Ascent to Mount Ellinor-Pass on 2014-12-27

Climber: Nate B

Date:Saturday, December 27, 2014
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Mount Ellinor - Pass
    Elevation:5400 ft / 1645 m
    Remaining Elevation:520 ft / 159 m (21% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Brother wanted to try something with a little more elevation after mount zion with his trip to washington and requested mount Ellinor. He, his wife, and I set out early in the morning and drove up forest roads with no trouble until just before upper trailhead due to wimpy rent a car Prius. Initial trail was very pleasant but grew into heavy snow very quickly. Snow was mostly compacted on trail but was up to a three feet in some places, leading to some post holing. We passed several groups descending just after the summer and winter trail junction. They said they turned back due to the trail running out and severe wind. We pressed on and forged new trail an additional ways to the pass encountering significant wind and new snow fall which obliterated our newly made trail in seconds. We decided to descend due to all in party not comfortable continuing. Back at trailhead it started snowing pretty hard, seeming to validate the decision. Will have to return in summer.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1950 ft / 594 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Extremely Windy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1950 ft / 594 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Summer trail
    Start Trailhead:Road just below upper trailhead  3450 ft / 1051 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Time:1 Hours 

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