Pinnacle Lake Trail
Pinnacle Lake Trail is a lightly trafficked out-and-back trail in Mount Pilchuck State Park that is rated as moderate. This trail leads past Bear Lake to Pinnacle Lake, a quiet little enclave and one of many lakes in the area. The trail does present a touch of a challenge in terms of footing, with parts of the trail being very rocky. Watch your step.
The access road to the trailhead is in very poor condition and is subject to seasonal closures. Bring a high clearance vehicle and check beforehand on the status if visiting in the winter or spring.
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Route Description for Pinnacle Lake Trail
Pinnacle Lake Trail gives you access to both Bear and Pinnacle lakes, offering a great outing on a hot day. This trail isn’t all that long, but parts of it are very rocky and steep, and some hikers report losing their footing. For this reason, we don’t recommend this trail for kids, and we suggest bringing poles if you have them.
The hike begins from the Pinnacle Lake trailhead off the forest road. Bear Lake is not far up the trail, and there is a spur trail to the lakeshore you can use for a quick glance. Then, cross the creek at the eastern edge of Bear Lake and begin to switchback up a ridge.
Straightening out along the second half of the ridge, you’ll pass two small unnamed bodies of water before reaching Pinnacle Lake itself. On the return trip, be very cautious on the descent, especially when it’s wet.
Getting to the Pinnacle Lake Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for Pinnacle Lake Trail is on National Forest Development Road 4021 just past the creek crossing before the road ends.
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