Hike to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

Mount Pilchuck Trail

Distance

5.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

2200 Feet

Activities

Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Scott Kranz

Forest
Scenic

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.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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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!

Distance

5.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

2200 Feet

Activities

Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Scott Kranz

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