Hike to Mount Pilchuck Lookout

Washington Mount Pilchuck Trail

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.

Pack List

  • Hiking Gear
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Northwest forest pass (for parking at trailhead)
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Activities:

Backpacking, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

5.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2200 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Forest
Scenic

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6 months ago

Very weather dependent!

Fun hike, steep but short, it almost feels like cheating to get such views! However, on a cloudy day you are out of luck, there will be absolutely nothing to see at the top. Also fun to glissade down with the spring snow!

6 months ago

8 months ago

Amazing!

My favorite hike

8 months ago

8 months ago

Great Hike On A Rainy Day

I hiked Mount Pilchuck today and while it was raining and I didn't have a view from the lookout, the hike itself was fun and challenging. I will definitely do this again on a better day.

8 months ago

8 months ago

Incredible View & Good Challenge

I wanted to take my visiting boyfriend on a hike that would show him the best Seattle's mountains have to offer and Pilchuck did not disappoint. We're college seniors and love challenging hikes with great views and this mountain was exactly what we were looking for. Never anything too crazy although there was still about 100-foot stretch of snow left in mid-June (definitely not something that should deter you) but the mud was a bit much-don't wear your nice gym shoes. Also BRING BUG SPRAY. But besides those two things, I could not recommend this hike more, and the mountaintop-lookout is really awesome.

8 months ago

about 1 year ago

Unbeatable views within close proximity of Seattle

This hike is a personal favorite of mine, whether it be during the summer or the winter. Some of the best views of the major Washington volcanoes can be seen from the top, with minimal hiking distance compared to other nearby hikes with similar views.

about 1 year ago

Added by Scott Kranz

Full-time commercial and editorial photographer specializing in outdoor sports, lifestyle, landscapes, and travel photography.

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