Mount Ellinor – From Big Creek

Disclaimer: We will be in the wilderness. Serious injury or death can occur. I am not a professional guide, by attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and only yourself can be held responsible.

Distance: ~11 Miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 5675 feet elevation gain

Difficulty: Medium to Hard

Pace: Moderate

Dogs: No

Pass: America the Beautiful (Interagency), Northwest Forest Pass

Type: Out and back

Toilet Facilities: Pit toilets are located near the upper trailhead which would require a
.6 mile diversion.

Water Source: None – There will not be any significant water sources after leaving the Big Creek Loop Trail. We will pass Big Creek and Skinwood Creek on the return trip during the last ~2 miles. Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent water borne illnesses

Drive: 1.25 hours each way

Conditions: Expect muddy trail conditions with possible snow. Expect rapidly changing weather conditions including rain, snow, and wind.

Description:
This will be a very long day hike. We will start clockwise on Big Creek Trail 827.1 and take the Mt Ellinor Connector Trail 827.2 that meets the Mt Ellinor Trail 812 near the lower trailhead. On the return trip we will continue the Big Creek Trail 827.1 clockwise passing the very scenic Skinwood Creek crossing.

Mount Ellinor is one of my favorite hikes all the way to the top passing through forest, peeks at Mount Rainier, and rock beds. The views from the top are indescribable. On a clear day you can see Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount Baker, Hood Canal, and Puget Sound. On a very clear day you can easily see Seattle (The Space Needle with your eyes), Tacoma, Olympia, Mount Saint Helens, Mount Hood, and pretty much every where. Once when I was up there, there was no haze at all and you could see the Pacific Ocean.

Driving Directions:
Drive U.S. 101 along Hood Canal to WA-119 in Hoodsport. Turn left on WA-119 and continue 9 miles to Big Creek Campground.

Please bring Gas money for drivers $10 suggested

Further Reading:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/olympic/recarea/?recid=47791
http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/olympic/recarea/?recid=47881

Current Weather Conditions:
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=47.521664&lon=-123.260894

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  • Patricia J.

    Big fun! And I can walk today, bonus!

    July 7, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    Great time everyone. Thanks so much.

    July 6, 2013

  • Judy K

    What a great hike - I mean, it had it all - lots of beautiful big trees, rocks to scramble on, fun hiking companions, glissading, a singing pirate and a cello player...

    July 6, 2013

  • Craig

    Since I'm coming from Gig Harbor, how bout I meet ya'll at the IGA in Hoodsport and will follow you from there? Any interest in the famous "broasted chicken" at Model-T's afterwards?? Its not a great hike without the chicken!!

    July 5, 2013

    • Jason W

      See you at IGA

      July 5, 2013

    • Craig

      I'll see you there around 9ish. Give me a buzz when your almost there to wake me up...lol

      July 6, 2013

  • Craig

    I know at this point that ice axe and microspikes are almost a must..got that covered. What about gliscading down? I'd rather not haul around my extremely thick heavy gliscade pants up the mountain, but from what I've read so far, it looks like its a bit rocky in some spots.

    July 5, 2013

    • Jason W

      Sure if you would like. It would be nice to have just in case we can gliscade but I am somewhat thinking it will be too rocky

      July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, I am in! Can someone pick me up in Bellevue / Kirkland areas?

    July 3, 2013

    • Craig

      If you can drive yourself to Gig Harbor, I got the rest covered.

      July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a bit of a cycling mishap. Sadly looks like I'll be out of action for a bit. Hope everyone enjoys the hike.

    July 5, 2013

  • Craig

    Count me in! I've wanted to do this one for a while now

    July 5, 2013

  • Janice

    Sorry to do this last minute, but have to cancel. Something came up and have to be in Seattle in the morning. :-( Hope you guys have a great hike.

    July 5, 2013

  • Lena

    I don't have ice axe or microspikes. Probably should cancel so somebody else can go.

    July 5, 2013

    • Kevin H.

      I have extra micro spikes if need.

      July 5, 2013

  • David W.

    Four of us did this on Tues, Big creek to summit. We used the summer route as were others coming down. Snow was soft &we scrambled over rocks instead of snow where we could. Be careful where rock & snow meet as snow melts from bottom first & can be unstable to step. Probe w/trekking pole if unsure. Same close to trees. Snow can collapes in a mote. We didn't have microspikes or ice axes with but I would have rather used my axe to glissade with than my trekking poles. Hope this helps. Have fun.

    1 · July 5, 2013

    • Jason W

      Thank you for the update !

      July 5, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    Sooooo....Ice axe, micro spikes?

    July 4, 2013

    • Jason W

      If you have them, bring them

      July 4, 2013

  • John S.

    I just did this hike on Saturday morning with a buddy and it was absolutely beautiful up there (first ones up on the mountain). The trail still has a good amount of snow on it once you are about halfway between the upper trailhead and the summit, although I expect a good deal more to melt between last Saturday and the upcoming hike. The summit rocks are clear of snow though. I do recommend an ice axe or hiking poles with baskets at least. The snow was getting slick and slushy on the way down.

    The goats were out and about (they kept their distance) and so were the chipmunks (they thought i should share the contents of my pack, but i didn't). Other than that, have a great trip!

    July 2, 2013

    • John S.

      I took the summer route. The stairs along the scree slope are partially uncovered and should be even more clear by this weekend due to the warm weather and abundant sun. The switchback stairs leading up to the final ascent to the slope along the back side were completely clear.

      July 3, 2013

    • Jason W

      Thank you for the info John

      July 3, 2013

  • Jason W

    Recent trip reports are saying there are still snow above ~4200. I am still not exactly clear if the winter route or summer route is being used. We will just have to get up there and play it by ear.

    Just a note on how I feel about hiking. I hike because I like to have a good time. I enjoy nature, scenery, fresh air, the exercise, and the friends. My description of having a good time does not include making it to the destination at all cost, getting injured, or having anyone put someone else in danger.

    We will set out Saturday with the only goal of having a good time. We will assess the situation as we get up there and only do things we are comfortable with.

    July 3, 2013

  • Heather H

    I pulled a muscle in my leg last weekend. It's still a little sore so I'm going to sit this one out.

    July 2, 2013

  • Hilari H.

    Sorry due to evening plans, need to be back in time along with concerns about the snow I will not be attending....have a great hike!

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am on waiting list. If I get to join, can someone pick me up in belleue/ Kirkland area? Will share the gas cost.

    July 2, 2013

  • Hilari H.

    Sorry due to evening plans, need to be back in time along with concerns about the snow I will not be attending....have a great hike!

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't realize this was such a long hike, will need to be back sooner than 7pm.

    July 1, 2013

  • Hilari H.

    Looking forward to Saturday's hike. Is it expected that we will be back in Olympia around 7 pm? Was up hiking at Staircase today and it was perfect! Take care, Hilari

    June 29, 2013

    • Jason W

      7pm seems like a good guess of when we will be back but I would not make plans based on that

      June 29, 2013

  • Susan

    need to change from a yes to a no. Friends coming in for 4th, next time

    June 29, 2013

  • Hilari H.

    Looking forward to this special hike with you all. hIlari

    June 27, 2013

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