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Foss/Tonga Winter Sports Area

  

The Forest Service road 68 offers something for everyone regardless of skill level. The road gently winds through beautiful old growth forest along the Foss river valley with picturesque views of the river and surrounding hillsides. You can stay on the main route or choose one of the various routes that spur off from the main road.

The start of this route provides a great low elevation ski or snowshoe hike along the scenic Foss River to the Necklace Valley Trailhead or down Forest Service road 6835 to the West Fork Foss trailhead. For more challenging terrain with more scenic views continue up Forest Service road 68 to Mount Sobieski or Tonga Ridge Forest Service road 6830. Snowmobiles not allowed past gate. 

Dense forest limits views before climbing beyond the Forest Service road 6835 junction. As you climb, catch emerging sights of Malachite Peak, Mt. Daniel and Mt. Hinman.

Routes
Forest Service road 68 to Necklace Valley Trail 1062 to East Fork Foss River: 1.6 miles to the trailhead, five miles to East Fork Foss River with an elevation of 2,100 feet.

Forest Service road 6835 to West Fork Foss Lakes Trail 1064: 2.2 miles to the Forest Service road 68/6835 junction and another two miles to the trailhead at elevation 1,600-feet.

Forest Service road 68 to summit of Mt. Sobieski 10.5 miles with an elevation of 4,300 feet.

Forest Service road 6830 to Tonga Ridge Trail 1058, one mile to the Forest Service road 68/6830 junction, seven miles to trailhead with an elevation of 4,300 feet.

Forest Service road 6846 (Maloney Road) to Evans Lake Trail 1069: 6.2 miles to Forest Service road 68/6846 junction and another two miles to the trailhead with an elevation of 3,600 feet.

At a Glance

Best Season: Winter
Restrictions:
  • Snowmobile routes are on FS Road 6830 and FS Road 6835. Entry for snowmobiles across the Alpine Lake Wilderness boundary is not permitted.
  • Snowmobiles are not permitted on FS Road 68 beyond the gate at its junction with FS Road 6835.
Information Center: Call the Skykomish Ranger District at 360-677-2414.

General Information

Directions:

Drive US Highway 2 to Foss River Road (Forest Service road 68) east of the town of Skykomish located at milepost 50.5. Turn south and follow Forest Service road 68 for 2.5 miles, just past the railroad trestle. This point is the county’s endpoint for snowplowing. Elevation is 1,300 feet. Park and continue along Forest Service road 68 for a choice of destinations.


Accessibility:
General Notes:
Parking:

When parking please do not block the road. Park and continue along Forest Service road 68 for a choice of destinations depending on snow level and elevation.


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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
Varies

  Latitude : 
47.676148

  Longitude : 
-121.293652

  Elevation : 
1300 feet - varies

 



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