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Janet Montgomery reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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HikingGreat!

Super cool trail. Really well groomed and beautiful. Kicked my butt, and at some point almost quit until a couple in their 30s said it was so worth it and the views get better from the summit so I persevered. I am glad I did. We ended the hike in near dark, saved by a nearly full moon. If you descend after sunset you have to have a headlamp. The rocky part could be super dangerous without one.

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Ryan H reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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Dana Brown reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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Arrived at the lower trail head Sunday at 8:00 am. Not busy on the way up but quite busy on the way down. Poles are helpful because it’s steeeeep! Beautiful even with limited cloudy views.

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Kristina Barnes reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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The lower trailhead was not well marked and there was not a bathroom. There were quite a few cars and the GPS said we had arrived, but it would be an easy trailhead to miss without the other cars there to mark it. Great hike. It was beautiful through the trees with peekaboo views of the mountains. I absolutely love the classic western Washington wooded trails. After joining with the upper trail the trail got noticeably steeper and the switchbacks started. The last portion of the trail was like being on the stair steeper, and the rocks were slippery. The views from the top were amazing! We had lunch at one of the viewpoints that had a breathtaking view of the Sound. Overall the trail was well cared for. As some other people noted we missed the junction with the lower trail and we ended up going down to the upper tralhead. We just turned around and went back to the junction...what was another quarter mile hill! Great hike. Awesome views!

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Daniel Bunnell reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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ngan dao reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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I came around 230 pm on Satursay. I started at upper trail, felt kinda cheating on the hike but it was a right decision. my watch counted 6 miles from upper trail head to the top so it would add extra 4 miles on top of 6 miles journey if you start at the lower trail head. _ restroom: at upper trail head _ car: sedan is oke _shoes: i recommend you to bring your hiking shoes or at least water resistant and non slippery kinda shoes cuz the rocks and woods on ground might cause you slipping. _ poles: i dont bring them but it might help your knee or at least go uphill ;) - brought extra layers, and waterproof jacket cuz it would be raining and absolutely windy on the way to the top when you get out the woods. btw, the sideway wind was strong that I had to paused few times not to fall. good luck and stay safe

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Adam P reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Challenging hike. Was quite cloudy and windy at the top with no views. There were glimpses of the view further down. I would definitely recommend, especially if the weather is supposed to be clear!

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Chad Mackley reviewed Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail
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jon smalley reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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HikingGreat!Rocky

hiked Tuesday before rain from lower trail head, no cheating!! awesome hike, very clean,no trail dust,not very crowded and everyone that we did meet were extremely nice. special shoutout to the couple from New Jersey with their son!! if u start from lower trailhead don't be fooled by the beautiful and gentle beginning!! It so kicked our butts!! loved every second. cloudy on top with fast peekaboo's of deeper into the Olympics and Rainer.

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Kam Sam reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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It was fun. The day was little cloudy but we enjoyed. Definitely going to do next season.

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Taylor Brown reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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HikingGreat!

The elevation is no joke. Good variety of scenery! Definitely worth it. Took us 3 hours total- 1 hr 45 min up and 1 hr 15 down. Started from the upper trailhead.

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Steven Teodoro reviewed Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail
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Deanna Hanshew reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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Amazaballs. If you want to get your climb on this is the one for you. First portion is beautiful slow climb then you get to the good stuff. Recommend poles for more sure footing.

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Steven Teodoro reviewed Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail
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Meysa Hayvaz reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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Super gorgeous at the top! I did this as a sunrise hike in May and it was still covered with snow about half way up the mountain! Got lost multiple times, but it makes for good memories!!

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Caleb Ulffers reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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HikingGreat!

Great trail. Started from the lower lot. Early on through the trees is absolutely gorgeous, not hard. Like others have said, the last .5 mile or so is pretty brutal stair stepping. Hike down was fun, definitely missed the turn to the lower lot and ended up at the upper lot. Took the trail behind the restrooms which got us back to the road and a short walk to the lot. It was very smoky, low visibility and probably not a great idea but we did i it out alive. Will definitely go back up to catch the views

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Amanda Kovacs Capalbo reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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HikingGreat!

Believe the rating when it says “hard” but it was so incredibly worth it. When you think you’re almost at the summit you still have a good 45 minutes left but the views are absolutely breathtaking.

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Chris Schneider reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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HikingGreat!

We hiked this on thurs sept 10th. We got there about 8:30 and there was only a few people there. We hiked up from the lower lot. The last mile or so was difficult with little to no shade. I strongly recommend poles due to how steep it is. On the way back down we missed the junction for the lower lot and ended up at the upper lot. Instead of back tracking we took the road down which was a mistake. There is a shortcut located behind the toilet at the upper lot if you run into this issue. Took us 3 hours to go up and with our long detour it took us 2 1/2 to get back (but think this would have been more like 1 1/2 if not for our mistake). About 2 liters of water per person. A quote from another set of hikers who made the same mistake as us “the trail was clearly marked where the trail clearly there” could have marked the junction better. Another hiker also informed us there is no longer goats which I was looking forward to seeing, they all were relocated. We did see some grouse

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chinook miller reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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HikingGreat!

It was fun. The trail got a little difficult closer to the end of the hike.

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Camille Watson reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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Robert Tindell reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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I did this a few months ago. I loved it! Going to do it next hiking season again.

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Madi Rohl reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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Fairly busy for a Wednesday. A few people with dogs but would have been too strenuous for mine. The vertical gain is the most difficult part but is doable, just be careful as the terrain gets rocky and more technical. Overall the work is definitely worth it for the reward. The views at the top are 360 and although the smoke from wild fires made it hazy, it was still beautiful so I can only imagine it on a clear day. Would do again!

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Ashley Laughlin reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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Amazing views!! First 1.8 miles is pretty easy and then you start to climb. The last .80 miles is the stairs, but the 360 degree views help! Loved this hike and highly recommended it!

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Hilary P reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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Such a beautiful hike - we were lucky to catch a beautiful day. Started from the upper trailhead and it took us about an hour and a half to reach the summit and an hour back to the lot. It is a bit of a rocky drive, so make sure your vehicle can take the pressure. Coming from the upper trailhead, there is a trade off of gentle and steep incline. Lots of compact and loose rock. The view is worth the climb, as well as the sights on the way to the peak. People on trails should wear masks while passing other people. It would be odd to enjoy such natural splendor and ruin it with such petty non-observance. After all, we are all enjoying nature and the scientific world at its finest - if you can’t manage to observe the coexistence of those two things, best do some research - just like you did for this hike : )

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andrea dyson reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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First time hiking this gem today! If you're nervous about the elevation gain, highly recommend starting at the upper trailhead! When you drive maybe 3mi in you will see a ton of cars on the lower part, but keep going until you arrive at the upper trailhead. The lower adds an extra hour to your hike time. Arrived at 10am at the upper and took about 1.5hrs to get to the top! Very steep but totally worth it if you just keep going. Little chipmunks at the top and great views with the fog settling towards the bottom. Also I know some people comment about masks - honestly if you're in that great of shape to hike this and getting all that vitamin D, the Rona won't harm ya! No need to be fearful.

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Hayley Keller reviewed Mount Ellinor Trail
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HikingGreat!Rocky

This comment won't be relevant to everyone but pay attention if you aren't a fan of bees! I started in the upper lot and I'm glad I did. It saved about 3 miles round trip. Trail was amazing, although very steep and many many breaks were needed. Only thing I really struggled with and I wish I knew might be a possibility was the fact that at any given time, a giant bee would linger/fly around me for decent sections of the trail (this happened 6-7 times and for way longer than a bug would normally linger.) As someone who doesn't love the really *really* loud buzzing sound, it really challenged me mentally and I almost stumbled down the mountain a few times because of it. I've hiked many hikes with many bugs before but I've never been nearly brought to a panic attack at the top of a mountain due to lingering bees. But on the way down I started using my flannel to gently fan all around me and that helped immensely, both to keep the bees from swarming and to make me feel like I had some sort of defense, haha. That all being said, I would ask some people in passing if they noticed the bees and many of them said no. I only saw one other person trying to swat them away, so I guess It's an issue that only affects a few people, haha.

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