Hiking Pilchuck - what to expect
Parking, roads, trail notes
The road to the Mount Pilchuck trailhead is heavily potholed. It’s advisable to not bring a small vehicle, or a car with low suspension. You need a Federal Recreation Pass to legally park at the trailhead parking lot.
Start by climbing up gentle scree in the woods and crossing small creeks. Ascend through alpine forest to where the treeline opens up. Next, the trail takes you through a talus slope of large boulders. Small furry pikas inhabit these boulders and you can often hear their squeaky cries and glimpse them as they pop out of their rocky abodes.
Continue up switchbacks as you climb to the ridge on the northwest corner of the mountain. You’ll want to stop regularly for water breaks and to snap incredible views with your phone. On a clear day you can see the peaks on horizon to the north and below them the green wooded regions of the Stillaguamish River Valley.
The lookout at the top is the apex of the climb. Inside you’ll find a guestbook signed by people from all around the nation and the world, indicating that this is a popular destination for outdoor recreationists everywhere.
Any given time of year the mountaintop is full of hikers, taking photos and selfies of their foggy summit experiences.