The best time of season to hike this trail is through Summer and early Fall. To get to Mt. Pilchuck Lookout Trail #700 you take HWY 92 East towards Granite Falls, WA. Then travel on the Mountain Loop Hwy for about 1 mile then turn right onto Pilchuck Road #42 and continue for 6.9 miles to the trailhead.
The starting elevation of this hike is 3,100 feet and inclines to 5,324 feet. The total length of the hike is 3.0 miles and is rated at most difficult. This trail travels through an old-growth forest and follows along the edge of an area clear cut by Washington Sate Department of Natural Resources in 1977. This trail continues on exposed rocky areas that are easily traveled unless ice prevents it.
At the top you will experience gorgeous views of the Cascades, Olympics, and Puget Sound. Between 1957-1980 Washington State Parks put in a ski area – the former ski slopes look like a shortcut, but have a lot of brush and are known to be steep and very hard going. The trail is usually covered with snow until mid-summer and is very popular on a clear blue sunny day. A trail pass is required to hike this trailhead.