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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.

Did this in the rain and it was so beautiful. There are still wildflowers around the loop. Having wildflowers and snow in the same place was amazingly beautiful.

Very rocky but has a great view. Took roughly 3.5hours.

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1 day ago

Not for a newer hiker. The rocks are insane. I can handle elevation but those rocks and boulders are incredibly difficult. The only reason for "1 star" is to warn others like me that you need a couple years of hiking under your belt. I have only been hiking this summer. Beautiful but extreme.

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2 days ago

on Walt Bailey Trail

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3 days ago

Did this hike today (9/16/17), and while obviously popular to a majority of folks, it pales in comparison to more rewarding hikes as Lake 22, Snow Lake, Lake Serene, and even Olallie Lake. I did find the trail in particular, quite enjoyable, with variegated terrain; roots and rocks are both plentiful, and the surrounding forest is spectacular, especially with regards to the massive old growth tree stumps scattered throughout. The climb is reasonable, and not knee breaking. The lake itself is pleasant, and perhaps I was biased in that the level was so low, but it does not have the pristine color and depth of others. The surrounding mountains are indeed beautiful. It was an easy 1.25 hours up, and 1.25 back; I'm slow, so those in better shape/younger will make this trip with ease. Pick a big rock at the edge of the lake, grab a perch, have some lunch, and relax - and then walk around the whole lake, to get many perspectives. A nice visit for families.

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4 days ago

Unfortunately visibility was limited due to the smoke but this is a great hike. Despite the perpetual smell of camp fire, the varied terrain takes you through the forest and boulder field, passing huge trees and waterfalls, up to the secluded lake. Really fun to walk around and explore.

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6 days ago

I did this hike in the winter and holy moly, it was absolutely gorgeous.

The rocks sucked. But the views were absolutely amazing..

Hiked on 9/10 in the early PM. I really enjoyed this hike - it felt very unique/different to many of the others I've been on in WA. The trail is well maintained and there's a fantastic change in scenery as you ascend up the mountain (lush/green forests at the beginning and arid/rocky overlooks towards the top). It's not the easiest terrain to hike - requires good balance (and good knees) navigating the rocky pathway - but I didn't find the hike to be all too difficult. Even on a cloudy day, the views at the top were spectacular, and the fire-tower (and guitar in it) is an absolute treat.

As other's have pointed out, the final stretch of road leading to the trailhead is in very rough shape. The last few miles are comprised of crushed stone/dirt and contains MEGA potholes throughout. You'll need to drive slowly, cautiously, and be ready to swerve to avoid potholes as they appear.

I was shocked by the number of individuals hiking in flip-flops, converse, and other non-hiking footwear. It's tough terrain and I wouldn't recommend doing it in shoes lacking ankle support. Why risk getting hurt and why make the hike 2x as hard for yourself - it just doesn't seem smart to me!? I also don't think I'd recommend bringing dogs.

Great day for a hike up to Heather Lake today! WTA was out there. I was surprised to see snow in one section. I haven't been out here since last year, it's great to see the improvements WTA has put into this trail. No bugs at all, that's always a plus!

Wow! I had a friend visiting from DC and we decided on a spontaneous sunset hike up to Mt Pilchuck Lookout, a trail I had never done. We reached the trailhead at 5pm and made it to the lookout at 7pm in time for the 7:30pm sunset. The air was clear, the lookout was uncrowded, the view was utterly spectacular, the bugs were nowhere to be found, and the mountain squirrels were curious and adorable. :) There were panoramic views of the Cascades, Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, down to Seattle and the Sound, the Olympics in relief as the sun set in the west. The changing colors - greens, purples, blues, oranges, yellows, reds - were gorgeous. The hike was moderately difficult due to the rock scrambles near the top, so we did our best to descend through the worst of those before completely losing daylight. We timed it well by leaving the summit just before the sun dropped below the horizon, and we relied on headlamps for the last half of the hike down.

I'm glad we rented an AWD vehicle since the road to the trailhead was dirt and potholed.

Will definitely hike this one again!