Mt. Ellinor is one of the southern-most peaks in the Olympics, and is Mt. Washington's closest neigbor. A surveyor by the name of George Davidson named the mountain after his boss' youngest daughter. (Davidson also named "The Brothers" after her two brothers, and Mt. Constance after Ellinor's oldest sister.) On a reasonably clear day, Ellinor can offer a variety of incredible views of all the major Cascade peaks, as well as close-range views of neighboring Mt. Washington, Stone, Pershing, and a glimpse of Mt. Olympus in the distance.
The distance from the "lower" trailhead is 6 miles. After about 1/3 the way, the trail opens up to a long, straight avalanche chute that will lead you to the summit basin. Once you reach the basin, head SW to the "true" summit. Despite the reasonably low elevation, exercise caution while on the steep avalanche chute as well as the final pitch from the basin to the summit. There are abrupt ledges in almost all directions on the summit. This little mountain offers one of the best glissades early in the season. Elevation gain is roughly 3200ft. Allow 3.5 to 4 hours for the trip to the summit.
1. Drive on US 101 to Hoodsport.
2. Turn West onto Lake Cushman Road, and drive about 8 miles, until you come to a 3-way stop.
3. Turn right onto FS Road 24, then left on on Fs Road 2419 (a.k.a., Big Creek Road).
NOTE: At about 5 miles, you can stop and take the lower trailhead, or head on up about another mile to the upper trailhead. Early in season, the road can be inaccessible without 4WD and good ground clearance, to get to the upper trailhead.
A NW Trails Forest Pass is required.
Climbing is typically done from May to October, but climbing Ellinor in the winter can add lots of fun and excitement, plus you can avoid the Spring and Summer crowds.
Camping is allowed just about anywhere, but is rarely done since this is a day climb.
For latest conditions, contact the Hood Canal Ranger District at: (360) 877-5254.
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