Mount Pilchuck State Park

Mount Pilchuck State Park is a 1,893-acre day-use park that features mountainous alpine terrain with diverse scenic and recreation attractions. 

The main recreational attraction of the park is the three-mile trail to the summit and the old fire lookout. The trail begins at 3100-feet above sea level and winds through an old growth forest to alpine heather and large rocks at the summit of Mount Pilchuck, 5324-feet above sea level. At the top is an incredible panoramic view of the Cascades, Olympics, and Puget Sound.  the trail is usually covered with snow until midsummer.

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.


The park's most notable feature is a fire lookout building that sits atop the mountain.  The fire lookout is on the National Historic Building register and has five interpretive plaques which identify the mountains seen from the building.  There also are displays about the history of the lookout.

Safety Precautions:  The hike is strenuous and in the summer can be very crowded.  the trail gains 2200 feet in three miles and requires walking over uneven terrain.  Water is not available at the trail head and scarce along the trail.  Please be prepared with proper outdoor clothing, boots and plenty of water.  Be ready for sudden weather changes.

For your own and others safety, please keep your pet on a leash and under control at all times.  Please consider your children's and pet's hiking abilities.


  1. Activities
  2. History
  3. Maps

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
There is a small uncovered picnic and camping area near the trailhead.

Activities
Winter Activities & Features
  • Snowshoeing
Other Activities & Features
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain climbing
  • Rock climbing
  • Wildlife viewing
Additional Information
  • Mount Pilchuck has geological significance as being a mountain of shale rock.
  • A number of lakes and streams linked by a series of trails provide visitors alpine fishing and hiking.
  • The higher elevation provides snowshoeing and mountain climbing in winter months.