Evans Creek / Trail #197

Carbonado, Washington (Pierce County)

Last Updated: 04/14/2022
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 06/01 - 11/15
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 0.66 miles
Highest Elevation: 4000 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Carbonado
Nearest Town w/ Services: Wilkeson
Official Road Name: 7920
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest


Highlight: Evans Creek / Trail #197
Trail #197 within the Evans Creek ORV area is the most difficult trail within the system. This trail is strewn with steep muddy climbs and narrow turns with extremely off-camber holes, and most of the trail is dug-in with high sides. There are roots and trees that are begging to snag a fender or scratch a hardtop. Trail building, lockers, winches, and great lines may make your day go a little smoother, but without those things, this trail is nearly impassable even under the best of conditions.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The entrance is on the hairpin turn to the right off the 198 trail. Stay to the left at the hairpin and you will find the 197 marker leading you over a small rise and then a long downhill portion.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Staging Area

Follow the 7920 road east 1.5 miles to the intersection of the day use parking area and the 7930 road. Make the left through the day use parking area and continue through the "sizing chart" metal poles marking the width restriction for the trails. Follow the 7920 road west from the parking area another 1.3 miles to the gravel hills area and entrance to the 198 trail. Once on the 198 trail the entrance to the 197 trail will be a marked left hand turn on a switch-back at .5 miles in on the 198 trail.



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Luke Myers

Mapping Crew - Washington

Luke is originally from rural Minnesota, after high school he joined the Army and traveled the world over his 20 year career. His final stop, and where he ended his military career was Washington state. He retired from the Army in 2011 and has been working as a Military Software systems consultant since that day. He has been into the off-road scene since he was 7 years old, when his dad bought him a 3-wheeler and he built his first race-track in the pasture. Since those days he has had motorcycles, quads, go-karts, mini-bikes, trucks, 4 different kinds of Jeeps and an AMC Eagle (station wagon). His current "toy" is a 2008 Jeep Wrangler; Luke and his family enjoy exploring the world through the windshield view of that Jeep. Luke loves taking new people out on trails and takes pride in getting a newbie through a trail that is definitely more than they ever thought they could handle. His favorite type of trail is one that takes all day to go 5 miles and never stops challenging the driver.
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