Snowshoe Mt. Ellinor's Winter Route

5 Miles Round Trip - 4500 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Mount Ellinor Lower Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Tobin Akehurst

A steep, snow filled gulley provides a direct route of ascent to Mt Ellinor's snow encrusted summit and some of the best alpine views in Washington State.

You can stat this adventure at one of two trailheads. I suggest using the lower of the two. The start of the trail ascends through a forest of old growth pines with periodic views of Mt Washington. Eventually, at a fork in the trail, you will see a sign marking the start of the winter route. You will then travel though a thinning forest to the base of the route, a tall, narrowing snow gulley.

Depending on conditions you may need snowshoes or crampons, and avalanche danger should be taken into consideration. Avalanches of historic proportions have occurred here.

Ascend the gulley to its top, where you will then cross the lower basin, upper basin, and finally make the final summit push. Be very careful on the summit as cornices often build up over profound and deadly voids and can break off without warning.


Rock Climbing
Easy Parking


5 Miles
4500 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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