5.2 miles
Distance
733 ft
Climb
-2,967 ft
Descent
00:53:30
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Tongue Mountain #294 Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Dark Divide
    Randle, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    June-October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #38214 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

This trail is open to hiker, motorcycle, and bicycle use.

This trail climbs from Forest Road 2904 for 1 mile to the junction with Tongue Mountain Lookout Trail #294A, a 0.7-mile trail to the core of an extinct volcano. The spur trail #294A to the summit is steep and at times resembles a rock scramble. You can get excellent views from the saddle, without hiking to the summit. Please use caution. The spur trail is open to hikers only. Tongue Mountain was a traditional mountain goat hunting site for the Taidnapam Indians.
The 4,838 foot summit offers excellent views of the central portion of the Cowlitz Valley District and south to Mt. Adams. Tongue Mountain Trail #294 descends after the junction with #294A, on a long rim overlooking the Cispus River Valley with views of Burley Mountain, Tower Rock, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and Mount St. Helens. The trail ends on Forest Road 2801.

source: USFS
Access Info

From Randle, Washington travel south on State Highway 131 (Forest Roads 23 and 25). Veer left in 1 mile at the Y of Forest Road 23 and Forest Road 25. Continue to follow Forest Service Road 23 for 8.1 miles to the junction of Forest Road 28. Follow Forest Road 28 for 1 mile and turn left on Forest Road 29. Follow Forest Road 29 for 4.1 miles and turn left on Forest Road 2904. Follow Forest Road 2904 for 4.2 miles. Tongue Mountain Trail #294 is accessed across the road from Juniper Ridge Trailhead

Disclaimer

This trail is maintained by the US Forest Service. Check with the USFS/Gifford Pinchot National Forest for the latest trail status.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Tongue Mountain Trail #294 mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,234 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,470 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,094 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,704 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,470 ft
  • Grade
    -8.076%
  • Grade max
    -61.277%
  • Grade min
    45.469%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Avg time
    00:53:30
  • Avg reverse time
    01:05:58
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Status:
on Sep 6, 2021
Very Dry
Avg: 4.3 (7 votes)

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  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Tongue Mountain... Trail Reports

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      Sep 6, 2021 @ 6:41pm
      Sep 6, 2021
      Dry and dusty as expected for this time of the year, although a little bit of morning dew helped keep the dust down in some spots for us. A...
      Aug 15, 2021 @ 8:48am
      Aug 15, 2021
      Super messed up from all the dirt bikers. Extremely dry and dusty in most parts. Wet mud pits in a couple places. Definitely a black diamond,...
      Jul 11, 2021 @ 12:16pm
      Jul 11, 2021
      Dry and powdery dust
      Jul 8, 2021 @ 12:44pm
      Jul 8, 2021
      Wicked loose and blown out moto trail. I think the blue rating refers to the moderate strenuousness of the climb, not the technical descent. In...
      Jul 8, 2021 @ 10:02am
      Jul 8, 2021
      Dry and even dusty
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      • 18 miles avg distance
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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      jefe (Sep 10, 2021 at 15:14)
       This is a solid OK trail. It has moments of brilliance, but 75% of it is chewed to shit by motos so expect loose with giant ruts. The side trip to the top of Tongue Mountain is definitely a must.
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