Mileage: 13.6 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 1200/2300ft
Map: Green Trails Skykomish No 175 and Stevens Pass No 176
Favorite Eats After Hike: Wallace Falls Cafe
1/8/2016 After reading the trip reports from a few days ago, I thought I would see how far I could get up the Foss River R to the East Fork TH. At the county road end where the plowing stops, I saw where there were places to park but decided to drive a little further up. I made it up a mile or so before I feared I did not have enough clearance, so I backed up to a turn out where I managed to get stuck. After digging myself out, a very nice person came along and gave me just the push I needed to make it back down to where he had smartly parked his truck. From there I walked up towards the TH, soon to be passed by another car. Not much after that, they too were backing down the road. Why, you might ask? Because shortly before the road for Tonga Ridge, someone had left their completely stuck pickup right in the middle of the road. So, even if you could make it, the road was blocked. Hopefully he’ll be back with a friend with a bigger and badder truck than his. After the truck, the snow is pretty deep and it looks pretty mush like construction vehicle tracks, snowshoes and ski marks. I did make it to the East Fork TH on foot, opting not to use my snowshoes. I wandered down the trail for a mile or so, and then time had me heading back to my car. The folks in the other car that had to back up were heading in with snowshoes.
Directions: From Everett 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 onto Foss River Road (Forest Road 68).The clearly marked parking lot and trailhead will be on your left at 4.2 miles. When the road is snow covered, there is parking after you go under the old railroad trestle.
For more of my snowshoes, click HERE.