Hiking Mt Ellinor

Hiking Mt Ellinor

Getting To Mt. Ellinor
Starting in Olympia or Shelton WA- take 101 north to Hoodsport. Follow along the beautiful Hood Canal until you reach Hoodsport. From Hoodsport, take a left onto State Route 119 for 9.0 miles to the junction with Forest Service Road 24. Turn right and go 1.6 miles to Forest Service Road 2419 (Big Creek Road). Turn left at sign for Mt. Ellinor – on Forest Road 2419 for 4.9 miles to the lower trailhead. This will seem much longer depending on type of vehicle you are driving. Road is rough at times and narrow with several very steep sections. Be aware of other vehicles as well as falling rocks and other possible road hazards such as wild life or snow. To reach the upper trailhead go another 1.5 miles, turn left on Forest Service Road 2419-014, follow it to the end of road.

Mount Ellinor is a peak in the Olympic Mountains of Washington, United States.
Elevation: 5,951′ (1,814 m)
First ascent: August 1879

mt ellinor trail copyWhat To Expect– 1.6 Miles or 3.1 miles? Entirely up to you! But that is only one way. Start early so you will have a better chance to finish. There is no mistaking when you get to the top. You will see dramatic peaks including if you’re lucky Mt Rainier and Mt Washington depending on weather conditions. This hike is beautiful but not for everyone. The first thing you’ll need to decide is how far you want to hike. Starting at the lower trail head will double your hike. Starting at the lower trailhead  will be a 3.1 miles hike to the summit. It is amazing to think it is that short but feels so long. Starting at the upper trail will get you there in 1.6 miles. This hike is incredibly beautiful but just as steep. Things to consider : are how much time do you have, what supplies do you have with you, what the weather is like. Storms happen fast so be prepared for everything. Good traction hiking boots make this hike easier. One of the reasons for suggesting hiking boots, is there are a lot of rocks on the Mt. Ellinor Trail. Good ankle support is important. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the uphill is the hardest part of this hike.

Mount Rainier peeking through the clouds looking out from Mt. Ellinor's summit.

Mount Rainier peeking through the clouds looking out from Mt. Ellinor’s summit.

Climbing Mt Ellinor will give you an excellent cardiovascular workout however, the return trip down the Mt. will give  you an equally difficult descent in  agility navigating rocks and trails on already tired legs.

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What To Bring:

  • Water, Water, Water
  • Food To Fortify Yourself
  • Emergency Kit- Bandaids, Ibuprofren, Etc.
  • Bug spray
  • Sunblock
  • Rain Gear Or Jacket
  • Camera

In planning your trip consider the time of year. It can be quite a different temperature at the summit. as you will notice even as summer draws to an end you will see unmelted snow on the trail on your way up. So plan accordingly and don’t be caught unprepared. The trail is fantastic but if something goes wrong you will be on your own for who knows how long. It is a rugged trail at the end of a rugged road many miles from the nearest hospital.

Wild Life On Mt. Ellinor could include mountain goats, cougars, deer, and whatever else is running around in the Olympic Mountains. Warnings are posted about all dangerous animals. Keep your distance and don’t pee on the trail as the goats are attracted to salt found in urine. Read all signs if you have questions and do your own research into how to protect yourself and the forest. The trail is breath taking.

Hiking Mt. Ellinor may include wild mountain goats, cougars, chipmunks, deer and more. Mt Ellinor is one of the best hikes in the Olympic Mountains. Come see it for yourself.

Hiking Mt. Ellinor may include wild mountain goats, cougars, chipmunks, deer and more. Mt Ellinor is one of the best hikes in the Olympic Mountains. Come see it for yourself.