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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 Hiking Snowshoeing Walking Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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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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Elena Dobrovolskaia
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HikingGreat!

We went there couple weeks ago. It was wonderful sunset hike! Colors didn't disappointed and there was a lot of wild blueberry(which was yummy!). In the trail we met maybe 10 or 12 people.

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Zoe Steine-Hanson
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Amazing views! Unfortunately we couldn’t make it to the top because one of our friends got stung by some bees in the steep part and we had to turn back.

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Tom Chapman
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Beautiful day for a hike. Trail narrower and busier than I had expected, but the views atop Sawyer Peak made it all worthwhile.

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Manav Desai
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HikingGreat!

great hike and berries everywhere!

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Reed Hockstedler
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Great views and a very well groomed trail. Get there early because half of Seattle showed up (counted 27 groups of people on our way down). Blueberries were everywhere and we were able to spot a ptarmigan! Road up had a massive boulder sitting square in the middle. Other than that it was a beautiful fall drive. Will do this one again!

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Catherine High
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Loved it!

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Karen Bedford-Tom
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HikingGreat!

Had a real nice hike along Tonga Ridge then up the trail to Mount Sawyer's top. The hike was a nice even hike until we headed up to the top of Mount Sawyer where it is an incline traversing back and forth up the mountain but very manageable. The views as we climbed and from the top were beautiful, if we looked hard enough you could just see a part of Rainier in the distance. Along the trail up Mount Sawyer were all types of berries from huckleberries, blue berries to thimble berries. So if you’re like me and love eating berries while hiking, this is a great place to hike.

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Holly Duskin
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HikingGreat!

SO MANY berries right now. Blueberries and huckleberries are ripe and delicious. Trail has had recent trail work and is in excellent condition. Road in is also in good condition. It was cloudy so I didn’t get any distant views from mount sawyer.

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Carl Schuler
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Dry and dusty much better hikes elsewhere

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Blaine Karlen
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike!!! The views from Mt Sawyer are some of the best I’ve seen in the Cascades. The scramble up to Mt Sawyer is intense but so worth it. Huckleberries and blueberries were everywhere. Definitely a new annual hike for me.

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Christa Huot
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The trail was in good condition. The road is considered accessible by all cars. I drive a small coupe and made it up there, but very slowly. Got to the TH around 9am and there were only a few cars. Tons of parking. Left just after noon and there wasn’t much parking left. The trail was dusty but really nice! There were a few areas with loose dirt and the side trail to the Mount Sawyer peak is a bit of a push. The trail description/directions on WTA were more helpful so I recommend reading that. No smoke today, and clear views of the top of Rainier and Baker.

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Chris Nichols
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Great hike! Beginning is a bit of an incline but evens out until the last half mile or so. Be sure to go left at the sign to start the ascent. (It’s easy to miss.) Amazing views!

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Paul Rosser
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Blueberries! Wildfire smoke

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Nicola Müller
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Kenny Shwab
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HikingGreat!

Spending most my life on the east coast, trails like this are why I love Washington. Great views with minimal effort. Now I need to learn about berries

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Charles Peach
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Ben Rauk
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The road to the trail head is in good shape. Great trail, with views during the last half. It is a little steep after the turnoff heading up Sawyer, but there is no real exposure. Bring water as there are no sources along the way. The flower blossoms are drying up in the meadow near the top, late July must have been peak.

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Rose Dalske
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The trail was very clear and flat until the final stretch with a very steep incline. The view at the top were quite cloudy but the prairie flowers along the ridge were stunning. Overall, a nice hike with forests and natural beauty.

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Gage Irving
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Kenny Phipps
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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?

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Katie From
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Karen H
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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.

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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

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bekah mulloy
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Jenifer Lambert
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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.

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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!

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