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Big Creek Campground to Mt. Ellinor Ascent

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The long way to climb Mt. Ellinor.


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13.1

Miles

21.1

KM

67%

Runnable

5,897' 1,797 m

High

930' 283 m

Low

5,045' 1,538 m

Up

5,045' 1,538 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (8°)

64%

Max Grade (32°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Hot Spring · Lake · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is the longest and hardest way to climb Mt. Ellinor, though the journey will be extremely rewarding.

Runner Notes

A trail run is done here in summer called "The Beast of Big Creek".

Description

This route begins at Big Creek Campground, climbs steadily along the Big Creek Loop #827 trail and joins a connector trail that then joins the Lower Mt. Ellinor Trail. From this point it is a nice, well maintained trail through an old growth forest on the Lower Mt. Ellinor Trail until the Mt. Ellinor Trail is reached.

At that point, the trail climbs steeply up a ridge, over rocks to an open slope where a long stair step trail climbs to a saddle in the ridge. From there the trail switches back and forth up a steep slope ultimately reaching a last push to the summit.

From the summit of Mt. Ellinor you can see into the heart of the Olympics to Mt. Olympus. You can also see all the way north to Mt. Baker, west to Mt. Rainier and south to Mt. St. Helens. On a very clear day with the right lighting you can even see the Pacific Ocean!

Flora & Fauna

You'll often encounter Mt. Goats on and around the summit of Mt. Ellinor. The goats are a nuisance and are not native. They were introduced to the Olympics in the 1920s(?). Do not feed the goats, they can get aggressive.

Contacts

Shared By:

James Scott with improvements by Michael Mendelsohn

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Photos

Looking South from the peak of Mount Ellinor.
Jul 21, 2019 near Hoodsport, WA
Surely you won't run out of creek scenes on this trail.
Apr 3, 2017 near Hoodsport, WA
Sharing the view of Jefferson Peak with a couple of curious goats.
Jul 21, 2019 near Hoodsport, WA
This is just one of the many bridges on this trail.
Apr 3, 2017 near Hoodsport, WA
Mt. Olympus from the summit of Mt. Ellinor.
Feb 2, 2016 near Belfair, WA
This is another view of the troll-guarded bridge across Skinwood Creek.
Apr 3, 2017 near Hoodsport, WA

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Jul 14, 2019
Ryan barber
very easy travel, generous well kept trails. lost my running pace on the summit trail. fog broke just as we reached the top. 11.6mi — 3h 19m