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.
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.
Sarah T. on Lake 22 Trail
No too tough and just the right length if you're looking for a decent morning hike. Started hiking around 9:00am and got to the top around 10am. Had lunch and headed back down. This was a Tuesday morning, there were about 5 ladies starting when I was and only saw two other people on the way up. Passed a few more groups coming down.
Heard this is a very busy trail on weekends, this is why I purposely went on a week day morning!
The lake is beautiful. Was foggy when I first reached the top but cleared as I was enjoying lunch.
Magnificent hike for conditioned kids and family. Switch backs on the edge of the mountain leave you with beautiful views as you continue to climb. Terrain is both earth and rock so wear boots if you have them. The view at the top is similar to that of Heather Lake.
WE Hiked this trail on the 9th of Sept 2016, it's beautiful and lake was wonderful but I agree with Sherry Cain
VERY ROCKY AND FULL OF ROOTS ON THE TRAIL in fact I would add that it is ALL ROCKS AND ROOTS and small STREAMS!!! Stopped to ask a ranger at the station before going up and he say there are a few rocks, this range needs to look up the meaning of a few! So the joke between my hiking friend and myself was "just a Few Rocks". Also there are lots and lots of steps 2/3 of the way up that start at your knees and I am 5'7" tall, so if you do hike this know that so of it is more climbing then just a hike, and much longer then 1.9 miles. A young man hiking with his mother had a GPS that was clocking at more like 2.5 going up and more like 1500 elev. too. It took us 2.5 hours going up and not counting the time at the lake 4.5 hours total hiking time. EVERYONE we meet going up told us "it so worth it at the top" and I agree but I think information on this hike is way out of date, and with it getting dark sooner you/we need the true time, distance and condition of the trail. WE DID EJOY IT and WE WERE SO PROUD OF OURSELVES BUT it is not as advised.
One of the most rewarding hikes I've ever done. it was beautiful weather and going in a Friday allowed us to avoid most of the crowds. going in a clear day is suggested so you can see the surrounding mountain ranges and get the full 360 degree view
I've done this hike many times, sun or clouds the view is always amazing. I spent the night in the tower and watched the most amazing sunrise. I highly recommend it as a day hike or overnighter for a sunset and rise. Oh, the stars were amazing too!