Evans Creek / Trail #311-A

Wilkeson, Washington (Pierce County)

Last Updated: 06/02/2021
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Typically Open: 05/15 - 11/15
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 0.75 miles
Highest Elevation: 3800 feet
Duration: About 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Wilkeson
Nearest Town w/ Services: Wilkeson
Official Road Name: 311-A
Management Agency: Mt. Baker / Snoqualmie National Forest
District: Snoqualmie Ranger District


Highlight: Evans Creek / Trail #311-A
Located in the Mt. Baker / Snoqualmie National Forest at the Evans Creek ORV, Trail 311-A is a connector trail that is used as a short-cut to Trails #311 (Upper) and Trail #311 (Lower). While there isn't much for views or obstacles it does climb up through some old-growth forest with views of the service road below. It ends at Trail 311 (Lower)'s endpoint with a beautiful view of Mt. Rainer in clear weather.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail starts at the back of the campground and is easily located by looking for the qualifier pylons. If your vehicle does not fit between these pylons then your vehicle is too big and not allowed on the trail. Note: The "Do Not Enter" signs to the left and right of the campground entrance road are only for that road, please follow the proper road for campground exit. The trailhead is to the left of these signs.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Wilkeson, Washington

Start your vehicle 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. Take NF7920 to the Evans Creek campground. This trail starts at the back of the campground.



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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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