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.

important notes to leaders

If you are planning a scramble or climb, please use the Mount Ellinor & Mount Washington route/place or Mount Washington/East Ridge route/place.

  • 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
  • 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

Day Hike - Mount Ellinor

Day Hiking Trip
We'll start from the Upper Trailhead & try keep a mediums to fast pace, however,
Difficulty: Strenuous
Thu, Aug 23, 2018
No Prerequisites
4 participants
Registration closes Aug 21
Olympia Branch

Day Hike - Mount Ellinor

Day Hiking Trip
Hike to Mt. Ellinor starting at lower trailhead.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Fri, Sep 7, 2018
No Prerequisites
4 participants
Registration opens Aug 20
Olympia Branch
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