Pinnacle Lake Trail

Verlot, Washington

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Pinnacle is a delightfully beautiful alpine lake perched in a splendidly rugged basin on a shoulder of Mount Pilchuck. The hike is short, but not so sweet— unless you stop at Bear Lake, which is the kid-friendly part of this trip. The rest is rocky, rooty, muddy, and steep, and if it weren’t for the big trees you’d swear you were hiking the Appalachians. But once upon the tarn-tarnished ridge leading up to Pinnacle Lake, you’re quickly reminded that this can only be the Northwest.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Pinnacle is a delightfully beautiful alpine lake perched in a splendidly rugged basin on a shoulder of Mount Pilchuck. The hike is short, but not so sweet— unless you stop at Bear Lake, which is the kid-friendly part of this trip.

The rest is rocky, rooty, muddy, and steep, and if it weren’t for the big trees you’d swear you were hiking the Appalachians. But once upon the tarn-tarnished ridge leading up to Pinnacle Lake, you’re quickly reminded that this can only be the Northwest.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Verlot
Distance: 3.8
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Late June– early Nov
Trailhead Elevation: 2,700 feet
Top Elevation: 3,800 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker– Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Granite Falls No. 109, Silverton No. 110
Driving Directions: Directions to Pinnacle Lake Trail

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