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Mount Pilchuck — Saturday, Jul. 4, 2020

North Cascades

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Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Obstacles on trail:
    Muddy or wet trail.


Road rough but passable


Bugs were an annoyance


Intermittent snow - not hard to cross

We started the hike at 8am. My husband was carrying our 3 year old and I am 3 months pregnant so it was slow going. My son hiked in the forest but was carried for the rest of the rock areas for his safety  We started in thick fog, worried about not having views but decided to go anyways. We got lucky, the sun popped up 10 minutes after getting to the lookout.

-Snow is melting so trail is very wet with running snow melt.

-intermittent snow, we had poles And sturdy boots but I fell three times. It was scary especially on the steep parts near the top. I would say the last .2 miles is still covered in snow and steep. Many people were in sneakers and shorts who made it up but their clothes soaked from multiple falls. Maybe give the snow another week or two to completely melt.

-I felt like the trail is well marked, never worried about being lost.

-This was personally a knee killer for me, not due to the elevation but because of the snow and the rock scrambling.

-Bugs were on you if you stopped moving, so bring bug spray!

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Anna Roth on Mount Pilchuck

Thanks for the tips on poles and bug spray -- always nice to know information like that. Looks like a lovely day, and how nice to get a view after a foggy start. :)

Posted by:

Anna Roth on Jul 06, 2020 10:35 AM

Jessi Loerch on Mount Pilchuck

Aww, this is great. What a great family trip you had! I love the photos and I'm so glad the sun appeared for you.

Posted by:

Jessi Loerch on Jul 07, 2020 11:25 AM

glucas on Mount Pilchuck

Congratulations on the coming bundle of joy! Great photos!

Posted by:

glucas on Jul 07, 2020 12:34 PM