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Ascent of Mount Ellinor on 2013-08-16

Climber: Rob Anthony

Others in Party:Scott Anthony
Date:Friday, August 16, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Ellinor
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5920 ft / 1804 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got a lazy start out of Shelton with my dad around noon. Drove to the lower trailhead where we wouldn't need a parking permit and could get warmed up for the hike.

The hike starts out at a gentle slope as it winds through a fir and pine forrest. Then, shortly after the intersection with the upper trailhead, the trail begins switchbacking and getting steeper. Taking the summer trail, leads to a boulder field, where the tread becomes more rocky, uneven and challenging and some light class 2 hiking is required. The trail then goes up several steps put in place to the forest service to reach the crest.

Take a right (North) once you reach the crest and continue climbing 500ft or so to get directly below the summit. From here, there are multiple approaches to get up - we opted for the class 2 scramble up the east side. Once on the summit, the true highpoint is just a 5 ft. class three scramble away.

Excellent views on the summit of the Olympics, Mount Washington, Mount Rainier, Lake Cushman, Hood Canal, and Puget Sound. The views are are some of the best I've had this hiking season. No wonder there were so many families on the trail!

It was a fantastic hike and was doable by my father, who was excited about finally being on top of the mountains he had been looking at from his cabin for 50 years.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3396 ft / 1034 m
    Total Elevation Loss:150 ft / 45 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3296 ft / 1004 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3246 ft / 989 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Mount Ellinor Summer Trail
    Start Trailhead:Lower Trailhead   2674 ft / 815 m
    Time:3 Hours 1 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Mount Ellinor Summer Trail
    End Trailhead:Lower Trailhead   
    Time:2 Hours 31 Minutes



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