Mount Pugh as it is commonly and correctly referred to, is labeled as Pugh Mountain on some maps. Mt. Pugh is a striking solitary massif located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Its deep footing above the Sauk River Valley creates nearly 6000 feet of local relief and makes Pugh a landmark visible from the Darrington area and many other mountains. Pugh is located roughly seven miles north of Sloan Peak.
To get there, drive the Mountain Loop Highway south from the town of Darrington 14 miles to Road #2095 on the left, or east side, and then another 1 mile to the trailhead. The trail gains over 5000 vertical feet from dense forests of the Mountain Loop Highway to the summit. The trail passes a small lake, Lake Metan, on the way to Stujack Pass, and then the trail follows the Northwest Ridge to the summit. If it were not for a short scramble with some exposure near the summit, this could be considered a strenuous walk-up. From the summit one has a commanding view of White Chuck Mountain to the north, Glacier Peak to the east, Sloan Peak and Rainier to the south, and west to Three Fingers and Whitehorse.
Pugh is named for John Pugh, who settled at the base of the mountain in 1891 according to Fred Beckey. First ascent by Nels Bruseth in 1916. Refer to Fred Beckey's Cascade Alpine Guide, Volume 2, for climbing route information.
Prominence: 2801 feet
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Year first climbed:||1916|
|First successful climber(s):||Nels Bruseth|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
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