Tonga Ridge-Mt. Sawyer-Fisher Lake

 

Mileage: 10 miles RT to the lake, plus the summit of Mt. Sawyer adds another mile makes the total 11.

Elevation Gain/Highest: 1200ft/5495ft

Map: Green Trails Skykomish 175 and Stevens Pass 176

Favorite Eats After Hike: Wallace Falls Cafe

Find out current conditions and as always, practice Leave No Trace.  Pretty Please.

My Hike:

9/4/2015 This was a quick overnighter to test my fall backpacking set up.  The fall colors covered the hills and the trail was on fire with aged huckleberry bushes.  I climbed Mt. Sawyer first. The steep boot path up to the summit can be hard to find; there may be a cairn.  When you start to see the top of the mountain on your left, you will go through a small meadow area (which will have a lot of its own boot paths) and then back out onto the ridge. The turn is right about here.

I, then, headed over to Fisher Lake to camp. The trail to Fisher Lake was a little tricky so it is important to pay attention at Sawyer Pass and the intersection with the Deception Creek Trail. I followed the description at WTA:

“Just to the right of the Deception Creek sign, find the sign forbidding campfires above 4000 feet.  Take the far right trail a short ways, then at a fork, take the left trail. At the following fork, take the right trail. From the first fork, just remember right, left, right. The trail takes you a short way through trees and huckleberry bushes, then heads uphill. You know you are on the right trail when you see a steep, rooty, eroded but obvious trail heading uphill.”

This trail takes you up and down through mud, roots and meadows until you come down to the large lake.  There are a few campsites here, or you can go around the lake to the left to a small secluded campsite at the outlet for the lake.  There is a large tree across the trail to crawl over first!

 

Directions: Take Hwy 2 to just past the Skykomish Ranger station and turn right on Foss River Road (FR 68).  In 2.6 miles cross under the railroad trestle and go over a small bridge. In another mile is a Y intersection, take the left onto FR 6830. Follow FR 6830 for 7 miles, then take a right onto road 310 and follow to the trailhead at 1.3 miles. There is a backcountry toilet.

 For more hikes on HWY 2, click HERE.

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