Tongue Mountain Trail

Randle, Washington

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A short, steep hike up Tongue Mountain, a small extinct volcano on the edge of the Dark Divide, leads to breathtaking views. Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens look close enough to touch. The Cispus River winds through the valley of the Dark Divide directly below. A forest fire devastated Juniper Ridge in 1918, leaving silver snags along its length. This mountaintop held a lookout from 1934 to 1948, built in response to that fire. The rock in this area is unstable, and children should not go beyond the trail. Mountain bikers also use the area. But views and the satisfaction of reaching the top where the building once stood are compensation enough.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

A short, steep hike up Tongue Mountain, a small extinct volcano on the edge of the Dark Divide, leads to breathtaking views. Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens look close enough to touch. The Cispus River winds through the valley of the Dark Divide directly below.

A forest fire devastated Juniper Ridge in 1918, leaving silver snags along its length. This mountaintop held a lookout from 1934 to 1948, built in response to that fire. The rock in this area is unstable, and children should not go beyond the trail. Mountain bikers also use the area. But views and the satisfaction of reaching the top where the building once stood are compensation enough.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Randle
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 feet
Top Elevation: 4,800 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 333 McCoy Peak; USGS Tower Rock
Driving Directions: Directions to Tongue Mountain Trail

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