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Granite Falls, Washington

Mt. Pilchuck Fire Lookout

Originally added by Beau Ramsey

It's a classic!2,200' of elevation gain and 6 miles roundtripThe views are amazing for the amount of effortYou can stay the night in the Fire lookout (1st come, 1st serve)6 Miles East of Granite Falls (Easy Access)

The trailhead is at 3,100' so the views are amazing from the parking lot. This is a popular hike so start early or even go in the spring while there is still snow. Backcountry experience is needed in the spring because the summer route trail is not visible. Spring snow hiking can be nice because there are much less people on the 2nd most popular summit hike in Washington state. From the Trailhead you will go through large timber forest which opens up into beautiful, open alpine. The views start to open up as you ascend closer to the old fire lookout. The trail gains 2,200' in nearly 6 miles. Whether you are a relatively new hiker or you want to introduce someone into hiking in a way which will take hold, Pilchuck is a great starting destination. Once to the top you will have vast 360 degree views to Mt Baker, Mt Rainier, Mt Adams, Glacier Peak, Seattle Skyline and the Puget Sound.

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Camping
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