Mount Pilchuck

Granite Falls, Washington

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Mount Pilchuck offers good technical trail running experience. Most of the trail is well maintained, but boulder fields always require a little more care than dirt trail. As the trail gets steeper it also gets rockier until you are climbing on blasted granite and talus. The time allowed for this run includes waiting for your turn to climb into the lookout. It’s worth it, with close-up views of Three Fingers, Whitehorse, and Shuksan Mountains, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, and Mount Rainier. There are also spectacular views of all the cities in the Puget Sound area. Up on this lofty peak there is nothing to stop the wind, so be prepared for dramatic changes in temperature. Mount Pilchuck is one of the few short trails in the region that reaches the summit of a major peak. The existing lookout was renovated recently and is maintained by the Everett branch of The Mountaineers. Much of the lower portion of the mountain was logged in the 1940s and 1950s, and some of the upper portion was cleared for a since-abandoned ski area within 1975-acre Mount Pilchuck State Park.
50 Trail Runs in Washington

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50 Trail Runs in Washington

by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)

Mount Pilchuck offers good technical trail running experience. Most of the trail is well maintained, but boulder fields always require a little more care than dirt trail. As the trail gets steeper it also gets rockier until you are climbing on blasted granite and talus. The time allowed for this run includes waiting for your turn to climb into the lookout. It’s worth it, with close-up views of Three Fingers, Whitehorse, and Shuksan Mountains, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, and Mount Rainier.

There are also spectacular views of all the cities in the Puget Sound area. Up on this lofty peak there is nothing to stop the wind, so be prepared for dramatic changes in temperature. Mount Pilchuck is one of the few short trails in the region that reaches the summit of a major peak. The existing lookout was renovated recently and is maintained by the Everett branch of The Mountaineers. Much of the lower portion of the mountain was logged in the 1940s and 1950s, and some of the upper portion was cleared for a since-abandoned ski area within 1975-acre Mount Pilchuck State Park.

©  Cheri Pompeo Gillis/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Granite Falls
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: July through October
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails #109, USGS Verlot
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Pilchuck

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Apr 2018