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Tahuya State Forest Trail System

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Other Names

Mission Creek, Stoffer Trail, Northwest Trail, Jones Road, Goat Ranch Pond, Long Marsh, Elfendahl Pass Road, Little Tahuya Creek, Camp Spillman, Kamenga Canyon, Tahuya River Horse Camp, Kamenga Bridge, Suckell Pond, Twin Lakes, Collins Lake, Erdman Lake, Haven Lake, Wooten Lake, Sand Hill Pit, Scarification Pond, Dewatto River, South Puget Sound Region, Tahuya State 4x4 Park, Mission Creek ATV Trails

Last Known StatusOpen

Open year-round, this state forest offers about 170 miles of multiple-use deep woods trails and a large gravel/play pit. The trails can get dusty during summer months but offer great riding during the rainy season. Riders should note that most of the trails are limited to machines that are 48" or less in width but larger vehicles are permitted on the 4x4 trail. (This area is a HUGE and a Rino or Chatterbox is recommended.)

The forest has two designated staging areas (Mission Creek and Elfendahl Pass) and several primitive campgrounds with access to beginner friendly trails. Reservations are no longer required at Tahuya River Horse Camp but there are designated non-motorized only weekends so call first before heading out.

Visitors should note that if you have a street legal dual sport motorcycle or 4x4 you need to pick up a Discover Pass prior to entry.

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Permit RequiredYesWA ORV Tab and Washington Discover Pass**
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (105 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (48 inches)has entrance gate and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areas(maximum width 48 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome Areas(maximum width 48 inches)
permitted on 4x4 trail
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on 4x4 trail
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas(maximum width 48 inches)
permitted on 4x4 trail
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
camping is not permitted in the day use areas
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingNoriding permitted during daylight hours
Trail BlazingSome Areaspermitted in sand pit play area
Rule Enforcement
Comment**A Discover Pass is not required on any vehicle with a current ORV permit/tab but is required for the street-legal vehicle that is used to transport the ORV. If using a trailer an additional pass is not required.


Approx Size23,000 acres (36 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail170
Climate TypeForest
Elevation250 to 500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Somedusty during summer months
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has few sand or gravel pits.Fewthick gravel at Sand Hill Pit
Single TrackThis state forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis state forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe state forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis state forest has almost all shaded areas.All
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Littlecampgrounds are close to beginner friendly trails
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


AreaMotorized Trails, Gravel Pit
LandState Forest


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (NE)Belfair Grocery (360) 275-2754
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (NE)Belfair Grocery (360) 275-2754
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SE)Belfair State Park (888) 226-7688
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SE)Belfair State Park (888) 226-7688
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SE)Belfair State Park (888) 226-7688
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NE)Safeway (360) 275-0922


CommentDiscover Pass - $35/annual, daily - $11.50


Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityBelfair, WA
AddressElfendahl Pass Road, Belfair, WA 98528
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Olympia, WA
For Mission Creek Staging Area:
1) Take US-101 North 17 miles to Exit for SR-3
2) Turn right (north) on SR-3, continue 2.6 miles
3) Turn right (east) on Railroad Avenue, continue 1 block
4) Turn left (north) on Front Street, continue .2 miles
5) Turn right (east) on Pine Street/SR-3, continue 23.4 miles
6) Turn left (north) on Old Belfair Hwy., continue .2 miles
7) Turn left (west) on SR-300, continue 3.1 miles
8) Turn right (north) on Belfair Tahuya Road, continue 1.1 miles
9) Staging area is on the right (north).

For Elfendahl Pass Staging Area:
10) Continue west on Belfair Tahuya Road .7 miles
11) Turn right (north) onto Elfendahl Pass Road, continue 2.4 miles
12) Staging area is on the right (east).


Contact InfoWashington DNR - South Puget Sound Region Office
950 Farman Avenue N
Enumclaw, WA 98022
(360) 825-1631
CommentPress #5 and #1 for trail updates.
Contact InfoWashington State Department of Licensing
(360) 902-3770
CommentWA ORV Tab Info
Contact InfoWashington Discover Pass
(866) 320-9933


Tahuya State Forest Trail Photo

Tahuya State Forest Trail System

With 170 miles of trails, expect to encounter all types of terrain.

Tahuya State Forest Trail Photo

Small group of ATV riders at gravel pit.

The gravel pit is a popular play area for ATVs.

Tahuya State Forest Trail Photo

Box trailer with white pickup truck and four dirt bikes at staging area.

Photo Submitted 10/16/2013 (Thanks!)

Tahuya State Forest Trail Photo

Two men with three Honda dirt bikes and other trucks parked in staging area.

Photo Submitted 10/16/2013 (Thanks!)

Tahuya State Forest Trail Photo

Gravel play area.

The gravel pit used to be a staging area but the entrance off Sand Hill Road has been gated and closed. The pit is still open for riding and can be reached via existing trails.

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