Nice conditioning climb.I was out of town for a month, this climb was much needed. Overcast for the most part kept the views to a minimum, however what breaks in the clouds we got elude to some spectacular vistas.
Up the chute
Didn't see a single soul on the trail during my ascent. It was insanely foggy for about the first 1000 ft after the tree line. Cleared up for a couple minutes near the top. Then it rolled back in. There is a new(er) summit log in a plastic container under a rock at the top. Only a handful of names in it at the time.
Was almost able to make it to the upper trailhead. There was just one large section of snow less than a quarter mile from the upper trailhead. Parked and walked up from here. Trailhead is completely dry basically until you get right below the gully for the winter route. Gully had very nice steps all the way to the top and top the summit. Everyone out there had full blown crampons and ice axe out. I thought it was absolute overkill. Went up with microspikes and poles. Ice axe was handy for the descent though. Glissade was horrendous. Super solid packed snow/ice made it impossible to slide down without going out of control. Tried to "self-arrest" my way down the chute which was a waste of time. Views were incredible. Either (1) do this one early to avoid the crowds or (2) do it late so the snow is slushy. We made summit in an hour and 15 minutes with a modest pace so don't expect much on this one unless you are the one breaking trail.
Partial views from the top. Nice hike and several Mountain Goats along the path.
Very snowy hike with little views as we were in a whiteout
saw lots of climbers today but we were the only ones to summit. we saw people with ice axes but no crampons, people with crampons but no ice axes, and one teenager climbing in basket ball shorts using his dad's axe from the 1970's
Parked at the Lower Trailhead; took the two pups who loved the walk.
No goats in sight at the summit. Visibility low as the clouds shrouded the summit. Ever so briefly they parted, revealing breathtaking views of the Olympics.
Just a note to watch carefully for the trail on the descent. One woman (the only person at the summit when we were there) mistakenly descended to the saddle and down from there (I believe it may be the winter route). I descended to the saddle and called to her to come back up our way so we could get her on the right path.
It was a perfect day for climbing. It took us about 6 hours round trip. We started at 8:00 on the lower trailhead (plenty of parking) and simply followed the trail through the trees. About the time we broke out of the trees we found snow. The trail to the top through the snow is easy to follow, because the glissade track is so deep. There was still plenty of snow, it was fairly soft, and there were plenty of good steps already, so no crampons were needed. No crevasses on this climb and no climbing of any kind of was required. We simply hiked to the top. Great views all around from the summit and it was fairly warm standing there in the sunlight. There are two plateaus before you reach the summit. So there are three sections including a long steep section to glissade. An ice axe and a helmet are a must for the third glissade. It is steep and comes fairly close to rocks and trees. Overall a very fun climb!
With my dad. The goats came up and started licking the salt off his legs. Those were simpler times...
Parked at the Mt.Washington TH, and went up Ellinor with my wife. We saw some goats. Hot day. We got back to the car and I went up Mt. Washington while my wife took a nap.
Once in the snow, once with the wildflowers in full bloom. Definitely a popular mountain, and it's obvious why. Bring a trash bag for the glissade!
Super fun, early season hike to the top using the winter route. Glissade was really fun despite not having an ice axe.
Great weather but most of the hike was in the clouds. Ran into mountain goats below the summit.
Lots of goats, but couldn't see much in pea-soup fog!
Got a somewhat late start ~10am. We were on the top at lunch. So many goats. It was crazy
Starting from the lower trailhead on a scorcher day made it a bit difficult. Apparently missed the goats on top (they probably left to look for shade) by sheer minutes and had solitude for 90% of the day. Did I mention it was hot?
Started at the upper trailhead and made quick way up this short, steep route. Great, tough little hike, and one that I hope to do again. The clouds moved in during the hike, so the views were pretty much nonexistent sadly. Hoping the weather cooperates a little better next time.
Hiked to the summit via the upper trailhead on a cool, wet day in September, 2009. The Olympic Mountains are gorgeous and I hope to go back someday.
Beautiful day hike.