Short & Dirty 4×4 Trail Run

Short & Dirty 4×4 Trail Run
Report by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures
Photos by Clay Graham & Charlie Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Around 10 AM Saturday August 11th, 2012 Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at the Ahtanum Winter Recreation Trailhead for the Short & Dirty 4×4 Trail Run.

We headed up the Ahtanum Middle Fork Road and stopped for the view on Darland Mountain.

Next we headed down and turned onto the Blue Lake Trail, past Blue Lake and up 4W615 to Blue Slide Lookout for a break.

We ran FS1020 and turned down the Short & Dirty 4×4 Trail (4W637).

The Short & Dirty 4×4 Trail was very fun and scary at the same time. The off camber was extreme. When you thought you were at the most off camber you could be at, there was a bump or rock on the high side or hole on the lower side. The rear tire of my CJ5 came off the ground a few time. It happen to other rigs too. The last section of the Short & Dirty 4×4 Trail was very steep down hill and very off camber. That section seemed to run forever. This has to be the first trail that I have said that I was glad to be at the end of.

This was a very fun day thanks to those who came.

Here are some pictures of the day:

Airing down at the Ahtanum Winter Recreation Trailhead.

A view from Charlie of his Dad.

Passing the Whites Ridge Trailhead turning up the Ahtanum Middle Fork Road.

A view as we start to top Darland Mountain.

Mount St. Helens.

The rigs of the day lined up on Darland Mountain. Mount Adams in the background.

Looking off Darland Mountain toward Yakima.

The rigs of the day lined up on Darland Mountain. Mount Rainier in the background.

Getting ready to move out.

Passing Blue Lake.

This looks fun!

Heading up 4W615.

At Blue Slide Lookout looking down on the Short & Dirty 4×4 Trail we are about to run.

Mount Rainier.

Turning onto the Short & Dirty 4×4 Trail (4W637).

The first part is a rock field.

Here is the part I remember that was scary.

Charlie and took some pictures as I crossed the first off camber section.

Well that was nothing compared to what was to come.

Mount Rainier.

Here we are crossing red dirt with red rocks.

Ruins of an old corral.

A cool rock Charlie thought we should take home. LOL

A tree across the trail.

Mackey volunteered to run the chainsaw.

The trail was cleared and we were on our way again. In the CJ, Charlie is showing off the red rock he found.

Next was a very steep down hill off camber section and then a steep hill climb. At the top we regrouped.

The next section was off camber and then dropped off very steep. That section was the worst part of the trail.

Here is a small bridge at the bottom of the worst part of the trail.

The trail ended not to far from the small bridge.

We head out from the end of the trail will 4 of the rigs stopping on FS1000 to air up.

What a fun day!

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About Clay Graham

Photojournalist at Selah Sweets / Eastern Washington Adventures - Our mission is to help communities on the east side of the Cascades in Washington State by promoting responsible outdoor recreation, promoting tourism, and community involvement. Our vision is to see Eastern Washington as a destination point to do bring more things to do.
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