|Typically Open:||07/15 - 11/15|
|Permit Information:||Permit Required - Click Here|
|Highest Elevation:||4800 feet|
|Duration:||About 45 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Out & Back|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Greenwater|
|Official Road Name:||7010|
|Management Agency:||Mt. Baker / Snoqualmie National Forest|
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 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 rig 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 camping areas all along these roads that are free to use though expect no facilities.
Dirt road. Dry, or less than 3" water crossing depth. Some ruts. Slight grades, up to 10 degrees. 2WD under most conditions. Rain or snow may make 4WD necessary. Usually one and a half to two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
|Spring:||Road is very muddy and may not be maintained after being closed for winter.|
|Summer:||Road is usually dry and dusty|
|Fall:||Road could be snowpacked and closed by late fall|
|Winter:||Road is impassible due to snow|
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.
Stay on the road, there is a small trail to the left that goes up into the trees about a 1/4 mile to a nice private camping spot.
At this intersection the road becomes NF Road 7012 if you continue straight. Take the hard left turn to stay on NF Road 7010.
There are so many beautiful views on this road, this is the first one.
Another spectacular view of Mount Rainier and the surrounding valleys.
This trail intersection on the left is not on the map and is yet unexplored. Feel free to see where it goes.
This trail intersection looked pretty overgrown and again has not been explored. Go ahead and get some forest pin striping.
As you climb higher the views just get better.
At this waypoint you can see the "Divide Trail #1172" connecting and following the road for about 1/2 a mile. This trail is described as single track walking & hiking trail and rated moderately difficult. The total trail length is about 7 miles and visits several hidden lakes only accessible by this trail. This would make a wonderful diversion to explore if you have the time.
This is the end of the road. The boulders blocking the road are rather large and there is a steep drop off on the left. Please do not try and bypass these obstacles as the road only continues about another 500 yards further ending at a slide area where the road is totally impassible.
Starting Point: Greenwater, Washington