Ascent of Mount Ellinor on 2015-02-18

Climber: Nate B

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Ellinor
    Elevation:5920 ft / 1804 m

Ascent Trip Report

Had a free morning prior to Ash-Wednesday Mass so I headed back up to Ellinor after my Monday scouting trip. Started hike at 0610 in pitch black with flashlight. After about 30 minutes the ambient light was strong enough to cut off the flashlight and I made it out of the initial trees to an overlook just in time for a stunning sunrise. Ranier and Adams were visible, just as cloud cover began to move in. Weather was a little windy, but I was in a t-shirt. Made it to my December stopping point at the chute @ 5350 feet elevation in about an hour even. Trail was snow free until about the last twenty steps of iced over snow, which was a little scary and slow moving even with the trekking poles. Hit the summit in 1 hour and 20 minutes. Stayed for about 10 minutes caught the 360 degree views above the cloud line (not familiar with all the peaks in the Olympics) in all directions and headed down. Just before the chute I sensed that I was not-alone and looked to the left to see two mountain goats standing about 30 yards away on a ledge. Stopped to take some video and pictures and continued my hasty decent down the mountain reaching the car before 0810…..Ellinor in under two hours…. And most importantly a peak that two NIMITZ Medical Khakies (Adrian and myself) have bagged which lies unclaimed by Lil Jimmy! Awesome. …
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2520 ft / 768 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2520 ft / 768 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2520 ft / 768 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Summer Trail
    Start Trailhead:Upper TH  3400 ft / 1036 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2520 ft / 768 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    End Trailhead:3400 ft / 1036 m
    Time:35 Minutes

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