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.
My friends and I did this and it was pretty fun. I'm out of shape and so is my friend so we had some difficulty cause it goes up. like more than you would think. we also didn't think about snow so we got cold and wet pretty quick. but it was so worth it. very pretty. I would do it again maybe in the summer when there's less snow.
Its really pretty up-there. it really worth to go. Don't forget to have your shoe spikes. if you are planing to walk on the lake or round trip at the lake you should wear snow shoe. Be careful it is icy we end up in hospital because my friend slid and broke her leg.
Perfect moderate trail with tons of waterfalls and stream crossings. Made it up in less than 2 hours. I used microspikes at higher elevations and that was a big help (I use 3/8" but diamond grip would have been just fine). It would have been nice to have a trekking pole or two on the way down. Definitely coming back to the summer!