Explore DNR-managed lands from backcountry huts

High Hut at Mount TahomaWhen winter wonderland seems too far away, escape to the Mount Tahoma Trails Assocation backcountry hunts in DNR’s Tahoma State Forest. Three hunts and one yurt provide unparalleled views of the Cascade Range and Mount Rainier. This time of year, enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the 50-mile Tahoma State Forest trail system, which includes 20 miles of groomed trail. The trails transition to mountain biking and hiking in the summer.

Reserve your stay
The huts and yurt are open to the public throughout the day, though overnight stays require a reservation. Winter weekends are mostly booked up this year with most weekdays still available. To make a reservation, visit the Mount Tahoma Trails Association website.

New ways to explore
Still looking for last minute stocking stuffers? Consider giving the gift of the great outdoors with our newly released Elbe Hills and Tahoma State Forest Map. The Elbe Hills and Tahoma state forests offer recreation opportunities for camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, off-road-vehicle riding as well as winter activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. This map shows the MTTA huts, as well as Elbe Hills ORV and Sahara Creek campgrounds, Nicholson Horse trail system, and picnic sites in the Elbe Hills State Forest.

Download the georeferenced map to your smartphone using the free Avenza PDF Maps Mobile app. For downloading instructions, visit DNR’s blog. Or, purchase the printed version for $9 online or in person, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., from the Washington State Department of Printing, 7580 New Market Street St. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501.

For more information about recreation on DNR-managed lands, visit our website. For monthly recreation updates sent right to your inbox, subscribe to our recreation e-newsletter. View December’s issue.