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Photos: Road Trip – Exploring Rimrock

Exploring Rimrock
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Sunday morning August 17th, 2008 I came home after camping for the Naches Pass Quad and bike run. It was very hot in Yakima so wanted go back to the mountains. I got the family loaded in the XJ and headed up US12 not sure where I wanted to go. We drove up the Silver Beach and I stopped for a Rimrock burger. That was the best burger I had in a long time.

We headed up to White Pass and turned around. We stopped at the Pacific Crest Trail just to see where it crossed White Pass, then we stopped at Clear Creek Falls Overlook. After a short time, we headed down and around the other side of Rimrock Lake to check out where the 4×4 trail where.

Here are some photos of our trip:

White Pass Scenic Byway.

White Pass Scenic Byway.

Clear Creek Falls OverlookClear Creek Falls Overlook

Rimrock

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Rimrock

Rimrock

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

Clear Creek Falls Overlook

We got back in the rig and headed toward Rimrock. We stopped around the corner for some pictures.Clear Creek Falls

Clear Creek Falls

Rimrock

Rimrock

We turned off Hwy-12 on Tieton Road near Clear Lake. We drove around Rimrock Lake and turned up FS1202. We took FS1202 around and came out FS1203. Next we headed up FS1010 from FS1000 to go see some of the Rimrock trails for something to do. We turned up 530 to got to the end of 4W637 (Short & Dirty). The marker is missing.Rimrock

Rimrock

Next we got back on FS1010 and ran up FS538 to the trails 4W677 (Spencer Creek) and 4W661 (Humphrey Butte).Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

We went back down and got on FS1012. We thought we would see what was up 687.
By the map it looked to go up to FS543. 687 started off as an easy road.
We crossed one old road we thought we just a logging trail because it had tree growing on it. That was FS543 but we did not know it at the time.

We keep climbing the trail. It got steep and had loose rock.
The trail turned and ran the side of the ridge for a ways. It was a little off camber.
Next the trail turned back up and had another steep loose climb.
As the trail flattened out another trail came up on the right. There was not a marker.
We keep going until we saw this marker.Rimrock

I wasn’t thinking I would run into 4W641 (Leaning Tree). I am not sure how we got onto 4W651 (Buckhorn Gap).  Here are a few pictures of the intersection.Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

We ran the trail back down to see where we went wrong. We only saw the one trail toward the top and guessed it was 4W651A. Rimrock

Rimrock

We crossed the over grown FS road 543 and then were back were we started.Rimrock

Rimrock

On up FS1012 around the corner we came to the 4W651 Trail Head. It is very strange we did not see where to turn to come out there since we were on 4W651 on the top.Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Next we took FS540.

Up the road to the left was the upper 4W601 (Pucker Ridge) Trailhead.Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

4W641 (Leaning Tree). The trail marker was missing.Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

This stream was next to the trail.Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

Around the corner you can see Pucker Ridge.Rimrock

Rimrock

Rimrock

The Lower 4W601 (Pucker Ridge) Trail Head looked harmless.Rimrock

Rimrock

Next we took FS550 across to FS1203 and then ran FS1202 to FS571.
We turned up 4W608 to see where we were having the work party on Saturday.Rimrock

This was a fun day exploring with the family.



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Photos: EWOR Blue Lake Halloween 4×4 Run

Blue Lake Halloween 4×4 Run
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday, October 27th, 2007, we did a short run up to Blue Lake at the Ahtanum State Forest before the Halloween Party.

We met up at the Ahtanum Sno-park and aired down. We headed up the North Fork Ahtanum Road. We didn’t see any snow until the Blue Lake Trailhead. On 4W615 (Divide Ridge West) dropping down to Blue Lake the trail was covered with snow. There wasn’t much snow at Blue Lake. The lake had a ice cap over it. We took a break and the kids played. My dog Sierra was walking on the lake. We were thankful the ice did not break.

After a short time we moved on. We drove down 4W621 (Blue Slide) for a look. We turned onto 4W622 and drove a little ways. We turned around in a rocky area. Test Dummy got hung up on a rock. Coming back onto 4W621, Test Dummy had some pulley issues so Tiny follow him out the North Fork Road.

Phantom 309, Fatboy and myself headed up 4W615 to the Blue Slide Lookout. We was a plane flying below Dome Peak.

We headed down Jackass Road. We stopped to take a look down 4W637 (Short & Dirty). I stopped at the Gray Rock trail crossing for a short break and waited for the others.

On down Jackass Road there were hunters every where. We were stopped by two Game Wardens. They were looking for loaded rifles. We did not have any so they let us drive on.

We parted ways at the pavement so people could go get ready for the Halloween Party at the Graham’s in Yakima.

This was a fun run thanks to the people that came along. It was a great Halloween Party too!

Here are some photos of Blue Lake Halloween 4×4 Run:

Ahtanum
Ahtanum Sno-park
Ahtanum
Blue Lake

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum
Illegal tree cutting at Blue Lake.

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum
Blue Slide Lookout

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum
Darland Mountain with Mount Adams in the background.
Ahtanum
An airplane flying below Dome Peak.

Ahtanum

Ahtanum
Jackass Road at the entrance of the Short & Dirty 4×4 Trail.

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum

Ahtanum
Jackass Road at the Grey Rock Trail crossing.

Ahtanum

Halloween
Halloween Party in Yakima.

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween



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Photos: Short and Dirty Trail 4W637

Short and Dirty Trail
Short and Dirty Trail 4W637
Report and Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On July 30th, 2005 I got to go a long with a few local boys that were running the Short and Dirty Trail, 4W637. I rode with IORE in his CJ5. We met up at Blue Lake and aired down.

Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

We climbing up from Blue Lake by Trail 615 to FS1020 near Blue Slide Lookout.
We took FS1020 a little ways to the Short and Dirty Trail. (Trail 637)

This is a picture of the start of the Short and Dirty Trail.
Short and Dirty Trail

Right as we entered the trees we came up on the first off cambered spot.
It was hairy because there were no trees to stop you from rolling off the mountain if you were to flip over.
Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

The CJ2A and Toyota both were a little top heavy for parts of this off cambered trail.

With the co-pilot standing on the outside of the high side of the rigs they made it though without rolling over.
Short and Dirty Trail

IORE’s CJ5 did well without a high side rider.

I walked this part to take pictures.
Short and Dirty Trail

It was better for a ways.

A little up and down with some tight stuff.
Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

The trail got real tight and off cambered a lot.
Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

Most of the trail was down hill, but one part had a steep hill climb.
Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

Near the end of the trail was a little bridge.
Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

Here you can see the Co-pilot riding the high side of her husband’s CJ2A.
Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

This was the end of the Short and Dirty Trail. It ended at FS1010.
Notice the Co-pilot is running behind the CJ2A?
She walked a lot of the trail because it was so off camber.

Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

Short and Dirty Trail

We didn’t know this was a one way trail until we got to the bottom.
Short and Dirty Trail

I had a great time riding a long with these guys.
I am not for sure I want to take my rig down the Short and Dirty Trail because of the off camber parts.

This Trail is rated Most Difficult and is not for people with little or no experience.


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