.8mi
Aug 26, 2016
Tyler Finley