Tonga Ridge west of Stevens Pass near town of Skykomish. Since we have not had much new snow lately this will probably be hard packed so a snowshoe trip of this might be the best. However starting this Sunday (1-15-2012) and or early next week we should have some new mountain snow. How about lowland snow???
Photo below is conditions at lower part of the road, hard packed, photo by Michael Fagin
Photo below is one of the views you start to get looking towards north and west, photo by Michael Fagin
Photo below another view looking towards the north and west, photo by Michael Fagin
Photo below is of happy hiker-snowshoer, photo by Michael Fagin
Photo below near end of our trip at dusk, photo by Michael Fagin
Driving Directions: Drive east on U.S. Highway 2 toward Stevens Pass. After passing the Skykomish Ranger Station on the left, continue another 0.5 mile and turn right (south) onto Foss River Road (Forest Road 68). Follow this road 3 miles to the junction with FR 6830, and turn left (east) onto FR 6830. Drive up as far on this road as you are comfortable and then find a spot on the side of the road to park. All wheel drive vehicle would be the best to have.
Trail Stats: Tricky as just depends where you park. Could be as low as 2000 feet. Enjoy trip be safe with your judgement of where to park.
Please bring map and compass and or GPS as trail and directions are the best estimates.