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Summit a Snowy Mt. Pilchuck

Granite Falls, Washington



6 miles

Elevation Gain

2300 ft

Route Type



Added by Randy Gordon

A leisurely yet mildly challenging hike that rewards with mesmerizing views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker and everything in between.

From the Mt. Pilchuck State Park trail head at roughly 3000 feet, begin gently ascending through luscious forested terrain. In late autumn and winter don't be surprised to begin marching through accumulated snow pack, ice or slush so microspikes and trekking poles are a must. As the trail winds upwards, keep right on the path past the sign that designates "Mount Pilchuck State Park" and listen closely for the sound the chattering creeks and chirping birds. The ground is rocky and heavily rooted by surrounding trees so watch your step as they can be slick! At roughly 1 mile and an elevation of 3500 feet, you will encounter a short rock field. Keep your eyes peeled for an orange marker that will keep you on your way. Be sure to take a second and look south because on a clear day the powerful Mt. Rainier peaks in the distance. At another 0.5 miles you will reach a clearing where the lookout can be seen without the presence of clouds. You will find yourself struggling to keep the pace as the views all around start to captivate. The last 1+ mile push to the summit is a tricky uphill battle but that will make the reward of conquering this mountain that much sweeter. Continue to follow the orange markers until you reach the historic lookout tower at approximately 2.7 miles and an altitude of 5327 feet. Simply relax and soak in some of the best views the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

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