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Photos: EWA Ahtanum State Forest Clean Up & Trail Maintenance

11th Annual Eastern Washington Adventures
Ahtanum State Forest
Clean Up & Trail Maintenance Work Party

Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report and photos by Clay & Calvin Graham / Selah Sweets

This event was eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

On Saturday, July 28, 2018, Eastern Washington Adventures held the 11th Annual Ahtanum State Forest Clean Up. On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday was Trail Maintenance work. Volunteers camped at Red Saddle Trailhead.

This was a very fun week thanks to all that came to volunteer.

Here are some photos of the Ahtanum State Forest Work Party:

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Photos: Ahtanum State Forest Clean Up & Trail Maintenance

10th Annual Eastern Washington Adventures
Ahtanum State Forest
Clean Up & Trail Maintenance Work Party

Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report and photos by Clay & Calvin Graham / Selah Sweets

This event was eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Eastern Washington Adventures held the 10th Annual Ahtanum State Forest Clean Up. On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday was Trail Maintenance work. Volunteers camped at Red Saddle Trailhead.

This was a very fun week thanks to all that came to volunteer.

Here are some photos of the Ahtanum State Forest Work Party:

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Eastern Washington Adventures


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Shaved ice, Souvenirs, and makes pre-order snacks.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: 4W613 Trail Work Party Adventure

4W613 Trail Work Party
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

This event was eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

Around 1 PM Friday, June 23rd, 2017, my three youngest sons and I headed out from the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah toward the Ahtanum State Forest to set up camp at Red Saddle Trailhead for the 10th annual eastern Washington Adventures 4W613 Trail Work Party.

We pulled into Red Saddle Trailhead at the Ahtanum State Forest to find a lot of people there.  The Yakima Ski-benders were doing their annual groomed trail clean up during the weekend too.

We set up camp in the parking lot in front of our other club members since the only place was open near them was being illegally saved and never used during our time there. Saturday morning that camp spokeswoman even gave one of the volunteers that was not camping, crap for parking there. Little does she know that the man she gave a hard time, has put in many volunteer hours that help get funding for this recreation area she is using.

Saturday morning we headed out from Red Saddle Trailhead with six Jeeps with 10 EWA Club Members and 3 guest. We took the pavement down to Nasty Creek Corrals and aired down. We ran Nasty Creek Road to Louie Way Gap and headed up 4W613.

The trail was in good shape up to the Louie Way Gap View Point where we stopped for the view. On up 4W613 there were a few trees down we moved off the trail. Right before topping Strobach Mountain, we came across a down tree some side-by-side guys were getting ready to move. As they worked on moving the tree, we worked on moving our rigs off the trail to let them pass.

After the side-by-side guys pass, we had to deal with a snow drift on an off camber up hill section. James took a run at it first and slid over to the trees. He winched on up and then volunteers shoveled the up hill track to keep the rigs from sliding sideways. Once we were all past that section, we headed on up to the Strobach Mountain Vista for lunch, fixing a trail sign a long the way.

After lunch we head on up the next climb, across the Upper Meadow, and then into the Dome Peak Fire Area where we had to move a few tree from the trail.

We made our way down to the Lower Meadow and then up Foundation Ridge were we had to move a few more down trees.

Around the cattle guard we started hitting patched of snow. The snow got more challenging around Strobach Springs.

We all made it out to Jackass Road and decided we had time to do a little more trail work. We ran FS1024 to the Blue Slide Shelter. I got stuck in the snow a long the way.

We checked out Blue Slide and then headed out through Blue Lake getting a photo on the way back to camp.

My Jeep’s radiator cracked and over heated just past Blue Lake. Don towed me on out to the Ahtanum North Fork Road until it cooled down. We added more coolant and drove on back to camp.

This was a very fun weekend thanks to all that came to volunteer.

Here are some photos of the 4W613 Trail Work Party:

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Shaved ice, Souvenirs, and makes pre-order snacks.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: EWA Family Sledding 4×4 Adventure

Family Sledding 4×4 Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Sponsored by Selah Sweets

Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

At 10 AM on Saturday December 10th, 2016 we met up at the parking area at the end of the pavement of Cowiche Mill Road for the annual Family Sledding 4×4 run. On this run we had 3 Jeeps (2 JKs and 1 TJ). We aired down and headed on up the gravel of Cowiche Mill Road into the Ahtanum State Forest. We turned up C-1000 and made our way up onto Cowiche Ridge following the tracks of it look to be three other rigs. We were able to break trail in a few places which was very fun.

High up on Cowiche Ridge the views where great! You could see the Yakima River Canyon across the valleys. It was land marked by Baldy Mountain and the end of the canyon in Selah.

My JK’s charging system was having some issues so I had to turn back early before the battery died. Lucky most of the back roads home had snow on them since I had no battery power to air back up from 5 PSI. 🙂

This was a very nice day up in the mountains and a lot of fun thanks to those who came.

Note: The Ahtanum State Forest is managed by the Department of Natural Resources. A Discover Pass is required and you must follow the Green Dot Roads with wheeled vehicles. All snow groomed roads are closed to wheeled vehicles.

Here are some photos of Family Sledding 4×4 Adventure:

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Eastern Washington Adventures


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makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance Meet & Greet

Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance
Meet & Greet
at the Ahtanum State Forest

Report & photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets.

On Friday August 12th 2016, Eastern Washington Adventures of Selah set up camp at Red Saddle Trailhead in the Ahtanum State Forest west of Yakima, Washington for the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance Meet & Greet and DNR volunteer opportunity.

Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WOHVA) is a non-profit volunteer organization in the State of Washington. Every dollar received goes towards making your off road experience in our great state better.

Saturday morning was the official day of the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance Meet & Greet. Different clubs took groups out on the trails around the area. There were runs for Dirt-bikes, Side by Sides, ATVs, and 4×4 rigs. Some of the run were hard core and others just easy sightseeing drives in the mountains.

Eastern Washington Adventures hosted a 4×4 run across Divide Ridge East on 4W613. The run started at 10 AM from Red Saddle Trailhead and convoyed to Nasty Creek Corrals were people aired down their tires for a better ride. Next was the long dusty drive to Louie Way Gap where the 4W613 trail started. The trip headed southwest from Louie Way Gap to Blue Lake and then back down the Ahtanum North Fork back to Red Saddle Trailhead. There were a few stops to look off Divide Ridge down on Rimrock and across at Mount Rainier.

Back at Red Saddle Trailhead, WOHVA had a free dinner for the guest that started at 5 PM. Around 7 PM there was raffle. There were many donated items from many businesses and groups to be raffled off. Auburn Car Repair & Offroad donated a $1000 to WOHVA to help their cause.

This was one of the best ORV events I have attended in a long time. Many hope WOHVA will do it again in Eastern Washington.

For more information about Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance:
Web: www.wohva.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WOHVA.NW/

Here are some photos of the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance Meet & Greet:

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Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WOHVA) Meet & Greet
Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WOHVA) Meet & Greet

Eastern Washington Adventures


Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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