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Pining Up Pinchuck

Peak Summited2020 Mount Pilchuck
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMount Pilchuck Access Road
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
Additional Informationhttps://www.facebook.com/KristinMDeCou
I got a late start from the trailhead at 9:45am. I hiked the trail on a Wednesday, and the parking lot was barely half-full by the time I arrived.
I loved the variety of this trail. There's a clear progression from wooded forest to alpine conditions with granite boulders and sparse vegetation near the summit.
The lookout is open and was a highlight. There were 6-8 people looking to enter before me once I arrived at the top. In addition to the lookout, there are a few nice spots to eat lunch and catch different views.
This was a hot day and a busy hike. Would highly recommend for the views!!!!
** This hike almost didn't happen. I put in directions to “Mount Pilchuck Trailhead” into Apple Maps, and it took me to a location an hour away from the actual trailhead. A good reminder to cross reference with written directions from Six Pack of Peaks or All Trails in advance. I also read about the bad roads, but I didn't realize that meant 5 miles of the 6.8 mile access road was gravel with deep potholes, some nearly over a foot deep. It took me over half an hour to go the 5 miles and my MINI caught the edge a number of times, but I made it. Phew.

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