May 20, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Mount Ellinor
- Region: Olympics -- East
- Agency: Hood Canal Ranger District
- Trails: Mount Ellinor (#812)
- Avg Rating: 4.25
- Be Aware Of
- Snow on trail
There are two options to the upper trailhead: the first is the obvious wide road trail that the WTA page describes. You follow it to the "Upper Mt Ellinor Trail" sign, where you turn left. From there to the upper trailhead is an easy walk. We saw ptarmigans and bunnies and enjoyed the foggy views of the surrounding forest. The trail from the upper trailhead to the top is pretty slippery due to packed snow/ice. My friend's waterproof clothing wasn't very waterproof, so we turned around before reaching the summit. I'm looking forward to returning another day.
The second option is a 1.9 mile trail through the forest. Only the top third or so is snow-covered. At the top, there is a sign for it just above the upper trailhead. It opens out immediately above the lower trailhead, right as the trailhead joins with the road trail.
Bring: poles, gaiters, ice axe for glissade from summit.