Mileage: 5.4 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 2300/5327ft
Map: Green Trails Granite Falls No. 109
Favorite Eats After Hike: LJs Bistro and Bar
2/2015 Pilchuck is usually way to overrun for me but we decided to check it out during a winter jaunt in hopes it would be a little less crowded. No such luck but the views were amazing so we didn’t complain too much. Just laughed a lot at the underprepared “hikers”. The temps were low so everything was icy on the way up but with a little sun, some spots had melted for chilling wet steps on the way down. I was glad to have microspikes to keep things safe.
Directions: Directions: From Granite Falls, proceed 10 miles to the Verlot Visitors Center. Continue another mile past the visitor’s center, cross a bridge, then take the next right onto paved Mount Pilchuck Road. Once you’ve made the right-turn, look for a sign indicating the road is FR 42. Proceed 6.8 miles down this road and you will reach the parking lot, which is just off the trailhead and bathroom for Mount Pilchuck. During the winter, the road may be gated at the TH for Heather Lake. This trail is extremely popular, expect crowds and break-ins.