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Mount Ellinor Professional Review and Guide
"A 3.4-mile round-trip day hike to the summit of Mount Ellinor.This steep trail seems much longer than its 1.7 miles but rewards those who reach the summit with the finest views to be had in the southeastern Olympics. The trail begins in a clear-cut but soon climbs onto a wooded finger ridge, which it ascends via a natural staircase of tree roots. The path from the lower trailhead soon joins it, and thus bolstered the trail continues up the ridgetop beneath an open canopy of Douglas fir. Within a mile an open subalpine forest dominates the landscape, and a mat of heather provides splashes of color in midsummer. The first views are of Mount Ellinor itself."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides).
On a beautiful sunny day such, such as it was, the views go on for eternity. All 5 Washington Cascade volcanos had their peaks sticking out. The trail is very well maintained. I must say one of the best maintained trails I''ve been on. It''s wonderful that such an excellent view is offered for any able walking body to enjoy! One minor disappointment to mention was the name carving on the summit rocks. Perhaps we should all takes turns guarding the summit with a sling shot in hand. Will people ever learn??
If you like to make friends on hikes and want to explore a typical mountain of the eastern Olympics, this is the hike (of course a mid-week hike would not be very crowded). Also, chances are that you will see mountain goats up close and personal. Download the eTrail for driving directions and the route description. The views extend in all directions including the interior of the Olympics and west to the Hood Canal and Puget Sound. Bring a lunch and hang out for a while. The summit is hard to leave.
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