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Details for Benchmark: TQ0521

N 48° 03.477 W 121° 47.868 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 0

Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is UNKNOWN and location is ADJUSTED. (more info)

Location:
In SNOHOMISH county, WA View Original Datasheet
Designation:
PILCHUCK MTN LOOKOUT HOUSE
Marker Type:
lookout house
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

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I may have DNF'd the cache nearby, but this is a good consolation prize!

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photoQuite foggy today

There is apparently a benchmark disc located under the lookout tower, but according to the 1950 log "THE PEAK OF THE ROOF IS THE POINT OF INTERSECTION."

Lookout tower and Reference Mark NO 2 were seen in good condition.

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photoTQ0521
The peak of the roof is the point of intersection.
photoTQ052 RM NO 2
photoTQ052 RM NO 2 Area looking southwest

Found on a Monday. You'd think there wouldn't be a ton of people here - wrong!

Enjoyed the lookout (second time here) and saw the reference mark.

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photoSkydancing
photoLooking out the lookout
photoReference mark

Made the hike to the tower. It's still there and in great shape!

I loved the Lookout and hike today!

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photorock shot near lookout
photorock shot near lookout

Found it after hike up mountain

Today was my first time ever up here!

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photoLookout tower
photoLookout tower
photoEraSeek on the catwalk of the lookout tower

I've been going here 2-4 times a year since about 1967

I went about finding this one the hard way. After I spotted it, I realized I could have climbed down from just above.

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photoPilchuck benchmark
photoPilchuck Reference Mark

What an awesome place. Although it was cool out, I had fun hanging out at the Lookout house and on the rocks near the benchmark before beginning my descent.

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photoBenchmark near Lookout House
photoCloudy Day at the Lookout House

Halfway up the mountain I said, "We should have checked for benchmarks before we hiked," and sure enough when we got to the top I squealed with joy finding it right away! Ah the simple pleasures. strapt4cache and heybaylor on board for today's summit hike.

Benchmark easily visible from the lookout deck.

Oh I forgot to log this one. Have a picture of it though, it keeps showing up on my screensaver.

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photobenchmark

Crazy hike, started out the hike in the rain, was completely soaked halfway up, the trail turned into snow, and just walking in runoff. Awesome day though, it was funny seeing people running around in shorts and t-shirts on such a wet, cold and snowy day.

Lookout is in great shape. In fact some mountaineers were doing maintenance on the day we visited.

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photolookout from the boulder field

Great but could not see much. Found disc and climbed up in lookout sign logbook inside.

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photobenchmark at top.
photoView from lookout

Found it! What a hike. Hobbitboy pointed out that he had seen this benchmark when he first climbed the mountain at ten years old (he's now 18)--he didn't know what it was then.

Found this benchmark under the lookout tower in good condition.

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photoUnder The Lookout

What a great lookout! Picked the perfect day to hike up, beautiful views and a fun group of friends. Still some snow to slog through, but the lookout perched among the rocks was definitely worth it. Missed the benchmark disk but since the lookout is the goal for this one - found it!

I found this benchmark, while searching for a survey marker almost in the same spot. I took a picture of the plate, hopefully this counts.

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photoBenchmark
Benchmark at Mt. Pilchuck. 1:45pm.
photoMt. Pilchuck Lookout Tower
Elevation 5,324. I hiked the moutain on a Thursday afternoon.

Beautiful views up here

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photoLookout

Beautiful day, beautiful hike.

Great day on Mt Pilchuck!

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photoPilchuck disk.JPG
photoPilchuck lookout.JPG

Found it, snowed in.

Been up here many times. Since the details ask for the look out house, that's the picture I'm including. Great view, and a great outing.

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photoTQ0521, Mt Pilchuck WA

What a great place to come to. Oh for a digital camera. Pictures to post later.
cache ahead

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photoMt. Pilchuck benchmark

Went for a nice hike to Mt. Pilchuck, and thanks to the incredible weather, got 360-degree views all around the Cascades.

It was a great day. Snow started half way up the trail. Great views of Rainier and Baker. The Bank of America tower in downtown Seattle could be made out.

N 48° 03.476 W 121° 47.872

Actually what a few have found here is not the benchmark but the reference marker. The reference marker POINTS to the benchmark with an arrow. The Benchmark is nearly under the lookout on the west side. Didn't bring my camera but I'll leave my track.

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photoPillchuck track

I have been to this benchmark. I probably saw the reference mark and benchmark disks too but I don't recall them.

Found this benchmark on an overnight hike up Mt. Pilchuck. Weather was perfect, views spectacular. Snow wasn't too icy; good enough to kick toeholds in steep climb spots. What an awesome hike. Hid a micro at the top; then got a benchmark to boot! Had a great time; quads are a bit sore though... Thanks - cachemenow

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photoGods creativity - awesome!
Me on a rock, overlooking a snowy 700ft. cliff. Breathtaking. Close to summit (about 500ft. to go)
N 48° 03.477 W 121° 47.873

This is my first benchmark log. We camped up here last night. The hike was awesome.

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photorun4cache
Sunrise on top of Pilchuck.
photoThe benchmark

This marker was found while climbing Mt Pilchuck a couple years ago. It's located on a rock a few yards west of the lookout tower. I had the NGS coordinates from the NOAA webpage and was verifying the accuracy of my 12XL. The picture's not the best since the marker was cropped out of a larger picture. A beautiful hike if the sky is clear!

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photoMt Pilchuck marker

Classic Lookout hike with Lindsay, Jordan and Laura

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1950 by CGS (FIRST OBSERVED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1950 (WRH) THE STATION IS LOCATED ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF PILCHUCK MOUNTAIN. IT IS ABOUT 10 MILES AIRLINE EAST-SOUTHEAST OF GRANITE FALLS, ABOUT 21 MILES AIRLINE SOUTHEAST OF ARLINGTON, AND ABOUT 20 MILES AIRLINE SOUTHWEST OF DARRINGTON. THE LOOKOUT HOUSE IS A STANDARD 14-FOOT SQUARE BUILDING PAINTED WHITE. THE PEAK OF THE ROOF IS THE POINT OF INTERSECTION.
01/01/1984 by WADNR (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY WA DEPT OF NAT RES 1984 (EEO) LOH IS STILL IN GOOD CONDITION. TO REACH FROM VERLOT GO E. 0.5 MILES, THEN R. TO OLD SKI AREA. THEN FOLLOW PILCHUCK MTN. TRAIL ABOUT 3 MILES TO TOP OF MTN. AND L.O.H. CAN ALSO BE REACHED BY HELICOPTER.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in December 1991.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.