Mount Pilchuck State Park is a 1,893-acre day-use park that features mountainous alpine terrain with diverse scenic and recreation attractions. The main recreational attraction of the park is the three-mile trail to the summit and the old fire lookout. The trail begins at 3100 feet above sea level and winds through an old growth forest to alpine heather and large rocks at the summit of Mount Pilchuck (5324 feet above sea level). The hike is strenuous and in the summer can be very crowded. At the top is an incredible panoramic view of the Cascades, Olympics and Puget Sound. The trail is usually covered with snow until midsummer.
One of my all time favorites. We've only done it in the winter (Dec Or Jan), so there is water and mud along the first part of the hike and then often snow on the second half. The lake itself is beautiful though we've only seen it frozen over and surrounded by snow.
We've been fine with just waterproof shoes/boots - no poles or other snow gear.
Just finished this hike and it is my favorite so far. If you go on a day that it snows make sure you have snow tires or at least spikes because you won't make it up the last turn towards the trailhead. Me and my hiking partner just parked at the bottom and hiked and extra half mile. As long as you have the proper gear this hike will be AMAZING with snow. Incline gets a little tough here and there but definitely doable. Be careful of falling trees right now as well, my partner almost was hit by one.
Needed to get in the mountains and had't done Pilchuck yet despite it's popularity. Cold and rainy but still a good hike the Lookout at the top mad for a perfect warm up spot. Planning on going back to take it the view. Heads up: you CAN go in! Lift the small panel by the ladder and squat low to get in and warm. Interesting reads inside too.
Spontaneously decided to go for a hike with my best friend in the morning and researched a few easy hikes... (he's not a big hiker) Stumbled upon this one and thought we'd give it a go. The drive up to the trail was pretty sketchy with a lot of sharp rocks on the narrow road with pretty deep and hidden potholes. Besides the scary drive up it was a nice, short hike to the lake. It just so happened to be snowing as we drove up and hiked to the lake which was pretty neat! Overall, would hike again someday... but drive up with a truck instead a Honda civic....
First off, I have to say this hike is NOT 1.9 (trailhead sign) or 4.3 miles (All Trails app.) Say more like 6 miles roundtrip!! Definitely a great work out, with mostly incline to the lake (elevation 1,250 feet). The whole trail is pretty much rocks and roots. Very wet and muddy, thank goodness for good footwear. Not sure who rated this moderate? I'd say moderate with lots of challenges? Bigger Dog friendly, although my Schnuazer made it, he had struggles and I had to carry him across creek/ waterfalls throughout the trail. Nice parking area with outhouse building. Once we reached the lake it was absolutely breath taking views. All in all, a great hike.
Nice easy hike. This morning it was raining and so there were lots of large pools and puddles on the trail. My foot sank down a good 6 inches into the mud. No bugs and by the time we got to the lake there was fog so we didn't continue on to bathtub lakes.