Hike to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

5.5 Miles Round Trip - 2200 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Mount Pilchuck Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Scott Kranz

Get amazing views of central Washington and the Puget Sound area. If you hit the trail early enough, you might get the views from the Lookout all to yourself.

Hike the well-maintained Mount Pilchuck trail through old-growth forest and boulder fields. At the top, you'll reach a lookout tower perched on Mount Pilchuck. Pilchuck sits on the western edge of the Cascades, which offers up amazing panoramic views once you reach the summit.

Pilchuck is is one of the most popular hikes in the area, so if you want it a little more on the empty side, be sure to get an early start on the trail. If you opt to hike in early summer, make sure you bring the proper gear and that you're prepared for some snow on the ground or muddier conditions.

Tags

Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Forest
Scenic

Details

5.5 Miles
2200 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

Stay Nearby

Granite Falls, Washington

Verlot Campground

Granite Falls, Washington

Turlo Campground

Verlot, Washington

Wiley Creek Group Camp

Granite Falls, Washington

Gold Basin Campground

Nearby Adventures

Snowshoe to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

5.4 Miles Round Trip - 2300 ft gain

Hike to Heather Lake

4.6 Miles Round Trip - 1034 ft gain

Winter Hike to Heather Lake

4.6 Miles Round Trip - 1100 ft gain

Hike Lake 22

5.4 Miles Round Trip - 1350 ft gain

More Nearby Adventures

Tours

More Tours

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Sunset Was Amazing

Not too hard of a hike and the view is incredible. From mountains to the ocean, you can see it from the fire lookout at the top.

Sunrise Hike Was Incredible!

We did a sunrise hike this morning (Aug. 20) and it was magical. Definitely bundle up for the hike as it was only about 50 degrees when we started up the mountain at 4am. We got to the top around 5:45am, which was just enough time to see the red glow start peaking over the mountains. I wish we had brought a thermos of coffee to share while watching the sunrise but other than that, it was perfect! You might want to bring a dry shirt and sweatshirt to change into at the top to stay warm. It can get windy up at the lookout. You can either watch the sunrise from the lookout or just pick a rock that faces east. Either way, you won't be disappointed.

Sunrise Hike

Fun hike!! Super crowded, like everyone tells you. And quite windy at the top, I had a few layers on. We were also there in the AM, maybe it warms up later? It was totally clouded in when we went but despite the fog coverage...it's a pretty cool hike. I'd recommend trying to camp in the fire lookout! Looked pretty awesome!