Mount Ellinor


Day Hike - Mount Ellinor

This Mt. Ellinor hike is sponsored by the Olympia Naturalists’ Hiking Subcommittee, and is being led by Joanne Schuett-Hames and Becky Andrade. We’ll explore the natural history of Mt. Ellinor including wildflowers and endemic species.

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,444 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,994 ft
  • Pace: Moderate

Meeting time and location will be finalized and emailed to participants a few days before the hike. Plan for a long day with an early start. 

Mt. Ellinor, in the SE Olympics, has spectacular wildflowers, stunning geology, and magnificent views. This location is also rich with endemic plant and animal species, and along with the wildflowers, these are a priority focus for this naturalists’ trip. We’ll start our hike at the upper trailhead (3,500 ft elev), and ascend nearly 2,500 ft in 1.6 mi to reach the summit (5,994 ft elev; 3.2 mi trip total). Although not a long distance, this trail is steep, and extensively crosses boulder and scree fields. We are planning on a leisurely pace and will include plenty of time for exploring. Prepare for any kind of weather, as this is a higher elevation, exposed trail. Bring ten-essentials, and adequate water. A NW Forest Pass or equivalent needed to park at the trailhead.


Mount Ellinor

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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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