Evans Creek / Trail #519

Wilkeson, Washington (Pierce County)
Last Updated: 04/15/2018
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Status: Open
Typically Open: 04/15 - 11/15
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Difficulty: 2-5
(EASY - MODERATE)
Length: 3.3 miles
Highest Elevation: 4800 feet
Duration: About 1 hour 55 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Wilkeson
Nearest Town w/ Services: Enumclaw
Official Road Name: NF-7930
Management Agency: Snoqualmie National Forest
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Highlight: 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. The top of this ridge has breath-taking views.

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Route Information

Technical Rating: (2-5)
(EASY - MODERATE)

Rutted and/or rocky road. No shelves. Rocks up to 12" and water crossings up to 12" with possible currents. Passable mud. Moderate grades to 15 degrees. 6" holes. Side hill to 20 degrees. 4WD required. No width problems.

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Description

Trail #519 is a 3.3 mile trail that winds up into the upper elevations of the "Evans Creek ORV" area. This trail is highest in the park and has some of the most pristine vistas and majestic views of Mount Rainier. This trail is rated "Easy/More Difficult" according to the map supplied by the U.S. Forest Service. There is no need for any modifications and a straight stock rig will do fine. The most difficult section of the trail can be bypassed by taking a right on 519A at waypoint 7.
Note: Currently, the road to the day use parking area and the campground is closed due to a washout. The road was washed out over the winter and the campground and day use area will not open until the road is repaired. The Forest Service has posted that the OHV park is open but currently is only for tent camping until repairs to the road can be completed to allow RV access. You gain access to the park by using either trail # 102 or trail # 311(Lower).

Seasonal Information

Spring:Trail is very muddy from spring runoff / probably under snow until mid June
Summer:Trail is usually dry and dusty
Fall:Trail could be snowpacked by late fall
Winter:Trail is impassible due to snow

Waypoints

1. Trailhead

The starting point for this trail is on the right side at the end of NF-7930. Evans Creek Trail #520 ends at this point and it is easy to continue on #519 on the right.

2. Trail Intersection (0.2 mi)

At this marker the trail continues up the hill by taking a left. We recommend a quick diversion by taking the path on the right. This path leads to the most beautiful and pristine overlook that we have encountered in Washington. It is well worth the trip and is the route that we used to complete this trail.

3. Mount Rainer Viewpoint (0.3 mi)

As you arrive to this u turn on a clear day you will encounter a breathtaking view of Mt. Rainier. At this point the mountain looks so close you could reach out and touch it. This is a great area to snap a family portrait or just stop for a minute and enjoy the view. There is a primitive campsite on the edge of the overlook that is first-come, first-serve basis. Once you have taken enough pictures turn around and head back to waypoint 2.

4. Stay to the Left/ Mountain and Valley Vistas (0.8 mi)

Once you have made it back to waypoint 2 take a sharp right hand turn and head up the hill. As you climb up the hill the trees will open up to a clearing where you can pull off and check out the great views of the surrounding hills and valleys.

5. Evans Creek Ridgeline (0.9 mi)

At this point the trees open up on both sides of the trail and you realize you are on the top driving on the ridgeline of the mountain. Take a minute to take in the stunning views on both sides of the vehicle.

6. Top of the Mountain Summit (1.1 mi)

You have made it to the top. There is a great open area to play on the rocks and test your vehicles ability. We took the opportunity to take a group photo on the various rock formations. Stay to the left to continue on #519.

7. Stay to the Right/Bypass Obstacle (1.8 mi)

Shortly after you start your decline from the summit you will come to an intersection with #519A. If you continue strait on #519 you will encounter an extremely difficult four-five foot tall ledge that will test your vehicles ability to stay on the ground. Making it more difficult is the long drop off the ledge on the right. We do not recommend attempting this obstacle unless you are extremely experienced and your vehicle has the modifications to accommodate it. To bypass the obstacle take a right onto #519A. This path takes the high road around and it reconnects with #519 further down the trail.

8. Playground Clearing (2.3 mi)

When you reach the bottom of the hill you will come out of the woods into large playground. Play around on the large rocks and ledges for a while. We recommend that you use caution and common sense being that it is very easy to flip your rig in this area.

9. End (3.3 mi)

The trail ends by joining with NF-7920. Taking a right will lead you to the day use parking area and the exit of the park. On the way out you will pass trail#198, #197, and #196. These are the most difficult areas in the park. Also on your way out along NF-7920 you will encounter a large mud pit (weather permitting). At the time of this mapping (Nov 2015) the mud pit was approximately 2.5 feet deep and about 75 yards square.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 46.950565, -121.938839

From the town of Wilkeson start your vehicles trip meter at the Wilkeson Arch and continue South and eventually East on Hwy 165 towards the Carbonado Ranger Station. At 2.1 miles you pass the turn-off to the right for the town of Carbonado. Continue on Hwy 165. At 4.7 miles there is an old one lane bridge called "Fairfax Bridge". Constructed in 1921 at a total cost of $80,000 this bridge takes you 254 ft. above the Carbon River on a "94 year old bridge". Once across the bridge at 5.2 miles you come to a fork in the road. Stay Right to "Mowich Lake" and "Evans Creek Recreation Area". Drive an additional 7 miles to the entrance to "Evans Creek".

Camping

Camping is first come first serve, the area has vault toilets and running water, via hand pump. There are no electricity or sewage hookups, pads are gravel, for more information use the following link: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbs/recarea/?recid=18094
Camping: Evans Creek / Trail #519

Writer Information

Michael Graham

Mapping Crew - Washington
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Michael Graham is retired from the U.S. Army as an Infantry First Sergeant with 23 years of service. He did a tour in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He presently owns a Process Service Company in Tacoma. He is originally from Upstate New York but after being stationed in Washington knew immediately that this part of the county felt like home. He had a Jeep CJ5 as his first 4x4 but back in the 80's there wasn't a lot of hype and add-on parts as there are today. Building your rig is half the fun, making it your own style. He has actually found it to be an addiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, in the Tacoma / Puyallup area and loves the sport of "wheeling" which allows access to so much more than a hiking trailhead. He enjoys organized rides and poker runs and the freedom and exploration this sport allows. Finding this website and authoring trail write-ups has really enhanced this sport for him. If you are new to the sport or just looking for someone to show you the trails he would love to hear from you.

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