Mount Pilchuck/East Ridge


Alpine Scramble - Mount Pilchuck/East Ridge

Climb Pilchuck via the seldom-visited Bathtub Lakes Basin when the copious blueberry bushes have turned bright red.

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  • Technical 3, Strenuous 3
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft

Verlot Ranger Station, 7:00 am

We will drive to the Bear Creek trailhead and hike along the trail to Bear Lake, then Pinnacle Lake. We leave the trail at Pinnacle Lake and ascend to the Bathtub Lakes Basin. It's a win-win situation. Either the blueberries bushes will be brimming with delicious berries or the basin will be awash in fall foliage colors. We will traverse the Bathtub Lakes Basin and climb to the summit. This year, we return by the same route that we ascend. 


Mount Pilchuck/East Ridge

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