Discovering Hidden Gems: Washington's Untamed Forest Trails

UBCO Ambassador Kyle Kotajarvi reveals how the UBCO 2X2 has significantly expanded his exploration of Washington State's forests, allowing him to discover more than ever before.

Washington State is a natural wonderland, boasting lush evergreen forests, towering glaciated peaks, and pristine alpine lakes. Amidst this picturesque landscape lies a well-kept secret: the extensive network of forest roads that crisscross the wild expanse of the Cascades, Olympics, and beyond. Stretching across approximately 21,000 miles, these gravel and dirt roads offer gateways to hiking trails, secluded campsites, and breathtaking scenic viewpoints.

The story of Washington's forest roads dates back to the late 19th century when the timber industry surged, driven by the state's abundant forests. This era saw the establishment of logging railroads, laying the foundation for the modern forest road system. As the 20th century unfolded, these roads expanded significantly to support the burgeoning timber industry. However, as environmental concerns gained prominence, a shift toward more sustainable management practices also paved the way for recreational access to the state's natural beauty. 

Yet, alongside the increasing popularity of these roads for recreational use, there has been a parallel trend of deterioration. Potholes, landslides, washboarding, and storm damage have taken their toll over the years. Some roads have become impassable without a high-clearance 4x4 vehicle, limiting access to popular trails and scenic spots for many enthusiasts. 

 Fortunately, a solution now exists that enables exploration without compromise—the UBCO 2x2. Riding the 2x2 along one of Washington's favorite networks of roads above Snoqualmie Pass in the Central Cascades unlocks a world of adventure possibilities. Not only does it spare your vehicle from rugged terrain, but it also provides the freedom to quietly navigate the landscape, revealing vistas and hidden gems previously unseen. 

 The UBCO 2x2 is a game-changer for those seeking to make the most of Washington's breathtaking landscapes. Simply load a bike or two onto your vehicle, drive the pavement as far as you can, and when the going gets tough, unload your 2x2 for an unforgettable adventure. It's a sustainable and accessible way to embrace the natural gift that is Washington's backyard, ensuring that the beauty of these forest roads remains accessible for generations to come. So, gear up, hop on your 2x2, and embark on your journey through the pristine wilderness of Washington's forest roads. Your adventure begins right at your doorstep.