Evans Creek / Trail #102

Wilkeson, Washington (Pierce County)
Last Updated: 06/01/2018
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Status: Open
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Difficulty: 3-5
(EASY - MODERATE)
Length: 4.3 miles
Highest Elevation: feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Wilkeson
Nearest Town w/ Services: Wilkeson
Official Road Name: NF - 7930
Management Agency: Mt. Baker / Snoqualmie National Forest
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Highlight: Evans Creek / Trail #102

Trail #102 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 it's 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 that are made extremely tricky with high sides. There are roots and trees that are begging the snag a fender or scratch a hard top. Some care must be taken with ground guides to avoid scratches and damage.

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Route Information

Technical Rating: (3-5)
(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

This trail starts out gently descending into a valley and crosses a wooden bridge. Then about a mile further it turns uphill to the right and switchbacks up several times. The turns are tight and might require some three point turns to navigate without damage. What makes these switchbacks particularly hard is that in this section the trail and switchbacks are deep inside 6-10 foot deep ravines that are very narrow and have roots and trees sticking out begging to make their marks on your vehicle. These ravines also serve as runoff for this side of the hill. There is always water flowing creating exposed roots and rocks and digging out some of the turns causing some very hairy off-camber turns throwing your top and side mirrors into the side bank, trees, etc. If you are concerned about your vehicles appearance and you value your paint, mirrors, windows, tops, etc. you will want to give yourself extra time and bring a full time ground guide. 4 Door vehicles will definitely want a ground guide. Note: At "Waypoint 6" there is a potentially dangerous switch back that will require care when navigating. The chance of rolling your vehicle is extremely high. Please beware!!!

Waypoints

1. Trailhead

Trail #102 starts on the left side of the staging area just past the vaulted toilets. It is easily recognized by the "Steel Pylons" marking the lane. If your vehicle will not fit between these pylons then your vehicle is deemed to big to continue. This is the case with most of the trails in Evans Creek.

2. Bridge (1.9 mi)

After about 2 miles of pretty much boring forest service road you will cross this bridge taking you on the other side of this valley.

3. Creek Crossing (2.6 mi)

At this point there is a creek crossing the road that has the potential to be dangerous depending the the flow. Care should be taken if this road has been washed out with erosion.

4. Trail Intersection (2.9 mi)

At this waypoint is an intersection to the right continue right up the hill to the right into the forest. If you continue down the road it leads you to a dead-end with a small camping area near the creek.

5. Tight Squeezes (3.1 mi)

Now this trail starts to get interesting. The trail switches back and forth for the next mile from here and most of it has 3-6 foot walls begging to snag a fender, rip off a mirror or scratch your doors.

6. **DANGER** / Off-Camber Switchback (3.7 mi)

Please take notice of this obstacle!!!!…..It is off-camber up and to the right. The tendency is for a driver to want to take the switch back wide staying to the left and up hill to try and avoid the stump and steep ledge in the crook of the elbow. Taking this route has a good chance of a roll-over and has claimed many vehicles. The correct and safest way to tackle this obstacle is to back up and go straight up the steepest part in the crook of the switch-back. It can be done if it is dry and you have larger tires. If this isn't happening don't be afraid to winch up and over. If you don't have a winch or are alone please go back and don't attempt this obstacle.

7. Trail Intersection (3.9 mi)

This is another trail intersection that leads to a campsite someone has made. The trial continues to the right and up the hill.

8. Trail End (4.3 mi)

This is the end of the trail and connects with NF-7920. Take the road down the hill to the right to go back to the Campground. Note "Trail #197" entrance is straight across the road. You can also to left and continue up NF-7920 which will dead-end and Trail #199 will begin.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 46.943694, -121.972369

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 you will be in a staging area with vault toilets on the left side. The trail head is just past the toilets.

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 #102

Land Use Issues

Currently the road to the day use parking area and campground is closed due to a washout. The road was not fixed 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).

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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