Private hike up the Mt. Pugh trail.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Tom Davis, Lisa Grayson, Jane Warren, and Jo Brown.
- Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111
- Day Hiking: North Cascades, by Craig Romano, Mount Pugh
The view from Pugh seems too good to be true! The Olympics, Three Fingers, Baker, Shuksan, Rainier, Stuart, the Monte Cristo massif, and nearly every peak ringing the Mountain Loop Highway are in full view from this cloud-piercing peak. Rising over 7000 feet, this lofty summit provides one of the best alpine showings in all of western Washington. And even with its crowded field of summit stars, Glacier Peak dominating the eastern horizon steals the show. Snowy, showy Sloan Peak makes a stellar appearance as well.
Take exit 208 off of I-5 and drive 4 miles east on State Route 530 to Arlington. Continue east on SR 530 for 28 more miles to Darrington. At a three-way stop, turn right (south) onto the Mountain Loop Highway and proceed 12.4 miles (the pavement ends at 9 miles). Turn left onto Forest Road 2095 and continue 1.5 miles to the trailhead (elev. 1900 ft). Trailhead GPS coordinates (48.1452,-121.4167) National Forest Service parking pass required.
10.59 miles, 4242 ft. gain, 8 hrs 32 min.