Mt. Pugh Trail 644


Climb steeply through deep forest 1.5 miles before reaching Lake Metan, at 2,800 feet. Just before the lake, you will find a spring, which is the last chance for water. The trail continues with long gradual switchbacks ascending to a small meadow at 4.5 miles.

You can frequently see mountain goats on the upper slopes of the drainage. From here the trail becomes steeper and switchbacks until you reach Stujack Pass, 5,700-feet elevation. Enjoy excellent views here, from neighboring White Chuck Mountain to Mt. Baker. The hiking trail ends here and hikers without climbing experience should not continue on. The footpath treads over a razorback ridge to the top. Be prepared for steep snow travel during early summer and for rock scrambling all summer.

A lookout was built on Mt. Pugh in 1927 but has long since been destroyed. You might see remnants of a tramway used to haul building materials to the top. Views from the top at 7,201-feet elevation are magnificent.  

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At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer/Fall
Restrictions: This trail enters the Glacier Peak Wilderness and wilderness regulations apply.
Closest Towns: Darrington, Washington
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Darrington Ranger District office at 360-436-1155 or Verlot Public Service Center at 360-691-7791.

General Information


From the Darrington Ranger District office, drive Mt. Loop Highway 20 for 14 miles to Forest Service road 2095 on your left (east) and proceed for one mile. The trailhead is on the right and should be signed. Parking is limited and turning around can be difficult.

It is often better to park at the large pullout on the left at the switchback below the trailhead. Forest Service road 2095 is gated at Mt. Loop from Oct. 16 to June 1 to protect wildlife.

General Notes:


  • Darrington Ranger District
  • Green Trails: Sloan Peak 111

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Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

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5 miles

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  Elevation : 
1,900 feet - 5,700 feet