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SoupRoute Climbed: main route Date Climbed: November 8th-9th 2003  Sucess!


We hit the trail by headlamp at around 9pm and summited around 12pm or so. Turned off the lamps as soon as we broke the main tree line to hike by the moon light.

I was able to get by with four-point instep crampons for the blue ice that occured in spades on the main trail. My two buddies had full crampons. We bivied just below the lookout station in one of the snowy clearings.

Up at sun rise to a beautiful clear sky yeilding unobstructed views on all four points of the compass. Plus, our buddy in his one-prop airplane buzzed us as we were packing up!

Quick decent, we were back in town in time for church.
Posted May 19, 2004 3:30 pm

skookRoute Climbed: Main Route Date Climbed: Summer 1998  Sucess!


Great day hike, but I think it would be good to go on a sunny day.
Posted Apr 19, 2004 2:46 pm

esugiRoute Climbed: Normal Trail Route Date Climbed: many many times  Sucess!


This is a fun hike during the summer. Moderate elevation gain and short distance. In early spring, I like to come here with my snowboard for some boarding fun. Also a good place to practice your glacier travel skills in spring (though there's no glacier, one can still find many areas to practice self arrest, crevasse rescue, team rope travel, snow rappel, etc by going off the main trail) while also going for the summit.

Posted Apr 3, 2004 2:09 pm

derbillyRoute Climbed: Main Route Date Climbed: November 1999  Sucess!


Windy with low visibilty. We hung out in the lookout a bit before heading down.
Posted Feb 24, 2004 5:01 pm

jtostenrRoute Climbed: Main Route Date Climbed: July 7th, 2003  Sucess!


This was a fun climb. Cool little lookout cabin at the top. Couldn't see anything but snow though.
Posted Feb 3, 2004 1:24 am

donstrDate Climbed: August 2002 & August 1993  Sucess!
Great beginners Mountain climb. Went with my wife to celebrate our anniversary in 1993 and went with her and our son and friends in 2002. The restored lookout is amazing, perched on a pile of rocks at the top. Impossible to get lost on the new trail. The ladder to the top, kind of takes the mountain climbing feel of it, but its still a great climb. Great views at top on a clear day. Not very scenic in the early stages of the hike (clear cut and the old ski slopes).
Posted Sep 9, 2003 5:02 pm

Phil DeckerRoute Climbed: Main Date Climbed: Many times  Sucess!

Phil Decker

Nice easy scramble for the day.

Great for early season – beat the rush although it can still be like I5.

Posted Aug 7, 2003 7:51 pm

pauleDate Climbed: Mar 29, 2003  Sucess!


Despite forecasts for significant rainfall, it was completely dry the entire trip. The view to the west and southwest was relatively clear on the way up, but visibility was very poor at the summit. Ominous cloud cover blocked views of Sheep Mountain, Bedal Peak, and Glacier Peak. However, weather was mild, and snow conditions were perfect. Even though there was little snow fall this past winter, I was surprised by how much snow there still was. Great day for climbing, but not so great for views.
Posted Mar 31, 2003 5:36 pm

McPilchuckRoute Climbed: North Face Route &Trail Date Climbed: Jan. 8, 2003  Sucess!
Another blue-sky day up the mountain, signed the registry at 11:55 AM. Met a fellow named Frank. Stayed up at the Lookout for a few hours until sun began to get low in the west...alone on a mtn. top. Appears to be about 8 feet less snow than last year at around same time of winter.


Ken J.


in the granite high-wild alpine land . . .


Posted Jan 18, 2003 5:41 pm

scottvRoute Climbed: Main Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!


Wonderful 5 hr hike with leisurely picnic lunch on summit boulders basking in sun with sister and Pete. Great dog-friendly hiike with the added bonus of picking berries on local farms en route back to Seattle.
Posted Dec 15, 2002 11:01 am

JoelDuckRoute Climbed: Main Summit Trail Date Climbed: August 29th, 2002  Sucess!
Reached lookout tower w/ my 10 month old Bull Terrier Abbey, her 1st summit. Enjoyed many off-trail excursions across smooth granite slopes to plateaus providing exceptional views.
Posted Sep 5, 2002 1:44 pm

magellanRoute Climbed: trail Date Climbed: june, 1997  Sucess!


This was one of those two or three crystal clear days the puget sound area receives each year. The trail was easier than expected, and the views much greater than anticipated. A good close up look at Three Fingers, and my first look at Glacier Peak. Seattle was clear as a bell, and even Mt. Rainier looked close, when its almost 150 miles away.
Posted Jun 29, 2002 10:49 pm

McPilchuckRoute Climbed: Trail in, North Face Route out Date Climbed: June 26, 2002  Sucess!
A new Mt. Pilchuck Registry with a few laminated photos as well as a little

verse, has been placed in the Lookout atop the summit today (6-26-02), for

those venturing up there - provided by McPilchuck - just enjoy. On a wildlife

note: there is a yearling bear right beneath the ladder that from reports has

been there for the past week - took some great photos of him. The trail still

has lots of snow, the North face winter route (which we came down) is still

OK and glissading as well, but not really recommended anymore this

season...brush replacing the snow.


Ken J.


in the granite high-wild alpine land . . .


Posted Jun 26, 2002 6:22 pm

ClimbLerRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: June, 1998  Sucess!
We made a quick run up Pilchuck via the main trail route. Upon the summit, we simply set our sleeping bags out on the wrap-around deck of the lookout tower overlooking the steep north face. we experienced relatively warm temperatures and nice winds up to 35 mph which began around 11pm and lasted until dawn. clear skies in all direction provided for an awesome view of the lights of Everett and Seattle in the distance to the south. Beautiful sunrise in the morning coming over the cascades from the east. an awesome experience overall.
Posted Jun 24, 2002 10:57 pm

ClimbLerRoute Climbed: Main trail Date Climbed: July, 2000  Sucess!
This is the perfect class 2-3 day hike that would be adequate for the whole family and would most certainly prove to be very rewarding. The summit lookout tower provides spectacular views of the surrounding peaks as well as Puget Sound. The main trail leads off south from the main parking- lot and weaves through nice, quiet trees for about 2 miles until opening up to reviel the north face of the mountain. From there, the trail crosses south-west over small snowfields that exist almost all-year round. rounding west around the north face, the trail follows up the north-west ridge for about 1/4 of a mile to cross onto the west face that provides a great view of Mount Rainier to the south. From there, the trail winds through boulders just below the summit. fairly easy navigating through the boulders upon which the trail is clearly marked up to the lookout tower.
Posted Jun 24, 2002 10:41 pm

McPilchuckRoute Climbed: North Face Route Date Climbed: June 14, 2002  Sucess!
Climbed to the summit via the North Face Route again on a sunny-hot day, windy at the top, with spectacular views. Snow becoming dangerous with thawing, signed registry at 5:30 PM.
Posted Jun 16, 2002 9:48 pm

McPilchuckRoute Climbed: North Face Route Date Climbed: Mar. 3, 2002  Sucess!
Climbed to the summit via the North Face Route with Mike Rice, signed the register at 12:52 PM on a spectacular sunny blue-blue sky day.
Posted Mar 13, 2002 11:53 pm

McPilchuckRoute Climbed: North Face Route Date Climbed: Dec. 30, 2001  Sucess!
Climbed to the summit via the North Face Route, signed the register at 11:23 AM on a beautiful sunny blue-sky day.
Posted Mar 13, 2002 11:49 pm

scot'teryxRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: 11/28/01  Sucess!


Nov 27th - 28th At the last second john and I decided to head up to Pilchuck that night in order fo us to have enought time to sport climb at Cascade Crags the next day. So we got to Granite Falls around 10pm, then up the road to the trailhead. We encountered snow at 1500', then large amounts of it up to the trailhead. We were obviously the only ones there and left the car at 1045pm in snowshoes (about 2 feet at the traihead). We followed the telemarker tracks for the first 1.5 miles until they turned back just below the saddle of Little Pilchuck and Mt Pilchuck. It was hard breaking trail as we were sinking in our snowshoes at least 2 feet as we ascended to the saddle. We got to the top around 1230am this morning and settled in as best we could. There was some snow in the lookout, but it did not pose a problem. The boulderfield just before the lookput is non existent as well now, and only a few steps to go up on the ladder. It was hard to sleep as the wind kept blowing open the door and letting snow in (everytime I got settled in this happened). We awoke to freezing temperatures and strong winds. I never thought that I would need wands on Pilchuck, but they could have helped this morning as there was no site of the trail due to the large dumping of snow. We folowed the landmarks that we knew, and made it down safely to find the car in good condition and only 6 inches of fresh in the lot. Not a soul up there, and no one had signed the summit log since Nov 25.
Posted Dec 6, 2001 6:27 pm

scot'teryxRoute Climbed: Main Trail/ Lower Traverse/ East Summit Ridge Date Climbed: 10/14/01  Sucess!


Hiked to the summit then down to the traverse by Frozen Lake. Skirted the summit and met up with the climbers path that starts at 5000 feet or so. As we have been searching for the Bathtub Lakes, we never are able to find them due to weather or something of that nature. We scrambled across small and large boulders that had small amounts of snow on them which made for a less than desirable route. Turned back on the ridge to attempt on a more visible day with better conditions.
Posted Oct 16, 2001 1:04 am

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