Despite its intermediate difficulty, Mount Pilchuck sees a slew of visitors in a given year, as hikers flock to the trail for its grand panoramic views and historic restored fire lookout.
Easily one of the most rewarding hikes in the area, its relatively short 2.7 mile, 2,300 feet ascent gifts you 360-degree views of Mount Baker, Mount Rainier and the Olympics from its shelter lookout, which sits nestled on a summit that tops out around 5,300 feet. This calf-friendly journey is all made possible by a high elevation trailhead, which sets you off on your travels around 3,000 feet, cutting what would otherwise be an arduous ten mile roundtrip in half.
Happy #MountainMonday 🏔! One of our favorite parts of living in the PNW is the access we have to endless beautiful hikes. Mt. Pilchuck is easily one of the best for those seeking an epic view. Located in the North Cascades, this hike is 5.4 mile round trip and has a 2,300 ft gain (highest 5,327), but the effort is worth it when you reach the top and see views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier & the Olympics! Pilchuck is just over an hour drive from Bothell - something to absolutely add to your agenda ⛰🌲☀️🌈 #explorebothell #hikewashington