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Photos: EWOR Ahtanum Work Crew ORV Fun Run

Ahtanum Work Crew ORV Fun Run
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

Some of the people that helped at the 2008 Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean-up wanted to go on a site seeing run on Sunday (July 27th, 2008).

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.

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Photos: EWOR 99’s Getting Out of the Heat Run at Ahtanum State Forest

99’s Getting Out of the Heat Run at Ahtanum State Forest
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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:

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Photos: EWOR Carnage Run at the Ahtanum State Forest

Carnage Run at the Ahtanum State Forest
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On June 7th, 2008 we started with two groups on this run. Three rigs started at the Cowiche Mill Road parking area at the end of the pavement and two rigs started at the Nasty Creek Corrals. Our group at Cowiche Mill Rd was Ceg, Colemancooler and Toyzuki.

We stopped on Cowiche Ridge for a short break from the bumping trail. Then moved on up the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. Close to the end of end of the trail, the trees were heavily frosted.

“Phantom 309” and “roller bear” were the ones who started at Nasty Creek. They were ahead of us and had a lot of down trees to cut to get through. Toyzuki had some fun driving through that area. A was little tight.

“roller bear” and “Phantom 309” were waiting for us at the Strobach Mountain vista. I was on my way across the clearing when I got a call on the CB from the guys in back. They stop for a deer and her baby to cross the trail in front of them.

Up at the Strobach Mountain Vista it was cold. Bubz got out of the Tweety Jeep wearing his jacket up-side-down.

Moving up 4W613 toward Dome Peak, the climb up to the Upper Meadow was slick. Since we kept sliding back down the hill with the Tweety Jeep, we decided to walk up to see how the trail around the corner was. It was about the same. My co-pilot “Wantawheel” wasn’t to sure he wanted up to go any farther.

We decided since we did see anyone behind us and could not get them on the CB, we would turn around. We came back down and had to winch Toyzuki up so the others could get by. Toyzuki had a ripped valve stem and needed to go back down to change tires. “Phantom 309” worked my winch to get Toyzuki turned around.

The group headed on up. We headed back down after Toyzuki changed his tire. On the way down we ran into BenW and JayW going up. We turn onto the Strobach Moutain 4×4 Trail and ran it down. We turned down Nasty Creek Road and headed toward Nasty Creek Corrals. We stop on the way down for a break.

Down near the Nasty Creek Corrals, we turned up Doe Pocket and ran it to Jackass Road. We turn up Jackass Road and hit snow right before the log decks and I got stuck. Toyzuki pulled me out and we were on our way.

After the log decks we hit more snow. The snow drifts were getting real deep and the off camber was getting bad. As Toyzuki was working his way through we went on to see how the trail was ahead. We stopped at a big drift where the trees opened up. We sure didn’t want to get stuck without some place to winch to. We stopped and looked across at 4W613 in the Dome Peak fire area. You could see Rimrock Lake from there.

We turned around and had a blasted hitting the snow drifts fast. My co-pilot didn’t like it, but my son Bubz egged me on. We found Toyzuki stuck. We winched Toyzuki out and started head back out. I got stuck in Toyzuki’s holes. Toyzuki pulled me out and then we head on down the mountain running Jackass road to the North Fork Ahtanum Road.

We stopped at the small Sno-park to use the restroom. I took photos of the Tweety Jeep after the Carnage Run. It came out without any damage this year.

This was a fun run thanks to the people who came.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Carnage Run at the Ahtanum State Forest:

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Photos: EWOR Memorial Day “Sunday” Run on Whites Ridge

Memorial Day “Sunday” Run on Whites Ridge
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Sunday, May 25th, 2008, we meet up at the Ahtanum Sno-park to air down. On this run we had 4 member rigs. Ceg, Test Dummy, Colemancooler and Scottd.

We ran the Mid Fork Ahtanum Road up and then the McLaine Canyon Road to get on the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail.

We came to a tree down across the trail. Test Dummy ran the saw. Scottd and Colemancooler helped clear the trail and block the by-pass.

We headed up the trail to find two quads in the snow. One was stuck.
They turned around and we started into the snow where some of the drifts made it off camber.

I made it across a long snow area of snow with the Tweety Jeep. No one was in sight. I stopped to wait for the others. We let the kids and dogs play.

Colemancooler had to winch his Toyota through one part of that area. Test Dummy had to use his XJ to give Scottd’s Blazer a pull. They were on their way again. Test Dummy was working it and Scottd was having a little more trouble getting through.

Moving on up the trail there were more snowdrifts we couldn’t stay on top of. We kept sliding down them. The off camber was a lot of fun since we had trees to stop us from rolling. One off camber drift I had both drivers’ side tires off the ground due to romping on it to get though.

It was getting worse where we could not found the trail, so we turned around. Bajaing back down was a lot of fun.

Next we ran down to the Mid Fork and up to Tree Phones. It started raining hard so Scottd headed home. We ran down the Mid Fork Ahtanum and back up on Sedge Ridge. At Red Saddle we ran down to the South Fork Ahtanum Road. We took it out to Tampico and aired up. Colemancooler headed home and we went back to the sno-park to load up the Tweety Jeep on the trailer.

This was a fun run thanks to the people that came.

Here are some photos I took of the Memorial Day “Sunday” Run on Whites Ridge:

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Photos: EWOR Memorial Day “Saturday” Run to Blue Lake

Memorial Day “Saturday” Run to Blue Lake
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

Saturday, May 24th, 2008 we met up at the Ahtanum Sno-park and aired down. In our group we had these drivers: Ceg, Test Dummy, LayemStr8, Wantawheel, 89 yota and Blackdog. Another group joined us. I can’t remember names but they were driving the following: CJ5, YJ, Toy pickup and a quad. Very nice people.

We left the Sno-park around 10:30 and headed up the North Fork Ahtanum Road. On the way up “Wantawheel” had some heater hose problems. He got them fixed and we were back moving again.

Not far past Snow Cabin Camp Ground we hit snow. The new bridge was a little off camber with the snow on it. A nice drop to the bridge on one side.

We came up on an off camber area with a big drop off with the snow level. That was fun sliding to the bottom. Not! They dug the snow out so the new wheelers could cross the off camber area. Wantawheel and 89 yota decided that was enough too hairy for them so they headed back.

On up past the last bridge, we ran into Punisher’s group coming down from the Blue Lake area. We stopped and talked with them about the trail ahead.

At the end of the open area switchback, there was a big snow drift at the trees. I had to take a few runs at it to get on top and on up. The snow was sloppy. Test Dummy made it up next. Some of the other guys had to winch up. LayemStr8 winching a few rigs up with his CJ5.

At the Blue Lake turn off the other group decided to go back down. LayemStr8 went with them. Test Dummy, Blackdog and I headed on. At the pond turn off Blackdog said he wanted to go back down. Which left only two XJs.

We headed on. I got the Tweety Jeep stuck at the bottom of the first hill climb in Punisher group’s tracks. We got the Tweety Jeep out and kept heading toward Blue Lake.

We made it up and over two more hill climbs. We could see 4W615 but could not get to it. The trail was covered by a big drift. My rig kept sliding sideways down into the trees. Since it was getting late in the day, we decided to turn around.

We went across the gate keeper going out. On the other side I found water under the snow. Second time stuck for me. Test Dummy pulled me out and I turned around. We started going the other way and Test Dummy lead. Driving on his tracks the Tweety Jeep fell through the snow into water again. Stuck number three. Test Dummy got stuck trying to pull me out. We hooked up my winch and tried to use Test Dummy’s stuck XJ as an anchor. He was on the brakes and I winch him out of his holes. I was still stuck. Next we tried to winch out hooked to a tree. Even using the snatch block the XJ would not move.
I thought the strap around the tree was going to snap. We dug the ice out from under the Jeep and used the hi-lift to put logs under the rear tire that was in the ice water. We never did see the ground in that deep hole.

On the next little hill I smeared the new driver’s mirror on a tree and got stuck for the forth time after a few runs at the hill. We winched on up and headed back down the mountain.

This was a great day of wheelin’ thanks to those who came along.

Here are some photos of the Memorial Day “Saturday” Run to Blue Lake:

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