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#3 of 192 state parks in Washington

Best trails in Mount Pilchuck State Park

3,647 Reviews
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. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in Mount Pilchuck State Park ranging from 6 to 8.7 miles and from 2,647 to 5,301 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Featuring snow-capped cascades and mountainous terrain, Mount Pilchuck State Park contains one of the most popular and difficult trails. This trail is strenuous, begins at 3100 feet above sea level and heads toward the summit and fire lookout. Visitors should be prepared to wind through an old growth forest and large rocks while heading towards the summit of Mount Pilchuck (5324 feet above sea level). Note that during the summer, conditions can be extreme and the trail can also be very crowded. At the top of the summit, visitors will be treated with magnificent views of the Cascades, Olympics and Puget Sound. At Mount Pilchuck, there are other recreational activities, such as: wildlife viewing, picnicking, and mountain climbing. In the winter, visitors can also snowshoe. Note: Mount Pilchuck State Forest begins on Forest Service Land so a Northwest Forest or America the Beautiful pass will be required.

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Map of trails in Mount Pilchuck State Park
Park information
Acreage:
1,903 acres
Contact
(360) 793-0420
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Top trails (6)
#1 - Heather Lake Trail
Mount Pilchuck State Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
The road to the trailhead is full of large potholes a 4x4 is recommended. There's a pretty good incline right out of the parking area. Levels off in some spots which helps with catching your breath. SShow more
#2 - Mount Pilchuck Trail
Mount Pilchuck State Park
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
Dress accordingly and be prepared to cross plenty of mud and snow as late as mid summer. Mount Pilchuck Trail is a challenging hike to an old fire lookout tower at the top the mountain that offers pShow more
#3 - Pinnacle Lake Trail
Mount Pilchuck State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
As of May 2020, road to the trailhead is blocked with snow. Please check weather and trail conditions before visiting.Show more
#4 - Herman's Peak
Mount Pilchuck State Park
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 4 h
Note: There is no maintained trail beyond Pinnacle Lake.Show more
#5 - Bear Lake Trail
Mount Pilchuck State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 22 m
Bear Lake Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikingShow more
#6 - Walt Bailey Trail
Mount Pilchuck State Park
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 5 h 9 m
Walt Bailey Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, Show more