Elbe Hills OHV - Rainier Vista Rock Garden

Elbe, Washington (Pierce County)

Last Updated: 03/11/2019
5 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 0.12 miles
Highest Elevation: 2600 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Elbe
Nearest Town w/ Services: Elbe
Official Road Name: SF 1142
Management Agency: Washington State Department of Natural Resources
District: Elbe Hills ORV - WDFW


Highlight: Elbe Hills OHV - Rainier Vista Rock Garden
The upper rock gardens were designed for buggies and extremely well built trucks; they are covered in oil and broken parts most of the time, try them at your own risk. The "pit" is a hole surrounded by rock walls and filled with mounds of boulders, concrete culverts (precisely placed), and various other "playground" equipment. Although the pit has been part of the trail system for years, the "playground" is a recent addition to the Elbe Hills ORV Park. Like the "Log Jam" on the Gotcha trail, "The Pit" is also a great place for a BBQ lunch or a group picture.


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1. Rock Garden Entrance (0 mi)
One hundred feet after the exit of Rainier Vista trail you will find the entrance to the rock garden. The gate keeper here is set to narrow width axles, but wider axles can just use the entrance on the other end. Follow the Busy Wild road/SF 1142 north past the Rock Garden to access the Pit.

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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