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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.

the most beautiful hike I have ever done!

hiking
21 hours ago

First time hiking Lake 22. Stunning lake views. Photos don’t do it justice. Trail was busy today. I definitely say it’s pushing hard on some spots where you hit the trail in the open. Pretty rocky most of the trail. Hiking poles are very helpful. When you get to the lake. Head right and walk up a bit. Less people and good spots to have lunch.

Great hike. I wouldn’t recommend it for little kids though. Heather lake is a nice alternative for the little kids.

hiking
21 hours ago

Low effort for big lake reward. Make sure you jump into the lake, it’s so refreshing.

Good trail, fun to navigate ✔️

Access road is closed at the Heather Lake trailhead. This adds an additional 4-5 miles to get to the trailhead.

Giving 4 stars because we didn't even attempt it so why screw with the ratings. Heather Lake was a nice detour.

Absolutely loved this trail. I went up there today, and there was still plenty of snow around the lake. A great hike filled with waterfalls and wonderful scenery. I would suggest getting there early or else parking can be a hassle. Would definitely go again.

hiking
5 days ago

Nothing to see on the trail, a lot of rocks on the road, not too much to see at the end of the trail. Not recommended.

hiking
5 days ago

This hike is worth the trip. It’s rocky and has some challenges but not too bad. There is snow on the ground as you get near the lake. The view is amazing and you have to see it with your own eyes.

Awesome! Perfect. More signs would be cool. Amazing hike.

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked up to the lake early morning ( 6:00am ). Slight drizzle thru-out the hike. Trail was a little muddy, with some water running over it at times. The lake is about half frozen, with snow around it on the trail. On way back down 8:00am) the crowds were coming up.

hiking
7 days ago

definitely coming here again!

7 days ago

Came here twice, once in February and then for Mother's day. A beautiful hike with some views and lake. I'll definitely come here again. VERY POPULAR hike so get here early otherwise you're having to find parking at a nearby park or on the highway. The parking lot was extremely full to the entrance by 0900!

Unbelievably beautiful, rugged and romantic!! Lots of roots, mud and hiking over creeks, a waterfall and snow- but the end result was so gorgeous and worthwhile. The rain made everything even more memorable. I highly recommend this hike for anyone who is up for a wilderness adventure.

I've been hiking this one since high school. Always a great one to come back to!

Beautiful hike past some nice waterfalls, few people on a weekday morning. Poles came in handy. Lake is only part frozen as of June 5th but plenty snow on the loop trail around the lake. Didn't complete the loop and came back as the melting snow didn't seem.like it would hold me up anymore. Don't miss the lookouta on the falls

hiking
12 days ago

I did a winter hike a few months ago and it was amazing. Simply stunning! Definitely want to have walking poles if you're hiking in the snow.

walking
13 days ago

Did this 6/4 (Monday morning) High reward for low impact hike! Soooooo beautiful... rained when we were up there and just made it that much more beautiful!! The water was so clear! Definitely again in the summer !

hiking
14 days ago

Amazing trail! There was so much to see on the way up-- waterfalls, creeks, mountain views, etc... all of it is clear (except some mud and water) until you reach the lake, there is still snow. The only somewhat challenging part of the hike is the very uneven terrain (a lot of rocks and roots) Good shoes are a must! Go at your own pace and you'll be able to reach the top!

I noticed so many people leaving their dogs poop or bags behind. This will eventually lead to dogs not being allowed on trails. I ALWAYS hike the bags out. Bring bags, double bag it, stick it in a ziploc, etc... DONT LEAVE IT. My dogs love coming on hikes with me and it would be a shame if I could no longer bring them because others are so irresponsible. Take your trash with you too....You hiked it in, you can hike it out when it's empty.

nature trips
14 days ago

Frozen lake was really impressive. Try to go in winter and summer time, both are really different experience.

hiking
14 days ago

Lots of snow and mud but still a beautiful hike. Will get your heart rate up

hiking
15 days ago

Oh my goodness! First time on the hike today with my boyfriend and we had such a good time! It’s a good work out for sure. Saw lots of people with hiking sticks too which probably would have been helpful. Lots of rocks and some are a little loose so be careful! There is a bunch of snow at the top which is awesome :) can’t wait to climb this again

hiking
15 days ago

A very enjoyable hike that I would recommend to anyone. One thing to note is that there is ALOT of people on the trail and I saw some dog poop bags along the way. Please make sure you hike your dogs poop out or dont bring your dog at all.

As for current conditions, there are snow at the last 5 minutes of the trail leading up to the lake. Nothing too crazy that warrants crampons or ice axe.

hiking
15 days ago

Tha lake was amazing. The photos do not give it enough credit. There is a part of the hike where it is very rocky, hiking boots are a must. Get there early to avoid the crowds and the hotter temperatures.

First time I have hiked to the snow. The lake was impressive

hiking
17 days ago

1st time hiking in many many years and the first time for my wife to ever go hiking like this... took our time and made it for a view that is outstanding! some snow still and chilly at the top, will do again in the near future.

road up needs a lot of work but manageable in a front wheel drive car. you will need to walk a little bit to get to the trail head due to still deepish snow on the service road.

the trail needs a lot of love. first part was rough but easy to follow. after about a half mile into the trail after is Y off from bear lake to pinnacle lake I had to turn around. a good amount of snow still and lots of fallen trees over the trail.

Go as early as you can, especially on weekends. This hike gets absolutely packed with people by 10am. It’s quite beautiful and peaceful if you get an early start. There is still a good amount of snow around the lake so hiking all the way around it is not particularly safe right now.

You have to park .2 miles from the trail head due to snow on road unless you have a big 4x4. Trail is not well maintained. We lost the trail a couple times during to wash outs. You really got to pay attention. Didn't make it to lake due to losing the trail, made it about 1.1 miles up.

hiking
21 days ago

The view by the lake makes this hike worth it.

The terrain is very rocky, full of roots, and muddy. This made sure-footing a challenge during much of the hike. My little dog was not a fan at first!

We were shocked that once we got about .25 miles away from the lake there was quite a bit of snow on the ground. A guy stepped through the snow and broke his ankle on a tree root. Be careful if you go this time of year!

hiking
21 days ago

Fantastic hike! The road up is very rough. You could take your car up it, but why would you do that to your poor car? I advise a truck or SUV. When we went (Memorial Day) there was still quite a bit of snow. In fact the lake was mostly frozen. Our dog jumped in anyway. Was a blast!

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