Looking for a great trail in Mount Pilchuck State Park, Washington? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, lake trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Mount Pilchuck State Park ranging from 4.2 to 7 miles and from 1,099 to 3,884 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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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rocky
15 hours ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone who wants a good hike! I took my 1.5 year old son in the backpack and it was great!! It was definitely challenging. It was uphill the entire time, but fairly gradual. There weren’t many sections that I felt I had to go straight up or sections that I felt safety for my son was a concern. We made it to the house at the top, but didn’t go into it because of it being a scramble... we were 50 feet from it and got to enjoy our lunch on a flatter section. I didn’t feel safe bringing my son up those rocks... maybe in 5-10 years. Beautiful views for a significant part of the upper half of the hike. We went on a partly cloudy day and it cleared on many sections. It was pretty foggy at the top, but wasn’t windy at all, It was a well marked trail in the rocky areas and overall well maintained. The only negative was the dirt/gravel road to get to the trail head had a lot of pot holes.

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rocky
20 hours ago

Be prepared for 20 minutes of gravel road driving to get to trailhead. We had to turn around halfway through the trail because we saw bear cubs. Plenty of photo opportunities along the road to trailhead.

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rocky
1 day ago

The road to the parking lot is full of big holes. But the hike it self is absolutely stunning. Did it with my dog and had a great time.

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rocky
1 day ago

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1 day ago

Trail was fairly busy for Father’s Day. I wore some Nike Free Run shoes and was able to navigate with no issues but there were a few spots where only areas to step were slick rocks. The road in is extremely rough with major potholes right now, so bring an SUV or truck with more ground clearance if possible or you will be scraping the suspension of your car. Lake view was awesome.

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2 days ago

Was great for me and the dogs! A fair amount of water on the trail, but the loop around the lake at the top is spectacular!

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snow
2 days ago

awesome hike so worth it when you hit the top

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3 days ago

Great hike! Lots of awesome views from the top. Not very strenuous but rocky and lots of tree roots. The Lookout is amazing. Paused my recording while at the lookout so no signal the whole way down. Still some snow in some parts. Great day to do it!

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3 days ago

Hiked yesterday. Awesome vista views. Very rocky in parts of the trial. Hiking poles are great to have especially for coming down. Lake 22 is beautiful! Still snow around the lake. Great hike!

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muddy
3 days ago

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3 days ago

Beautiful, beautiful trail. There is a reason it's so busy! I started about 6:30 on a Sunday and was not the first one on the trailhead but had it mostly to myself. Different story on the way down! Wear sunblock and good shoes, parts of the trail are exposed and parts are very rocky. Hiking poles were helpful.

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3 days ago

Beautiful hike and amazing views. The trail is very rocky. Make sure to wear right footwear. My 12lbs puppy enjoyed the hike too.

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rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Climbed up Pilchuck today with two friends. Access road was horrible with massive potholes. Can’t believe they paved the last section and left the rest in horrible condition. Very odd. Trail was busy today with lots of people and dogs unleashed. People need to understand that freely roaming pets are an annoyance to others. Intermittent snow patches crossable without micro spikes. Bugs were very annoying all the way up even at the top. Lookout was crowded. All in all it was a good hike but again they need to fix that road. We pay hefty of local taxes and can’t believe there’s no money to fix this and other roads.

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3 days ago

Gorgeous view!

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rocky
3 days ago

Easy Saturday morning hike. Very busy on a Saturday

Great hike, caution: the road is too bumpy for 3miles.

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rocky
4 days ago

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muddy
4 days ago

This was a nice hike to a beautiful lake with a nice backdrop of jagged mountains surrounding the lake. The trail is muddy in some spots and after a rain or in the spring I can see where it would be very muddy. At these time you would want a good pair of waterproof boots. Bugs were non existent along the trail, but once you got to the lake the flies became a nuisance. We arrived at 7 and there a few cars in the parking area, when we left at 11:30 the area was full and cars were parked along the side of the road for a quarter of a mile.

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rocky
4 days ago

was an amazing hike with my 7 & 9 year old. gorgeous views <3

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4 days ago

Heather Lake doesn’t get the attention of its neighbor Lake 22, but it’s nearly as beautiful and the hike up to the lake is a bit less rocky than Lake 22. The lake itself is gorgeous - clear water, a great alpine setting and waterfalls in the distance. The road up to the trail was rough but only for a half mile or so.

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6 days ago

Completed 6/11. Enjoyed the variety in scenery on the trip. Trail makeup also varies- forest bed, crushed rock, larger rocks/rockfalls, tree roots, waterfalls. Quite a few big steps up/down. Was extremely muddy on later portion. Very wet and was slippery, particularly coming down. Saw about 5-6 other parties. Pretty lake. Some bugs on trail toward end and around lake but not bad at all.

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bugs
6 days ago

Went at 6 am to avoid all crowds and Pilchuck is always my inaugural hike of the season. Roads are in need of some attention. My truck went through w no issues. Very doable in a car still but plan a slow drive to the trail head. Hike was mostly snow free except for a handful of small patches which probably won’t be around for much longer. I had brought a pole and gators, but never came close to needing them. Always a great time.

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6 days ago

Great hike indeed. Beautiful weather. As everybody says, lots of potholes but doable by regular car. Also, hardly any snow at this point. Some patches here and there but no need for micro spikes and I also barely used my poles. Took about 4 hours there and back.

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7 days ago

The trail was super awesome! I would recommend getting there early in the morning on a weekend, or hiking during the weekday- the trail gets very crowded and parking fills up quickly! Took us about 1.5 hours up at a moderate pace! Felt shorter than 7 miles round trip. Great half-day hike!

Beautiful lake, great workout. We went on a Tuesday morning and only saw two other people on the trail on the way up. The mileage posting is off, from the trailhead it states the lake is 1.9 miles up, however per our pedometers we clocked closer to 3 miles.

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rocky
8 days ago

National park parking permit required. It was a hard trail, not because of the steep level or the elevation, because of the rocks, lol...hiking shoes is highly recommended, otherwise, you will feel every angle of the rocks. It is worth to see the lake, blue-green ish water, quiet and charming. Make a wish!

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rocky
9 days ago

There’s a huge fallen tree blocking the trail halfway of the way in, so you have to climb on the rocks on the side. Rocky and muddy in a lot of areas - I was worried that my small dog would get injured in some places. Spectacular view though.

The rolling uphill climb is worth every step. On a clear day like today, the woods open up to an expansive view of the beautiful mountain lake — dwarfed only by the impressive vertical rock faces that surround the entire lake with green grasses, waterfalls and snow caps. Make sure to take the trail all the way around the lake - It’s well maintained and there are some good spots for dipping your toes into the water or jumping in! Have fun!

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rocky
9 days ago

The road leading up to the trail was filled with potholes, so I would definitely recommend a high clearance vehicle. The hike itself was good, just very rocky and muddy in spots. Just a warning, there’s a lot of mosquitoes at the lake.

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