Mount Ellinor & Mount Washington

Mount Washington & Mount Ellinor is a scramble of 8.0 miles with 3,155 feet of gain in the Olympics.

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).
  • Mount Washington: Continue on Forest Road 2419 for 6.6 miles to the end of the road and the Mount Washington trailhead (3,500 ft).

approach & ascent

Mount Ellinor/Route 1 (5,920 ft)

From the upper trailhead, Mount Ellinor is a scramble of 4 miles round trip with 3,200 feet of gain. The lower trailhead adds 3.4 miles round trip and 1,000 feet of elevation gain. It is best done on snow in winter or early spring roughly following the route of the summer trail.

Mount Ellinor via Big Creek (5,920 ft)

In winter with snow-covered roads, it may be best to approach from Big Creek. Instead of taking the right fork onto Forest Road 2419, take the left to stay on Forest Road 24/County Road 119. Turn right into Big Creek Campground, which is visible from the "T" in the road. When the campground is closed, park outside the gate. When the campground is open, drive to the trailhead on the left. It's a 12.8-miles round trip winter scramble with 5,048 feet of elevation gain from here.

Mount Washington/Standard Route (6,255 ft)

Look for an unmarked trail leading westerly through the forest. The trail passes through the forest to a steep scree slope and eventually reaches an open basin at 4,500 ft. Past the meadows continue ascending on the left hand side of the rock gully, watch for rockfall and put those helmets on especially if there is another group above you. Once you have ascended the gully, gain the ridgeline and look for the peak to your right (northeast). The route ascends up and around to the right side heading northeast. The standard south rate, also known as Route 1, is rated Grade I, Class 3, and is the least technical way up Mount Washington. It's 4 miles round trip with 3,200 feet of elevation gain.

Washington-Ellinor Traverse

Mount Washington & Mount Ellinor is a scramble of 8.0 miles with 3,800 feet of gain in the Olympics. It's best to climb  Mount Washington first and then travel the ridge southwest to Mount Ellinor.

INFORMATION FOR leaders

If you're planning a day hike, please use the Mount Ellinor route/place.

  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 3, Basic Alpine Climb
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,200 ft
  • 5,920 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
Map
  • USGS Mt Skokomish
  • USGS Mt Washington
  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
  • Custom Correct Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman
Activities

Upcoming Activities



TAC MAC Scramble - Mount Ellinor & Mount Washington

Youth Field trip: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
Practice Snow Skills and summit a peak
Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 3, Basic Alpine Climb
Sat, Mar 7, 2020
No Prerequisites
6 participants 0 instructors 2 chaperones
Registration closes Mar 5
Tacoma Branch

Winter Scramble - Mount Ellinor & Mount Washington

Scrambling Trip
Reserving two days for a weather window. Expect 12 miles as the road will likely
Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 3, Basic Alpine Climb
Sat, Mar 21, 2020 - Sun, Mar 22, 2020
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants
Registration opens Feb 1
Tacoma Branch
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Titles

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  • Mount Ellinor
  • Mount Ellinor/Route 1
  • Mount Ellinor (winter)
  • Mount Ellinor via Big Creek
  • Mount Ellinor via Big Creek (winter)
  • Mount Washington
  • Mount Washington (Olympics)
  • Mount Washington/Standard Route
  • Mount Washington/Route 1
  • Mount Washington/Winter Direct
  • Mount Washington/Route 3(SE Ridge)
  • Washington-Ellinor Traverse
  • Mount Washington & Mount Ellinot Traverse
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