Summit Mount Ellinor

3.2 Miles Round Trip - 2400 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Mount Ellinor Upper Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Nick Lake

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

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3.2 Miles
2400 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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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!

Steep!

Incredibly steep hike, definitely a leg burner! Worth it though. Be respectful of the mountain goats! Make sure to check the weather before you go too, it can get cloudy up there quickly and ruin the views.

Ian Brown

over 3 years ago

Pretty Good! Pretty Short!

It took us exactly 2 hours to get to the lower trailhead from Seattle. The upper trailhead is apparently still closed from what I've seen. The snow starts at the fork between the summer and winter route paths. You don't need snowshoes, so don't bring them. Just bring a pair of gators and micro spikes or ice trax to keep your feet beneath you. I recommend bringing a pole as well as an ice axe. The snow is getting too soft to use an axe for support on your ascent, but it will be required for glissading down. It was hazy when we went but you could still see Baker, Seattle, Tacoma, Rainier, Adams, and St Helens.