The Great Outdoors: Off-Road Vehicles

Local spots to get your bike, quad or Jeep on the road — legally.

Some people like to walk along trails and take in all of their quiet, natural beauty. Others like to whip through these areas at 50 miles per hour, jumping stumps and doing wheelies the whole way. This article is for the latter, as we will be looking at trails and areas that cater to ATVs, dirt bikes, and 4×4 vehicles. So don’t forget your helmet and some clean clothes — because it’s about to get muddy.

Evans Creek ORV Park  – Wilkeson, Wash.

Evans Creek ORV Park has a little something for everyone. Their trails range from “easy” to “most difficult,” and can accommodate most types of off-road vehicles. They even have signs at the beginnings of each trail that tell you the difficulty of the trail and what type of vehicles the trail is for. Each site comes with scenic views of Mt. Rainier, a wide range of trails and camping facilities.

Driving Directions: From Enumclaw on Hwy 410, go south on Hwy 410/ SR 165, continue south through Wilkeson on SR 165 to FR 7930, then east to the site. 

Notes: Northwest Forest Pass required for use. These can be purchased for either the day ($5) or one year ($30) at any ranger station, as well as a handful of local businesses (including the Chevron in Burnett). A National Park annual pass also works at this location. 

Enumclaw Ranger Station |450 Roosevelt Ave., Enumclaw | (360) 825-6585 

 

Naches Pass Trail – Greenwater, Wash.

This trail was originally a mountain pass made by settlers of the Washington Territory in the 1850s, but was too difficult to navigate so it was seldom used. But those settlers didn’t have 4-wheel-drive. Today, this easy trail is often used by ORV enthusiasts who are looking for a nice afternoon ride. The eastern half of this trail is also open in the winter for snowmobilers too, so you can ride this trail all year round!

Driving Directions: Take Hwy 410 east to Greenwater, and continue east for about one mile. Turn left onto forest service road 70 (FS-70). At approximately nine miles in, the road makes a very hard hairpin turn to the right. You will notice this is where the pavement ends — and the gravel begins. Travel about five more miles to a Y-intersection and make a right. Then, when you reach another Y three miles later, turn left up the hill (there will be a sign to confirm this). As you trudge up the hill, you’ll see the beginning of the trail (#1175). 

Note: Northwest Forest Pass required for use on west side of trail, not on east side — and are sold at several locations in Greenwater, including the Greenwater Store and Wapiti Woolies.

Enumclaw Ranger Station | 450 Roosevelt, Enumclaw | (360) 825-6585

Straddleline ORV Park — McCleary, Wash.

Straddeline is a publicly-owned, privately-operated ORV park that caters to all types of riding. They have everything from backcountry ATV and 4×4 trails, to kids’ trails, and even a Motocross track. Straddleline also hosts many different Off-Roading events and competitions throughout the year, so keep an eye on their website for upcoming events. They have a campground with hookups too, but it fills up quickly, so call in advance to book your spot.

Driving Directions: From Olympia, take exit 104 off I-5 and travel west 16 miles toward the ocean beaches. The park will be on the left (south) side of Highway 8.

Straddleline ORV Park  |  15015 State Route 8 West, McLeary  |  (360) 495-3054

Please note: Only experienced individuals should operate ORVs — and do so using a helmet, pads and other safety equipment. Also, please remember that state and federal forests prohibit visitors from driving non-street legal vehicles on roads or hiking trails (unless otherwise indicated by a sign).