Tahuya / 84-S

Belfair, Washington (Mason County)

Last Updated: 05/10/2019
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Highlight: Tahuya / 84-S
"Trail 84S" is a fairly technical trail that will test your skills at maneuvering over stumps, roots and shelved rock ledges. There are some pretty significant hill climbs and the tight turns around the trees can grab a fender if you aren't careful. Tahuya State Forest ORV area is a 4x4 destination for both beginners up to seasoned veterans of the trails. While this forest trail system does have some man-made rock gardens, for the most part, the only hindrance to stock vehicles would be the depth of some of the standing water in the winter months. Of course, if you are stock or only slightly lifted you might want to stay a spectator at the "Rock Gardens" as they were put in for more modified rigs. Tahuya was in the past nick-named "2-wheel Tahuya" as most of the trails were fairly easy, but that has all changed. While there are still some pretty easy trails for beginner drivers, the local Jeep club has made some significant improvements with the addition of "Rock Gardens" and a trail called "4x4 Loop" that looks to have some pretty substantial obstacles for advanced drivers and rigs.​ There is not really a good map produced that shows all of the trails in this park. What makes it very confusing is that some are 4x4, some are for motorcycles and ATV's and some are just for walking and mountain biking.


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84S starts on Waypoint 9 of Trail 84N. This trail travels down into the lower part of the park.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Belfair, Washington

Take "State Hwy 3" towards Belfair. Turn right onto "NE Clifton Rd". Continue straight and the road becomes "NE North Shore Rd / WA 300". Drive about 3.5 miles and turn right onto "NE Belfair Tahuya Rd". Continue about 1.5 miles and turn right on "NE Elfendahl Pass Rd". Drive about 2 miles and notice the swamp on your right. About 1/2 mile further is the entrance to the "Elfendahl Pass Campground on your right. This is a good place to air down and get ready for a day of fun. There is an access point across Elfendahl Pass Rd from this campground. The Trailhead is at Waypoint 9 on Trail 84N.



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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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