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End-of-Summer Ellinor

Peak Summited2022 Mount Ellinor
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadLower Trailhead
EncounteredWildflowers blooming, Fall foliage, Ripe berries
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Cloudless day. No crowds. A perfect day for an afternoon hike.

I drove the 2 hours from my home in Port Angeles, WA to the Lower Trailhead, arriving in time to start the hike at 2:45pm. It was uneventful through the woods, taking a little longer to complete this section than I remembered.
I hit the sunny, exposed section at 4:12pm and it took until 4:45pm until I reached the top of the diagonal section across the scree field. I arrived at the summit right at 5:00pm, just after one other hiker. On the way down I saw a few evening hikers on their way up, lots of dogs up and down too.
Some of my favorite things about this hike are the views of Lake Cushman, rocky ravines and blooming meadows. I hiked this solo and was taking in the weather and snow-free views. While I hope I get in many more day hikes before the weather turns (!), it felt like an ideal end-of-summer hike and another reason to love living in Washington.
Start Time: 2:45pm
Distance: 6.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,445 ft.
End Time: 6:37pm

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