Evans Creek / Trail #311(Lower)

5/5 (7 reviews)
Wilkeson, Washington (Pierce County)
Last Updated: 06/14/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

5/5 (7 reviews)
Josh
200
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/29/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This was a fun trail but harder than the 2-5 rating suggested. I ran it with a friend in his ZR2 with a 2" lift, rock sliders and front/rear lockers. We did not struggle ever but I would rate this trail at least 3-5 and in the moderate category. That being said I can see why, technically, the authors may have rated it a mandatory 2 seeing as it did not have huge rocks (bigger than 9" or drops more than 12"). However, the tight turns, and especially rocky hill climb at waypoint 3 made this a mandatory 3 for me. I imagine that this would be especially true when it's muddy out there (we had a very nice, dry day). There were easy and hard lines on the waypoint 3 hill climb (or drop if you're coming from the other side) but even the easiest line might have some slipping (especially without lockers) and very tight navigation. We used both lockers going up and didn't really slip. While we were there a Wrangler turned around and did not attempt the hill climb. Overall a great trail with a very nice viewpoint at waypoint 4!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/11/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

We ran this trail in the wet with my 06 Tacoma and a 2021 4Runner. It's a fun trail and the comments about potential body damage are relevant, particularly if the wheels do not stick out past the body. There are several places where the camber in the road pushes the vehicle close to tree roots. The ruts are such that I had to pull the 4Runner on 31" as it was turtled ~ 4 times. The Tacoma on 33" did not bottom. Both vehicles did great at waypoint 3 taking the right line until the top where we came out straight vs turning to the right around the stump where several built wranglers came very close to hitting their tops and one crunched a mirror. I rated this harder than listed, of course this is vehicle and conditions dependent. The wet helped when the 4Runner bottomed out as it was much easier to pull it over those spots but it hurt it being able to keep out of the ruts and way from the banks and roots. It was a fun trail, and for a Wrangler or Bronco with 33"+ and lockers it would be easy.
Trail Review: Evans Creek / Trail #311(Lower) - Paul Robertson
Michael Graham
Official Crew
23100
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/05/2021

Made the first visit to Evans Creek to check out the conditions. This trail is open with no snow but there is still quite a lot in the upper elevations. It is quite muddy so be prepared for that.
Michael Graham
Official Crew
23100
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/19/2020

Ran a few trails in the park today. This trail is totally free of snow. Saw a baby elk which was the hightlight of the day.
Michael Graham
Official Crew
23100
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/17/2019

Most of Evens creek is open, you might find some standing snow in the shaded areas of the trails up in the top of the park. I'm attaching a map of "Evans Creek" that you might find helpful in getting around and keeping oriented.
Trail Review: Evans Creek / Trail #311(Lower) - Michael Graham

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