Trails in Washington
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Evans Creek / Trail #102
Trail #102 within the "Evans Creek ORV" area is one of a dozen or so trails available in this park designated for 4x4 use, for a total of over 45 miles of trail riding. Evans Creek is a great destination for a weekend get-away as it has it's own Campground with 23 spaces for use with tents or RV's. This trail is one of the more interesting trails with steep elevation climbs, nail-biting narrow turns that are made extremely tricky with high sides. There are roots and trees that are begging the snag a fender or scratch a hard top. Some care must be taken with ground guides to avoid scratches and damage.
Evans Creek / Trail #519
Trail # 519 within the "Evans Creek ORV" area is one of a dozen or so trails available in this park designated for 4x4 use, for a total of over 45 miles of trail riding. Trails are well marked and even rated from "Easy" to "Most Difficult". Trail #519 climbs to the highest point in the park and is a must ride on sunny days for stunning vistas of Mt Rainier and the surrounding peaks and valleys. Make sure that your camera is ready, at the top the trail follows what we like to call Evans Creek Ridge and has breathtaking views of the Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest on both sides.
Midnight Creek / NF Road 7010
In and around the town of Greenwater all the way up to the entrance of "Mt. Rainier National Park" and the Crystal Mountain Ski area have a network of connecting Forest Service roads that can make for a day of fun and adventure. While most of these roads are not true "Jeep Trails", they do present some spectacular scenery with their stunning views of Mt. Rainier and surrounding mountain valleys. These roads are also a great way for a novice to get to know their rig if they are new to the sport or a way to just explore and see what lays around the next corner. The spring flowers are really nice and most bloom well into mid-summer. There are camping areas all along these roads that are free to use though expect no facilities.
Tahuya / 84-S
Tahuya State Forest ORV area is a 4x4 destination for both beginners up to seasoned veterans of the trails. While this forest trail system does have some man made rock gardens, for the most part, the only hindrance to stock vehicles would be the depth of some of the standing water in the winter months. Of course if you are stock or only slightly lifted you might want to stay a spectator at the "Rock Gardens" as they were put in for more modified rigs. Tahuya has been nick-named "2-wheel Tahuya" as most of the trails are fairly easy, but that makes it a perfect place to gain some skills for beginners. There is not really a good map produced that shows all of the trails in this park. What makes it very confusing is that some are 4x4, some are for motorcycles and ATV's and some are just for walking and mountain biking. "Trail 84S" is a fairly technical trail that will test your skills at maneuvering over stumps, roots and shelved rock ledges. There are some pretty significant hill climbs and the tight turns around the trees can grab a fender if you aren't careful. This trail starts just off of "Trail 84N" and continues down to the south end of the park.
Tahuya / Access Road / G-3000
Tahuya State Forest ORV area is a 4x4 destination for both beginners up to seasoned veterans of the trails. While this forest trail system does have some man made rock gardens, for the most part, the only hindrance to stock vehicles would be the depth of some of the standing water in the winter months. Of course if you are stock or only slightly lifted you might want to stay a spectator at the "Rock Gardens" as they were put in for more modified rigs. Tahuya has been nick-named "2-wheel Tahuya" as most of the trails are fairly easy, but that makes it a perfect place to gain some skills for beginners. There is not really a good map produced that shows all of the trails in this park. What makes it very confusing is that some are 4x4, some are for motorcycles and ATV's and some are just for walking and mountain biking. "G-3000" is actually not a 4x4 trail but a service road that gives you access to the south end side of the 4x4 trails and takes you though the middle of the park. Taking this route will lead you to the following 55 Trail, 84S Trail, JBX Trail, 84N Trail, Twin Rocks, and Yellow Jacket
Bethel Ridge - 4W325
Bethel Ridge is a leisurely cruise through the woods with fantastic views and scenery. The approach is a well maintained forest service road and the trail across the ridge is moderately more challenging but easily doable in 2WD under dry conditions. Much of the way to the top is filled with interesting volcanic geology. From the top you can see Rimrock Lake, the Tieton Hydropower Dam, and on a good day, Mt. Adams. At 6200 feet, Bethel Ridge is one of the higher trails that you can drive on in Washington State. It is also part of the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR) which runs from Stevenson, WA to Nighthawk, WA.
Cle Elum, Washington
The view from the top of this off-road trail is simply magnificent and completion of the trail is a sigh of relief. If it is not dry, do not take this trail lightly; the mud in the Liberty area is extremely slick and has claimed many body panels on the multitude of trails here. The Billy Goat Trail is aptly named, when your vehicle completes this trail you might want to change your vehicles nickname. The climbs and descents on this trail are extreme, caution should be taken at all times on every part of this trail. But once you get through it, you will have conquered one of the best trails Washington has to offer.
Clover Springs to Mud Springs / 4W696
This trail is special and unique because it follows a high mountain ridge line on the boundary of an untouched wilderness area with views from atop a 1500 ft. cliff face. You can expect soft delicate meadows, the trail winding narrowly through mature forests, tricky root systems and rocky loose ledges. There is an element of danger involving the cliff that most of the trail follows but that just adds to the excitement when you think about what a mistake might involve. There are two other trails that connect so a full day of exploration can be expected if desired. (4W679 Unknown & 4W665 Sweet Home)
Copper City is located 70 miles north of Yakima, Wa. along Deep Creek in the Bumping Mining District of Yakima County.The minerals at Copper City were first discovered in the 1890's. The claims were sold to the Copper City Mining Company in 1905.
In 1906 a sawmill was constructed at the Copper City site for further development work of the mining camp. In 1907 claims were located on top of the mining ridge and the claims were incorporated as the Summit Copper Mining Company. By 1910 Copper City had cabins, a bunkhouse, a sawmill, a blacksmith shop, and an ore mill. An elaborate water system provided the cabins with running water and newly installed telephone lines allowed communication with the outside world. The ore mill at Copper City separated rock that contained precious metals from non-valuable “country rock”. The resulting concentrated ore was then transported by horse and cart to a railroad. Ore was shipped from Copper City to Naches, then onto the smelter at Tacoma. Assays showed a return of $55 per ton.
Copper City served 42 claims from 1907 until 1942. The equipment was moved out and mining came to a final end in 1943...
For a day in the snow Copper Creek appeals to the masses. This trail may be a simple forest service road, but on a sunny Saturday after a major snowfall, you will find any type of vehicle imaginable, from the Redneck built buggy, to the weekend Jeeper, to the Honda CRV driven by the Soccer Mom; all of them looking for that winter wonderland. Depending on your rig, your ability and your courage, you can venture up past 4500 feet of elevation on a snow covered, tree lined road and find the most majestic views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding park that you can imagine. Although the trail is within the Mount Rainier National Park, you are not officially inside the fee area, making this an affordable alternative to the park. Be advised, trail conditions can change quickly and this guide is only a guide, travel safely and always be prepared to stay the night should emergencies arise.
Cougar Springs/Hole in the Rock
Cle Elum, Washington
Cougar Springs Trail, AKA "Hole in the Rock", is the trail that most people flock to once in the Liberty trails system. Everyone wants that Iconic shot of their vehicle up on the rock overhanging the valley 600 feet below. A relatively easy trail for most vehicles, although some tight turns and squeezes keep the bigger rigs away, a narrow axle vehicle with high clearance will have no trouble navigating this trail. Use this trail as a shortcut to get to Lions Rock for a sunset, (another epic photo opportunity), or take this trail to enjoy the scenery at the top of some of the most beautiful ridges in the Eastern Cascades and the Cle Elum Ranger District
Crystal Ridge W4-319
Cle Elum, Washington
The Crystal Ridge trail is by far one of our favorite trails in the "Liberty OHV" area. This trail has everything: great views, steep hill climbs/descents, off-camber, tight spots. It is well known for its incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valleys from the top of the ridge line. Overlooking the eastern slopes of the Northern Cascade Mountain range, this 4x4 trail climbs up the to the top of ridge and joins with "The Pit". This is a more difficult trail when the conditions are dry and can become downright nasty and most difficult when wet. We recommend picking a nice clear/dry day so that you can get the most majestic views of the valleys and snow covered peaks from the nearby Cascade Mountain Range.
Elbe Hills OHV - Alder Loop Trail Lower
Like the other three parts of the Alder Loop trail system, the lower section is one of the most diverse set of trails in the Elbe Hills system; Alder Loop has 3 parts: Inner, Lower and Upper. The lower Alder loop area is tight through the trees with some slippery, muddy, rutted 4wd trails that will rub your mirrors. Be careful not to slip into the "Jeep Eater", a deep hole with no bottom and custard thick mud. For the hardcore wheeler, try your hand on the Rock Garden at the top of the trail. New this year, it is the result of a natural spring flooding the trail that needed to be filled in; what better to fill it in than 300 tons of rock. A lot of work went in on this rock crawling trail by local clubs and it will show on your skid plates, which are a must for this part of the trail. Definitely a do not miss off-road trail in Elbe Hills!
Elbe Hills OHV - Alder Loop Trail Upper
Quite possibly the most diverse set of trails in the Elbe Hills system, Alder Loop has 3 parts: Inner, lower, and upper. If you want to take your girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse/kid out here and let him/her learn how to wheel, put them on Inner Alder, this is a very forgiving trail segment and has something of everything on it. For the hardcore wheeler, the upper area is just off the Mainline Trail "hill-climb" after you come off the climb bear to the left and follow the off-road trail to the right at the fork once inside the trees. There is a nice rutted out off-camber hole with the choice of 4 routes, one can be done by a stock rig, one can be done with lockers, one can be done with a winch, and the best one, well, it can't! Definitely a do not miss trail in Elbe Hills!
Elbe Hills OHV - Busywild Trail
The BusyWild Trail is the premier trail of the Elbe Hills OHV area. This was the trail JKX "The JK Experience" featured in 2014, it was also the trail that did the most damage to their rigs. In season, the "Busy" is just another trail with rocks and stumps; out of season, (winter) it is to say the least, a mess, a bumper crushing, diff smashing, body denting, window breaking, mirror ripping, mess! Dugout walls of dirt, rocks and tree roots can dwarf even the most lifted vehicles. Off camber holes on tight turns where the only way around are to use your rock sliders or even your mirrors to push you into the right track. Dual lockers, body armor, a winch, and a minimum of 36" tires are the recommended equipment; with good lines and determination a lesser built rig can conquer the trail, but it is not recommended out of season.
Elbe Hills OHV - Gotcha Trail
Gotcha off-road trail is one of the highlights in Elbe Hills OHV Area. With it's four different obstacles, this 4wd trail is a good choice for every type of experience level and build. There is a forested swamp with tight trees, difficult climbs and sharp drops as soon as you are on the trail...Gotcha! There is a large rock crawling playground and grand vista on what is affectionately known as "The Log Jam", a pile of logs that were "conveniently" left behind by a logging company; the perfect place to grab some lunch, take some pictures and watch the buggies "chop wood". The final set of obstacles are two-fold, the first part is a hole that is so off camber, you will be guaranteed to get body damage. Just when you think you are done, at the point where if you walk around the corner you can see the exit, there is a deep nasty hole that gives you no choice but to barrel on through...Gotcha!
Elbe Hills OHV - Inner Alder Loop
The Alder Loop set of trails is quite possibly the most diverse set of trails in the Elbe Hills system, Alder Loop has 3 parts: Inner, Lower and Upper. If you want to take your girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse/kid out here and let him/her learn how to wheel, put them on Inner Alder, this is a very forgiving trail segment and has something of everything on it. Definitely a do not miss trail for the beginner in Elbe Hills!
Elbe Hills OHV - Mainline Extension Trail
Mainline Extension is a relatively easy trail with the exception being if there is snow on the ground. The route you choose for this trail can best be determined by the level of experience in your group. Running it downhill is great for the novice and running it uphill proves to be a challenge for the intermediate driver. Any level of vehicle can navigate this trail with the proper selection of lines. Another great trail in the Elbe system for anyone looking to hone their skills.
Elbe Hills OHV - Mainline Trail
There are two ways onto the Mainline, one is where Sunrise dumps out and the other is from the main road. The trail has a few loop-de-loos and a bit of an area to play at the beginning, leading into a tight trail that will possibly cause some body scraping if you aren't careful. Trees are tight through here and a short wheel base vehicle will have an easier time on this trail; old Broncos and 4 door Jeeps may need to make multi-point turns in some areas. When in season the Mud Bog is sure to mire the best built of rigs; it is a throttle wide open, mud filled playground! Go ahead and think that your lockers and MTs will get you through, but don't count on it, the mud is bottomless and this is one area that never seems to dry up. The best part of the Mainline Trail is the Hill Climb, a 60 degree slope that can turn treacherous with just a few drops of rain. Once you are clear of the trees, the trail turns into basically a logging road which connects you to the other trails in the system.
Elbe Hills OHV - MiniWild
MiniWild (affectionately known to the locals as such) is the main connecting trail to the BusyWild. Some will avoid this trail in the summer as it is on high ground and not too much of a challenge, but in the winter it can be snow covered and extremely slick on the side-hills. Technical ratings are low for the majority of this trail, the only difficult areas are the beginning and the end.