Originally Posted by DaSantz
Just purchased a 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid this weekend. Would love to get it off the pavement but would like to start off on some easy forest roads with some pay-off at the end (e.g. scenic overlook, waterfalls, anything cool). Any recommendations for a location within 100 miles or so of the Seattle area?
Finding places has been my struggle. However, I ventured out to Carbon River Road near the Mt. Rainier / Mt Baker National Forest division line. I went about 2 miles past the Carbon River Ranger Station and turned left over a bridge on NF-7810. Its a gravel road (ugghh) that takes you up to some lakes. Here's what someone posted on the WTA website about this place.
By the way, I could definitely use a Crosstrek buddy to go exploring with. I have checked out a few of the Forest Service roads off I-90, and they seem nice... but are all gravel. I'm still looking for dirt roads.