Mount Pilchuck

Enjoy stunning views in all directions from the historic fire lookout on top of Mount Pilchcuck. A moderately steep, three-mile hike leads through a former northwest ski area to the summit.

Getting there

From SR-9, turn east onto SR-92 and drive to Granite Falls. Take the second exit onto Quarry Road. After ~2 miles, turn left onto the Mountain Loop Highway and follow it for 11 miles. Turn right onto Mount Pilchuck Road (Forest Road 4220) and continue to the end of the road and the trailhead (3,100 ft).

About the Lookout

The historic lookout on the summit has been maintained by volunteers for years. Work on the lookout is always on going. Do join work parties and volunteer to clean, paint, repair and best of all to look at the views.


  • The shutters are typically closed for the winter in October. Please follow posted instructions regarding shutters and doors if you plan on visiting during the winter. The shutters are an important part of the Lookout in the winter, when down they protect the windows and create a wall around the lookout making a stable structure. Please do not open the shutters in the winter the heavy snows and wind may break them. Many volunteer hours are spent making, carrying up and replacing them.

Information for LEADERS

scheduling & permits

  • Mount Pilchuck is sometimes done as a scramble going up and down the east side or a scramble one way and a hike the other way. To ensure we don't have more than 12 people from The Mountaineers on the same trail on the same day please check the Mount Pilchuck/East Ridge listing and coordinate with the other group.
  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Scrambling
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Length: 5.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • 5,324 ft
  • Green Trails Granite Falls No. 109
  • USGS Verlot
  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX

Upcoming Activities

There are no activities scheduled at this location.

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  • Mount Pilchuck Lookout Maintenance
  • Pilchuck/Northwest Face

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