Mount Pilchuck

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Mount Pilchuck is located in Mount Pilchuck State Park east of Granite Falls, Washington. A popular 3 mile trail begins at 3100 feet above sea level on the northwest slope and gains 2200 feet of elevation through old growth forest to large granite blocks and an old fire lookout at the 5340 foot summit. From the summit is a fine view from Mount Baker to Mount Rainier, and west across the Puget Sound to the Olympic mountains.

The word Pilchuck comes from the Native American Chinook language name for red water. The red water is found in a creek in the area colored by tannins in the water. Mount Pilchuck stands farther west from the main Cascade Mountain range and therefore is very prominent from many vantage points in the Puget Sound area. Mt. Pilchuck undoubtedly was sighted by English naval explorer George Vancouver during his 1792 exploration of Puget Sound.

From the town of Granite Falls, drive east on the Mountain Loop Highway 11 miles to Verlot. From the Verlot Forest Service Ranger Station, drive 1 additional mile east on the Mountain Loop Highway and turn right on Forest Service Road 42 (Mt. Pilchuck Road) and continue 7 miles to the trailhead.

County: Snohomish

Prominence: 2860 feet

Elevation (feet): 5,340
Elevation (meters): 1,628
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Washington
Latitude: 48.0579
Longitude: -121.797
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1897
First successful climber(s): Louis C. Fletcher
Nearest major airport: Seattle-Tacoma
Convenient Center: Granite Falls

Thanks to theyogiclimber for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 2 trip reports for Mount Pilchuck.

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  • Log #21356 - by Jon Slater on July 27, 2008
    My group started around 6:30 at the trail head. It was overcast, but not raining. Enjoyed getting above the clouds. We arrived at the lookout about half an hour before sunset and were able to get a...
  • Log #21305 - by Douglas Taylor on June 08, 2008
    dont take the cow trail there is a way around the backside