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
11/26/2016 I needed a short hike before the family festivities so I headed up to Pilchuck. The last mile or so had snow on the road but it wasn’t a problem to navigate. There were about 8 other cars in the parking lot when I headed up about 7am. The trail is completely covered in compact snow and ice, I put on microspikes and didn’t have any problem. I was disappointed to see once again that a local business feels it is okay to put their stickers on the trail markers, every one was tagged. The views from the top were beautiful as always (unless you are fogged in!).
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.