13.8 miles of hiking • 5000' elevation gain •

One still cannot reach the normal Ellinor TH's due to snow so began hike at the Big Creek TH. Have never attempted an Ellinor hike/climb from this TH and it does make for a long day. Used microspikes from the parking lot up to the upper Ellinor TH then switched to snowshoes until the avalanche chute. Used crampons from there to the summit. There was an easy to follow broken trail pretty much from top to bottom. Perfect conditions.


March 4, 2019

Dang! I recently failed. Your trip is what I was dreaming of, gotta get back soon.

Father Guido Sarducci
March 5, 2019

Your attempt gave me the idea to give it a try. 2 things were key for me completing this from Big Creek TH. First one must get an early start, I was at the TH by 7:30 AM... and make sure someone else has broken the trail to the avalanche chute. I don't think I would have made it if there was not a nice broken trail.