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Ascent of Tongue Mountain on 2012-07-01

Climber: Eric Noel

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 1, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Tongue Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4838 ft / 1474 m

Ascent Trip Report

Public. Take the 28 to the 29 to the 2904. The 29 has some potholes and the 2904 has some berms but both are Camry compatible. Park at signed pass which is the key saddle. Take the 294 trail as it gently climbs upward for a mile. Motorcycle trail with lots of erosion. Then take the obvious trail 294A to the summit. Getting a little brushy but no problem. At the saddle you'll find an easier sub-summit to the right. Turn left and contour towards the summit block. I was hoping for a nice scramble finish. Instead, it was really no more than class 2 and sort of path up the first 50 vertical. But this path was loaded with wet loose talus and so quite sketchy in a couple spots due to the exposure. Not fun stuff, it feels like you are sliding into the abyss. I couldn't actually see the abyss since I was parked in a cloud but I could tell it was a long way down. Anyway, get through the talus stuff and then sort of hit a mini-riblet that trends back L to R as it ascends. No real problems here. Then the top is actually forested and blah. I set my camera down near the top, to mark where I had come up with my bandana since I was in a cloud/whiteout, and the talus went sliding and took my camera with it. It started bouncing and then disappeared over the W face. Bye bye camera, your zoom was quite lovely. I'll miss you; or at least I'll miss the money I have to spend to replace you. Tagged the summit and went down, very gingerly. No problems I guess.

I can't really recommend the scramble and in particular when it is rainy or icy. Might have views. The approach was actually pleasant forest and lots of wildflowers plus it was brief so there's that.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1258 ft / 383 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:294 and 294A
    Trailhead:FS 2904  3620 ft / 1103 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2+
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
Parked in a Soggy Cloud



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