Mount Pugh

Mount Pugh is a scramble of 11 miles with 5,300 feet of gain. A strenuous 11 mile hike to the top of a craggy peak off the Mountain Loop Highway.

getting there

from Darrington

Drive to Darrington on SR 530 and turn right (south) onto the Mountain Loop Highway at the three-way stop. Continue for 12.7 mi and turn left onto Forest Road 2095. Drive 2 miles to the Mount Pugh Trailhead (1,900 ft). Parking is limited.

from barlow pass

Drive SR 92 thru Granite Falls and turn left (north) onto the Mountain Loop Highway and drive it to Barlow Pass. Continue driving 10.6 miles and take the right fork onto Forest Road 2095. Drive 2 miles to the Mount Pugh Trailhead (1,900 ft). Parking is limited.

approach & ascent

Hike the Mount Pugh Trail to Stujack Pass. From here the trail is rough and heads south along the ridge around the head of a small glacier. The the route takes a scrambling character as a very rough trail which eventually mellows into an easy trail with some exposure up the west side to the summit.


  • The final mile to summit is Class 2 climbing/scrambling with exposure. It can be dangerous in poor conditions and to those who are unprepared fro the technical challenges.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Scrambling
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 5, Technical 2, Rock Scramble, Very Strenuous
  • Length: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,300 ft
  • 7,201 ft
  • USGS Pugh Mountain
  • USGS White Chuck Mtn
  • Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111
  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX
  • Red Marker
    48.102953, -121.776924
    48.1029529988 -121.776924133
  • Red Marker
    48.143165, -121.374279
    48.1431652 -121.3742785

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