Mt. Ellinor Trail #812

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Mt. Ellinor Trail is one of the most popular trails in the Olympics

This 3.1 mile trail enters Mount Skokomish Wilderness. Open forest to timberline at 4,500', then the forest gives way to wildflower meadows and spectacular views of Lake Cushman and Puget Sound. Access the trail from two trailheads (upper 3,500' and lower 2,600'). Thanks to the Mount Rose Trail Crew for improving and maintaining the trails.

The lower trail climbs gently through the forest for the first mile, and then becomes steeper and increasingly rough. At timberline, 2.5 miles from the lower trailhead, the trail intersects the winter climbing route to the right and the summer trail route to the left. This is a good turnaround point for inexperienced hikers. Nice views of Hood Canal, Lake Cushman and the Cascades from rock outcrops near base of the chute.

Summer Route to Summit: Beyond the viewpoint, the Summer Trail switchbacks to the south ridge of Mt. Ellinor, then follows the ridge to the summit at 5,944' elevation. Please use the summer route during the snow free months to prevent damage to the fragile vegetation along the winter climbing route. Always wear good boots, carry the ten essentials, and a full canteen.

Winter Route to Summit: Use extra caution when climbing the chute, especially when it is cloudy and foggy as the rocks are extremely slick when wet. Check on avalanche conditions before beginning the climb. Ice axe, boots, and the ten essentials are necessary. Conditions can change very rapidly and the chute can be hazardous even in good weather.

Alert: Mountain goats on the Olympic Peninsula can be dangerous. Review our Mountain Goat Safety information, which includes a video, and a wildlife report form.

See also:  Washington Trails Association Mt Ellinor Trail

View above the clouds looking out from a mountainn peak. A trail leads up a mountain side with steps and flowers peaking out of the meadow grasses. Female Forest ranger profile with forested background. The Mt. Ellinor Trail is one of the most popular trails in the Olympics

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Be prepared for winter weather at higher elevations.
Open Season: year-round weather dependent
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply.
Closest Towns: Hoodsport, WA
Restroom: Vault toilet at upper trailhead
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required for day use at upper trailhead, none needed at lower.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene

General Information


From Hoodsport, take 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). Travel on Forest Road 2419 for 4.9 miles to the lower trailhead.

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.

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