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Photos: EWA 2013 Thanksgiving Weekend Fun & 4×4 Run

Eastern Washington Adventures
2013 Thanksgiving Weekend Fun & 4×4 Run
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Every year Eastern Washington Adventures has a Thanksgiving 4×4 run on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for the Club members. A long with the 4×4 run, some come over to the EWA Club House for the get togethers. Some camp the weekend.

This year members started showing up Friday Afternoon to camp the weekend at Eastern Washington Adventures and some stayed at the North Park Lodge in Selah. There was a get together Friday Night in the EWA Club House.

Saturday November 30th, 2013, the people staying in Selah convoyed to Cowiche. They stopped at Highland Quick Stop for fuel and food. Then off to the end of pavement of Cowiche Mill Road to meet the others.

After airing down they headed up Cowiche Mill Road. The group work there way through Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ “Ahtanum State Forest” and up to “Jumpoff Fire Lookout”  in the Naches Ranger District over looking Rimrock. There wasn’t much snow but it was very cold.

Next the group headed back down and then up Cowiche Ridge. They ran Cowiche Ridge up and onto the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. The group stopped at Strobach Mountain Vista for the view of Rimrock but only could see glimpses off the ridge because of the clouds.

Since the days are short around Thanksgiving in the Northwest, the group headed for home around 4 PM from Strobach Mountain.  They headed back down Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail cutting a down tree off the trail along the way. They dropped down and out Nasty Creek airing up at the Nasty Creek Corrals near Tampico.

After airing up most of the group convoyed to the EWA Club House with a few stopping off for potluck supplies at the Selah Red Apple Market. At the EWA Club House the group had a potluck dinner. After dinner some headed for home or back to there motel.

Sunday morning there was a potluck breakfast in the EWA Club House before the rest headed for home.

This was a great time thanks to all who came for some part of the Thanksgiving weekend.

Here are a few pictures of the Eastern Washington Adventures Thanksgiving Weekend:

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Photos: Jumpoff Lookout 4×4 Snow Run

Jumpoff Lookout 4×4 Snow Run
Hosted by Waycrazy.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Saturday January 9th, 2010 we up to FS1302 to see if we could make it to Jumpoff Lookout.
Waycrazy was the trail boss on this run. I rode as his co-pilot.

Here are some pictures of the day.

Insanity Fab crew.
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Waycrazy’s shock mount broke.
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Some of the guys on the run.
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A fun open hill side.
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Waycrazy lost a motor mount, a tranny mount and the fan ate the radiator when he raced Superglock up the hill.
With help from Punisher and a few others, Waycrazy was able to drive the rig again.
The Insanity Fab crew escorted Waycrazy back home and the rest of the group headed on up with Colemancooler taking the trail boss position.
I hitched a ride with Nevada in he Toyota.

Mount Rainier from FS1302.
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We made our way though an off camber are and regrouped at Jumpoff Lookout.
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Mount Rainier and clouds over the Rimrock lake area from Jumpoff Lookout.
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Divide Ridge.
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Looking back at the ridge we made our way up.
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Bethel Ridge across the way.
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My ride back down.
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Superglock got stuck and Colemancooler pulled him out.
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The off camber area.
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The Shindig Wheelers making sure we made it though the off camber area.
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We all made it back out by dark.

This was a very fun run thanks to everyone that came.



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Photos: Exploring Rimrock 4×4 Trails

Exploring Rimrock 4×4 Trails
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

After camping for the Rimrock 4W608 work party the night of August 23rd, 2008, we explored on the way home to West Valley Yakima.

Here are some photos of the day:

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Jumpoff Lookout and Mount Rainier
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Jumpoff Lookout – National Historic Lookout
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Louie Way Gap
Looking across Louie Way Gap were 4W613 climbs up Strobach Mountain on Divide Ridge.

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Photos: Rimrock Trail 4W608 Work Day

Rimrock Trail 4W608 Work Day
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

Rimrock’s 4W608 has many deep mud holes. Because of all the mud holes there are many by-passes. Some of the by-passes have mud holes so more and more by-passes are being made. The Forest Service needs volunteers to help fill the holes or the trail could be closed.

On August 23rd, 2008 member of the All Wheeler Off Road Club and Eastern Washington Off Road met up at the Lower 4W608 Trail Head to start work on the trail. The Forest Service had a trailer we could use to move rock. Waycrazy first had to repair the trailer before we could use it which he did a few weeks earlier. BSLM pulled the trailer to the trail with his Blazer. Waycrazy brought out a tractor to load the trailer.

Here are some photos of the day:

We set up base camp at the 4W608 Trail Head and FS571.

At first BSLM used his Blazer the pull the trailer on the trail and Waycrazy ran the tractor.
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Here is the rock pile the Forest Service brought for 4W608.Rimrock

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There were some big rocks the tractor had problems lifting.Rimrock

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The trailer pushed the Blazer off the trail.Rimrock

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BSLM took over driving the tractor and I took over hauling the trailer. It was time for the Tweety Jeep to get a workout.Rimrock

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Lunch break.Rimrock

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Here is a heavy load for the Tweety Jeep.Rimrock

The load was so heavy it drug the Tweety Jeep back down a small hill climb I couldn’t top. Fish used his full size to pull the Tweety Jeep and the trailer to the next deep mud hole.

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On my next and last load I broke an axle in the Tweety Jeep and had to winch up a hill.Rimrock

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This was a great time and for a great cause. Thank you to the people that came out to help.

After a days work we did not make a very big dent on what needs to be done. I was told another club will be adopting 4W608 and taking over working on the trail. I wish them good luck and thank them for taking on this big job.

Note:
Please do not spin your tires in the mud on the forest trails for fun. Spinning tires for fun is one of the ways the mud holes start and hold water. After the holes are started then others spin their tires trying to get out of the mud holes and the mud holes grow into mud bogs.
Tread Lightly!



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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:

White Pass Scenic Byway.

White Pass Scenic Byway.

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Clear Creek Falls Overlook

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

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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4W641 (Leaning Tree). The trail marker was missing.Rimrock

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This stream was next to the trail.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.
We turned up 4W608 to see where we were having the work party on Saturday.Rimrock

This was a fun day exploring with the family.



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