Day Hike - Mount Pugh


Day Hike - Mount Pugh

A strenuous adventurous hike with great views.

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,300 ft

Ash Way Park and Ride at 5:30am.

(This trip was originally scheduled for August 9 but was rescheduled due to dense wildfire smoke covering most of NW Washington.)

Mount Pugh is one of the most demanding and rewarding day hikes in the region.  In an area blessed with many outstanding views, the sight from atop Pugh is said to be a standout among standouts. Its 7200' summit offers a 360 degree view of the North Cascades extending for miles in every direction. It is an extremely challenging route, involving more than one vertical mile in elevation gain and areas that are exposed.

Please do not sign up for this trip unless you are in good shape and are prepared for some exposure and use of hands (both ascending and descending). The pictures in this photo album and other online sources will give you an idea of what to expect from the upper portion of this hike.  

Our pace will be on the slower side of moderate, and we'll take breaks as we go. We will set a turnaround time, and hopefully arrive at the summit early enough to linger for a long while before heading back. Expect this to be a very long day of hiking, and plan your food, water, and other gear accordingly.  There are no reliable water sources along the route so we'll need to carry more water than than is typical for most day hikes.

We will also stop briefly at a special spot on the trail where it crosses the Straight Creek Fault, a once active fault that splits Mount Pugh and the surrounding region, and which can reportedly be seen to continue for miles in both directions from this unique vantage point.

This trip requires good weather, so a forecast that includes a significant chance of precipitation or lightning will cancel.  If there is precipitation during the trip we will turn around at Stujack Pass (the point at which the route starts to become scrambly).



Mount Pugh

  • USGS Pugh Mountain

    USGS White Chuck Mtn

    Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111

    Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX
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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
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