Mount Pilchuck (winter)

A strenuous, 8 mile round trip snowshoe trip with 2,600 ft in elevation gain. The trail follows Heather Creek up to Heather Lake and then the views open up on the way to the top of the mountain.

getting there

From Granite Falls drive east on the Mountain Loop Highway. Turn right (south) on Mount Pilchuck Road, this is around 1 mile from the Verlot Ranger Station. Continue up the road around 1.6 miles until you reach the winter closure gate. Park on the wide areas near the gate being careful not to block any other side roads or the main access road.

Information for leaders

  • Mount Pilchuck is also done as a day hike and scramble via the east ridge. If you are planning a scramble that plans on ascending or descending via the regular trail please check the day hike listing and scramble route listing to ensure we don't have more than 12 people from The Mountaineers on the same trail on the same day. 
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft
  • 4,000 ft
  • Green Trails Granite Falls No. 109
  • USGS Verlot
  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX

Upcoming Activities

Intermediate Snowshoe - Mount Pilchuck (winter)

Snowshoeing Trip
Priority to Seattle 2019 Intermediate Snowshoe students until 15 Feb. Registration wide open thereafter.
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Mar 2, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants
Registration closes Mar 1
Seattle Branch
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