Evans Creek / Trail #311(Lower)

Wilkeson, Washington (Pierce County)

Last Updated: 06/05/2021
5 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Typically Open: 05/15 - 11/15
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 1.27 miles
Highest Elevation: 4000 feet
Duration: About 40 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Wilkeson
Nearest Town w/ Services: Wilkeson
Official Road Name: 311
Management Agency: Mt. Baker / Snoqualmie National Forest
District: Snoqualmie Ranger District


Highlight: Evans Creek / Trail #311(Lower)
Trail # 311(Lower) is located in the Mt. Baker / Snoqualmie National Forest within the "Evans Creek ORV" area and 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". There are some really nice photo opportunities of Mt. Rainier if you happen to have a bright sunny day. The trail follows along and above the access road that leads to the campground. You can expect some mud holes and some nail-biting hill climbs. There are some tight turns that may cause some vehicle damage if not navigated well.


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1. Start Point (0 mi)
The entrance to this trail is at the bottom parking area as you enter the park off of "Mowich Lake Rd / Hwy 165". The entrance is guarded by two use rocks spaced 92 inches apart. If you can't fit your vehicle through these rocks then your vehicle is too big to used on these trails.

Directions to Trailhead

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" on the left. The trailhead is straight ahead just to the right of the road that takes you to the campground area.



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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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