Midnight Creek

Greenwater, Washington (Pierce County)

Last Updated: 01/14/2019
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Highlight: Midnight Creek
In and around the town of Greenwater all the way up to the entrance of "Mt. Rainier National Park" and the Crystal Mountain Ski area have a network of inter-connecting Forest Service roads that can make for a day of fun and adventure. While most of these roads are not true "Jeep Trails", they do present some spectacular scenery with their stunning views of Mt. Rainier and surrounding mountain valleys. These roads are also a great way for a novice to get to know their vehicle if they are new to the sport or a way to just explore and see what lays around the next corner. The spring flowers are really nice and most bloom well into mid-summer. There are dispersed camping spots all along these roads that are free to use though you can expect no facilities.


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1. Trailhead - Start (0 mi)
This is the start of the Road at an intersection of NF-70 and NF-7010. It is plainly marked with signage and a large gate over a bridge. If the gate is closed then you're probably here between October and June, those are the seasonal closure months.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Greenwater, Washington

From the town of Greenwater start your vehicles trip meter at the Greenwater general store and continue southeast on highway 410 towards Mount Rainier National Park. At 1.7 miles turn left onto Forest Road 70 (NF-70). At 3.2 miles you will see the Road Intersection and the start of NF-7010. The road is well marked and identifiable with a large bridge at the start.



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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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