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
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.
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.
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
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