by Sam Cahill
Mt. Pilchuck, WA
Elevation: 5, 341 ft
A couple buddies and I planned a end of summer trip up to the top of Mt. Pilchuck for an overnighter. We drove out of our hometown, Everett, headed to the mountain loop highway of good ol' Washington state. A good long car ride is always more fun with friends so that part was no problem at all! We arrived at the trailhead at about 5:30pm... a little late to climb a mountain, right? Thats what I thought, but it turned out it was a little over a 3 mile hike but it was just the incline to almost 4,000ft that got us. I had my camera bag with multiple lenses, a bag for food, clothes, gear, etc. a sleeping bag and a 20 pound fluid head video tripod. So you could say I had a little bit of luggage to carry up, but my friend Brandon helped like a good bud should.
As we neared the summit around 9:30 it was pretty dark, had to pull out the military grade flashlights to find our way to the watch tower. When we arrived, thinking we would stay in the watch tower... it was already taken by other hikers. So we had to go on a little excursion through the woods and find a flat spot to set up camp with only our sleeping bags, it was a cold night. I tried to take some star photos but at the same time the clouds were rolling in which made it very tough, I decided after 40 minutes to call it a night and wait till morning. We woke up at about 6:30am to catch the sunrise over the North Cascades which was breathtaking. For sure an experience I would want to do again. That morning, being the only people on the mountain top because the other hikers had left, was incredible. Being one with nature, feeling like a total scrub but it didn't matter because it was just me, my friends and the great outdoors. This trip had taught me that there's nothing better than good company and a good view.
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