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By: Dave Helgeson

Places to Ride: Evans Creek, Washington

ATVs in Camp

Family taking a break.
Family taking a break.

Riding Through the Trees.
Riding Through the Trees.

One can find slick rocks on some trails.
One can find slick rocks on some trails.

For those that like to take it easy or have their kids along, there are easy trails to ride.
For those that like to take it easy or have their kids along, there are easy trails to ride.

The only location in Washington State’s Snoqualmie National Forest where you can ride ATVs is at Evans Creek near Mt. Rainier National Park. At Evans Creek you can ride on abandoned logging roads and trails designed for 4X4 use. You will also enjoy some great views of Mt. Rainier along your ride. The abandoned logging roads are suitable for beginning riders and families. Some of the more aggressive trails should only be attempted by experienced riders. All-wheel drive ATVs on the difficult trails are recommended in the muddy season. At the present time there are no ATV-only designated trails. On sunny days make sure and ride trail number 311. There is an awesome view of Mt. Rainier on clear days. The view alone is worth the trip to Evans Creek.

The area is open year-round. At an altitude of 3,000 ft. and up, expect snow from about November through April. Four-wheel drive vehicles come to play in the snow and will keep it knocked down for ATV users on the more popular routes.

For a map of the area click on: ... maps1.html

A NW Forest Pass is required to park inside Evans Creek and can be purchased at any US Forest Service office in the northwest and also at the Burnett Chevron gas station on the road to the ORV area. Passes are $5/day or $30 annual.

There is a campground located at Evans Creek. It has vault toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, well water via a hand pump, and a covered picnic shelter with fireplace. There is no additional fee to camp. The campground is sometimes closed in the off- season. Contact the ranger prior to your visit if you plan to camp.

Getting There:
Take Hwy 410 to Buckley, then head south on Hwy. 165 through the small towns of Burnett, Wilkeson, and Carbonado. A mile or so after crossing a one-lane bridge you will come to a split in the road and encounter your first sign for Evans Creek ORV Park. Take the road to the right. After traveling 6.9 miles from the split, you will see a small sign board on your left. This sign indicates the first access to the ORV Park, but keep going, better access is ahead. At 7.6 miles turn left into the park. Many day-users stage their vehicles here. However, there are only two legal ways to depart this staging area on ATVs. For better riding opportunities enter the park and continue up the road 2.5 miles, and you will find the entrance to the campground. From this point east you can legally ride your ATV on the forest service roads, which will give you more trail and loop options to ride. If you are riding with your family, just stay on the roads and enjoy the scenery.

The Chevron in Burnett has a convenience store, compressed air, and fuel. There is ample parking available if you are towing. Limited services are also available in Wilkeson. The nearest full service town is Buckley.

Rules & Regulations:

  • All ATVs must be titled and registered, with owners receiving an ORV tag to place on their ATV.
  • ATVs shall not be operated between dusk and dawn without a lighted taillight and headlight.
  • No one under age 13 may operate an ATV on or across a highway or road except on a road designated for off-highway vehicle use under direct supervision of a person at least 18 who has a driver's license.

Additional information:

Snoqualmie Ranger District
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Enumclaw Office/ 450 Roosevelt Ave. E.
Enumclaw, WA 98022
(360) 825-6585

Be safe, enjoy, and I hope to see you on the trails.

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