From the Archives ● Pilchuck

mount mt pilchuck mountain climbing hiking seattle marysville washingtonIn 2006 I went up to Washington for a week. While I was there, I went with my girlfriend and some friends on a hike up Mount Pilchuck, northeast of Seattle.

mount mt pilchuck mountain climbing hiking seattle marysville washingtonIt was a pretty easy hike at just two hours from parking lot to summit. At the summit there’s an old USFS lookout tower, which is pretty cool. I have no idea why I didn’t take any photos of it.
 
mount mt pilchuck mountain climbing hiking seattle marysville washingtonThe tower used to always be manned, and the guy up there would look for fires in the mountains and determine a bearing from his tower. Guys in other towers would also determine bearings and that way they could pinpoint exactly where the fire was.
 
mount mt pilchuck mountain climbing hiking seattle marysville washingtonNow the tower is a small musuem, telling all about the USFS and how the guys had to haul their gear up the mountain on donkeys and other stuff like that.
 
mount mt pilchuck mountain climbing hiking seattle marysville washingtonIt’s pretty useful as a place to rest after the hike. It gets pretty cold and windy at 5,324 ft. The views are pretty spectacular. On a clear day you can see Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier, the San Juan Islands, Puget Sound, and Seattle. On this day we could barely see Puget Sound.
 
mount mt pilchuck mountain climbing hiking seattle marysville washingtonKyle was trying to get lost or hurt, I’m pretty sure.
 
 
 
.:Bohan
 
 
 

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