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
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.
This site is not
intended to be a guide for this trip. If you choose to climb or
be sure to always seek out proper maps, guides, instruction and
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.
© 2006 Jeffrey K. Wallace