|Typically Open:||04/15 - 11/15|
|Permit Information:||Permit Required - Click Here|
(EASY - MODERATE)
|Highest Elevation:||4800 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour 55 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Enumclaw|
|Official Road Name:||NF-7930|
|Management Agency:||Snoqualmie National Forest|
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.
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.Read more about our rating system
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trailhead Coordinates: 46.950565, -121.938839