Today was a spectacularly beautiful day. To enjoy the undeniably awsesome views achievable ONLY from Mount Ellinore, I teamed up with hikers from the Peninsula Wilderness Club to climb Mt Ellinore (5944 ft) in the Olympic National Forest.
Most of us had summitted Mount Ellinore many times. Today I, as well as others, were climbing as conditioning for future, more rigorous mountaineering events. Even so, Mount Ellinore never dissappoints those lucky enough to summit on a clear, cool day.
As we huddled on the mountain's summit, one of the crew held a short birthday ceremony, complete with chocolate covered, candle laden cupcakes. After lunch, it was a long, fast glissade from the summit down the chute. An hour's worth of climbing took little more than three minutes to descend.
The pictures below start with a view of the summit route. This is followed by views of the chute leading to the summit, views of and from the summit, and a picture of possibly the world's most scenic birthday celebration.
Note: Click picture for LARGER view.
Mt Ellinore (Center Left)
Climbing "The Chute"
Hood Canal (Left) & Lake Cushman (Right)
Climbing To The Summit
Summit View of Olympic Mtns
Paul on Summit
Birthday Party Celebration