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Mount Pilchuck Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Granite Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 2,125 ft Route type Out & Back

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Getting There

Note: The hut at the top is closed off. 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 a old fire lookout tower at the top the mountain that offers panoramic views. The trailhead is located within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the North Cascades area of Washington State off of Mountain Loop Highway. The hiking trail itself is in Mount Pilchuck State Park. The trail is well maintained and there's a fantastic change in scenery as you ascend up the mountain, starting with lush/old growth forests at the beginning and then transcending into arid/rocky overlooks towards the top. The terrain can be rough and requires good balance to navigate the rocky pathway. From the top of the lookout tower there are great views of Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, the Puget Sound, and the Olympics. This popular hike is one of the busiest trails in the area so expect to see others. Arrive at the trailhead early to secure a parking spot. The final stretch of road leading to the trailhead is in very rough shape. The last few miles are comprised of crushed stone/dirt and contains potholes throughout.

Federal Northwest Forest Pass

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Nationa Forest Darrington District (Verlot) 33515 Mountain Loop Highway Granite Falls, WA 98252 Tel:360.691.7791

Approaching Granite Falls on Hwy 92, you will encounter a roundabout. Take the second exit and get onto Quarry Road. Take Quarry Road 2 miles. You will pass through another roundabout, but stay on Quarry Road. After 2 miles, reach the Mountain Loop Highway. Take a left onto the highway and proceed 10 miles to the Verlot Visitors Center. Continue another mile past the visitor's center, cross a bridge, then take the next right onto paved Mount Pilchuck Road. Once you've made the right-turn, look for a sign indicating the road is FR 42. Proceed 6.8 miles down this road and you will reach the parking lot, which is just off the trailhead and bathroom for Mount Pilchuck. The last mile is unpaved and contains potholes, so drive with caution. A Northwest Forest Pass is required in the parking lot. Also, do not leave valuables in your car as break-ins are unfortunately common at this site.

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Jason Fore
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Danielle Zeis
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Carson Schubert
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Incredible. Must do

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Justin Parker
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HikingBugsIcyMuddyRockySnow

This trail was amazing! It is pretty difficult especially towards the end. There aren’t many people on it so that was nice. The road there is terrible so make sure you bring a good vehicle that can handle crazy potholes. There was some snow towards the end that was slippery and you also need to climb around some good rocky areas especially when you hit the summit. Not a good hike for dogs. But definitely worth it in the end!

Kiersten Morvant
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HikingBugsMuddyRockySnow

Great hike! Beautiful views. Wear hiking boots bc it’s very rocky. The road into the parking lot was loaded with deep potholes.... suv or truck would make it in there best. Trail was easy to follow even with some snow there were lots of people on the trail:)

Tommy Crane
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HikingMuddyRockyScrambleSnowWashed out

Excellent hike! This trail is misleading because it seems longer than it really is. Extremely rocky and with snow melting you’re practically hiking up a stream. We encountered many people walking down who said they didn’t make it to the top. Almost giving up ourselves, during the final stretch to summit being all snow, very cloudy and cold. Overall the lookout was beautiful, and such a wonderful piece of history.

Jay Tran
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HikingBugsIcyMuddySnow

Hiked this trail on Saturday and while it was a great hike it was unfortunately very cloudy. We arrived to the parking lot at 11am and there was plenty of parking. Perhaps because it was July 4th weekend and the cloudy weather. - Hiking poles would be a nice to have for stability. - Snow the last 0.6 miles and very slippery. Microspikes and leg gaiters not necessary. - Rocky terrain, very muddy and lots of streams of water (snow melting). Hiking shoes a must. - Gets chilly at the top, so make sure you layer up (cloudy conditions). I would recommend saving this hike for when it’s sunnier to enjoy the view.

Sunshine Edwards
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Sam Turowski
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Another successful annual hike as we remember my nephew Travis. We went with him five years and go back every year for him.

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