"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."