Elbe Hills OHV - Rainier Vista Trail

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5/5 (3 reviews)
Elbe, Washington (Pierce County)
Last Updated: 03/11/2019

Trail Information


The Rainier Vista trail crests at the highest elevation within Elbe Hills, but to get there its a rocky uphill climb with massive boulders and loose rocks all throughout the trail. The DNR recommends 36" off road tires, dual lockers, body armor and a winch. Regardless of these recommendations, it should not scare you off this trail; a moderately modified rig with lockers can navigate this trail, but keep in mind, there are no bypasses for any obstacles except the lower rock garden. An off-shoot of the main trail, the upper rock gardens are designed for buggies and extremely well built trucks, this trail also leads to the infamous "Pit" a large playground for any skill level. The Rainier Vista trail is for anyone looking to test their mettle (pun intended) and take in one of the most majestic views of Mount Rainier you have ever seen.

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5/5 (3)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Ran this right after running Gotcha Trail. Gatekeeps did test my sliders even on a JKU with 37's. t has been a dry summer, so not much of a challenge on the hill climb either. Most Difficult rating is certainly when it is wet but I was able to head up the trail without any issues. I did not hit any of the optional obstacles though.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/19/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Such a fun trail! We definitely tested out the sliders on this one. If you felt like the gate keeper was too much of a challenge, do not continue. The hill climb was fun. It fought me every inch of the way. Thankfully, with the help of a good spotter, we made it up. It was quite the rush. It definitely would be easier in dry conditions.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/20/2020

Rainier Vista was great. A rocky hill climb and then into a wet forest and descent, and more rocks. Not a long trail, but action packed.

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