Saturday, November 3, 2012

Mt. Pilchuck 10-15-2012

I'll try to keep this short and sweet since it's a bit outdated.

Outdated in that the hike was a few weeks ago and shortly afterwards Mother Nature dropped a coat of Winter on the mountain which means the conditions portrayed in the photos won't be seen again for another 11 months or so.

It was a great hike.  Weather forecast was sketchy, but the rain held off entirely until 10 minutes into the drive home.

The lookout was open (but no views) and it was howling windy up there.

Only three other people on the mountain that day.  Solitude + Pilchuck = Awesomeness!

Video at the bottom of the post.

Can you see the frowning face on the top of that block of Granite?  Fascinating.

Mt. Pilchuck is located just beyond Verlot on the Mountain Loop Highway. From I-5 north of Everett head to Marysville and then east to Granite Falls. From Granite Falls, follow the Mountain Loop Highway toward Darrington. The Mt. Pilchuck road is on the right side just after passing the Verlot Ranger Station and crossing the bridge over the river. Follow the Mt. Pilchuck road to the trailhead located at the end of the road.

During winter the road is often gated at the Heather Lake trailhead.

Northwest Forest Pass required for parking.

Happy Hiking!

One more trip report is coming... hopefully in the next week or so.

1 comment:

  1. These pictures really make me want to get up and explore the Northwest.