Summit Mount Ellinor

Mount Ellinor Upper Trailhead

Distance

3.2 Miles

Elevation Gain

2400 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Nick Lake

Bathrooms
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

This 3.2 mile hike offers up unbeatable views of the Olympics and mountain goats everywhere! You can make this a longer, 7.2 mile hike if you start at the lower trailhead.

Hikers who reach the summit of Mount Ellinor are treated to a rarer view of Olympic National Park, one that is notably more immersive, rugged and dynamic than the common vista from Hurricane Ridge. Ellinor’s profile is, no doubt, familiar to most Seattleites, as it’s the Olympics’ southernmost prominence visible from the city.

There are two options for hiking Mount Ellinor: a 7.2-mile roundtrip trail leaving from a lower trailhead or a 3.2-mile roundtrip jaunt that departs from an upper trailhead. Beginning at the lower starting point adds a portion of trail through old-growth forest before meeting up with the shorter trail for the final summit run.

From the upper trailhead, the path wastes no time gaining elevation with a series of stacked switchbacks before opening up into an talus slope. Mountain goats are commonly seen from this point all the way to the summit. Be sure to stay on the summer hiking trail unless snow conditions are good enough to use the winter climbing route.

The 360-degree views from the summit justify the quad-busting ascent, stretching to Mt. Olympus, Mt. Constance, The Brothers, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle and all five Washington volcanoes. Stay for sunset and hike down by headlamp or, if snow conditions are good enough, glissade down the upper slope.

If it’s a hot day, make a pit stop on the way home at Skokomish Park for a dip in Lake Cushman.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

  • Mountain Goats are wild animals and can kill you. Don't approach, feed, follow or otherwise harass them.
  • If you're going to glissade, have the proper equipment and know how to self-arrest

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $40/night

LOGE Westport

Westport, Washington

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

First Mt.

Me and my friend Elijah hiked this a few weeks ago it was our first mountain to summit fun a bit difficult. You need lots of water bottles or a 2.0+ liter bladder.

Exhausting But A Must Do

The ascent of this hike is pretty brutal. It was steep and we were constantly being harassed by bees, flies and hornets. That being said, I would still do it again in a heartbeat. The views are incredible and it feels like there are mountain goats everywhere. A must do.

Steep, But Well Worth It

This hike was really steep, but the goats and views were well worth it. I spent 5 days in Olympic National Park and this was definitely the highlight!

Distance

3.2 Miles

Elevation Gain

2400 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Nick Lake

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Snowshoe Mt. Ellinor's Winter Route

Adventure

Hike Mount Rose, WA

Adventure

Climb Mt. Washington

Adventure

Hike the Staircase Rapids Loop

More Nearby Adventures

Tours

More Tours

Related Stories

gear

Why We Love Dakine Surf Bags

There are a lot of great surf bags out there, but Dakine never seems to disappoint us.

destinations

Watch Amazing Footage of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

See how the Hawaiian Islands were formed in real-time.

travel

Your Alaskan Wildlife Basecamp: Stay at Glacier Bay Lodge

Explore pure wilderness by day, sleep in comfort by night.

destinations

20 Stunning Hikes in the Swiss Alps

Mountains don't get much better than this.

More Stories