Tahuya - West Loop

Belfair, Washington (Mason County)

Last Updated: 05/02/2021
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 2.22 miles
Highest Elevation: 459 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Belfair
Nearest Town w/ Services: Belfair
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: Tahuya State Forest
District: South Puget Sound Regional Office

Highlights

Highlight: Tahuya - West Loop
West Loop in Tahuya will put your maneuvering skills to the test like nothing else in the park, especially if you are driving a long-wheelbase vehicle. The off-camber sections will test your mind. The mounds and holes will test your entire rig. Expect to spend a lot of time on two or three wheels if you don't have a good flex in your suspensions. To reduce your risk of damage, always go with someone else, and make sure you have a good spotter through the tougher parts. Overall this trail is worth the effort and adds a ton of extra variety to the Tahuya ORV, adding a more serious challenge. Great props go to the volunteers putting in the hours to make this a great experience for everyone. This is the newest edition to the Tahuya ORV sponsored by the Washington Department of Natural Resources and the "Quadra-Paws" Jeep club. DNR and Quadra-Paws have upped the ante for Tahuya. Tired of the nickname "Two-wheel-Tahuya", they decided to really turn up the difficulty up a notch.

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Waypoints

1. Trail Start (0 mi)
The start of West Loop is only about 100 yards down the start of Tahuya-South Loop on the right, and is well marked.

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. Take a left at Efendahl Pass trailhead. On the right is a parking area where you can air-down and get ready for a day on the trails. To get to the trailhead, follow the South Loop trail, You will find the trailhead just a couple hundred yards down this trail on the right.

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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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