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.
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.
So gorgeous. Countless waterfalls. Lots of water on the trail - manageable. The sheer rock mountain is almost dizzying - just completely gorgeous! Let trail head at 10, lake at 11:15. Lunch & did trail around the lake. Left lake at 12:30 & back to car by 1:50. Beyond beautiful! Great for kids too.
Around 5-6 miles of road before trailhead is loosegravel with small potholes, it is easily passable though. Headed out from trailhead around 10:30am on Friday morning, parking was busy, got up to top around 12:20pm. Trail is maintained but is easy to miss at some points. Since it's raining most of the trail was muddy and watery. It is not an easy hike but I saw people of all ages there. Once you get to the top 360view is beautiful, you can see Mt. Rainer and Mt. baker and many other mountains. There were no snow, but it was cold and slippery at some places.
Things to remember: Discover Pass or $5 day use fee
1. Hiking shoes and extra layers of cloths( this tail is very muddy and watery, so you need waterproof shoes and also it's very rocky)
2. Lots of water and food to enjoy on top.
3.gloves, extra jackets, hiking poles ( when I went up it was sunny and when I got to top it was super cold and freezing)
4. Go only on sunny day or cloudy day (please try not to go on rainy day because those rocks get very slippery durning rain.)
According to my watch it was 6 Miles round trip
It is really beautiful hike you will love it, good luck !!!!!
Decent trail, not as populated as other trails (only saw four other people) Loved following the trail next to the river. Several trees to cross over, muddy. Hike is good for all skill levels. Wouldn't recommend this trail for small dogs, although my Schnuazer did awesome. A few waterfalls along the trail, only downfall is the trail is closed off after 1.5 miles in due to landslides.
My wife and I arrived at 11AM and found a spot to park right away. We hiked at a brisk pace, passing a few groups, and made it to Lake 22 in 1hr 10min. There were people spread out along the lake, the trail loops around the entire lake. We made it back to the trailhead in 45min, jogging a nice pace most of the way back. The trail is very well maintained. Part of the trail had water runoff on it, but was very hike-able all the same. Mud was not a big factor, most water was on gravel or rock. As for the lake, it was an awesome view. Walking in on the lake the ridge behind the lake is reflected on the lake, it makes a pretty cool mirror effect, very clear lake.