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Photos: EWOR 99’s Getting Out of the Heat Run at Ahtanum State Forest

99’s Getting Out of the Heat Run at Ahtanum State Forest
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On June 29th, 2008 it was very hot in the Yakima Valley so my wife, AKA 99 wanted to drive up to the Ahtanum State Forest hoping it would be cooler.

We took the South Fork Ahtanum Road (A1000) and then ran Boulder Trail up to the stop of Sedge Ridge. We stopped on the Sedge Ridge Road so people could air down more.

Test Dummy rig started having fuel pump problems so he headed back down. The rest of us turned down A2420 and then on A2400 to the Ahtanum Sno-park.

Next we went up the Mid Fork Ahtanum Road (A2000) and onto the Whites Ridge Loop Trail (A2600). We took the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail up and then turned down the McLaine Canyon Road (A3300), then went up the North Fork Ahtanum Road (A3000).

On the way up the North Fork Ahtanum Road, I took some photos of the snow on Darland Mountain.

Next we ran the Blue Lake Trail onto 4W615 and stopped at Blue Lake for the kids to get out to play. The bugs were bad so we headed on up 4W615 to the Blue Slide Lookout. My kids had fun playing up there.

After a short break we headed on down FS1020. We stopped for some quick photos of Rimrock Lake from Foundation Ridge.

Here we ran into a big snow drift. I got stuck because of the Swabbie tires on the family XJ. Tiny also got stuck. Roll Over came to the rescue and pulled us out with his MJ.

On down FS1020, we stopped to regroup at 4W613. That is were the road changes numbers from FS1029 to A2300 aka Jackass Road.

Next we turned of Jackass Road onto A5000. As we were heading down toward the Nasty Creek Corrals, the weather turned. There was a lot of lightening. We saw lightening hit and start a fire. I think it was on the ridge Southwest of Sedge Ridge. We moved on down to a cattle closed gate. There must of been cows grazing in the area.

We stopped to see why there were beers a long the trail. It was a marker for Papa Bud. Does anyone know the Papa Bud’s story? Maybe the marker was his hunting spot?

We finely got out on the phone to call about the fire. Sparky’s dad had already called the DNR. They could see the fire from there house in Tampico.

Before we hit the bottom of the mountain, there was a deer standing next to the trail as we drove by.

This was a real fun run thanks to the people that came.

Here are some photos of 99’s Getting Out of the Heat Run at Ahtanum State Forest:

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Photos: EWOR Looking for Snow at the Ahtanum

Looking for Snow at the Ahtanum
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Run called by Lisa Graham AKA “99”.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

99 call an Eastern Washington Off Road 4×4 Run at the Ahtanum State Forest to find some snow. She knew there had to be some up there because we can see the snow from Yakima. Here is our trip.

On Sunday, October 14th, 2007, we started off by running Nasty Creek Road up to the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. We ran into two Jeeps coming down. One was dragging out “rednk1980’s” broken Toyota. Oh what a feeling!

On Strobach Mountain we took a look off at Rimrock and Mount Rainier. Then headed up 4W613 toward Jackass Road. The hill climb before the 4W613 Upper Meadow was a little slick. The Dome Peak Fire Area was nice without all the summer deep dust since it was damp. Climbing up Foundation Ridge from the 4W613 Lower Meadow was a lot of fun with a lot of slick in places. We started to find more snow as we pasted the cattle guard. Up on top of Foundation Ridge at Jackass Road, we took a right and headed toward Blue Slide Lookout.

We stopped at the newly remodeled cabin at Blue Slide Lookout to check it out. It was a lot better then it had been.

Next we when down 4W615 to Blue Lake, then we dropped down to the North Fork Ahtanum Road. We ran it across Darland Mountain. There wasn’t much snow
on the road. Next we ran down to the Sno-park, up A2400, A2420 and onto Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. We ran that to the cross above Cultus Hole. There was a great view of the stars.

It was getting late so we ran South Fork Ahtanum Road out and back home.

This was a great wheeling weekend for us. Sand dunes on Saturday and mountain snow on Sunday.

Here are some photos of Ahtanum 4×4 Run:

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Photos: EWOR 2007 Labor Day Ahtanum Run & Camp Out

Labor Day Run & Camp Out at the Ahtanum
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Friday August 31st, 2007 we when up to Tree Phones in the Ahtanum State Forest to set up camp for the weekend.

Saturday we hit the trail around 10 AM. We ran the same trails in two groups. The quads went one way and the rigs the opposite way. We took the rigs from Nasty Creek on up the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. We stopped for a break by the Hogback and then again at the Strobach Mountain Vista. There was a view of Rimrock and Mount Rainier from Strobach Mountain.

We continued up 4W613. We met up with the quads around Dome Peak.

We dropped on down to the lower meadow and started the climb up Foundation Ridge. This part of the trail climbs pretty good and has a lot of obstacles. On on this run was a small tree down on the trail we had to cross. Scuba got hung up on it and his XJ took on some carnage getting off the log. He only lost the rear side window, a door handle, a mirror and added some good dents.

We moved on up 4W613 to the end on top of Foundation Ridge. We turned on Jackass Road and ran it to Blue Slide Lookout. There were some guys rebuilding the Blue Slide Shelter.

We headed down 4W615 to Blue Lake for a short break. We continued on 4W615 and turn down the Blue Lake 4×4 Trail. Right after the gate keeper, Scuba lost a bead on the same tire as many times before. After his last run he got his On Board Air hooked up in case this happened again. They ended up having to take the wheel off the rig to set the beads. We were back on the trail pretty fast.

At the end of the Blue Lake 4×4 Trail, we turn up the Ahtanum North Fork Road and ran it to the top of Darland Mountain. At the top we ran the Forest Service road north to the end for the view looking back toward Blue Lake. After the view, we headed back to camp for the night with on last stop at Eagle Nest.

On Sunday we had less ORVs with us on the trail. We first headed up Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. We stopped at the view point over Tree Phones and then on top close to the Grey Rock Trail at the Mount Rainier View Point.

Next we headed back down the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail, on to McLaine Canyon Road, and up the Mid Fork Ahtanum back at camp for lunch. We ran into Hoss on the way.

After lunch we headed down the Mid Fork Ahtanum Road to the Ahtanum Sno-park and then up A2400 to the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. The rocky climb is always fun for most. Luna had a little trouble getting up it with her quad.

Near the Dual Climb, Hoss’s Bronco died. He had some problem starting his Bronco. Hoss turned around and coasted back down the mountain until the trail started climbing. The Bronco would not start until I hook the strap up to it and was going to pull him with the Tweety Jeep. The Bronco fired up under protesting a Jeep pulling it. Hoss drove on out to Sno-park and I head up the mountain to meet Bobstar and Luna.

We met up with Bobstar and Luna near the Cultus Hole View Point. We took a break there and then headed back to camp.

This was a real fun run thanks to to people that came.

Here are some photos of the 2007 Labor Day Ahtanum Run & Camp Out:

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Photos: AWORC Blue Lake Meeting & Camp Out

AWORC Blue Lake Meeting & Camp Out
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham & ? / Eastern Washington Off Road

Our club decided to have our July meeting at Blue Lake and wheel there. So on Saturday July 14th, 2007 we left with nine rigs from Ceg Ranch in Gromore around 11 AM and headed for the Ahtanum State Forest by the way of Summitview Road and then Cowiche Mill Road. We aired down at the parking area at the end of the pavement of Cowiche Mill Road. Miles up Cowiche Mill Road, we turned up C1000.

Up on Cowiche Ridge, Fatboy and Colemancooler broke off from our group and ran the Strobach and 4W613 trails. We went to Nasty Creek Corrals and up Doe Pocket. On up the trail we turned onto Jackass Road and followed it to 4W615 where we dropped down to Blue Lake.

Hercules, Bobstar and Luna met us at Blue Lake by coming up from the Ahtanum North Fork Road. Fatboy and Colemancooler drop down from Foundation Ridge after running 4W613. We set up camp and the stuff for dinner and what a great BBQ potluck dinner it was. Demontang, Bobstar, Luna, Fatboy and Colemancooler headed home. The rest of had some cold ones and BSed until around 2 AM.

Around 5:30 AM the mosquitoes started biting. They woke up the kids and we didn’t get the kids back to sleep until around 7AM. I got up around 8 AM and put on the coffee. I forgot to bring a cup and had to drink coffee out of wine cooler bottle. Scuba and Co-pilot headed home. BSLM cooked biscuits in his Dutch ovens and 99 cooked the bacon and eggs on the gas stoves.

After breakfast we headed out. BSLM headed for home. We head on around the Darland Loop. At Eagle Nest we stopped to use the out house. This is something we had not seen for over 24 hours. Talk about roughing it.

We head down to the Ahtanum Sno-park, up A2400, A2420 and got onto the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. On the way we ran into PUO at Red Saddle. We talked for a few and then headed on up to the Rocky Climb. I tried the hard climb but couldn’t get the traction with the tires I was running on the Jimmy. I went up the easier way and 99 followed in the Tweety Jeep. It still was a workout for the Jimmy. Hoss also tried the hard climb but had to take the easier way. Test Dummy’s XJ just walked up the hard climb with ease. Hercules couldn’t make it to the top of the easy climb with his bike because it was to long. He went right up the hard climb like nothing.

On up the trail Hercules and Test Dummy headed down the Ahtanum South Fork Road toward Tampico. We headed on up Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. The trail was a little tight is places for the full size rigs. This was my first time with a full size on this trail. It was a lot of fun.

We drove on up to the cross above Cultus Hole for the view of the area we use to use that has been closed off to the public by Shawn Monty Lumber Company. Since the area just past the cross is now closed, we turned around a headed back down. We turned off the trail onto the Ahtanum South Fork Road toward Tampico. Near the end of the dirt part of the Ahtanum South Fork Road we stopped to say our good byes to Hoss.

This was a very fun weekend. Thanks to all the members that came to make this a great All Wheelers Off Road Club run.

Here are some photos of AWORC Blue Lake Meeting & Camp Out:

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