Elbe Hills OHV - Alder Loop Trail Upper

Elbe, Washington (Pierce County)

Last Updated: 03/11/2019
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 0.38 miles
Highest Elevation: 2450 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Loop
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 - Alder Loop Trail Upper
Quite possibly the most diverse set of trails in the Elbe Hills system, Alder Loop has 3 parts: Inner, lower, and upper. If you want to take your girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse/kid out here and let him/her learn how to wheel, put them on Inner Alder, this is a very forgiving trail segment and has something of everything on it. For the hardcore wheeler, the upper area is just off the Mainline Trail "hill-climb" after you come off the climb bear to the left and follow the off-road trail to the right at the fork once inside the trees. There is a nice rutted out off-camber hole with the choice of 4 routes, one can be done by a stock rig, one can be done with lockers, one can be done with a winch, and the best one, well, it can't! Definitely a do not miss trail in Elbe Hills!


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1. Upper Alder Entrance ( mi)
From the top of the Hill Climb on Mainline keep going straight, the trail breaks to the left slightly and then becomes very obviously marked.

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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