Mt Pilchuck   (Elev: 5,234 feet) 

   May 21, 2006                      



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Most guides recommend doing this hike between late June and Early September; I would disagree.  The best time for this one is in late winter or spring when the crowds are lighter.  In the summer its a zoo with traffic jams on the trail and the lookout is so packed you can hardly get in.  Dogs, kids, parrots, pet goats you name it, this is one popular and fairly abused trail when it is snow free and the main parking area is open.  

Round trip to the lookout is only 5 miles (2200 ft gain) via the trail but as long as there is snow you can take a more direct route to the summit.  

The road was open to within a quarter mile of the main parking area.  We started at the main trail head and followed the trail for the first half mile or so and then split off and headed straight up from there.  Nothing spectacular here, just a good quick trip for some exercise in the mountains.  The trip started out in the sun...  Ended in the rain.  Welcome to Spring in the Cascades.  

                       

                             
                                         Max, Tim and Shree taking a quick break below the summit  


                           
                        The lookout was snow free, but still closed up for protection from Winter storms.


                                                  
                                                                 Snow Cornice at the summit
 
     Note: this is not a good place to go for a better view!  We actually watched a few people attempt to walk            out on this cornice which overhanges a cliff below the lookout. Some even continued despite our warnings!      A fall here would most likely be fatal.  
                               

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              This site is not intended to be a guide for this trip.  If you choose to climb or hike
              be sure to always seek out proper maps, guides, instruction and equipment. 
              As The Mountaineers always say:  It is one of climbing's basic axioms that when
              you climb, you assume the risks, and must assume the responsibility for your own safety. 

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    © 2006 Jeffrey K. Wallace
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