Tonga Ridge and Mount Sawyer is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Skykomish, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Drive US Highway 2 to mile marker 50.5, just east of the Skykomish Ranger Station. Turn south onto Foss River Road (FS Road #68). Continue on FS Road #68 for 3.5 miles to its junction with FS Road #6830. Turn left onto FS Road #6830. Continue for 6.7 miles to the #310 spur. Turn right onto the spur, and drive 1.3 miles to the end of road at the trailhead.
Pleasant hike along the ridge through the trees and nice views of Daniel, Hinman, and Glacier Peak from the top of Sawyer.
This is a great trail for all skill levels. Tonga ridge rises a modest 300' in the first mile and then is predominantly flat, with some up and down there after.
If your up for more of a challenge climb up to Mt. Sawyer which is a tiny, unmarked trails that cuts sharply up the hill 2.1 miles into the hike. On a sunny summer day the 360° views on top are amazing but be sure to bring your bug spray because when you get into the cluster of trees near the top the mosquitoes lie in wait for you.
beautiful place. don't recall seeing too many people either.
Beautiful, serene, major turn on with my husband. Flowers are the way to a girls heart.
Snowshoed partway up on 1/4/14. The road to the trailhead was too packed with snow, so had to park 1 mile away and snowshoe up to it. Nice views and wide path, so no complaints. Once you hit the trail proper, nice gradual climb for the first mile.
Thursday 10-17-2013: My wife, Milo, the dog, and I visited Tonga Ridge/Mount Sawyer again. It was sunny and warm when it was cloudy in Seattle. On the way to the trail we stopped at Skykomish USFS Ranger Station and I talked with one of the rangers. She was happy to be back to work after the government shutdown but could not tell me the condition of the trails because they just started working today. There were some snow patches on the Tonga Ridge/Mount Sawyer trail. There were some in the meadows just before the fork to the spur trail to Mount Sawyer. It was easy to walk there. There also was about a foot of snow on the trail near the summit of Mount Sawyer on the north side of the mountain. We used YakTrax there. Our dog loved walking on snow. We saw no one else on the trail. The color of blueberry bushes on Mount Sawyer was very beautiful when the sun is shining behind them. Snow capped Glacier Peak looked great. We could even see Mount Rainier in the distance.
Thursday 9/26/2013: My wife and I hiked Tonga Ridge Trail and Mount Sawyer Trail. The weather forecast called for a sunny day. We arrived at the trailhead at 10 am. There was only one other car at the trailhead. We started hiking at 10:18 am and reached the summit of Mount Sawyer at noon. The trail was in good condition. This trail was easy except for the steep climb to Mount Sawyer. We picked sweet blueberries near the summit of Mount Sawyer. The leaves were turning red. The view at the summit was obstructed by lingering clouds and fog. We had lunch at the summit. We waited for the clouds to clear but they did not. We started the descent at 2 pm and returned to our car by 3:28 pm. We wished for a better weather.