Mount Pilchuck


Day Hike - Mount Pilchuck

Escape weekend crowds and challenge yourself on this hike up to a historic lookout.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 5.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • Pace: 2-3 mph

Meet at the Mt. Pilchuck trailhead at 8:00am. trip reports are saying that the dirt/gravel road to the trailhead is very rough right now so I plan on taking my truck.

Alternately, meet me at 6:30am at the Brickyard Park & Ride:
15530 Juanita-Woodinville Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011

Please be aware that this hike has exposure, may require you to use your hands and feet at times to navigate your way over big rocks, and last but not least, you must climb a short vertical ladder to reach the lookout.

I strongly recommend that you watch\skim through this YouTube video to see what this hike is like: 

I am a pretty fast hiker but the terrain will be challenging and uphill. I plan to attempt to hike pretty continuously to the lookout, take a break at the lookout, then descend carefully. The trail is snow-free according to WTA trip reports.


Mount Pilchuck

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Hiking poles may help you, but I'd recommend ones that you can collapse/fold up and stow since you may need to use your hands at times while hiking this trail.
Trip Reports