Mount Ellinor

Summit: 5,924ft

Summer Route: 4m 2444ft Winter Route: 6.2m 3300ft

Mount Ellinor is the southern most peak when looking at the Olympic front range from Seattle and is a close neighbor to Mount Washington. Because there is a well maintained forest road to get there it’s a great hike year round. From Capital Hill it’s always playing peek-a-boo with the Spice Noodle.

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From Mount Washington:

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1st trip: 5/21/17

This was my first snow climb in Washington and it was perfect. Over the past 2 years I’ve yet to have as good of weather on an Olympic peak as we did this day. I also certainly prefer this hike with snow just watch out for avalanche danger as you ascend the gulley.

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Great views of Mount Rainier, the Hood Canal, Lake Cushman and the heart of the Olympics! It’s a small summit so be careful not to walk out on any cornices.

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The Brothers and Mount Washington:

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This was also my first time glissading which opened my eyes to the wonderful world of sliding down steep slopes of snow one way or another!

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2nd Trip: 06/30/19

First Olympic peak for Moose and first time on the summer route for myself. The trail was quite rocky but easy to follow.

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This also happened to be one month before the final translocation of all Mountain Goats from the Olympics to the Cascades. For all the info on that Click Here. We saw 20+ Mountain Goats on this trip and wished them the best of luck!

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We shared the summit with two goats and did our best to give them space but after awhile they came to check out Moose. That was our queue to leave.

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The goats weren’t the only animals interested in Moose.

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Love hiking with these two!

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