I don't know about Straddleline as I've never been down there. Last time I was down in the Capitol Forest there was some random trails but no offical ORV park and Straddleline didn't exist yet. It looks more like a skill building ORV / motorbike area. And judging from the maps I'd prefer a bigger area to go. I think for all the driving it's a little far to go for limited trail milage. . . . sort of like Tahuya.
But that's just me.
Check it and and post some pictures!
I hadn't realized you're up on 31's and a 3" lift. You could go a lot more places set up like that in a Cherokee.
Manastash Ridge (AKA Naches or Little Naches)
If you're looking for big open space then Manastash would be good. This is one of my favorite places to wheel and explore and is about 2 hrs from Seattle, sited south of Cle Elum / Ellensburg and north of Hwy 410. Most of the trails aren't too extreme but they range over a 115 sq mile piece of territory. Access might be tricky this year as last spring there was severe flooding that wiped out some roads. I'm not sure the Forest Service will fix them by this spring and who knows what new damage there might be from this spring's snow melt. Still. It's some great wheel'n and exploring. Try the following trails:
- Raven's Roost
- Quartz Mt.
- Frost Mt.
- Bald Mt.
- Manastash Ridge Trail
- Wells Meadow Trail
- Buck Meadow Trail
- Tripod Flats Trail (you should be able to handle this)
Look to mid-late June for this area to open up and contact the Cle Elum Ranger Station for info. And you probably want to stay off of Shoe String, Tipover, and Kaner Flats trails. And, down in the Hwy 410 valley between Whisltling Jack's and the FS Rd 19 on the otherside of the river is Boulder Cave which is very cool to explore.
Here is a video I worked up from a run we did in 2009:
Each year for the last several years some friends and I will take our Jeeps on a 4-day, 3-night expedition to Manastash. Typically we'll get there via the Naches trail (See below) and just camp out on the side of the trail for a few days while we do some wheel'n.
This is the route we did for our Naches / Manastash run last
year. 4 days, 350 miles (including out and back from the Seattle Area)
Manastash Ridge Trail.
At peak of Frost Mountain.
The trail up to Raven's Roost (or take the gravel road).
This is a 4x4 trail that crosses the Cascade mountains from western to eastern WA. You catch it a little out of Greenwater, WA on Hwy 410 (near Enumclaw, WA) and it drops you out in the Little Naches River Valley. . . . which is adjacent to the Manastash Ridge ORV area. So. . . take the Naches over the mountains, and then climb up Manastash Ridge for more wheel'n. The trail is open from mid-July to mid-November. Opening weekend is usually nuts. contact the Enumclaw Ranger Station for info on the western side and the Naches Ranger Station for info on the eastern side.
Bridging on the Naches Trail near Government Meadows.
More bridging on the Naches Trail on the eastern side down in the valley.