Tahuya 4x4 Loop Trail
Tahuya State Forest 4x4 loop trail
Distance: 6.7 miles
Approx Running time: 1.5 to 2 hours
Pass Needed: Washington St. Discover Pass
Located to the southwest of Belfair, the Tahuya State Forest is a playground for motorcycles, ATVs, horseback riders and 4x4s. Many refer to the area incorrectly as an ORV park which it is not. It is also not a state park but is in fact designated as a state forest. The area is cris crossed with miles of ATV and motorcycle trails however there is only one 4x4 trail. Accessed off of Elfendahl Pass road the trail makes a loop that is just under 7 miles long.
Although there are a few areas that will twist the suspension a bit, this trail is easily done with a stock Jeep. The local Jeep club has brought in (with permission) some very large rock and formed two "Rock Gardens" for the better equipped rigs that offer a bit of a challenge. There is one short spur on the west side that leads to an open area with several large water or mud holes depending on the time of year that provide the opportunity to get your rig muddy if you are so inclined. The trail is well suited to full size vehicles although I wouldn't take a long bed truck due to some tight turns. The rock gardens as well as most of the tough spots on the trail can all be bypassed.
At times route finding can be a bit confusing because of the intersecting ATV trails in the area. However, the 4x4 trail is marked with yellow diamonds tacked to the trees and arrows to point the correct path at many intersections.
Our recommendations are: If you are new to wheelin' and not sure about where to go for the first time, then Tahuya is a great place to cut your teeth and get familiar with your rig. This trail should be a must for all first timers. If you are an old pro to the off-road scene and have a well equipped rig then you will find little here outside of the rock gardens to challenge you, and use of the 4-wheel drive lever is for most of the trail optional, your day might be better spent going to Evans Creek, Elbe or Walker Valley (depending on where you live).
From Belfair drive south on Northshore Rd. following the signs for Belfair State park. 3.4 miles from Belfair and just under a mile past the state park entrance turn right onto Belfair-Tahuya road. Follow Belfair-Tahuya road 1.75 miles to the intersection with Elfendahl Pass Road. Turn Right and continue on Elfendahl Pass road for another 2.3 miles to the trailhead. The road to the right is the staging area, the trailhead is on the left side of the road. When starting the trail stay to the right and follow the trail in a counter clockwise direction.
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