We left the Sno-park around 11 am and headed up the Mid Fork road (A-2000) and onto the Whites Ridge Loop Trail (A-2600). Next we turned up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. We turned toward the North Fork Road on the McLaine Canyon Road (A-3300). On up the North Fork Road (A-3000). We turn off onto the Blue Lake Trail.
We stopped for a break at Blue Lake and then head up 4W615 to Blue Slide Lookout. We stopped for a view overlooking Blue Lake, then on up tp Blue Slide Lookout on FS1020.
After a break, we headed on back down 4W615, the Blue Lake Trail and then turned up the North Fork Road toward Darland Mountain.
We crossed Darland Mountain and headed down the Ahtanum Mid Fork (A-2000) and a few of us stopped at Eagle Nest. The rest of the group headed back to Sno-park to pack up camp.
This was a fun run thanks to all that went.
Here are some photos of Ahtanum Work Crew ORV Fun Run:
Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean Up Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources. Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road
10 AM Saturday July 26th, 2008, we met up at the Ahtanum Sno-park to set up for the Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean-up we hosted with cooperation from the DNR. We had a big turn out. There were a lot of Eastern Washington Off Road and All Wheelers Off Road Club, some members of PNW4WDA, Lower Valley Canyon Crawlers, Jeeping Nomads, Peak Putters, Ridgerunners, Tuff Enuf Cascade Crawlers, Outlaws, Washington ATV Association and some other caring people. There were 58 volunteers total on the ORV Trails sign-in list.
The Ski Benders also had a clean-up the same day as we did. They took the North Fork Road to clean-up along with the Big Bowl. I am not sure what other Snowmobile areas they worked in.
My group (Ceg, 99, Monster, Bubz, Doc, Odo, Soggymountain and Mrs. Soggymountain) cleaned up the Whites Ridge trails. The first trail we ran was the Whites Ridge Loop trail starting at the bottom off the Mid Fork. We found a tire on Whites Ridge Loop Trail. We turned up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail and ran up to Norm Check Point for lunch. After lunch we ran Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail to the end to start that trails clean-up for the top down. One section of the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail didn’t have much to pick up since the loggers widened the trail burying what could have been there. Another trail turned into a Hi-way. We ran Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail back down to Whites Ridge Loop, McLaine Canyon Road and on to the Ahtanum Mid Fork back down.
Back at base camp people started coming in with a lot of trash. We loaded up two trucks and took the trash to the dumpster.
We had a big Potluck BBQ after everyone was back at camp.
It was great to have so many caring people come out. Thank you to all that came to help and support this Ahtanum State Forest trails project.
Here are some photos of Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean Up:
99’s Getting Out of the Heat Run at Ahtanum State Forest Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road 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:
Mother’s Day Run at the Ahtanum State Forest Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road. Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road
On Saturday, May 10th, 2008, most of us left the Ahtanum Sno-park and head up Whites Ridge Loop around 10:30 AM. I was riding shot gun in Test Dummy’s XJ. ToyZuki and ToyEvy were running late. They were coming from Wenatchee.
It was not to far up we found snow. I think Scuba is the first to be stuck. Scott did better than we thought he would since he had a heavy rig with open diffs. The snow got real off camber on the North Slope of the Whites Ridge loop so we head back down.
We got a hold of ToyZuki on the radio and we got them up there with us.
Next we headed up the other end of the Whites Ridge Loop and onto the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. Scuba and Test Dummy got stuck next to each other. Scuba winched through and then pulled Test Dummy out. Icesis walked right through everything so far.
Up the trail Scuba got stuck and then Test Dummy did. Icesis winched both of them out.
ToyZuki having a hard time with the ruts. Icesis helped ToyZuki through the deep ruts. ToyEvy was behind enjoying the road that was packed.
Next was the hill climb. This was a fun challenge and a lot happened. Icesis met a tree with his rig. Scuba and Icesis both had to winch. Test Dummy took a run for the hill. Then Scuba got stuck on the climb. Icesis pulled Scuba out and then ToyZuki tried to climb the hill. No one topped the snow covered hill climb.
At the bottom of the hill, Scott found a log under his rig and then ToyZuki found a stump under his. A little help from Icesis and Scuba’s winches got ToyZuki’s rig off the stump.
We headed down McLaine Canyon Road to the Mid Fork Road. We turned up the Ahtanum Mid Fork to go to Tree Phones Campground. Test Dummy got stuck on the way since he was breaking trail with bald MT/Rs. Toyzuki pulled him out.
Next we turned into Tree Phones Campground and drove up to the upper Tree Phones parking lot for a picture.
We took a group picture and then headed back down to the Ahtanum Sno-park to part ways.
This was a very fun run thanks to the people that came out.
Here are some photos of the Mother’s Day Run at the Ahtanum State Forest:
Spring Snow Run at the Ahtanum Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road. Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road
On April 19th, 2008 we meet up at the Nasty Creek Corrals and aired down. We started by running up Doe Pocket.
It wasn’t to far up we ran into patches of snow. Icesis found the snow was very soft in places and had to which out of one spot. In the Themiddlekid having some trouble with ground clearance in that same area. Themiddlekid decided to turn his Dakota around and head back out. Fatboy escorted him down a ways. We then pressed on. We turned up Jackass road and regrouped.
On up at Ewe Neck we had some problems getting trough the North Slope. Icesis and LayemStr8 made it through first. LayemStr8 was playing as the others worked their way through. Icesis had to be LayemStr8’s anker to winch off of a few times in the same area. Kurt after some trouble getting through. Fatboy got stuck and Colemancooler gave him a pull.
Up on top of the ridge above Ewe Neck LayemStr8 needed a pull. We took a group photo and found Icesis broke a brand new u-joint cap. He did not have a replacement the right size. Everyone helped with the ghetto-fab so he could make it off the mountain. After we got Icesis’s XJ put back together we headed down the mountain. Icesis drove out in 2 wheel drive high range.
Colemancoooler lead the group down and got stuck playing off to the side of the packed road. LayemStr8 got to give him a pull.
On down Jackass road the snow was deep compared to the melted off areas and it was a little hairy.
At the bottom of Jackass road, we turned up Ahtanum North Fork Road and headed to air up at the Ahtanum Sno-park.
This was a great run thanks to the people that came along.
Here are some photos of the Spring Fever 4×4 Run at the Wenas Wildlife Area: