Tahuya/ South Loop

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4.4/5 (9 reviews)
Belfair, Washington (Mason County)
Last Updated: 01/08/2023
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Tahuya State Forest ORV area is a 4x4 destination for both beginning offroaders and seasoned veterans. While this forest trail system does have man-made​ rock gardens, for the most part, the only hindrance to stock vehicles would be the depth of the standing water in the winter months. Of course, if you are stock, or only slightly lifted, you might want to remain a spectator at the rock gardens since 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 in the last few years, that has started to change. There is not really a good map produced that shows all of the trails in this park. The park is a confusing mixture of 4x4, motorcycle, and ATV trails. Other trails are restricted to walking and mountain biking. Tahuya South Loop takes you on a journey through what used to be an untouched forested area but is now clear-cut. Expect to hear your springs popping and undersides scrapping since this trail was designed to max out your suspension.


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4.3/5 (8)
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/24/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Be ware. This trail has been redone and is much much harder. To be more specific: You need a lift to run it without damage. I drove a stock rubicon jl and got stuck (high centered). Also rubbed 20+ times. Will come back with a more prepared rig. Enjoy!
Trail Review: Tahuya/ South Loop - Cesar
Trail Review: Tahuya/ South Loop - Cesar
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/08/2023

Just finished this trail with a bunch of other writers and really had fun. We had two new drivers and one with a Gladiator both wish they were built a bit more. This trail has some serious whoops so stock to about 2 inch lift will definitely have some "belly rubbing". All in all a great day in the rain and the joy of exploring enjoyed by all. Quick note: The Directions to the trailhead have been updated and read accurately. Shout-out to Roland for pointing out the mistake.
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Visited: 12/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Just ran part of this trail and some others at Tahuya today. With a good dusting of snow, there was lots of crunching the puddles, and had to use rear locker once on a hill climb. Wanted to make a quick comment about the directions to the trailhead that are provided here: "Drive about 2 miles and notice the swamp on your right. The entrance to the "Elfendahl Pass 4x4 Trailhead" is on your right just past the swamp. This trail is accessed from a forest service road named G-3000 in the south end of the park." Issue one: the entrance to Elfendahl Pass 4x4 Trailhead is on the *left.* On the right is the staging area. The forest road near here is G-2000, which I don't believe provides access to South Loop. G-3000, which the directions mention, does provide access, but is not found at the staging area/trailhead mentioned in the directions. Either I'm missing something and someone can educate me or these directions can be updated. Win win! :)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/05/2022

This trail has been re-written on November 30, 2022. This trail is a blast to run. Not really scenic and pretty but I could really feel like my jeep was groaning and I could hear springs popping. Come on share your jeeps best flex pose.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Definitely a lot harder and not stock friendly anymore with lots of opportunities for flexing out, although we did manage to "help" a stock jeep through it (see video starting at 4:45-12:25 if you want to skip the other parts). We had a blast doing it, though! Unfortunately, I didn't grab a new gpx track, but there are now some additional side trails as well. I believe the humps and bumps will get worn down a little with time, but it will be very cool to see the hard work of Quadrapaws pay off in the future as the forest regrows. Please remember to stay on the trail as we saw some unofficial bypasses being created.

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