Pugh Mountain via trail
This peak has a trail all the way to the top, originally built to access a lookout that used to be on the peak. The trail is hiker-friendly to the start of the ridge past Stujack Pass. On the ridge the trail becomes somewhat scrambly and a bit exposed at times. Views on the ridge are awesome, particularly surprising to me were the views of the summit which sprang into sight fully formed when we turned a corner. We're climbing that? But the trail (built in part by dynamite) wends its way up and around the summit in a somewhat trail-like way.
The summit had awesome views, Mount Rainier to the south, Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan to the north, up-front views of Glacier Peak and Sloan Peak, White Chuck Mountain looking impressive to the north, and a host of other peaks. It was a wonderful summit to spend a leisurely hour in the sun.
approx. 5,135 feet
White Chuck Mountain, Pugh Mountain
10 hours 19 minutes
1 hour 25 minutes driving there from Lower Queene Anne to Darrington Ranger Station
30 minutes driving there from Darrington Ranger Station to trailhead
4 hours 50 minutes ascending from trailhead to Pugh Mountain summit
4 hours 24 minutes descending from Pugh Mountain summit to trailhead
75 Scrambles in Washington: Classic Routes to the Summits
Climbing Washington's Mountains
Hiking up Stujack Pass
Glacier Peak from Pugh Mountain
Mary coming down the ridge from Pugh Mountain
Pugh Mountain from the trail
Whitechuck Mountain from Pugh Mountain trail
Mary with Whitechuck Mountain in the background
Hiking down Stujack Pass
Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.