Elbe Hills OHV - Swamp 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: 0.67 miles
Highest Elevation: 2450 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Elbe
Nearest Town w/ Services: Elbe
Official Road Name: 9 Road
Management Agency: Washington State Department of Natural Resources
District: Elbe Hills ORV - WDFW


Highlight: Elbe Hills OHV - Swamp Trail
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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1. Trail Entrance (0 mi)
The entrance to the trail is marked with a sign on the east side of the 9 road just shy of 3 miles from the main parking lot/campground area.

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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