Granite Falls, Washington

Hike to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

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

Originally 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.

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DANG

Beautiful but hard, don’t forget your poles.

Amazing Spring Snow Hike!

You will need a good mid-sized SUV with at least 8" of clearance to navigate the road filled with major potholes. With the snow in the Spring you may have to park and hike a half-mile or so to the trailhead due to snow on the road. This is not a hike for beginners, especially with snow. Poles or an ice axe are essential if you want to reach the lookout. Always hike with a partner and check the avalanche danger before you go. Have fun!

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.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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