Mount Ellinor

Mount Ellinor is a strenuous, 6.2 mile round-trip day hike with 3,344 ft in elevation gain. The trail goes up forested slopes to fantastic views of the Olympics. The trail can also be approached via an upper trailhead which shaves off 1,300 feet of gain and 1.8 miles (3.6 round trip).

Getting there

From US-101 in Hoodsport, turn west onto  SR-119 (North Lake Cushman Road) and drive 9.4 miles to a T intersection. Turn  right on Forest Road 24 and in 1.5 miles, turn left on Forest Road 2419.

  • Mount Ellinor Lower Trailhead: Continue on Forest Road 2419 for 4.4 miles to the small parking lot and the Mount Ellinor lower trailhead (2,800 ft).
  • Mount Ellinor Upper Trailhead: Continue on Forest Road 2419 for 6.2 miles (1.8 miles past the lower trailhead), turn left onto Forest Road 2419-014, and continue 1 mile to the Mount Ellinor upper trailhead (3,500 ft).

TRIP Profile

Trail Segment Mileage Elevation
Lower Trailhead 0.0 mi 2,600 ft
Junction with Upper Trail  1.8 mi 3,900 ft
Junction with winter climbing route      2.5 mi 4,500 ft
Summit 3.1 mi 5,944 ft


  • It is a non-stop workout with constantly  rewarding views.
  • It's the most accessible summit in the Olympics.
  • Be on the lookout for  goats.

Information for  leaders

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 6.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,270 ft
  • 5,944 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Forest
    Mount Skokomish Wilderness, Hood Canal Ranger District (ONF)
  • Parking Permit Required: Northwest Forest Pass
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
  • Green Trails Mt Steel No. 167
  • Green Trails The Brothers No. 168
  • Custom Correct Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman

Upcoming Activities

Alpine Scramble - Mount Ellinor

Scrambling Trip
This is an alpine scramble for Kitsap students
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Sep 19, 2020
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant 0 leaders
Registration closed Sep 17
Kitsap Branch

Olympia Explorers Hike - Mount Ellinor

Day Hiking Field trip: Explorers-Olympia
HIGH ADVENTURE OPTION: A short of steep conditioner hike for the Olympia Explorers
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Oct 10, 2020
No Prerequisites
1 participant 4 chaperones
Registration closes Oct 8
Olympia Branch
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