Tahuya / South Loop Hill

Belfair, Washington (Mason County)

Last Updated: 07/30/2019
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 0.15 miles
Highest Elevation: 400 feet
Duration: About 5 minutes
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Belfair
Nearest Town w/ Services: Belfair
Official Road Name: N/A
Management Agency: Tahuya State Forest
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Highlights

Highlight: Tahuya / South Loop Hill
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 has been nick-named "2-wheel Tahuya" as most of the trails are fairly easy, but that makes it a perfect place to gain some skills for beginners. 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. This small little trail is only 0.1 miles long but it does have some tricky turns on it.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead - Start (0 mi)
The start of this trail is a very steep and tricky hillclimb to meet up with an entrance to West Loop trail.

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. Access Road G3000 is on your left and has a gate. At the time of this mapping (May 1, 2016) this gate was open and allowed easy access to the southern trails in the park. If it is locked you will proceed about 1/2 mile further to another major entrance to the park. The entrance to the "Elfendahl Pass" Campground is on your right. This is a good place to air down and get ready for a day of fun. The trailhead is across Elfendahl Pass Rd from this campground

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Writer Information

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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