Tahuya State Forest
Located to the Southwest of Belfair on the easter side of the Olympic Peninsula. Tahuya State Forest has a variety of trails with different difficulties. Highlights include Mud Lake and Yellow Jacket. Part of the area was clearcut in fall 2010, so expect rapidly changing trail conditions for the next year or so as the areas are rebuilt.
From I-5, take the Hwy 16 Exit 138 twards Gig Harbor/Bremerton. After about 27 miles take Hwy 3, south twards Belfair. Once in Belfair take a right at the Safeway onto Old Clifton Rd, turns into Hwy 300. After about 3 miles take a right onto NE Belfair Tahuya Rd. 2 miles later take a right on NE Elfendahl Pass Road. The Jeep trail entrance is on the left, with a staging area and motorcycle campground on the right.
The trail for the most part follows a loop around the area. If you generally take right turns it should keep you on the loop, but bring a map since the area can be confusing. Starting from the jeep trail entrance, the trail winds up through the trees, stay to the right. The trail will flatten out eventually leading to a steep downhill section. There are 3 ways down, the one on the far left being easiest.
Taking a left at the bottom of the hill leads to the first mud hole. This is where it can be confusing, Staying to the right at the first mud hole brings you to an alternate staging area. Going through the water hole and left keeps you on the loop. After the second mud hole the newly clearcut area begins. Once you re-enter the trees Mud Lake will the the next turnoff on the right. There is only one way in and out of mudlake.