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Climb Mt. Ellinor

Plan to climb Mt. Ellinor on Friday. I am cross posting this trip on Olympia Scramblers Meetup, so the combined attendance should be not more than 12.

We will most likely start from the lower trailhead. I had originally wanted to start at Big Creek campground, but I am nursing a leg injury so that might be pushing it too much for me. We will be following the summer route. We should be able to be back to Olympia before 5, unless everyone wants to stop in Hoodsport on the way back.

 

I expect this hike to be mostly snow free, but there will probably be patches of snow to cross. Carrying an ice axe, and having microspikes or other traction devices would be a good idea.

 

Please bring $ for your driver. We will probably need 2 drivers. I can be one of them and can take 3 or 4 with me.

 

Disclaimer: We will be in the wilderness on a difficult trip. Serious injury can occur. I am not a professional guide, I am not medically trained, nor do I claim to be an expert. By attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and agree to participate with the others on this trip as a group. However I will not be held responsible for anyone’s safety.

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The photos are great.

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice photos guys. Sorry I couldn't be there, but it sure was nice to sleep in the morning. Bill was a real trooper to go on two hikes in two days.

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome!

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    V, I should have added that if you want to go, go, especially, if you have a friend that will go with you. I don't think that anyone in this group would not want you to go.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    V, I agree with Karen. The snow can be deceiving. By the way, Mt. Rose is quite the hike, itself.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sore foot and too little sleep.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK, I am quite familiar with Lake Cushman. I thought we might be talking about a tarn, in which case I was born with my swimsuit.

    July 11, 2013

  • Peter

    Hoping there is enough snow left for a little glissading. We saw dozens of goats a few weeks ago. The ice axe might be most needed for defense against aggressive goats! Just kidding, they seemed calm enough last time.

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't have an ice axe or microspikes. Just hiking shoes. It's states it's a "good idea" to have but is it a necessity. I'm also a slow hiker at a moderate level. I've never been to Mt. Elinor. Should I come? Or, get more experience and supplies? Just started hiking last summer, so I'm still in the learning process. Thanks for the time.

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      V, this is a very challenging hike with snow...I'm not leading but I would say do a couple others before Elinor. There are many others that are good training hikes, Look to do Mt Rose first.

      July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bringing my bathing suit to take a dip in the lake after. I am willing to drive to be able to do this...Anyone else game?

    July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Which lake?

      1 · July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Lake Cushman is at the base of the mountain. It is a huge, clear water lake.

      July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Having a vertigo issue. Might not be on my feet by tomorrow. Sorry to miss!

    July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      AWE David!

      July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, gotta take care of some things.

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be back in Olympia b4 5 pm to go to work. This may mean driving separately depending on the route hiked.

    July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We should be back to Oly in time for you, unless everyone wants to stop in Hoodsport on the way back.

      July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to go, but am not sure due to the steep inclines. The overall mileage is doable, however.

    July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not sure which trailhead and route Jim has in mind.

      July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Since my leg is still bothering me from playing kick ball (I should know better!) we will probably go from the lower trailhead, rather than from Big Creek campground. We will be following the summer route.

      July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On the way down there seemed to be three established slide paths to glissade down; 1-from the middle of the stairs to the rocks near the bottom of the stairs (~400 feet), 2-near the end of that chute to a saddle (~1000 feet), 3- a smaller one through the woods to about the beginning of the snow (~100 feet). They were all safe to slide when we did it around 3:15pm ~65 degrees. We talked to most people coming down to get their take on the chutes before we tried it.

    From Big Creek it is 12.8 miles round trip and took us around 8-9 hours. We spent about 30 minutes at the overlook on the Mount Ellinor Connector Trail 827.2 and 45 minutes at the summit.

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On July 6th we used the summer route. The snow started about half way between the upper trail head and the summit and continued all the way to the top of the stairs. We did not feel uncomfortable and there did not seem to be any tricky spots. The snow started in a rocky area so just be careful around there as I am assuming it will recede a little.

    There seems to be a little ‘gotcha’ on the Mount Ellinor Connector Trail 827.2. At 1.9 miles when you first start on the connector trail, continue about 200 feet and keep looking left for a very sharp switch back. Where that switch back is there is also a bridge that seems to continue forward. This is the old Big Creek Loop trail go left up the switchback.

    July 10, 2013

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