Ascended from the upper TH, 90 minutes to the top. Saw five goats in addition to the scenery. Baker, Glacier, Rainier, Adams and St. Helens were visible in addition to the rest of the beautiful Olympic range. An excellent first climb in the Olympics, with many more to come.
First climbing experience. Snow was pretty hard, ice in some spots, had to really use the ice axe in some areas. The bowl was amazing, saw several goats. Went up the winter route, down the summer. Now I'm hooked!
Went from upper parking. Goats on top. Fun scrambling if you like and lush Olympic views. Easy afternoon.
We had a wonderful climb on Ellinor. We started at the lower trail head in a fog at 7am. When we reached the bottom of the chute we had climbed above the low clouds and fog and into a nice blue sky day. We put on our crampons and pulled out our axes and made fast progress up the nicely kicked steps. The snow conditions were great. We topped out on the summit around 10am where we were greeted by a little mountain goat. Ate lunch and then started the glissade down. The low clouds had risen quite a bit on the way down and the glissade was really fast (almost too fast for safety). Three people had been injured and rescued the night before so we took our time and were careful on the way down. About 2 hours down and then into hoodsport for a burger and a beer. All in all a great climb!
The snow was down to 1800ft on the road (about 2.5 miles from the lower TH). Once we started up the chute the powder got deeper and deeper until it was waist deep (no showshoes!). Fresh, waist deep powder in late April! It was my first experience in powder that deep on a 30-40 degree slope. It was like swimming uphill. We gave up at about 5,100 feet as our progress was being measured in body-lengths per minute and there was no hope of a glissade back down.
My husband (then boyfriend) decided to test me on Ellinor. No sweat. I have since taken many people up the mountain, first timers, out of state and out of country visitors. This is my favorite mid-week hike. I don't even know how many times I have climbed it. LOVE IT.
First climb of the new year! We started from the Big Creek Campground and climbed the winter route during the week of sun in mid Jan. The snow was perfect and we didn't need snowshoes but put on crampons at the upper trail head. The glissade was beautiful and the sun was shining. It was fun to have the mountain to ourselves. The approach trail has been completely cleared at this point from the Dec storm however the bridges over Big Creek have been washed out.
Great climb. First climb in the Olympics and it sure won't be the last.
Late spring climb in tennis shoes. An ice axe would have been a little helpful for my wife and I in parts of the area, but good boots probably would have done just as well. It was definitely one of the best and fastest glissading routes I've ever done. Completely cut out and fast. Very fun with good views.
Worth the 6hr (RT) drive...?
The mountain goats made it worth it! The view made it worth it! The glissade was olympic! Washington & Ellinor in a day?, Maybe next time... 6/3/07
Quick little stroll after bagging Washington in the morning. We'd hoped to do the traverse, but lacked the will and the health to complete it.
Hiked this fun little peak several times in summer and winter.
More snow than the pervious years. It had been a couple of weeks since anyone had climbed up the chute. But with the clear skies and sun it made for a great winter climb.
Enjoyed the class 2 snow climb up the main gulley between Ellinor and Washington. Unfortunately, the summit was shrouded in clouds. Endured a mini-slide down-climbing some class 3 rocks when I had to shift my feet due to some "conscientious" hiker's defecation on the next step (don't know how they managed to deposit it there). The 20 feet of sliding down the face left me a bit scarred and bloody and I was picking pebbles out of wounds for days. NICE!
Snow blocked the last mile of the road before the trail. A good spring climb on the snow. We did the standard route up the ridge, and then over to the gully.
First time in the Olympics, and I decided to do an overnight trip with a friend. We hiked from the upper trailhead w/ overnighter packs to the summit and got asked by EVERY group we passed "OH! Are you camping up there?!?" which became annoying, and then comical. From the summit, we made our way "across" the ridge between Ellinor and Washington which consisted of class 3 (some class 4) climbing and downclimbing mixed with couple glissades and wound up camping in a small meadow just south of Washington. I climbed Washington in the morning while my partner rested for the trip back. Followed goat trails back west and met up with the main trail back to the trailhead. This is not a good area for cross country side-hill travel with 35-40 pound packs and not an easy ridge to cross anyway. Very good area for scrambling though... great rock!
Great intro hike to the Olympics.
Weather was perfect. 90 min to the summit, 45 min down. The chute still has snow, but rocks are showing in places and the glissade is no longer continual. Ripped a hole in my pants on a rock glissading down. View was great.
Completely fogged in, but a good time nonetheless. Great glissading down except for the portion immediately below the summit, which was caving in and exposing some rocks below.
Great views of the Olympics, awesome (warm, sunny) weather, and fun coming down with 3 or 4 good glissading runs (though a little fast in one area with snow too soft to maintain much control with self arrest). Check out my pictures.