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Photos: EWA Wagons East! Naches Pass Trail 4×4 Run

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Wagons East! Naches Pass Trail 4×4 Run
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

The Historic Naches Pass Wagon Trail is one of the most poplar trails in the Northwest. We like to run this trail in the fall after the dust is gone and we do it in the opposite direction of the settlers for more of a challenge climbing the west end.

On Friday October 11th, 2013 Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Lost Meadow to camp for the annual “Wagons East! Naches Pass Trail 4×4 Run”.

Saturday around 10 AM we headed from our camp at Lost Meadow on NF19 and then headed across Pyramid Pass with 6 rigs and met up with Mario at the end of the Naches Pass 4×4 Trail on FS70.

We took a hike down to see the cliff where the Longmire Party lowered their wagons down in October 1853. We hiked back up to start the 4×4 part of the run.

We stopped to see the sights along the way as we made our way East on the Naches Pass 4×4 Trail.

At FS1913 we turned off the Naches Pass Trail to skip the newer tight part near the east end. We went back to camp and Mario headed back home to the west side.

On Sunday we took a drive up to Raven Roost. The view up there was great. We headed back to camp after that to pack up for home.

This was a real fun event thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the 2013 Wagons East Naches Pass event:

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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:

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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Next we took FS540.

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

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Around the corner you can see Pucker Ridge.Rimrock

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

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Next we took FS550 across to FS1203 and then ran FS1202 to FS571.
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This was a fun day exploring with the family.



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Photos: EWOR Naches Pass Quad & Dirt Bike Run

Naches Pass Quad & Dirt Bike Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday August 16th, 2008 we had a quad & dirt bike run for the Eastern Washington Off Road members.

We met up at Lost Meadows Campgrounds off of FS1906-675. We hauled our quads and bikes to 4W684 at FS1913 to off load. We had five quads and three bikes on this run.

We ran across the pass to the west end and back to FS1913 to load the ORVs. Fatboy and his family camped out so I stayed the night too.

This was a great run thanks to all that came.

Here are some pictures of the day:
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Photos: EWOR “Wild Winger!” Naches Pass 4×4 Run

“Wild Winger!” Naches Pass 4×4 Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday July 19th, 2008, everyone met up at Lost Meadow off FS1906 for the annual summer Naches Pass 4×4 Run we call the “Wild Winger”.  Around 10:30 AM we hit the Naches Pass Trail (4W684) with three XJs, Two Toyota Trucks and a FJ40.

88sr5rollin1986 had a steering wheel problem before we got to FS1913. With the help of a few other, he got the steering wheel back on where it worked. At FS1913 88sr5rollin1986 took his rig back to camp because of the steering wheel problem. 88sr5rollin1986 and his Co-pilot got a ride in Scuba’s rig to see the rest of the trail.

We headed on crossing the trail bridges. “99” was afraid she was going to drive off them with her Tweety Jeep.

We stopped at the top of a hill climb so “Ron the Parts Guy” FJ40 could cool down. This is when 89 yota’s rig wouldn’t start. Oh what a feeling! Test Dummy helped 89 yota get his rig started and we were on our way.
We stopped at the top of the Naches Pass to get some pictures and then stopped for lunch at the Pacific crest trail crossing.

After lunch we headed on west down the Naches Pass Trail. At FS70, we took a break to hike down to see Naches Cliff, where the Pioneers had winch down their wagons.

Heading back over by NF70 to Pyramid Pass “Ron the Parts Guy” stopped to call his wife.

On FS1914 we jumped back on Naches Pass Trail to ran it back East. We went back to camp and ate dinner.

After dinner we took Scuba’s and my 99 XJ up Kaner (4W676) from the bottom. We ran it until we found a big mud hole Scuba could not make it through with both lockers on. Scuba finely gave up trying after I told him I wasn’t driving in that.

The next day Scuba headed home and we drove up to Ravens Roost. Up on top at Ravens Roost was a very nice view of Mt Rainier.

The Toyotas headed out for home. We head on down and decided to run Power Line. The part of Power Line we ran wasn’t bad. It beats running the road.

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

Here are some photos of the EWOR “Wild Winger!” Naches Pass 4×4 Run:

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Photos: EWOR Naches Pass 4×4 Trail Newbie Run

Naches Pass 4×4 Trail Newbie Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Run call by Ron Palstring AKA Icesis of All Wheelers Off Road Club.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday November 3rd, 2007 “89 yota” and I drove over Pyramid Pass. We met up with two west side members (Icesis & Barbie) and a guest (Carmen) on FS70.
This run was set up for the people that were new to wheeling to get some trail time. This was the first time for two ladies to drive their own rigs on the trail. Carmen in the blue Toyota pickup & Barbie in the TJ.

We met on FS70 and found a place to air down. We first ran Naches Pass Trail up to the Government Meadows Cabin parking area at Pacific Crest Trail and then headed back down the way we came up to be easy on the newbies. On the way down we ran into another group going up. I met a wheeler in a nice old Jeep that had seen the Tweety Jeep on the net. I believe his name was Brad.

We turning on Pyramid Pass and ran to the east side. On the east side we turned east onto Naches Pass Trail AKA 4W684. We got a few photos a long the way to FS1913. Brad’s group caught up to us so we pulled over and let them pass, then near FS1913 we passed Brad’s group taking a break.

At FS1913 we left Naches Pass and ran FS19 to FS1902, then up to Ravens Roost where we were hoping for some snow. There was no snow at Ravens Roost, it was just real cold!

We headed back down. We regrouped at Crow Creek Campground and then headed to Whistling Jacks where we parted ways.

This was a fun run thanks to the people that came. The newbies all did well on the trail. No carnage (yet). We hope to get them to wheel with us again.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Naches Pass 4×4 Trail Newbie Run:

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