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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.

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1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

The snow is wonderful and makes the lake so pretty. There were quite a few people on the trail today. Only was snowy the closer you got to the lake. Didn’t bring spikes or anything and did fine in the icy parts with a walking pole.

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hiking
7 days ago

Hiked: 12/09
Time: 1:06 (up), 3:00 RT (incl. break up top and lunch)
My partner and I, both moderate fitness levels, found the hike to be on the easier side of “medium”. Steepness is moderate, with terrain being mostly rocky (annoying but not as muddy). The final section (20mins) had a slight amount of snow/ice, but we were able to make it without difficulty or the use of spikes. The lake was near 100% frozen over, with a good 10” of snow.

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7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

This hike was beautiful and way easier than I had anticipated! I was in regular hiking boots and my friend had to hike in rain boots, but we both made it perfectly fine. The lake is almost completely frozen over, which is awesome. No need for spikes or poles until it snows more in my opinion. The bridge in the very beginning of the hike is the only completely iced over area, and it’s hilarious watching people ice skate across it.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful trail! Well worn, not as well kept up but still easy. Definitely would recommend microspikes for the last half mile or so. Get ready for a full parking lot and an icy (but worth it) hike!

11 days ago

I went on a beautiful fall day. The parking was full by the time I arrived at 9:30. I parked at the day pass picnic lot across the road. a little muddy in areas but beautiful. The hike felt normal, not too strenuous.

trail running
14 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

12/1/17

Wet, rainy day. But the trail was in great condition. Snow didn’t come into affect until reaching the lake. Decided to walk the length of the lake even though the snow was fairly thick and there were no recent footprints. Witnessed a few minor avalanches , but it was beautiful. 1:10 trip time

Well went hiking. They closed the trail head and I had to start all the way from heather lake. Snow was crazy but I wanted to do it. I had to stop at the 2 mile mark because my party got too tired. I am going to do this again.

hiking
16 days ago

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