Evans Creek / Trail #519

Wilkeson, Washington (Pierce County)
Last Updated: 01/14/2019
Nearby Trails
Status: Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 04/15 - 11/15
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Difficulty: 2-5
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:
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.


Route Information

Technical Rating: (2-5)

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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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


1. Trailhead / Start

The Trailhead is on the right at the end of FS7930. You can also access Trail #520 on the left.

2. Mt.Rainier View / Turnaround (0.36 mi)

I made this waypoint 2 to make sure you are directed to this overlook of Mt. Rainier. On a clear day, you can get no better view of this majestic mountain. Do a u-turn here and travel back to waypoint 3 about halfway back to the start point. Here you will make a hard right turn to continue onto the trail.

3. Intersection / Turn Right (0.48 mi)

You passed this intersection on your way to waypoint 2. Make a hard right turn onto the trail.

4. View Point Vistas / Straight (0.99 mi)

Once on top, there are many views of the surrounding valleys and a pretty night "Poser Rock" to get a nice picture of your rig.

5. Trail Intersection / Straight (1.2 mi)

At this waypoint, there is a trail intersection. The trail to the right is quite brushy and goes down the hill and peters out about 200 yards. To continue, go straight up the hill into the woodline.

6. Trail Intersection / bypass (519-A) (1.84 mi)

This is a trail intersection of 519 and 519A. More experienced drivers and modified rigs have a choice but beware. The trail to the left downhill is the actual course for this trail but just 100 yds down is a very dangerous rock ledge that drops down 3-4 feet and off camber. This is extremely dangerous when it is wet. This is probably the most dangerous obstacle in the park and is not for inexperienced drivers. The trail to the right (519A) is the bypass for this obstacle and takes you to waypoint 8. Both trails meet with each other at waypoint 8.

7. Dangerous Obstacle (1.93 mi)

This is the most dangerous obstacle in the park and should not be taken lightly. It has some pretty large rocks that will require some contact with skid plates and rock rails. If your rig is not equipped with this equipment you will probably have some damage here. The obstacle is off-camber downhill and any loss of control could be very dangerous. A good spotter would be an excellent idea here.

8. Reconnect / (519&519A) (2.45 mi)

At this waypoint 519 and 519A reconnect. 519A comes out to the right up into the quarry. If you are on 519A you will exit into the quarry and reconnect with 519 downhill to the left.

9. Trail Intersection / #199 / Straight (2.83 mi)

At this intersection trail #199 start/end is on the right.

10. Trail End (3.29 mi)

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 46.950721, -121.938992

Starting Point: Wilkeson, Washington

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 is first-come-first-serve, the area has vault toilets and running water, via hand pump. There are 23 spaces for tent or RV camping and two Pavillion-type picnic areas with fire pits inside. 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 Currently, the road to the campground is washed out so only tent camping is permitted.
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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