Tonga Ridge Trail

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, Washington

Elevation Gain2,523ft
Trailhead Elevation4,280ft
Elevation Min/Max3690/4815ft
Elevation Start/End4280/4280ft

Tonga Ridge Trail

Tonga Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in King County, Washington. It is within Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. It is 4.5 miles long and begins at 4,280 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,523 feet. The Tonga Ridge Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also a registration box and parkings. Along the trail there is a viewpoint.

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"A trail gradual enough to stroll with small children climbs easily to meadowlands, with views of Glacier Peak and the Central Cascades. In fall, there are huckleberries to pick; on early summer mornings, children can watch for deer." Read more
Best Wildflower Hikes Western Washington (Falcon Guides)
Peter Stekel
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"It’s uncommon to see more than three dominant conifer species in our western forests. The Tonga Ridge Trail offers six, including two unusual sightings. There’s the uncommonly seen Alaska yellow cedar along with Engelmann spruce—not usually seen west of the Cascade Mountains. All this plus views, views, views, and a stroll through a heather- land subalpine meadow. Pretty good for a trail that allows your automobile to do the hard work of gaining all the elevation! Huckleberry lovers will also be happy in autumn to find four different species to delight their taste buds. Timing your visit to beat the birds and the bears to this berry cornucopia is always a challenge." Read more

Tonga Ridge Trail Reviews

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This is a great day hike, you have many options and it is definitely a trail worth taking. Halfway to Fisher lake you can go up a steep incline to to Sawyer Pass, which gives panoramic views of Mt. Rainier. Once you climb and hike the ridge way it opens up to a beautiful clearing that is especially magnificent during the fall with fall colors covering the ground all around you. There are many trails leading you in different directions but the one to Fisher lake is tagged, so follow the ribbons and climb up and over the creek bed and you should be at the lake in a half mile or so.

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Trail Information

Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Wild Sky Wilderness. Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Local Contacts
Green Trails #176S Alpine Lakes– Stevens Pass; USGS Skykomish; DeLorme Page 71 C-12
Local Maps

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Dec 2018