Evans Creek / Trail #520

Wilkeson, Washington (Pierce County)

Last Updated: 06/26/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Typically Open: 05/15 - 11/15
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 3.39 miles
Highest Elevation: 4670 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Wilkeson
Nearest Town w/ Services: Enumclaw
Official Road Name: 520
Management Agency: Mt. Baker / Snoqualmie National Forest
District: Snoqualmie Ranger District


Highlight: Evans Creek / Trail #520
Trail # 520 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. Evans Creek is a great destination for a weekend get-away as it has its own Campground with 23 spaces for use with tents or RV's. This trail is one of the more interesting trails with steep elevation climbs, nail-biting narrow turns and some snow at higher elevations, depending on the time of year. There are also many views of nearby Mt. Rainier and other alpine vistas. Trails are well marked and even rated from "Easy" to "Most Difficult"


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1. Trailhead - Start (0 mi)
Reset your trip meter here to follow turn-by-turn instructions. The start point for this trail is on the Left side of NF-7930 just past the entrance to the campground. It is marked with two black steel pylons. These pylons are in place not to block the entrance but to keep oversized vehicles from entering the trail. If your vehicle fits between them then you are allowed access. Most Jeeps and small to mid-sized vehicles will fit.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Wilkeson, WA

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". Once you enter the park follow the road NF-7930 about 1.5 miles to the campground which is kind of a focal point as most do the trails start or go past the campground. The Trailhead is just past the Campground entrance on your left.



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Michael Graham

Mapping Crew - Washington

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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