Elbe Hills OHV - Swamp Trail

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5/5 (4 reviews)
Elbe, Washington (Pierce County)
Last Updated: 03/11/2019
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Aptly named, Swamp Trail is just that, a swamp! The mud pits seem to have no bottom and depending on the time of the year, the water can be up to a stock Jeep's headlights. Even so, if you have a stock vehicle don't let the name scare you, there is a bypass that can be used and allows for access of any high clearance vehicle to watch the better built rigs play in the muck. The best route to go on this off-road trail is east, which will drop you off in the middle of Gotcha Trail. This 4wd trail can also be used as an exit or shortcut out of Gotcha, Swamp Trail connects very close to the Log Jam, and will give you slightly faster access to some serious rock crawling action in that section of Gotcha.

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5/5 (4)
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Visited: 09/01/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This trail needs some attention. The first 25% of the trail was recently trenched out. There is 5'x5' holes about 4' deep every 6 or 8 feet staggered up the hill now. Fun but definitely more difficult.
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Visited: 07/31/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Trail is certainly very easy when it's dry, I had no issues at all. However, I have run this in the winter time when the water and mud is the deepest, so that certainly impacts the trail conditions. Ran this after hitting the play area at the end of the 9 Road, so kinda ran it backwards. No issues for my JKU on 37's.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/19/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

The trail lives up to its name. At first, it seemed like a cake walk but when you get to the actual swamp part, there's so many lines and obstacles that it can get very confusing. Of course it's quite wet this time of year. There were deep holes with muddy climbs, but staying somewhat in the middle is your best option for a mildly built rig. Lots of off camber lines. Definitely would not be stock friendly right now.

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