Mileage: 3 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 1200/4838 ft
Map: Green Trails No. 333 McCoy Peak
Favorite Eats After Hike: This is a Pack A Cooler hike.
As always, practice Leave No Trace. Pretty Please.
5/30/2016 We did Juniper Ridge on Saturday so we knew the road was good to Tongue Mountain. We had the trail to ourselves 7:30-10am, no bikes today.
Just like Juniper, the trail is open to bikes the first mile but in much better condition.
There is a sign here that marks the trail for hikers only and it becomes a much narrower and less rutted path as it switchbacks up to the summit. The views begin to peak through the trees at the promise of what is to come.
From the top, the views are 360 and include Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. I was glad we came back today and the mountains were on display. It makes me want to return to Juniper on a blue sky day to see more of the ridge we missed due to the gray skies.
No snow or downed trees that I remember. We did see that you can start down on FR 29 on a longer trail so we may try that next time! If you have the time, do what I did and add High Rock Lookout to your day as you drive back out of the mountains.
Directions: From Randle, drive 1 mile south on Forest Road 25 (the main insection in town) and then turn left (east) onto FR 23. Continue south 9 miles and turn right onto FR 28. Continue 1 mile and turn left onto FR 29. Four miles down FR 29, turn left onto FR 2904, and in another 4 miles look for the trailhead on the left (north) side of the road.