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Mount Pilchuck - Winter

North Cascades


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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11.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

A popular summer destination, Pilchuck requires more experience with routefinding and snow gear in the winter. Be sure to have both should you venture here when snow or ice are present. 


Mount Pilchuck - Winter

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0837, -121.7831 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

Mount Pilchuck (#700)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails Granite Falls No. 109

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Getting There

From I-5 in Everett, take Exit 194/Snohomish Wenatchee, then take Exit 204/Lake Stevens. Follow the road 2 miles, then turn left on to Highway 9/9 N Granite Falls. Follow Highway 9 for 1.5 miles, turn right on to E 92/Granite Falls. In 6 miles, come to a roundabout that has a log sign for Granite Falls. To bypass Granite Falls, take the roundabout to Quarry Road. Stay on Quarry Road through two more roundabouts. Come to a stop sign and turn left onto the Mountain Loop Highway. You can also stay on 92 and drive through Granite Falls, then turn left on the Mountain Loop.

In 10 miles pass the Verlot Ranger Station on the left. If you need a Northwest Forest Pass, stop here to snag one! A mile after the ranger station, cross a blue and gray bridge and immediately turn right onto the Pilchuck Access Road, FR 42. In 1.4 miles of good gravel road reach the Heather Lake trailhead signed on the left. There is a large parking area available on the right, and room for overflow parking on the left and down the road. A Northwest Forest Pass is required. There is a vault toilets and a garbage can.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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Mount Pilchuck - Winter

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