I recently climbed Mount Pilchuck with some friends. It’s a peak that’s just over 5,000 feet, located on the far west end of the Cascades.
Verlot Public Service Center, eleven miles east of Granite Falls on the Mt. Loop Highway, is a visitor center and headquarters for hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing information. Current weather and hiking information is available, as are maps, and hiking/outdoor books. The building was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp between 1936-38. It was originally built as a headquarters for the newly created Monte Cristo Ranger District. There is a newly renovated museum located in this historic building. Several popular hikes, including the Big 4 Ice Caves (never enter the caves), Mt. Pilchuck, Lake 22, Heather Lake, Mt. Dickerman and Goat Lake are within minutes of this station. 11 miles East of Granite Falls on Mtn Loop Hwy.
Hours: Memorial Day to Labor Day daily from 8:00am - 4:30 pm. Open weekends during offseason 8:00am - 3:30 pm.