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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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Photos: Ahtanum State Forest Trail Maintenance, Clean Up, & Camp Out

Eastern Washington Adventures
Ahtanum State Forest
Trail Maintenance, Clean Up & Camp Out

Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On the Tuesday July 22nd, 2014 we met up at the Ahtanum Winter Recreation Trailhead for the Annual Eastern Washington Adventures Ahtanum State Forest Trail Maintenance, Clean-up & Camp Out. The rain came and cooled things down. We set up camp and had a good time around the campfire.

Wednesday morning the rain was coming down hard. We pulled the drain plugs on the JK, tighten up the bikini top and were ready to roll. Others were ready to go with their tops and doors. Around 10 AM we headed up Red Saddle Road for some Green Dot repair, trash removal and trail maintenance on Sedge Ridge.

We turned up the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail and started working. At Cultus Hole Vista we stopped for lunch. After lunch we worked our way down the South Fork then back up on the routed Boulder Trail. The rain stopped and it got warm. Once we topped Sedge Ridge we called it a day and headed back to camp.

Thursday we headed out around 10 AM going up the North Fork Ahtanum. It was a little cold and looked like rain father up the ridge we went. We started doing trail maintenance, Green Dot repair and trash clean-up as soon as we turned onto the Blue Lake Trail. At Blue Lake we took a quick photo and headed up 4W615 to Blue Slide Lookout for lunch. After lunch we headed down FS1024 and onto 4W613. We did some maintenance on 4W613 and took breaks at the view points. Once at Louie Way Gap 4W608, we headed back to camp by taking Nasty Creek Road out.

On Friday we headed out around 10 AM at worked on Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail and a few Green Dot roads. We came out off of McLane Canyon Road and headed down the North Fork, through camp and back on on Sedge Ridge to finish the maintenance on the east end of the ridge. We headed back to camp after we came up to the place we left off on Wednesday.

On Saturday we started the big clean up with many different groups. My family went with Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 and cleaned up the lower campgrounds. Around 5 PM everyone was back and we had a potluck dinner. Later a few people went up to Darland Mountain and watched the sun set.

This was a great time at the Ahtanum State Forest thanks to all who came. Some of the volunteers were from the following groups/clubs: Eastern Washington Adventures, Yakima Valley Timber Wolves, Jeeping Nomads, Selah Cub Scout Pack 276, Yakima Ridgerunners, The Cascadians and maybe a few more.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Adventures Ahtanum State Forest Trail Maintenance, Clean up, & Camp out:

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Thanksgiving 4×4 Snow Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday November 28th, 2009 we meet up at the Tampico Church for our annual Thanksgiving Run at the Ahtanum State Forest.

We headed up the South Fork Road and found a place to pull off to air down.

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We followed the South Fork Road all the way up and onto the Sedge Ridge Trail. We ran the trail up towards the Cultus Hole Rim. I (Ceg) broke trail until I could not make it up the double hill climb. Colemancooler was riding shotgun with me and took this picture of me getting ready to give the hill another run.
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I moved off to the side and let the pros (Roller-Bear & Nevada) take over.
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Havo topped the climb with ease.
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Waycrazy was next and made some nice holes for me. We both had to winch up the last part.

Here are our co-pilots walking up to our rigs on top.
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Here is the recovery team.
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Test Dummy working my Samurai.
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HavoJr giving the climb a good try.
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Roller-Bear winching HavoJr up.
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Tiny made the climb on his own.
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So did TJ40.
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And BlindPilot.
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Waycrazy’s guest made it up with chains.
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I missed it if the FS Ford made it up without winching. He also had chains.
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I broke trail again until a got stuck. Havo came around me to pull me out.
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Once Havo got me out, he took the lead.
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At this point Havo ask for someone else to break trail.
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I backed up to let others around me.
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Moving on up the trail.
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Wow! Nevada got stuck. I think this maybe the first time for me to see that happen.
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Waycrazy pulled Nevada out. Here is the line up after Waycrazy.
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We all decided it was time to run the trail the other way so we all look for places to turned around.
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We regrouped at the meadow we past earlier.

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BlindPilot right before he got stuck coming to pull me out.
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Stone & Roller-Bear playing Bumper Jeeps. Test Dummy stuck.
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Tiny pulled Test Dummy out.
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Once we were regrouped I lead us back down the trail. We stopped to regroup again where we had came up the South Fork Road.
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We continued to head down the Sedge Ridge Trail. Here is Waycrazy coming down Rocky Climb.
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We again stopped to regrouped. This time at Red Saddle.
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From Red Saddle we worked our way back down to the South Fork paved road and aired up for home.

This was another great run thanks to all who came.



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Photos: EWOR Labor Day Sunday Run at Ahtanum State Forest

Labor Day Sunday Run at Ahtanum State Forest
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Sunday August 31st, 2008 most of the group had to go home and the Tweety Jeep broke down on Saturday’s run so it looked like I had no one to wheel with. Then PUO and The Punisher pulled into our camp at Tree Phones with PUO’s old Chevy Step side that was turned into some type of Monster Buggy thing. We left Tree Phones and ran down the Mid Fork. We turned off and headed up A2400 to Red Saddle and onto the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail.

Back at camp Phantom 309 showed up to pick on the Monster Buggy.

We took a run up Whites Ridge. On the way a little diesel pickup joined us. We ran the Whites Ridge Loop and then up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. We found a log across the trail and cut it out after the guys had fun driving over it.

On up the near the end we took a brake and then headed back down to Tree Phones for dinner.

This was a fun crazy time thanks to all that came.

Here are some photos of the day:

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Photos: EWOR 4W613 Work Day

4W613 Work Day
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

This year the we officially adopted trail 4W613 “Divide Ridge East”. With the late snow pack and last weekend being a holiday, we just now got a chance to work on the trail on Saturday July 12th, 2008.

Saturday we met up about 9 AM on Jackass Road at the Grey Rock Trail. My wife “99” volunteered to run an Aid station for the 50K trail runners to promote Off Roaders. Once we got “99” set up we headed up Jackass Road and then down 4W613.

Our first stop was to clear a trail off the trail at the first meadow. Demontang worked on cutting the tree off the trail. After Demontang made the cuts we moved around to get a cable on the tree. Using a tree saver and snatch block, I with Fatboy’s help started winching the cut part of the tree into the newly made by-pass.

On down the trail we cut some down trees that had been cut before just wide enough for quads. People in rigs had widened the trail into the mud to make the turn.

Down a ways was a tree across the trail that has been down since last year. I cut it up. Fatboy and Demontang moved it off to the side. A little farther down, Demontang moved another log off the trail.

The trail stated getting real tight for Demontang’s Ranger. At one pint Fatboy winched Demontang’s rig off the tree.

Down at the 4W613 Lower Meadow, there was a very big tree that fell a few years back blocking the trail. People made a by pass that cut though the stream and into the meadow. We came to fix this problem. Fatboy and I worked on pulling longs on the side of 4W613 to block off the meadow as Demontang cutting the down trees we pulled and winch into place.

We also added logs to the other side to show the Grey Rock Trailhead and some to block the by-pass made by quads.

Next we worked on blocking the mud hole from being wider. People were making the mud hole wider by driving around it into the meadow. After Fatboy drug the logs into the by-pass, Demontang cut off any branches that could cause damage to an ORV.

This was all the time we had to work on this day so we headed out. Fatboy and Demontang continued running 4W613 on out. I headed back the the 50K Aid station to help my wife load up after the run was over.

We returned the Aid Station items to Tree Phones and then took a drive up Sedge Ridge for a picnic since we new the valley was hot.

Here are some photos of the EWOR 4W613 Work Day:

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