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May 3rd 2016, 07:48 AM   #1
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup, WA

  2003 Honda XR250R; 2015 Honda CRF250X
Tahuya Staging Area Recommendation

I'm gonna try to hit Tahuya for the new CRF250X's maiden voyage on Sat. yet I have never ridden Tahuya. I'm an advanced beginner trail rider and need advice on a good staging area.

If any like minded riders want to connect let me know.

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May 3rd 2016, 08:37 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  T-town,WA

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Don't forget your discovery pass. Elphendahl staging area is a good starting point to get lost out of.

Derick
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May 3rd 2016, 09:17 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup, WA

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Don't forget your discovery pass. Elphendahl staging area is a good starting point to get lost out of.

Derick
Got the DP! Thanks for the recommendation.

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May 3rd 2016, 09:41 AM   #4
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  Muklilteo, WA

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Elfendahl is the main staging area and has the most parking. It is also the most centrally located. Mission creek staging area is on the South end, is smaller, but is also closer.
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May 3rd 2016, 09:57 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup, WA

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Is there any area that may be less crowded? Don't know if crowds will be an issue this early anyway.

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May 3rd 2016, 10:29 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

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Tahyua is an excellent enduro riding area. When I rode there I usually parked and took off from Sand Hill. Excellent riding throughout the forest so it doesn't really matter where you start.

Lots of user groups now, horses, mountain bikes, 4wd, atv and a few hikers. Your best shot for avoiding large numbers of riders is during the week. Don't know how crowded it is this time of year now.
May 3rd 2016, 11:13 AM   #7
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  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

Tahuya Staging Area Recommendation

When I used to take quads there, I would always show up around 8 AM and park just north of the Elfendahl lot. It's a good central spot to start branching out and getting to know the trails.

Elfendahl is circled in red. The spot I preferred is circled in blue.


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May 3rd 2016, 11:34 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
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I've seen quads roost vehicles in the gravel parking lots, so I always park on the pavement at elphendahl. Carry some sort of GPS, the trails are not marked well and getting lost is easy. Finding your truck at the end of the day can be a challenge without GPS.
From Elphendahl, I'd recommend riding the 4X4 loop, Tahuya River trail and the single track around the hoof and tail trail. You'll get an idea what the trails are like, and you can zip back to your truck easily.
Expect it to be crowded this time of year. Head-on collisions are a big problem on the quad trails because of the blind corners.

If you have a Garmin GPS, heres a good basemap. It has almost all the motorized trails in Washington.
http://www.switchbacks.com/nwtrails/
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Edited by Scribbles on May 3rd 2016 at 01:21 PM
May 4th 2016, 01:19 AM   #9
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  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

Quote:
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I've seen quads roost vehicles in the gravel parking lots, so I always park on the pavement at elphendahl.

True. There is that risk. I chose my spot to minimize risk and didn't have a problem. Preferred that area too because nobody was immediately beside me and I could unload them without being blocked...
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May 4th 2016, 08:17 AM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

I usually ride Tahuya during the weekday and seldom have any issues. I have ridden on the weekends and it is dusty and crowded. Some haul a$$ on the single track which has been an issue. The trails are great with a good mix of types.
That said, my worst crash in years happened on a weekday and I saw not--one--person while unraveling myself from the bike and waiting for the pain to settle after the shock effect and pushing back to my rig. Not one. Made me think about what would have happened if it was a worse crash. You are a long way from help.
I usually park at Sandhill.
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May 8th 2016, 06:58 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup, WA

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Rode Tahuya yesterday (Saturday) and had a blast. Surprisingly it wasn't crowded at all and I only saw 3 riders who were together all day. Nice guys from Seattle whom I talked with at a rest point.

I decided to put in at Mission Creek and stuck to the trail most of the time when I wasn't lost. LOVED the CRF250X vs my XR250R. Night and day in handling and my confidence and riding was much improved.

After about 4 hours I was toast and called it a day but a great day it was. Will be back again next week.
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May 9th 2016, 10:49 AM   #12
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nice.. we were out ripping around on sunday... it was a ghost town. Thanks moms day!
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