Woods, mountains and secluded lakes abound in Washington state
Geared up and ready, you can find great SXS riding in the state of Washington. There are several private commercially operated locations, but for state run OHV we found a few to test your mettle! And if you think you cannot ride your SXS in national forests, you are wrong. Just like many OHV areas across the USA, the great state of Washington has trails with varying terrain well-suited to vehicles like the Honda Talon 1000X. The rocky mountain terrain and cool high canopy in the forests make for an unbelievable trip to the far north west. Just be sure to bring along some friends and family because we all know that life is better on a Honda!
Off-roading in Washington means you will be spending time in the woods, as well as long, winding trails with shrubbery, rock-strewn hill climbs, and tall canopies lined with a variety of trees native to the state. Mountain top lakes and long strips of trail with breathtaking views await more adventurous travelers.
When considering the places to stay, you can plan on RV campgrounds all over the state and plenty of the major hotel chains litter the roads here. However, to get into the very scenic riding areas you might want to find primitive camping for that real intimate adventure. If you pack correctly, you can get everything you and a passenger might need in the cargo area on the rear of your Honda Talon. With several strong tie-down points, that same gear will be snug until you get to your camp spot.
Suited for rugged 4X4 machines, this off-highway vehicle area is prime for the SXS family. Located in the Northwest Forest region of Washington State, you will need an OHV sticker for the ride. This area boasts 45 miles of designated trail and these paths will range from difficult and narrow to smooth and wide. Slipping a machine like the Honda Talon 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve into I-4WD and letting the precise gear on gear DCT transmission take control, you can have confidence knowing that the Talon is right at home! If you want to camp on this trail system, there are actually 23 campsites available.
Riding in the sand is fun at the Moses Lake Sand Dunes. There are 3,000 acres of sand dunes to play in and right near this spot is another 3,000 across of mud flats for those who love to ride in the muck. One thing you will notice in the dunes is that not all machines are created equal. If you happen to have a Honda Talon 1000R Fox Live Valve, you can conquer most any part of these dunes in stock trim and be confident your shocks will perform as the terrain changes. The Maxxis tires built to Honda specifications and mounted on 15-inch rims keep the Honda Talon floating through the sand. With more than 20 inches of rear suspension travel you can sail over most any objects in the trails. Not to mention the 7.3-gallon fuel tank will keep you riding all day without worrying about fuel. Let’s not forget that swimming in the evenings in the lake is a great way to wrap up a day of riding.
Situated in a Ponderosa Pine forest, this ride destination is prime for those loving the SXS family lifestyle. Also known as the 7-mile ORV Park, this location has been here since the 1980s and offers 600 acres of riding possibilities. The hard-pack trails wind around the landscape and the facilities offer up some much-needed items like loading and unloading platforms, restroom facility, picnic shelters and a fenced in rider training area for the kids. All you need to do is to bring that brand-new Honda Talon SXS and let the memories make themselves.