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Mount Sawyer via Tonga Ridge Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Skykomish, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 1,482 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

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Getting There

As of June 2011 parking fee is no longer required. There is no toilet at the trailhead. Alpine Lakes Wilderness self-issue permit is required for day and overnight use, obtained at the trailheads from May 15 to October 31.

Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District, (360) 677-2414

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.

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Gage Irving
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Kenny Phipps
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HikingBugsGreat!

posted directions are spot on. the mt sawyer trail is signed and easy to see. this trail is in excellent condition. the bugs agree. bring spray. we arrived at the trail head at 1030 and there were 8 cars. we only saw 4 people all day. upper trail and meadows are in direct sun. did anyone else watch the fighter jet buzzing around?

Katie From
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Karen H
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HikingBugsNo shade

Road to trail: some potholes but manageable, gravel most of the way, screenshot the directions for which turns to take because data is spotty once you hit gravel section. Parking: you will have to parallel park and make sure to leave yourself room to wiggle out Toilet: the restroom is not a port a potty, but a drop box with no walls so bring your own toilet paper Bugs: mosquitos and flies aplenty so bring some spray Ridge section: mostly shaded and minor elevation change, gets skinny in some places so keep an eye out for when to move aside for a fellow biker. Mount Sawyer section: take a left at the pile of stones and the first .3 is a steep scramble but then it becomes a moderate group of long switchbacks amongst the wildflowers and the views get better as you get up! Once you reach some snow patches, you are 20 or 30 yards from the top.

Jill P
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Enjoyed our hike today. Went to the pass and then up to Mt. Sawyer. Not too many people and all were friendly and mostly masked up. Wildflowers on trail to Mt. Sawyer were gorgeous. Took our pup who love it too. Glad we brought water for him—couldn’t find a water source that wasn’t a snow patch

bekah mulloy
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Jenifer Lambert
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HikingMuddySnow

Decided to park at the turnoff to forest service road 6830 as the road was covered with a mix of ice/snow/mud. If you have a 4x4 with good clearance it’s passable but I didn’t want to risk it. Hiked the forest service road about 3.2 miles and then turned around. Very peaceful and quiet. Caught some peaks at vistas that I’m sure are incredible from the trail. Will definitely be back for this one.

Kimberly Thompson
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HikingIcySnow

I didn’t do this trail today, but drove up the road toward it to play in the snow. Do not go up the road without lots of prep. Bring chains, a shovel, litter, etc. 4WD vehicles got stuck and had to be winched out. But Tonga Ridge is a great hike when the road is better!

Kimberly Thompson
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Snow

Gorgeous day for a hike. Beware that the road up is snow and ice. 4WD required. Boot path works great until the next snow. You could do snowshoes now from the trailhead up Sawyer, and will need them after the next snow. I didn’t even use spikes, but I was happy to have my poles. Gorgeous sunrise from near the top of Sawyer.

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Suzanne Behla
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Snow

Roads great. Hike was beautiful with snow after the turn off to Mt Sawyer. We missed the turn just kept following the tracks ahead, thank goodness for this app as I checked it and saw we had missed it so hiked back and found the trail up. There was about 3 to 5 inches near the top on the North side. We didn't need spikes as the snow was soft.

Shawn Halpenny
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Roads up to the trailhead were in good condition. We figured we'd find snow on Tonga Ridge + Mount Sawyer and we were right--unusual for end of September. Dusting and some refreezing snow here and there at the trailhead. Progressed to higher elevations and the snow got deeper and covered more ground. No berries left now; lots of mushrooms that got surprised by the sudden cold spell and snowfall. Only a few people on the trail (plus a party of three hunters--wear bright colours just to be safe). Mount Sawyer was snow-covered: a couple inches at the junction with Tonga Ridge Trail, a good foot at the summit. I should have brought gaiters. Was glad I had poles and solid boots (microspikes would have also helped). A combination of low over-growth and a foot of snow made it difficult to be certain of the trail at times. Since it was still cloudy and very lightly snowing a few flakes here and there, the view wasn't as impressive as it would be in the sun of summer. As my first "winter" hike, though, everything sure did look beautiful. Snow adds an entirely new perspective to hiking.

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Tony Chang
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Great hike to Mt Sawyer that’s relatively short but views are amazing. Forest roads to the trailhead was in great shape. Oh and lots of blueberries everywhere.

L A
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8-6-19. Foss river road has been fix, no more potholes. Rd 6830 is in great shape too. So it’s 6830-310. Tonga ridge trail is pretty easy, most elevation comes after you turn on to mount sawyer. Beautiful views when you get to the top. A few spots to sit and have lunch/snacks. Only saw 3 people all day. I went on a very hot day (90s). And drank 3 liters of water. There is no water on the trail and for the most part its expose to the sun.

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Erik Scairpon
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Great August hike. Bring bug spray, growing season is here for the higher elevations. Wild flowers in full bloom. Perfect weather for unrestricted views for the top of Mt. Sawyer.

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JILL F
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Went with a group of 9 women on this beautiful trail. The first part of the gravel road (after passing under the train trestle), was the worst part as far as deep potholes. We had SUV's'; however, I believe any car can make it as long as they go slow and veer around the potholes. They can be hard to see. Forest Road 6830 got a lot better. I had read about "hairpin turns" but this was a slight exaggeration. We got to the trailhead at 8 am and were the only ones in the parking lot (it was a Saturday). The trail was wonderful and full of wildflowers! The hike starts in a forested burn area and then the forest became quite dense with lots of new growth. It was easy to find the turn off to Mt. Sawyer, as there is a sign on a tree to turn left and there was a large cairn. The climb was not as steep as expected and we managed it just fine. Unfortunately, our day was met with clouds so when we reached the summit, there were no views to be had. But you could see that it would have been amazing! On the way down, we passed a handful of people coming up and the small parking lot was full. There were also cars parked along the side of the road. A really nice hike though and I definitely will be coming back on a blue sky day.

Kate W
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Beautiful, family-friendly hike. The forest road wasn’t in too bad of shape, which was a nice change of pace. We went on a sunny Saturday and hardly saw anyone. A little buggy, but not too bad given how warm it was.

Dustin Marthini
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beautiful hike, in perfect condition right now.

Andrew Morrison
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10/27/18. Overcast conditions but clouds were high enough that we had good views across the valley. Pretty flat trail until the last 1/4 which is very steep. 3 hours round trip if you walk fast. Roads in very good conditions.

Gumaro Saucedo
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Beautiful well worth the hike to fisher lake!

Dan Whitmarsh
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We hiked into Fisher Lake for a few days. The bugs were having a great time feasting on us. The Tonga Ridge trail was fairly crowded, but we had Fisher Lake mostly to ourselves. Side trips to the Ptarmigan and Jewel Lakes made for a little adventure in bushwhacking and route-finding. The Tonga Ridge trail is fairly easy all the way up to Sawyer Pass, and has some nice views off to the south. The last portion, from Sawyer Pass to Fisher Lake, takes some effort, as it climbs straight up a drainage and over a high saddle, then drops straight back down to the lake. We saw very little wildlife, other than the brook trout teeming in the lake.

Benjamin Scott
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A very easy, level trail just South of the ridge i.e., not a "ridge walk" by most definitions. Later in the summer the berries will be out in force. Side trips to either summit Sawyer or explore Fisher Lakes and their neighbors are the true reason to explore this trail.

David L.
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8/25/2017 (Friday) - View is available only on the slope of Mount Sawyer. Today, thought it's mostly sunny, but the hazy air and far cloud block the view of far mountains. I can't see Mt Rainier and Mt Baker. There is very light traffic. There is thick dirt on the trail after a long dry period. Lots of huckleberry on the slope near the top of Mount Sawyer, but too little.

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