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Mount Ellinor Professional Review and Guide
"Without argument, Mount Ellinor offers the finest on-trail viewpoint in the southeastern Olympic Mountains. Because this portion of the range is also the most easily accessible to day hikers who live in the heavily populated Olympia and Tacoma areas, it’s not surprising that this is a very popular trail. In fact, despite the trail’s steep grade and considerable elevation gain, it is frequently hiked by more than 100 people on a nice summer day. But even with the physical challenge and the lack of solitude, this is still a must-do hike; those crowds of hikers know that the views here are truly superb. Stunning vistas extend for more than 100 miles, so you can pull out the maps and pick out landmarks for hours. There is also plenty of wildlife in the area, which may or may not be a good thing because the mountain goats here are sometimes a real danger to people. Call ahead about the latest conditions."
--Douglas Lorain, Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
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