Elbe Hills OHV - Gotcha Trail

Elbe, Washington (Pierce County)

Last Updated: 03/11/2019
4.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Highlight: 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!


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
A little over 2 miles from the campground on SF 1142 you will find a Y in the road, stay left and make your way past the intersection on the main road about an 1/8 of a mile. You will see an entrance on the right that breaks back into the woods, you will see the sign once you make the turn. Once inside the woods you will see the sign for the beginning of the Mainline Extension trail, to your left is the entrance to Gotcha.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Elbe, WA

Start at Elbe. Go east on SR-706 for 6 miles. Turn left on 278 Street East, also known as 92 Access Road/SF 1142/Stoner Road. Continue 3.7 miles and then bear left at information signs into trailhead and campground area.



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Luke Myers

Mapping Crew - Washington

Luke is originally from rural Minnesota, after high school he joined the Army and traveled the world over his 20 year career. His final stop, and where he ended his military career was Washington state. He retired from the Army in 2011 and has been working as a Military Software systems consultant since that day. He has been into the off-road scene since he was 7 years old, when his dad bought him a 3-wheeler and he built his first race-track in the pasture. Since those days he has had motorcycles, quads, go-karts, mini-bikes, trucks, 4 different kinds of Jeeps and an AMC Eagle (station wagon). His current "toy" is a 2008 Jeep Wrangler; Luke and his family enjoy exploring the world through the windshield view of that Jeep. Luke loves taking new people out on trails and takes pride in getting a newbie through a trail that is definitely more than they ever thought they could handle. His favorite type of trail is one that takes all day to go 5 miles and never stops challenging the driver.
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