Tahuya / Trail 55

Belfair, Washington (Mason County)

Last Updated: 11/24/2019
5 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 1.08 miles
Highest Elevation: 400 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Belfair
Nearest Town w/ Services: Belfair
Official Road Name: N/A
Management Agency: Department of Natural Resources
District: Olympia, Washington

Highlights

Highlight: Tahuya / Trail 55
Tahuya State Forest ORV area is a great 4x4 destination for beginners up to seasoned veterans. While this forest trail system does have some challenging man-made rock gardens, for the most part, the only hindrance to stock vehicles would be the depth of some of the standing water in the fall, spring, and winter months and, of course, the "Rock Gardens" that were put in for more modified rigs. Tahuya has been nick-named "2-wheel Tahuya" as most of the trails are fairly easy. This makes it the perfect place for beginners to gain some skills before attempting more difficult trails. There is not really a good map produced that shows all of the trails in this park as some are 4x4, some are for motorcycles/ATV's, and some are just for walking/mountain biking. "Trail 55" is a connector trail that can be run in either direction. On this trail, you will encounter large mud pits in the spring and fall months and some pretty significant man-made obstacles that will really put a flex on that frame.

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( MODERATE - DIFFICULT )

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead - Start (0 mi)
The start point has a mild qualifier that you have to negotiate. If this is a problem then this trail is probably not a trail for you, it's​ not going to get any easier.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Belfair, Washington

Take "State Hwy 3" towards Belfair. Turn right onto "NE Clifton Rd". Continue straight and the road becomes "NE North Shore Rd / WA 300". Drive about 3.5 miles and turn right onto "NE Belfair Tahuya Rd". Continue about 1.5 miles and turn right on "NE Elfendahl Pass Rd". Drive about 2 miles and there will be a large swamp on your right-hand side. Continue past the entrance to the "Elfendahl Pass 4x4 Trailhead" on your right. Enter the trails system and look for 84N staying to the left and running it in reverse.

Camping

Improved
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Trail Reviews (6)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: How do we use the gpx download on iphone. Im so confused would like to ise this while on trail.
–Sean Cook (05/30/2019)
–Michael Graham (05/30/2019)

Writer Information

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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