Elbe Hills OHV - Mainline Trail

Elbe, Washington (Pierce County)

Last Updated: 03/11/2019
5 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 1.73 miles
Highest Elevation: 2450 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Elbe
Nearest Town w/ Services: Elbe
Official Road Name: SF 1142
Management Agency: Washington State Department of Natural Resources
District: Elbe Hills ORV -WDFW


Highlight: Elbe Hills OHV - Mainline Trail
There are two ways onto the Mainline, one is where Sunrise dumps out and the other is from the main road. The trail has a few loop-de-loos and a bit of an area to play at the beginning, leading into a tight trail that will possibly cause some body scraping if you aren't careful. Trees are tight through here and a short wheel base vehicle will have an easier time on this trail; old Broncos and 4 door Jeeps may need to make multi-point turns in some areas. When in season the Mud Bog is sure to mire the best built of rigs; it is a throttle wide open, mud filled playground! Go ahead and think that your lockers and MTs will get you through, but don't count on it, the mud is bottomless and this is one area that never seems to dry up. The best part of the Mainline Trail is the Hill Climb, a 60 degree slope that can turn treacherous with just a few drops of rain. Once you are clear of the trees, the trail turns into basically a logging road which connects you to the other trails in the system.


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1. Mainline Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail starts at the end of Sunrise trail, but can easily be accessed from the 9 road; it will be the first intersection to the right upon leaving the trail-head area. There are several rock piles on the right side of the trail, stay to the left to avoid them. As you come to where the trees close in, stay to the left side of the tree, for an extreme ride, use the right-side avenue of entry.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Elbe, WA

Start at Elbe. Go east on SR-706 for 6 miles. Turn left on 278 Street East, also known as 92 Access Road/SF 1142/Stoner Road. Continue 3.7 miles and then bear left at information signs into trailhead and campground area.



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Luke Myers

Mapping Crew - Washington

Luke is originally from rural Minnesota, after high school he joined the Army and traveled the world over his 20 year career. His final stop, and where he ended his military career was Washington state. He retired from the Army in 2011 and has been working as a Military Software systems consultant since that day. He has been into the off-road scene since he was 7 years old, when his dad bought him a 3-wheeler and he built his first race-track in the pasture. Since those days he has had motorcycles, quads, go-karts, mini-bikes, trucks, 4 different kinds of Jeeps and an AMC Eagle (station wagon). His current "toy" is a 2008 Jeep Wrangler; Luke and his family enjoy exploring the world through the windshield view of that Jeep. Luke loves taking new people out on trails and takes pride in getting a newbie through a trail that is definitely more than they ever thought they could handle. His favorite type of trail is one that takes all day to go 5 miles and never stops challenging the driver.
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