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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.

I loved it, It was difficult going up the summit. Once I got there it was totally worth it.

Beautifully framed lake with the peaks and meadows. Make sure to trek around the lake the different perspectives are great!

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3 days ago

little rocky, great workout with rewards the whole way until the lake!

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3 days ago

Solid, easy to moderate day hike. Even with the (much needed) rain it ended up being pretty easy 3 hour journey. Would have been a longer time spent at the lake but the dog was a bit cold. Well maintained trails. The first bit has some sketchy land bridges but for the most part all stairs are new and in good shape.

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4 days ago

Hiked on Saturday, August 5th. We went early and got a parking spot. Road was good going in. Parking is limited so go early. Hiking trail had some rocks going up but not too bad and some trees. So with the hike! This is the best hike I've been on in a long time. The end was a treat. A georgious reward! A lake almost to ourselves, a patch of snow to stick our feet in, wild flowers, and the best scenery. Oh and on the way back down I found a little part of the river under a bridge where we went and just sat on the edge of rocks half way in the water by a small waterfall. Overall my favorite hike yet!

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4 days ago

It is a moderately hard trail. Today when we hiked, it rained 3/4 of the hike and made it harder. Overall beautiful hike.

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5 days ago

Great hike.

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5 days ago

I did this hike a few weeks ago and it was gorgeous. We opted to explore a little off the path at the lake towards all the snow. It was so much fun climbing over those rocks! I would advise caution though if you are new to hiking or have children.

This hike felt similar to Lake 22 - also a great hike nearby!

My favourite hike in Washington! Once you get up to the top the view is so worth all the hard work. Bugs aren't too bad as long as you are moving. I'd recommend bug spray though.

The road in is long and bumpy but the lake is beautiful! Perfect first hike for my three year old to try out her new "pack pack".

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5 days ago

Great hike! The trail to the lake is very cool with big evergreens, waterfalls, and challenging terrain. The view at the top is incredible.

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5 days ago

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6 days ago

The mountains around the little lake are like out of a Tolkien dream. Unbelievable!!

Pretty hike. Use poles if you have them and good boots. Very rocky, lots of tree roots, worth the view. Did it with x2 7 year olds, my sister and a dog. I press it more of a hard Hike if you have kids in tow. We didn't make around the lake unfortunately cause it was getting dark. My kids have been hiking a bit this summer and on longer trails. This was the hardest for all of us.

I would suggest that if you have little kids who don't hike a lot avoid this just for the amount of rocks you have to climb over. There is a little water fall about halfway up and it's a nice place to dip your head under to cool off.

Bug spray for sure. Enjoy