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Photos: Exploring Divide Ridge by ATV

Exploring Divide Ridge by ATV
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham & Hank Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday August 27th, 2005, three of us, Hank, Tiny, and myself went to Tree Phones at the Ahtanum to do some exploring on Divide Ridge over Rimrock on quads. We had two Arctic Cat 400s and a Kawasaki Bayou 250.

We stopped at Eagle Nest on Whites Ridge on the way up to Darland Mountain. We ran part of 4W615 behind Darland and then the other way up past Blue Lake onto FS1024. We then turned down 4W613 and ran it to Louie Way Gap. Then we dropped down 4W608. It dropped fast and we knew we use a lot of fuel climbing back up.

We turned around and headed back up 4W608. I caught a log on the way up a steep climb and had to which down some to get back off of it. That was a little scary.

We back tracked 4W613 and made our way back toward Tree Phones stopping along the way for some views. At Darland Mountain the Kawasaki Bayou 250 ran out of gas and Hank coasted it all the way back to Tree Phones Campground.

Here are some photos of our time Exploring Divide Ridge by ATVs:

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Looking off Divide Ridge at Rimrock.
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Rimrock – 4W608
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On 4W613 at Strobach Mountain Vista looking at Rimrock Lake and Mount Rainier.

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Photos: August 2005 Ahtanum Adventure

August Ahtanum Adventure
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Report and Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Friday August 5th, 2005, we meet at Tree Phones to camp for the weekend. We did a few runs to different areas including Blue Lake, Darland Mountain, Cultus Hole, and Blue Slide.

Here are some photos of the August 2005 Ahtanum Adventure:

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Photos: AWORC July Ahtanum Quad Run

July Ahtanum Quad Run
Hosted by All Wheelers Off Road Club
Report and Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday July 2nd, 2005, the All Wheelers Off Road Club members did a family ATV run at the Ahtanum. We off loaded the quads at the Ahtanum Sno-park. Then made our way around the Darland Mountain Loop and back.

Once back at the Ahtanum Sno-park I found my trailer tire was about to blow. We changed it and headed back the Ceg Ranch for the night.

On Sunday we did a 4W613 quad run from Snow Cabin Campground and headed toward Jumpoff Lookout with a lot of sightseeing along the way. The views off Divide Ridge of Rimrock and the Yakima Valley were great!

Just passed Louie Way Gap the trail became very off camber. We stopped to see if it got any better ahead. We walked just around the bend and heard a crash. My Step Father, Richard’s Quad fell off the trail. Well that is when we decided to turn around. First we had to get Richard’s quad back on the trail. We use my quad to winch it up and headed back the way we came.

This was a great weekend of fun.

Here are some photos of the July Ahtanum Quad Run:

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Photos: EWOR Fathers Day Ahtanum ATV Run

2005 Fathers Day ORV Run
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Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Fathers Day, June 19th, 2005 we went up to the Ahtanum Multiple Users Area to do some exploring. What a great day!

Here are some photos of Fathers Day Run at the Ahtanum:

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Photos: EWOR Ahtanum Quad Run

Ahtanum Quad Run
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Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday June 4th, 2005, less than a week since we had the Memorial Day Run and we had to go back up to ride the Ahtanum again for some more fun. We drove the truck and trailer up to Tree Phones and rode the quads from there.
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We let Mandy ride her KFX80. She went where we went. Out of Tree Phones we started off going up Gavel Quarry Trail. We turned up the steep hill going up the Dickant Trail and then off the other side. Mandy had no problem climbing up the Dicant Trail, but coming down the other side she ran into me a few times. We turned to the left onto the Breakdown Trail and followed it out to the Trail Access Road. We took it up to the top of Sedge Ridge. We turned right onto the Sedge Crest Trail (Indian Trail) and head up it. At the switchback we stopped to have a picnic. When I stopped Mandy ran into me. Her quad and mine got stuck together.
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After lunch we headed on up the Indian Trail towards Darland Mountain. We ran into just a few spots we had to ride in the snow. We turn onto the Mid Fork Road and headed up to the top of Darland. We could ride around what snow that was left on the road. Over all it was an easy trip up to Darland Mountain.
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We decide to see if we could make it down the North Fork Road to Blue Lake. We ran into some deep snow. We had all made it through the first patch of deep snow because it was down hill. Mandy had some problems getting through and Hank helped her. As Hank was getting Mandy unstuck, I went down the road a ways to check it out. I ran into more snow. I turned around when I came up on a snow drift that was deep. I couldn’t see the other end of it. I rode back and turned the group around. Now this is where the fun began. We all had to go back up through that deep snow we just had crossed. My 4×4 made it with no problem because of the ground clearance.
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Mandy followed and couldn’t make it. Hank helped her threw again. Hank went for it and had to lift his quad out of the ruts a few times. Then it was Lisa’s turn. The first time she didn’t get very far. She backed out and took another run at it. Hank was running behind her push her quad. She made it about half way. Hank lifted her quad out of the ruts and helped Lisa get out of the snow.

We decided that we would go down the Mid Fork Road on the way down the mountain. It was muddy. The mud we so deep it was swallowing Mandy’s quad, but she kept it going all the way down to Clover Flats.
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We took a short outhouse break at Clover Flats and then headed down. We turned off onto the Break Down Trail. I had Mandy follow me down the hill and through the creek. We hooked a tow rope from my 4×4 to her KFX80 and I towed Mandy and her quad up to the top of the steep hill. She may have made it herself; I just didn’t want to risk it. We rode the Break Down Trail and turn off onto the Dickant Trail. Mandy climbed that steep hill to the top and back down the other side with no problem. She did run into me once going down the last steep hill at the cabin cutoff. We turned down the Gravel Quarry Trail. We went down the Flat Tire loop and back onto the Gravel quarry Trail. We went back to Tree Phones to load up the quads.

Everyone wanted to ride a little more so we just loaded up Hank’s quad on the Big Boy Toy Hauler. We headed down the Mid Fork Road the 5.25 miles to the Sno-park. Lisa and Charlie rode my quad, Hank rode Lisa’s, Mandy rode her own quad and I drove the truck and trailer.
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On this day we only put about 20 miles on the quads. It was a nice day run.
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