Ascent of Mount Ellinor on 2019-04-27

Climber: Michael Quint

Date:Saturday, April 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Ellinor
    Elevation:5920 ft / 1804 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from the lower trail head and ascended via the Winter Route (Ellinor's Chute). The first 2.5 miles was a nice forest walk with a light snow dusting which served as a warning to a potential snow shower - thankfully the dusting stayed light all the way up. I put on gaiters and microspikes after the first signs of consistent snow on the ground.

At the base of the chute, there were the occasional postholes and the stream that runs down the chute is beginning to show. The snow was slushy at the bottom of the chute but the glacade slide was intact. There was a decent boot path kicked in to take to the top. Towards the top of the chute, the route became more icey and I switched from using my hiking pole to an ice axe for better stability. Once I reached the top of the chute, the wind began to pickup and I bundled up for the final ascent to the summit. From the summit, views were clear to the east and cloudy to the west but thankfully there were some great views of Washington, Pershing, Cruiser, and Stone. The Olympics are amazing!

The upper mountain was a bit too icey for a glacade (even in the afternoon) and by the time I got to the lower part of the chute, plunge stepping was more preferable.

Great climb overall!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles

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