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Mt. Pilchuck day hike

Here's your chance to hike to the top of a mountain!

Mt. Pilchuck rises 5324 feet above sea level, but all you have to gain is 2200 feet.
When you get to the summit, the 360 degree view will take your breath away. You will see a lot of the major Cascades peaks, including Baker, Glacier Peak and Rainier. You can also see the Olympics and the San Juan Islands. Oh yeah. There's a restored fire lookout at the summit, also.
There may be some snow left, but it should be minimal. You definitely won't need snow shoes. Yaktrax or microspikes would be useful (just in case).
One thing you won't find on this trail is solitude. This is one of the more popular trails, and it can get a bit crowded. However, I don't think that you will care once you see the view.
We'll leave pretty early for this one (7:30 AM) to beat the crowds, and because it's a fairly long drive (84 miles).
Note that we are meeting at the Federal Way Park & Ride because our destination is in the north. I am only asking for $10 per passenger, because we are meeting in Federal Way. If you get a ride from Tacoma or Olympia, you should give your driver a little more.

Update: Maryjane volunteered to lead a second group, so I am doubling the number of people to 24! What this means is I will lead the first group as before. Maryjane and 11 others will wait 15 minutes before starting their hike. This way, we can keep the group size down to the maximum of 12. FYI, you won't mind the waiting too much, because the view is great just from the parking lot!


Distance: 5.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 2200 ft
Maximum elevation: 5324 ft
Difficulty: Moderate
Pass required: NW Forest Pass (not the Discover)
More information: www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-pilchuck

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Chuck's car: Grey Land Rover LR4 (an SUV)

 

Disclaimer: Trailside is not a professional guide service. Our leaders function as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience. Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose. You may join us on this hike at your own risk. Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains. You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe.

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  • Minor

    Thanks for organizing Chuck. We had fun!

    July 23, 2013

  • Canossa

    Chuck, thank you so much for heading up this hike! It was a great hike for me to build up confidence and the view was out of this world!!!

    July 22, 2013

  • Andy

    Great hike.

    July 22, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    A great day and a great hike! This is definitely a hike I want to do again. The views were stunning!

    July 21, 2013

  • Lisa A.

    Beautiful photos! I'm sorry I wasn't able to join you guys today.

    July 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hope to meet you soon at another hike Lisa!

      July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day, thanks to all that turned out!

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Chuck for organizing this trip. It was another good hike with gorgeous view from the lookout. I loved the tiny scrambling part at the top:)

    July 21, 2013

  • Andy

    I plan to be at the trailhead by 9:30.

    July 20, 2013

  • Andy

    It is more convenient for me to meet you at the trailhead.

    July 20, 2013

    • Adriana

      We will also meet you at the trailhead. What do you think is the best time to get there?

      July 20, 2013

    • Chuck M.

      Sorry about the late reply (I just got back from Mt. St. Helens). We should arrive sometime between 9:30 and 10.

      July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something came up. Sorry

    July 20, 2013

  • Julie L

    Sorry to miss this hike Chuck!

    July 20, 2013

  • Lisa A.

    My apologies. I am unable to join in. I hope someone can take my spot. Have a great time!

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Miki, good to see you again. I can give you a lift since I am not planning on driving south to Federal Way, still need that ride? If there is anyone living around Seattle that needs a ride, let me know soon and I can plan to give you a lift.

    July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah, that will be perfect. I'll email you about meet times, k?

      July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      sure:) Thank you so much Dan!! & good to see you again!

      July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can someone coming from eastside swing by at Kingsgate park and ride in Kirkland (near evergreen hospital), and pick me up? I'd love to join!

    July 19, 2013

  • Cristi

    Sorry...not feeling up to this.

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something came up and can't make it.

    July 19, 2013

  • Lisa A.

    If anyone wants to ride with me from WEST SEATTLE please let me know. :)

    July 18, 2013

  • Cindy

    And a guest if room

    May 11, 2013

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