Tongue Mountain Trail 294

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Distance5.2mi
Elevation Gain3,695ft
Trailhead Elevation1,474ft
Top4,065ft
Elevation Min/Max1474/4065ft
Elevation Start/End1474/1474ft

Tongue Mountain Trail 294

Tongue Mountain Trail 294 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lewis County, Washington. It is within Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 1,474 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,695 feet. This trail connects with the following: Tongue Mountain Trail 294a.

Tongue Mountain Trail 294 Professional Reviews and Guides

"Tongue Mountain waits for you. Seriously, get here—you’ll love it! Conveniently, if you’re starting from Seattle the drive isn’t too far, either. There is almost no better place on a
clear day for views in every direction.

Sitting on the top will make you feel glad to be alive and will give your soul a lift as you look down on the Cispus River valley below and out to the in-your-face views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens. Not to mention that the hike up is fairly short and direct, so even those who are unable to do longer hikes can still get views that most people work hours to find."

"Climb the short but steep trail to the summit of Tongue Mountain, high above the Cispus River. A small grove of short lodgepole pines grow on the summit, providing shelter for a dry campsite. Beargrass and lupine sprout between the trees and huckleberry bushes. On the rocky outcrops, sedum and kinnikinnick grow from the cracks.

A small herd of mountain goats inhabits Tongue Mountain. If you are here in mid- to late summer, you may find their hair sticking to the tree limbs. Mountain goats as well as deer and elk really like to eat the flowers off the tops of the beargrass. Usually there is fairly good cell-phone service from the summit."

"You’ll be wagging your tongue over both the workout and the views after you enjoy this route. The workout comes by way of the last 0.75 mile to the summit, but you’ll definitely earn the payoff you’ll find at the top: stunning views of the Cispus River Valley and the peaks of the Dark Divide Roadless Area."

"This superfast trail lies in the heart of timber country. Ridden as a loop or as an optional shuttle, the climb up the forest road is gentle and the singletrack above is challenging.

A quick jaunt will take you to a view on the mountain itself, while the trail actually circles around before heading down. The descent is steep and relatively smooth. This ride can be done fairly quickly by advanced riders, and it is frequently the finale of the Juniper Ridge route that connects to the Tongue Mountain Trail to the south."

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Trail Information

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Nearby City
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Wildflowers
Features
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails McCoy Peak No. 333
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018