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).

Temporary Closure Scheduled

Mountain Goat Capture and Translocation Closure

Mount Ellinor: August 18-30

The Mount Ellinor trails system and Forest Road 2419 to Mount Ellinor, as well as Forest Road 2464 leading to Forest Road 2419, will be closed to the public starting the evening of August 18 until the morning of August 30. The Mt. Ellinor trails (#812, #812.1, #812.2), Jefferson Pass Trail (#880), and Mt. Ellinor Connector Trail (#827.2) will be affected through this August closure and will not be accessible to visitors. The Big Creek Trail system (#827, 827.1, #827.3) will still be open to the public. For more detailed information, please visit the Olympic National Forest website.

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

Winter Scramble - Mount Ellinor

Scrambling Trip
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Apr 25, 2020
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants
Registration opens Apr 1
Tacoma Branch
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