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Mount Ellinor, Olympic National Park

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Mount Ellinor is a peak in the Olympic Mountains of Washington, United States. It is located in an area designated as the Mount Skokomish Wilderness. The mountain is a popular day hike in the summer months; the summit is reachable via a steep-but-brief 3.3-mile (5.3 km) trail which gains about 3,200 feet (980 m) in elevation from the lower trailhead.

There are two trailheads, both of which are accessed from National Forest Road 24 north of Lake Cushman. This lower trailhead lies at an elevation of 2,666 feet (813 m), and the upper trailhead at about 3,400 feet (1,000 m); a Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the upper trailhead.

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  • It is a difficult drive to find this hike and at the trail head there were 2 SUVs that had flat tires from the drive up to the upper trail head. Also there is no signage to get to the trail head. Our....  more
    It is a difficult drive to find this hike and at the trail head there were 2 SUVs that had flat tires from the drive up to the upper trail head. Also there is no signage to get to the trail head. Our....  more »
  • This is a *golden* hike! With forest fire smoke in the air, we weren't sure if it was the best day (8/16/18) for a trip to the top, but we were so glad we hiked it. With kids *ages 8 & 11) in tow... 
    This is a *golden* hike! With forest fire smoke in the air, we weren't sure if it was the best day (8/16/18) for a trip to the top, but we were so glad we hiked it. With kids *ages 8 & 11) in tow...  more »
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  • This trail is properly hard. I started at the lower trailhead with a friend. We had a gps with us. AllTrails and the book I had have the mileage wrong. Lower trailhead to the summit round trip is 7.7 miles. Confirmed by my friend’s Apple Watch. It’s gorgeous in the forest and the huckleberries were huge. Once you hit the “summit” sign about 1.8 miles in is when the trail starts getting going. Countless switchbacks that just get steeper and steeper. Lots of rocks and roots. We did it in verticals pushes and then water breaks. Once you get out of the trees you’re mostly climbing rock. Then after you’ve been rock scrambling and your legs are screaming you see this staircase that looks like it was put there to make you quit. Keep going and then you get to the top. Some more switchbacks and then finally the summit. Watch out for Foxglove!! We had a cloud blanket covering the lowlands and it was so incredibly gorgeous. This is a beautiful, exquisite, and difficult hike. 10/10 worth turning your legs into jello for.
  • Not easy, but very beautiful!

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