Elbe Hills OHV - Rainier Vista Trail

Elbe, Washington (Pierce County)

Last Updated: 03/11/2019
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Highlight: Elbe Hills OHV - Rainier Vista Trail
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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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail head can be accessed from either the end of the Gotcha trail or from the SF 1142 road at about 3.25 miles from the campground/staging area off a short road to the right with trail signs in about 200 meters. There is a small rock garden at the trail head and an area that is marked no trespassing, the DNR is trying to re-grow that area, please tread lightly and heed those warnings. Take the trail to the left of the sign, the right side is the exit/entrance to Gotcha. Once inside the trail, you will come to the first optional obstacle.

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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