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Very steep trail with a big payoff in views. From the peak of Mt. Ellinor you can see Rainier, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, and the Olympic range. It is almost guaranteed you will also see mountain goats.

Amazing hike! First clear day in awhile due to all the fires. Saw 4 goats on top, 2 babies so stayed clear. Did this hike last week as well and visibility was pretty bad. Glad to be able to see Cushman and the canal.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep your dogs on leashes! This is WAY too hard of a hike to not see goats!! Also, one unleashed dog helped me loose my footing on the scramble up, resulting in a very sore ankle on the way down. This is NOT a good trail for dogs!

Awesome view and lots of wildlife!

Had a great hike with KR on 8/14. We started from the lower trail head. The trail started easy and slowly the grade increased. For the last km form the summit the trail was rocky and quite demanding. We saw a mountain goat at the top. We took the summer tail in and out and it took us 5 hours. This would have been a 5 Star hike but views were limited due to smoke from area Forrest fires. It was still worth it and a great first hike in Olympia Park.

I wish I'd done this on a clearer day, I'd been looking forward to it all summer. I hiked it yesterday, 8/12, and it was both cloudy and hazy from fire smoke. I knew it would be, but decided to be optimistic and try it. At least the bugs were not too bad!
I would say that the hike itself is not quite worth it unless the scenery from the top is clear, as I've heard the views are quite amazing on good weather days. I found the hike to be tedious and a bit unexciting, though the steep rock scrambling near the top is pretty fun.
I'll blame the weather on being underwhelmed. I plan to try again in the future!

Just did this hike today. It was cloudy and foggy so no views. We did see a Mt Goat. The hike was challenging and fun. It just gets steeper as you go. So I also tracked the hike with my Garmin watch. Total distance from the lower trailhead was 6.7 miles. We really didn't take any detours so not sure where the 5.3 miles listed above comes from. Maybe they didn't go all the way to the top? We had 3590 feet of elevation gain but that is with a GPS altimeter so may not be perfectly accurate but I think it is closer to reality than that which is listed above. So be prepared and have a great time.

To get to the trail you have to go through about 5 miles of rocky road - heads up. Trail started out at steady incline through forested trees that were pretty and kept me shaded which was good. Once you come out though it’s nothing but a straight climb up rocks and a steady incline up the mountain. Had to take a couple breaks and I’m a pretty experienced hiker. Huge horse flies on the way up which were annoying and I would say the trail wasn’t marked clearly for the rock part. The top was crowded with people and horse flies. The view was just eh because it was foggy so pictures were hard to get from any angle. The trip back down the trail was tough on the knees, quads, calves -pretty much entire legs lol but I finished it. Not sure i would climb it again. It’s three days later and I’m still sore all over my legs. Bring lots of water - for the steep incline rock part. I went through 64oz by the time I was done.

Highly recommend going on a clear day. No bug issues. Hardest hike I’ve ever done but so glad I did it. Lots of chipmunks, birds and a few goat sightings on our visit 8/2/18. Beautiful and majestic.

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11 days ago

Hiked this today, such a shame the view from the top was super bad because of a local fire, it was really smokey up there. Also the theme of the day from other hikers I encountered seemed to be “it’s so much longer than I thought!”. My strava GPS had this at 11kms there and back. The trail was super easy to follow and there was beautiful wildflowers especially towards the top of the mountain. The last road there is gravel but actually in pretty good shape. I’m sure when the conditions are better and the view from the top is clear it’s amazing, however without that it was a bit of too much effort for not enough reward for me, sadly.

Absolutely beautiful! Stunning views! We took the pups but it was too rugged for their paws. The first half of the trail is wooded and like any other trail we’ve taken them on but the second half is extremely rocky and not great for dogs paws.

Awesome leg burner! Recommend getting there EARLY and bring your best camera AND bug spray! Saw lots of goats and got amazing photos! The way down is almost as hard as the way up and the rock climbing section is pretty challenging.

on Mount Ellinor Trail

14 days ago

My 22yr old son picked this climb, I trusted that it would be moderate, never again. We got to the upper trailhead late at 7pm. (Note, the gravel road up is pretty rutted and squirrely.) We knew we had to make the summit by 8:30 to see the sun set. We covered the 1st mile in about the 30 min but the upper stretch is very tough. I spent much less time looking for goats then making sure my feet kept moving. Around every bend was another climb through the boulders. All that aside, the top is epic. It was crystal clear making the view fantastic all the way to Rainier. The hike down after sunset would have been okay but my headlamp died leaving us with one cellphone flashlight resulting in a few bruises and scrapes. The top was worth the effort, just make sure you have excellent mosquito repelent (we did) and a backup headlamp (we didn't) for the descent.

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21 days ago

Can't wait to do this again! Saw the mountain goats at top. Gorgeous view though cloudy that day.

Great view!

well where do I start, if your reading this just know I made it but thought about plunging myself on to the rocks nearly a half dozen times. we (myself and a now ex friend of mine for taking me on this hike) started at 7am and reached the goat less summit at nearly 10am. 3 mental breakdowns. 1 pee break with blood in my urine and multiple rest stops which consisted of arguments about the horse flies attacking us and if we run out of water what body fluids we would drink out of the others first. we found no goats. a chipmunk that nearly burrowed into my shorts. The view was amazing. Again no goats but we are over it. We hiked down and I lost most the cartilage in my right knee but it's fine. no goats . We reached the bottom and looked up feeling proud. I swear we hiked the Rockies that day. the whole Rockies. oh yea no goats. some old goat hair that later gave me scabbies for the second time but that's another story it was a hard hike and we enjoyed the peak. ps no goats. Pack lots of water and leave room for disappoint in your bag, because we didn't see goats. Spoil alert. have fun and remember, God made cars. hiking is for the birds.

The trail is really hard, but the view up top is totally worth it.

Yes, it’s hard but worth it when you reach the summit

Steep but amazing. I would highly recomend this trail!

Awesome weather! Trail started to get busy around 11 am.

The hike itself isn't very long but the elevation gain makes it feel LONG. This hike was incredible if you don't mind a challenge, with stunning views almost the entire time. lots of mountain goats and chipmunks. bug spray and good hiking shoes will make it that much better!

Make sure you go on a nice day. Too tough a hike without the payoff. Thought the morning clouds would burn off, but only got worse. Could only see about 50 ft in front on me the whole time, no view fro the top or anywhere else. Only made it from the lower lot to the snow, still 6mi/2300ft RT. It is mid-July dang it, snow should be gone, clouds lifted! We'll be back!

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1 month ago

It's a gorgeous, well maintained trail. the lower 2/3 of the trail starts with relatively easy but gradual elevation gain. Once you hit the upper trail, and especially the "Summer Trail", it turns into a quadriceps burner for sure. The summit is 100% worth the pain of getting there however.
One thing to be aware of: Lots of loose gravel on steep steps along the summer trail portion... watch your footing (especially if it's wet). I plan on hitting it again soon.

Very cool

hiked April 21st 2018. superb climb. took an hour and forty five minutes to climb from the bottom of the avalanche chute. five minutes to get back down.

Great hike, definitely not difficult. There weren’t any mountain goats though so that was a bummer. Small snow chute near the top but no traction equipment required. Be careful on the way down though.

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1 month ago

Nice easy walk, loved all the wild flower on the way to the bridge.

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1 month ago

Great hike, such amazing views and saw some wildlife along the way

Nice bridge

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1 month ago

The views were spectacular! We took our daughter also Eleanor (spelled different) she’s almost 5 months old she did so good and loved it. Made for some great family photos.

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