Mount Pilchuck Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From Granite Falls, E (left ) for 12 miles on Mountain Loop Highway, Right on Forest Service Road 42 for 7 miles to trailhead.
One of my first and most memorable hikes. Went up for sunset and it was honestly breathtaking. 360 views and what a sunset! Hiked with headlamps down. Worth every second!
ran into a small Lil blizzard at the top today.. 10/10/16
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!
Super hard because it rained all the way up but was worth the hike. Next time I'll go up when it's clear sunny weather =)
I absolutely loved it!!! It was raining and cloudy but the hike going up was great! I don't recommend dogs coming when it's rainy. I'm coming back forsure during spring to see the views
Good workout...no one told me we had to climb stairs at the end so be ready!!!seriously!!!Hiking Boots are a must..Buena Suerte amigos !!
I hiked the trail on Saturday 8/20. The first mile or so is great, the trail is beautiful no obstacles, after that it's rocks, rocks, and more rocks, small rocks, big rocks, and boulders. Although it's not "as" strenuous as Lake Serene, it's still a great thigh, and glute workout. A lot of stepping up and over, mild scrambling in a few spots, nothing major. The views all the way up are amazing, and even more amazing from the the lookout tower. Ankle support is a must if you have weak ankles, and trekking poles are nice to have on this trail. Bringing more then just a 12oz bottle of water is highly recommended as you will need it. The mosquitos were bad, and being buzzed by bees was very annoying.
8/18/2016 (Thursday) - Knowing it was going to be a hot day I wanted to hit the trail early, unfortunate that didn't happen. Ended up starting off at the trail head at 11:30, by reading reviews I was expecting a lot of mosquitoes, but there were only a few, the bigger problem was the horse/deer flies. We ended up using natures fly swatter for most the hike (huckleberry branches). There was very little wet muddy spots along the trail and once you break the tree line it was very dry. Was able to locate the yellow markers and take the boulder climb up to the structure. In doing so had some great views of "frozen" lake which is completely thawed, but still got some nice cool cross-winds from it. Was a bit disappointing when I got to the structure, even though the views were great there was a about 15 teenagers up there and even a couple of young adults had it stuff with their gear that they were going to stay overnight in. So with only spending about 15-20 min on the top, we started the decent down. I only do this hike every 2-3 years since I live in Arizona now but have been doing it since I was a kid. It is a difficult hike for me, but I'm also not a avid hiker. The decent down is hard on the knees, ankle, and feet, my calves were sore for days after. But like every time I do this hike it was completely WORTH IT!
8/22/2016 (Monday) -- Arrive at 9:00, only four cars (we are the fifth), arrived at lookout at 11:20. Get no view because of heavy cloud/fog. We have the lookout for 10 minutes all on our own. Then, about 20 group moved up in the afternoon, including many teenagers (a team of over 20). The trail is indeed very popular, and got so many visitors on a cloudy day. The rocks are a challenge to me with week knees, and I hurt my right knee when moving down.
Great hike! Did the hike on a sunny August day with clear views and 85 deg weather. Hiked with my 4yr old daughter, 9 yr old son, and both my dogs, a Golden Doodle and Shitzu. I didn't see any other kids younger than 13-15 yes old so I was impressed with my kids hiking all the way and back with no issues. My Golden Doodle tore up her pads on her feet on all the rocks and in the heat so recommend foot protection for heavier dogs if you decide to bring them along. The smaller shitzu didn't have any feet issues and was able to make it all the way to the top. I decided not to carry the dogs to the fire lookout since I had my kids to worry about, but I did see a few people carry their dogs up the last 50 ft over the borders and up the ladder to the lookout hut. Views are some of the best in PNW. Could see a lot of the Puget Sound, Rainer, Baker, and all the Northern Cascades. Bring lots of water and sunscreen on sunny days. Didn't have any issues with bugs. Bring along a lunch for a break midway up if you bring the kids along. Don't forget about the water bowls for the dogs if you decide to bring them along. There were two streams on the way up for them to drink from, but that was in the first 2 miles. Not much to drink from after that. My Garmin said 10 miles at the end of the hike, but there must have been something wrong with it, because all maps say about 5-6 miles. With my 4 yr old, it took about 7 hrs round trip, but that was with a 45 min stop for lunch and a 45 min stop at the top along with many rest stops along the way up and down. The hike is a lot of rocks so bring some shoes/boots that provide some cushion and support.
Did Pilchuck yesterday. I'm not sure how anyone can rate this "climb" as kid friendly. It's a lovely climb, but it's not a hike in my estimation, as it is mostly (let's face it) scrambling. But it's a bucket lister all hikers should check off their list but sadly, for people who aren't hikers who do this, I'm afraid it turns them off to hiking altogether. Glad we did it though!