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Mt Ellinor (Strenuous-Slow Paced)

Let's enjoy one of the most awesome non-technical climbs around, some great views and maybe see some mountain goats.

Speaking of which, if you're not familiar with goat trail etiquette please visit the following page and view the video.

Pace: The pace is going to be slow allowing for plenty of photographs and rest stops (and for gasping for breath)

Round Trip Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3200 feet

Maximum Elevation: 5944

What to bring: In addition to your 10 essentials, plenty of snacks, food and WATER!

Bring some cash for Mexican food in Hoodsport on the way back.

Carpool Info: We will determine the best meeting place once we see who is signed up.

Cost: donate to drivers cost of gas/wear and tear on vesicle and driver (varies according to vehicle and number of occupants) Permit: No permit required at lower trailhead

Map: Green Trails Mt Steel No. 167 and The Brothers No. 168, Custom Correct Mount Skokomish-Lake Cushman

From Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula by Craig Romano

An Olympic classic-bag this peak for one of the most supreme views this side of Hood Canal. From the jagged summit peer deep into the heart of the Olympic wilderness or out across Lake Cushman and Puget Sound to the Cascades spanning the eastern horizon. All of this comes at a price, however-the trail to Ellinor is steep and tough.

Yes, there is an upper trailhead that shortens this hike by 3 miles and knocks 900 feet of elevation off. But why start there? The whole idea is to go hiking, not get to the mountain the shortest way possible. By beginning on the lower trailhead you get a chance to warm up for a very steep ascent, and you get to enjoy one of the finest old-growth groves this side of Copper Creek. Plus you get 1.5 miles of quiet hiking, avoiding the crowds flocking to the upper trailhead.

Begin by immediately entering a cool forest of old-growth hemlock and Douglas-fir. As the trail skirts the edges of old clear-cuts, teaser views promise what lies ahead. In about 0.5 mile the trail from Big Creek comes in from the left (the long, long way up Ellinor). Ascending steadily, the trail winds 1 mile up a heavily forested ridge to meet the upper trail at 3900 feet. The trail right descends 400 feet to meet the upper trailhead in 0.3 mile.

Now, hopefully warmed up and limber, prepare for some serious work. The incline gets steeper while the terrain gets rougher. At 2.5 miles (4600 feet) trees yield to meadows and views begin. But to quote the late not-so-great 1970s rock band, BTO, "B-b-baby, you ain't seen nothing yet!"

The winter climbing route veers right. Continue left, ascending open meadows and rocky gardens. Years ago, going beyond this point was a tricky scramble. But thanks to the hard work of the Mount Rose Volunteer Trail Crew a trail was carved into the steep mountain face, making the ascent much safer and more manageable.

Continue huffing and puffing, traversing a very steep slope. Now just a short distance from your objective, clamber north up a rocky ridge until finally, at 3.1 miles from and nearly two-thirds of a mile above the lower trailhead, reach Ellinor's magnificent summit. Wipe your brow, gulp some water, and prepare to be wowed. One mile directly below is Lake Cushman, rippling waters shining right back at you. Lots of saltwater twinkles below too, with Puget Sound and Hood Canal clearly visible. The Cascades fill the eastern horizon, with Rainier dominating the show. Percolating St. Helens is visible to the south.

Turn your attention north and westward to a diorama of jagged Olympic peaks. Washington, Pershing, and Stone, like a lineup of generals, flank Ellinor to the north. Lincoln, Cruiser, Gladys, and Copper guard her to the west. Gaze down into the vertigo-inducing Jefferson Creek valley and spot an inviting but isolated pond. You can sit on this summit for hours learning much about western Washington's geography. *** Disclaimer: *** Trailside is not a professional guide service. Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience. Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose. You may join us on this hike at your own risk. Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains. You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe.
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  • A former member
    A former member

    You are all awesome, great hike, great company! Hope to see you all again soon :)

    August 11, 2014

  • Monica

    Awesome!! It was wonderful, a bit strenuous for me but the view was experience was wonderful and the company even better!

    August 11, 2014

  • L Lisa L.

    Thanks everyone for a great trip!

    Monica climbed her first mountain and Ruby had a few firsts ;)

    I don't hurt as much as I should, perhaps my legs are still filled with lactic acid...

    August 11, 2014

  • Paul

    This was a wonderful but strenuous hike that I 'm so glad that I completed. My hiking partners were all great and fun which made this workout a delight to complete. Many thanks to Lisa!

    August 11, 2014

  • Monica

    I'll be there in 5 mins : )

    1 · August 10, 2014

  • L Lisa L.

    Just to keep things interesting, Olympic National Park just issued a "Goat Warning"

    August 8, 2014

  • Monica

    I'm open to drive and can take 3 with me also.... I am in Federal Way and will be at the 512 park and ride.

    August 6, 2014

  • L Lisa L.

    and bug spray!

    The bugs are insane everywhere right now. I'm still itching like mad from Sunday and that's with having used 100% DEET.

    August 6, 2014

  • L Lisa L.

    Just a reminder...

    This is a dry trail, so you will need to bring and carry plenty of water (there have been a few instances of late where folks have not brought enough water on meetup hikes and on a hot, steep trail such as this, we want everyone to be well hydrated :)

    August 6, 2014

  • L Lisa L.

    OK folks,

    After a bunch of yes/no/waitlist last minute changes, the trip is full.

    I will be sending an email to those currently on the "yes" list.

    If your plans change, PLEASE change your RSVP as soon as you can as we have a waitlist for this one.

    August 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in Auburn....can meet in Tacoma, also don't mind driving. Can take 3 +me.

    August 5, 2014

  • Brian E. M.

    I'm doing Mount Forgotten-Perry Creek Trail with Seattle Outdoors Adventurers Group on Saturday which is a strenuous hike so I'm going to have to drop out of this one. Have a great hike everyone!

    August 5, 2014

  • marisa

    Is anyone coming from the Eastside? I'm in Kirkland.

    August 5, 2014

  • L Lisa L.

    Hi folks.

    The Tacoma folks will meet up at the 512 Park and Ride.

    We can then caravan to Oly to meet up with folks leaving from there (somewhere off of 101, if anyone has a suggestion for a good place, please let me know)

    We can do a quick stop at the Shelton Fred Meyer to meet up with Donnie.

    After more than one disastrous attempt at meeting up with folks at trailheads or in areas with no cell reception, which have caused folks to miss trips, I am not doing that any more for anyone. (especially when there is a waiting list)

    I'll send final details out in the next day or two.

    I'm a work and they like me to actually... you know... work ;)

    I'm looking forward to this hike!!!

    August 4, 2014

  • Chuck M.

    Sigh. I wish I could go, but I'll finish my 5-day Enchantments hike the previous day, and I suspect that I'll be kinda tired.
    Mt. Ellinor is one of my favorites. If you think the summer trail is hard, you should try the winter trail!
    I love the mountain goats. They have no fear of humans, and they love to lick the sweat off your arms (they also like urine, but that's a different story).
    The view from the summit is magnificent! Not only do you get to see the Olympics up close and personal, you can also see a lot of the Cascade mountains (IIRC, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, etc.).

    July 21, 2014

    • L Lisa L.

      Your legs are going to be rubber...lead encased rubber.

      Enjoy your rest!

      July 22, 2014

    • L Lisa L.

      I know in they Enchantments, the goats will push you out of the way to get at your urine before you're even done.

      July 22, 2014

  • L Lisa L.

    HA! We have a "winner" for the goat pee question (the rest of you were correct)

    It is Brian with... “Be careful of your aim! :) ”

    1 · July 21, 2014

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