Mount Ellinor


Day Hike - Mount Ellinor

Conditioner Wednesdays.This is is a conditioner hike with round trip distance of 5.15 km (3.2 miles) and 732 meter (2,440 feet) elevation gain in 2.5 km (1.6 miles).

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  • Strenuous, *Varies*, Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,344 ft

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Meet at Mud Bay Park & Ride (Olympia, 98502) at 15:15 (3:15 pm).

I plan on driving and can accommodate 4 passengers.


You can also meet us at the upper trailhead at 16:00 (4:00 pm). If you plan on meeting us at the trailhead, please make sure to let me know.

 "We do not rise to the level of our expectations, We fall to the level of our training." -Archilochus

WARNING: Strenuous Conditioner Hike

The goal is to summit in 60 minutes!

Upper Trailhead to Lower-Upper Junction: minute 6
Lower-Upper Junction to Rock Boulder: minute 12
Rock Boulder to Summer-Winter Junction: minute 18
Summer-Winter Junction to Rock garden: minute 35
Rock garden to Staircase rock: minute 45
Staircase rock to saddle: minute 50
Saddle to summit: minute 60

The pace will be dependent on participants; I'm hoping somewhere between moderate and strenuous. Moderate would be defined as 60% of maximum heart rate, and strenuous as 80% of maximum heart rate. As a conditioner, we should break a sweat, and be in zone 3 for heart rate.

Just as a side note: if you want to increase you're VO2 max, you need to be conditioning at 60%-80% of maximum heart rate. If you want to increase aerobic threshold (lactate threshold), pushing into heart rate zone 4 (80%+) is necessary.

Tentative Schedule for Conditioner Wednesdays.

March: Mount Rose

April: Copper Creek/Wagon Wheel

May: Wagon Wheel/Copper Creek

June: Mount Ellinor

July: Mount Ellinor

August: Mount Washington

September: Mount Washington


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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