Mapping Crew - Washington
Trail Reviews: 11300 points
Questions Answered: 1000 points
Trail riding with some Overlanding
Michael Graham is retired from the U.S. Army as an Infantry First Sergeant with 23 years of service. He did a tour in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He presently owns a Process Service Company in Tacoma. He is originally from Upstate New York but after being stationed in Washington knew immediately that this part of the county felt like home. He had a Jeep CJ5 as his first 4x4 but back in the 80's there wasn't a lot of hype and add-on parts as there are today. Building your rig is half the fun, making it your own style. He has actually found it to be an addiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, in the Tacoma / Puyallup area and loves the sport of "wheeling" which allows access to so much more than a hiking trailhead. He enjoys organized rides and poker runs and the freedom and exploration this sport allows. Finding this website and authoring trail write-ups has really enhanced this sport for him. If you are new to the sport or just looking for someone to show you the trails he would love to hear from you.
My Garage (1)
Lift Size: 5"
Tire Size: 37"
I drive a 2011 Jeep JK. My lift is a conglomeration of Takeoffs and new parts. I have 5 inch Synergy Springs. Shocks are Fox 2.0 with Reservoirs. 37-inch "Cooper STT Pros", mounted on 17-inch "Procomp" rims. The front bumper is "Go Rhin BRJ40 Modular" carrying a "Warn" VR10 / 10,000 lb winch and the rear bumper and tire carrier is made by Hooke Offroad. Rock sliders made by "ARB". The front and rear Drive-shafts are hand-made by "Oliver's Driveline & Gear" (http://oliversdriveshaft.com) in Tennessee. I have an engine/transmission skid plate made by "Smittybuilt". Onboard air is provided by "ARB" CKMTA Twin Compressor. Flat Fender flares are made by Hooke Offroad for tire clearance. This jeep is on its second Transmission.
Recently replaced the Rear Differential with a DANA 44 trussed, running 35 Spline axle shafts. Regeared both Diff's to 5.13 gear ratio and added an ARB Air locker to the Rear.
My Trail Reviews (8)
(within last 6 months)
Trails at Yacolt are closed until April 30th. I'm sure there is a plan to remove all of the barrier material.
All the trails at the Yacolt Burn ORV are closed until April 30th.
South loop is now closed starting 4/22 until further notice. They are going to do some logging along this trail so hopefully we can get a re-write on this trail when we see what the loggers left us to work with.
This is the hardest trail in at Tahuya so make sure you have some skill. It's also very helpful for your vehicle to have at least a small lift and larger tires.
If you like the mud you are going to enjoy this trail. It's a rollercoaster ride through the mud holes........lots of fun.
I really enjoyed the variety of challenges this trail presented as well as the beautiful scenery. This trail was very secluded and we didn't meet but a handful of vehicles the whole time.
Really had a good time re-writing this trail with new pictures and video. The drone we used is the "Skydio 2" and was flown totally "A.I". Its a game-changer for documenting the beautiful scenery this trail has to offer.
This is the last weekend that this trail is open. Trail closes at midnight on November 15, 2002.