Ascent to Mount Ellinor-Summer-Winter Trail intersection on 2015-02-16

Climber: Nate B

Date:Monday, February 16, 2015
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Point Reached:Mount Ellinor - Summer-Winter Trail intersection
    Elevation:4400 ft / 1341 m

Ascent Trip Report

Decided to head over to the Olympics to explore with my daughter. We headed over to the access road to Buck Mountain to see if we could get a “higher” low level mountain then the Blue Hills. There was a trench and brush pile blocking the road at approx 2 mile mark @ about 1300 feet. Interestingly, there was a smoldering campfire at the turn around spot. Funny someone would not ensure it was completely out…..
After the disappointment, we headed south to explore some more and saw a road for Jupiter Mountain. Consulting my machine of knowledge (GPS) we decided to see if we could do a little hiking on the trail, given it was such a beautiful day, and approx 1300 in the afternoon. We initially saw signs for “Jupiter Mountain Trail” and after several miles of dirt road, we hit a closed gate saying “private mountain road” or something of the sort. Interesting yet again. We headed back down and talked to some locals who recommended Marhut Falls, just six miles from us. We were weary of the road, and decided to hike to the falls. Second to mountains, water falls are pretty rewarding. There is “something” at the end of the trail worth seeing, other than the trail. Since moving to Washington, we had previously visited the following falls: Wallace Falls, Bridal Falls, Franklin Falls, Snoqualmie Falls, Twin Falls, and a couple of others. These falls were pretty decent after about a mile hike in. We caught the views and headed back out.
Heading south, I decided to go on a scouting visit to see how the roads were to Ellinor. Recent TR’s had the roads accessible to the lower TH, and others said road to upper TH was closed for maintenance. We were impressed to see the scenery on the drive up and made it to the upper TH without incident. We couldn’t pass up and opportunity to get out and hike some more before sunset. Initial crystal clear views of Rainer, Adams, and Mount Saint Helens. We made a slow trot up the trail stopping every couple of feet for Isabel to trace her numbers above each step. Fun… Finally, we made it to our destination, the Summer-Winter Trail Crossroads at approx 4400 elevation.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1000 ft / 304 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1000 ft / 304 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.2 km
    Start Trailhead:Upper TH  3400 ft / 1036 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.2 km
    End Trailhead:3400 ft / 1036 m
    Time:20 Minutes

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