Mount Ellinor Trail 812

Olympic National Forest, Washington

Distance1.4mi
Elevation Gain2,439ft
Trailhead Elevation3,544ft
Top5,876ft
Elevation Min/Max3544/5876ft
Elevation Start/End3544/3544ft

Mount Ellinor Trail 812

Mount Ellinor Trail #812 is a hiking trail in Mason County, Washington. It is within Mount Skokomish Wilderness Area and Olympic National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 3,544 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 2,439 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. The trail ends near Mount Ellinor (elevation 5,866 feet). This trail connects with the following: Mount Ellinor Trail #812 (winter) and Lower Mount Ellinor Trail.

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Hiking Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"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." Read more
100 Classic Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"An Olympic classic; bag this peak for one of the most supreme views in the state. “From the top of Mount Ellinor, Puget Sound and Hood Canal are laid out like a map,” wrote Manning. Sit upon this jagged summit and peer deep into the heart of the Olympic wilderness or out across Lake Cushman and Puget Sound to the Cascades spanning the eastern horizon. The hike is short but steep and tough. Yes, there is an upper trailhead that shortens this hike by more than three miles and knocks 800 feet of elevation off. But why start there? The whole idea is to go hiking, not get to the mountain the shortest way possible." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"Hikers swarm Mount Ellinor every spring as they rush to the summit for one reason—to come back down. More specifically, to come down via the long glissade route." Read more
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"An Olympic classic, Mount Ellinor delivers one of the most supreme views this side of the Hood Canal. From the jagged summit, peer deep into the heart of the Olympic wilderness or out across Lake Cushman and Puget Sound to the Cascades spanning the eastern horizon. All of this comes at a price however—this is one steep hike. Starting at Trail No. 812’s upper trailhead shortens this hike by over 3 miles and knocks off 800 feet of elevation. If you’re intent on getting to the view as fast as possible, head to that starting point. Otherwise, take the longer route and get a chance to warm up, enjoy ?ne old-growth groves, and ?nd a little solitude at a very popular destination." Read more
Best Wildflower Hikes Western Washington (Falcon Guides)
Peter Stekel
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"It’s impossible to conceive of how steep this trail is until you’re on it. Suffice to say it’s like climbing nearly 4 miles up then down from one flight of stairs to another. But there are rewards aplenty—not only in flowers, but in views." Read more
Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press)
Douglas Lorain
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"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." Read more
Hiking Washington (Falcon Guides)
Oliver Lazenby
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"A short but very steep staircase of a trail leads to the top of Mount Ellinor. This classic peak on the southeast corner of the Olympic Mountains has incredible views of Lake Cushman, Hood Canal, and the Olympic interior. It’s a treat to be at the edge of the Olympic Mountains, where you can see so much water surrounding alpine mountains." Read more
Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Martin Volken
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"Mount Ellinor and its neighbor Mount Washington are the most southerly of the summits in the Olympic Range panorama viewed from the east across Puget Sound. That view, combined with its relatively easy access, makes Mount Ellinor one of the most popular climbs and ski descents in the Olympics. Consistently steep for the ?nal 1300 feet to the summit, Mount Ellinor also provides a fantastic view from the summit westward into wild and woolly Olympic National Park and eastward across the Sound to Seattle, Tacoma, and the Cascades." Read more

Mount Ellinor Trail #812 Reviews

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7/14/2018
Not a really long hike but the elevation gain is no joke! It's challenging but supremely worth the tough challenge. The views are beyond stunning and majestic. If you are lucky you will see mountain goats, which is a total treat. It is just an incredible hike, so worth it!
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8/29/2009
I started the hike from the upper upper trail head. The trail is very well maintained. Steps have been cut into the trail and shored up with timbers. It is quite steep but relatively short. The terrain is absolutely beautiful. The wildlife is great too. Saw lots of grouse and several mountain goats. I would definitely recommend it. However, it is strenuous.
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8/22/2009
I enjoyed this trail. It doesnt have any real spectacular views until you get to the top, but the view there is amazing when the clouds break. I have read reviews posted here and elsewhere, and did not find the trail to be as difficult as people describe. Yes, there are a lot of switchbacks and no level ground, but the trail is not as steep as I thought it would be. I was up and down in 4 hrs including a nice break at the top. On my way down I even ran into a couple hiking up with a baby on board, so that should tell you it really isn't too strenuous. The trail was well established, with no washouts, and it is really more of a loop than an out and back if you take the summit loop, which I highly recommend.
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8/1/2009
trail was hard it took two girl with me it took 4 hours to the top and 2 down. not for newbs
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7/20/2009
This was an absolutely fantastic trip. It's only 1.6miles to the top, but lordy lordy, it's certainly a quick ascent. Coming down is hard on the knees and there were quite a few folks up there and it was a Monday. My recommendation is to plan for mid week hikes to avoid the crowds, schedule plenty of time (4+hrs) for the hike round trip, and make sure your camera battery is fully charged and that you have enough space to fill on the memory card...the view is worth the pain, well well well worth it.
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5/24/2009
Difficult hike for this time of year as second two-thirds entirely snow-covered. Took my 14 year old son and dog and made it to the top in about 90 minutes from the upper lot. Need gators to protect from the snow if you go early in season (but we managed without). Great views from the top- worth every minute of hike up. Probably much easier (still difficult) when snow melts off.
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8/22/2008
this trail was very challenging and i loved every minute of it. it was excellently made up of switchbacks and some nice steps. you can difenitely see why you would want to go all the way up too the top. i had some great views from mid ways up and wanted to stop and rest every few minutes because i started from the lower trail head which made it even more challenging! but it was a clear day and the veiws were so worth the pain of climbing!!! even though i was promised a veiw of mountain goats and got none on that hot day we went it was so worth it! i would so recommend that if you like to hike to take this one on a clear nice day! i was able to see Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens(the crater side which was an awesome site) so clear and got pics which i will post soon. also the is this little store in Union,Washington along the way and i would suggest to stop in and have some ice cream on the way back!
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7/21/2008
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7/2/2008
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6/15/2008
We started at the lower trail head and went to the bottom of the chute. There was about 3 feet of snow covering approximately 1/8th of the trail, 2 or 3 sections of it, which made the hiking a mite difficult. There were quite a few people, probably on the order of 30 or so, in 5 or 6 groups; fairly steady stream in my opinion. About half of the road is washed out about a mile above the lower trailhead, it's just wide enough to pas a narrow truck, but it's still scary looking. Snowpack on the lower 1/3rd and upper 1/3rd of the road to the upper trailhead past the washout. The hike is a bit muddy, but we LOVED it, stunning views, fair weather (chilly but dry, not too much breeze). It would be a four star trail, but there were just a few too many people (all nice though) :-)
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Trail Information

Olympic National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Skokomish Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Camping
Additional Use
Wildflowers, Views
Features
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Local Contacts
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Dec 2018