Mount Ellinor & Mount Washington


Alpine Scramble - Mount Ellinor & Mount Washington

A challenging route due to the steep ascents. Preference is given to graduates of the Olympia Branch Scrambling Course. An excellent route for those learning route finding and exposed scrambling. Part 3 of a series of scrambles that I lead to develop confidence and safe scrambling skills. Leader permission required - see details below.

  • Technical 3, Strenuous 3, Basic Alpine Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,200 ft

We will meet at the trailhead at 7:30 am due to limited parking and to beat the heat.  Carpooling information will be provided for participants to arrange. Cars can also be left at the Ranger Station in Hoodsport with carpools arranged from there. 

Forest Service, Olympic National Park or America The Beautiful Annual  National Park permit must be displayed in the trailhead vehicles. Not available for purchase at the trailhead and no usually  available in local stores. 

Our goal is to be safe, stay together and have fun. My expectations are that we do the approach and return hike together and that participants have completed conditioning hikes or completed my Granite Peak Scramble in June or Pinnacle Peak Scramble in July. 

Leader permission is required - see below. 

My style is to lead from the middle and we will rotate the front position to give people a chance at route finding.  I find that many new graduates  can benefit from learning climbing techniques (hand and foot position, body stance, managing exposed traverses,  etc.) and tips will be provided if asked for. 

We will carry a rope for safety if someone is uncomfortable,  but it has never been needed.

I expect that everyone will abide by Club Standards and stick together and stay in my line of site.


Mount Ellinor & Mount Washington

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    USGS Mt Washington

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots or approach shoes 
  • Trekking poles recommended
  • Downclimbing equipment (harness or diaper sling, sufficient carabiners to attach prussicks)
  • Extra water (the route is sun exposed)
  • Sunglasses, hat and sun block cream
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