Jan 05, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Mount Pilchuck
- Region: North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
- Agency: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest - Darrington Ranger District
- Trails: Mount Pilchuck (#700)
- Avg Rating: 4.27
- Be Aware Of
- Road to trailhead inaccessible
gate just below mile post 5 on the 42 Road/Mount Pilchuck Road for the purpose of affording the recreational public more convenience in getting to the Mount Pilchuck Trailhead in the early spring and late fall/early winter during periods of time when
the driving conditions were deemed to be EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS or at times when the road below the new gate was snow-free, but the road conditions or the fact that the spring snows had not yet melted out to the point beyond the gate that would afford "SAFE ACCESS" to vehicles in areas beyond that point.
Just a day or two prior to the new year,someone took it upon themselves to cut the FS lock off the Upper Pilchuck Gate and then repeatedly ramming it so as to bow the new
metal gate to the point that it no longer could be locked.
As usual it has taken "ONE" to spoil it for the "ALL". The upper gate at this time could not be repaired, so it was closed as best as possible and has had boulders piled in front of it to insure that this spring, before snows have adequately melted out behind it to allow safe access (the initial intended purpose of the gate)that it will not be breached.
The Lower Pilchuck Gate just above the Heather Lake Gate has also been closed and
bouldered as was required after it too was repeatedly breached last year.
Sorry for the inconvenience, but the Forest Service must take appropriate steps to insure the longevity of it's property,manage and safegard the National Forest's natural resources, and insure the public's safety.
As of January 4,2012 the December 31 to April 2, the Annual Closure Order is in effect for "ALL MOTORIZED VEHICLES" (Including snowmobiles)on the 4200 Road System above the Heather Lake Gate. TRAVEL BY FOOT IS STILL PERMITTED!!!
The gate MAY be opened earlier or later in the spring as weather and/or snow conditions allow and/or dictate.
Safe Travels this winter!
Snohomish County Sheriff Office's
Forest Protection Deputy