Since this hike is located inside Mount Pilchuck State Park, a Recreation Pass
is required to park at the trailhead. NW Forest Pass are also sold at REI, the Verlot Public Service Center (they now have a vending machine outside where one can be purchased), and some nearby grocery stores.Road is open in the Winter, but road conditions can get pretty rough, i.e. Potholes/Snow. So proceed with caution. I have personally helped some folks push their car back out of snow which should not have been tested. Sometimes it's better to park and continue with snowshoes.
Road Information 206-455-7900, Verlot Ranger Station 360-691-7791, 33515 Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls, WA 98252 (Summer only)
When To Climb
On The Summit With Clouds Below
The best time to climb without snow is late June through early November. There is less people traffic in the Winter time, but if climbing in winter conditions, please have knowledge of climbing in snow and ice. A number of people have died on this mountain in recent years. These accidents are related to unstable snow conditions or icy conditions. At minimum, during the winter, it's suggested to bring snowshoes, ice axe and knowledge of their proper use, including knowledge of danger signs for avalanche conditions. If planning a climb in winter conditions please check NWAC
for current avalanche forecast. If the rocks around the lookout are wet or icy, exercise caution and avoid exposed areas.