NF-56 Connector

Packwood, Washington ( County)

Last Updated: 03/24/2020
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Highlight: NF-56 Connector
NF-56 is a short portion of a 10-mile trail, on the eastern border of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The trail starts at the end of NF-2329, and after a short drive, takes you back to pavement. After another short period, you’ll be back on gravel for the last trail before arriving in Packwood, Washington. This trail is part of the Washington Cascade Overland Route. Visit Overlanding Across Washington for more information, including which trails to take next.


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Trailhead of NF-56.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Packwood, Washington

Head west on Main St E toward US-12 E for 112 feet. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto US-12 W for 2.7 miles. Continue on NF-21. Drive to Forest Rd 56 for 19 miles. Turn left onto NF-21 for 1.1 miles. Turn right to stay on NF-21 for 6.3 miles. Slight right to stay on NF-21 for 8.6 miles. Turn left toward NF-2160 for 138 feet. Turn left onto NF-2160 for 1.8 miles. Turn right onto Forest Rd 56 for 1.1 miles.



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Jasmine & Jon Hughes

Mapping Crew - Washington

Centered in the pinnacle of the Pacific NW and growing up cruising around the small town of Quilcene, Jasmine grew with a fascination and passion for outdoors and travel, many of those adventures fueled by the family's 1998 Jeep Cherokee. Years later, photography grew as a way to capture and share the adventures being had. After a road trip from Seattle to San Diego in a 1996 Jetta, a 4WD truck would be the next step in going further in photographing the wild places of the West. In December of 2016, a manual 1989 Toyota Pickup was purchased and those dreams would continue to flourish. Jon grew up in a small Wisconsin town. In 2004, his parents decided to purchase a new Jeep LJ. They picked the LJ because of the additional room, as it would be used for a road trip to Florida. After joining the navy, the family Jeep followed Jon down to Georgia and became his own. It took him to Virginia, and then Washington. It wasn't until Washington that things started to happen for Jon and his Jeep. Jasmine, now his wife, got him more interested in hiking, and ultimately overlanding. Over time, Jon and Jasmine realized that they wanted to use the Jeep to tackle harder trails, and spend weekends in ORV parks. It was through this decision that the mostly stock Jeep received a refreshing upgrade after 15 years of driving. Jon usually drives the Jeep when the trail is in question, and to allow Jasmine to document the trails. Currently, Jon has been in 26 states with the Jeep, via family trips and his time in the navy. Jon hopes to travel to every state with his Jeep, including Alaska and Hawaii.
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