Mountain Goat Management in Olympics and North Cascades


Mountain Goat Management in Olympics and North Cascades - Mount Ellinor

This Mtn Goat Survey trip to Mt Ellinor is in support of the Olympic National Forest outreach efforts to inform hikers/scramblers of their role in addressing Human - Mt Goat conflicts.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,270 ft

Meet at 7:00 at Haggens Foods at 1313 Cooper Point Road.  Carpool meeting location is on the left-hand side of the parking lot  over by the trees. 

The Olympia Branch has been asked by the Olympic National Forest to meet hikers and scramblers heading up Mt Ellinor (and other ONF trails) to provide them with information on safe Mtn Goats viewing.  These Mtn Goat Surveys are intended to educate hikers on best practices for discouraging Mtn Goat Habituation (dependence on humans) and to provide reports on aggressive Mtn Goat behavior, if and when human contact leads to such. 

During these Mtn Goat Surveys, participants will hike to the summit stopping frequently to talk with hikers on the trail, share information on avoiding human-Mtn Goat conflicts verbally and/or with printed materials and, if it has been published, share information on the Draft EIS on the Mountain Goat Management Plan.

Previous Survey trips have found that hikers are very receptive to, and appreciative of this information.  


Mount Ellinor

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

10 essentials, plenty of water, traction devices such as microspikes  or crampons will be helpful.  The snow slopes are steep and slippery.  Trekking poles or ice ax will be useful as well. 

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