Mount Pugh Trail

Glacier Peak Wilderness Area, Washington

Elevation Gain6,120ft
Trailhead Elevation1,937ft
Elevation Min/Max1937/7164ft
Elevation Start/End1937/1937ft

Mount Pugh Trail

Mount Pugh Trail is a hiking trail in Snohomish County, Washington. It is within Glacier Peak Wilderness Area. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 1,937 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,120 feet. The Mount Pugh Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The Stujack Pass saddle can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near Mount Pugh (elevation 7,188 feet).

Mount Pugh Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The view from Pugh seems too good to be true! The Olympics, Three Fingers, Baker, Shuksan, Rainier, Stuart, the Monte Cristo massif, and nearly every peak ringing the Mountain Loop Highway are in full view from this cloud-piercing peak.

Rising over 7000 feet, this lofty summit provides one of the best alpine showings in all of western Washington. And even with its crowded field of summit stars, Glacier Peak dominating the eastern horizon steals the show. Snowy, showy Sloan Peak makes a stellar appearance as well."

"Mount Pugh is one of the landmark peaks of the western Cascades. Rising to a height of 7,201 feet with a vertical rise of over 5,000 feet from the Sauk River, Pugh stands aloof among the Mountain Loop peaks and is a close rival of nearby Sloan Peak for sheer size and regional dominance. As a climbing objective, Pugh is an accessible mountain. A trail leads to a high pass on the summit ridge and an old lookout trail continues to the summit. The hiking trail officially ends at Stujack Pass, but adventuresome hikers and alpine scramblers frequently continue to the top. The summit is the site of a former fire lookout.

The summit trail was constructed in the 1910s to facilitate installation of a summit lookout. There are places where you have to climb slabby rock and traverse snow, but most of the climb is on an established trail. The trail is faint or nonexistent in places, true; but even when the trail vanishes, the route is never truly difficult unless you get way off route. Like most former lookout sites, the summit of Mount Pugh offers superb views, especially of nearby Glacier Peak, Sloan Peak, and the Monte Cristo peaks; north to Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, and the peaks around Cascade Pass; and south to Mount Daniel, Mount Hinman, Mount Stuart, and Mount Rainier."

Mount Pugh Trail Reviews

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This was a great trail for a work out. It was socked in so we didn't go all the way to the top but went up to the clearing. I plan to do it again on a clear day to see the views.
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I've hiked several peaks in northwest Washington and mt. pugh has the best view by far. The entire hike is really spectacular and is the perfect length and difficulty. It's a challenge, but not doesn't take an entire day. It's fun to scramble near the top and the moderate exposure to danger ups the fun level a few notches. Superb.

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Trail Information

Glacier Peak Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Glacier Peak Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District, or Verlot Public Service Center
Local Contacts
USGS White Chuck Mountain; Green Trails # 111 (Sloan Peak)
Local Maps