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Photos: EWA Ahtanum North Fork Shortcut Trail Opening Camp Out

Eastern Washington Adventures
Ahtanum North Fork Shortcut Trail
Opening Camp Out

Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Friday, May 11th, 2018, Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Red Saddle Trailhead at the Ahtanum State Forest to camp the weekend to attend the new ORV trail opening ceremony.  The weather was warm. It was a nice night to camp.

11:00 AM Saturday, May 12th, 2018, volunteers, guest and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) met up at Whites Ridge Trailhead for the North Fork Shortcut Trail Dedication Ceremony. There were presentations by Ashley of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Ron Rutherford from Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association, Devon Dekker of Yakima Ski Benders, and Brad Hill Center Director at Fort Simcoe Job Corps. There was cake provided by the Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association after.

Next everyone headed to the new trail off of the Ahtanum North Fork Road. The gate was opened, and we headed up hill to the gate at Jackass Road. There that gate was opened an the closed sign was replaced with a Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association sign.

We headed up Jackass Road to above the old trail and waited for the rest of our group to join us. Next we convoyed up Jackass Road and part way though Ewe Neck where met up with some of the Ski Benders turning around due to of camber snow drifts. We talked with them away and then moved back down Jackass Road to the short cut. We headed down the North Fork Shortcut, up the North Fork and up Mclane Canyon to the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail where we took a break. After the break, we headed up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail hitting patches of snow along the way. One long patch of snow, I got stuck due to my lockers were not working. Don pulled me out and took the lead. We went until the snow got deep on a steeper hill climb. We turned around and took a break at Make-out Point. After a short time we headed back to camp at Red Saddle Trailhead for the night.

Sunday was a very nice day. Everyone packed up. Kevin and Doug went for a ride, the rest us headed home.

This was a great time thanks to all who came out.

Here are some photos of the EWA Ahtanum NF Shortcut Trail Opening Camp Out:

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Earl Nettnin (PNW4WDA Region 4 Director) and Ron Rutherford (Jeeping Nomads) at the top of the new Ahtanum North Fork Shortcut Trail.

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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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This Saturday: EWA Wenas Recreation Area Clean Up & Camp Out

Wenas Clean Up
Wenas Clean Up

The 2nd Annual
Wenas Recreation Area Clean Up & Camp Out
Clean up Saturday May 5th, 2018 9:30am-3:00pm
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Sponsored by Selah Sweets

THIS IS A COMMUNITY EVENT OPEN TO EVERYONE

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

The Clean Up starts at 9:30AM Saturday May 5th, 2018, at BBQ Flats. Sign in before 10 AM. Make sure you say if you need a day pass.

SIGN IN INFO:
At the link below, people can fill out their information ahead of the work party and then just sign their name to check in the day of the event at BBQ Flats. Check in time 9:30 AM.
https://www.dnr.wa.gov/event/wenas-green-dot-clean

Join DNR staff and partners from Eastern Washington Adventures to pick up litter and help maintain Wenas Wildlife Area green dot roads near BBQ Flats and Cascade Park.

What to bring
Volunteers should weather-appropriate clothing, gloves, boots, water, lunch and a legal four-wheel drive vehicle to navigate green dot roads.

Directions
Meet at BBQ Flats. From Highway I-82, take Exit 26. Turn right onto WA-821 North and left onto WA-823 South. In 2 miles turn right onto North Wenas Road. In 20 miles turn left onto Maloy Road and follow out to BBQ Flats. Please drive slowly on Maloy Road near the homes.

Camping information: A Discover Pass is required for all street licensed vehicles that are parked for camping. Everyone is welcome to camp at the Base Camp. Meet & Greets Friday and Saturday evenings.

See photos of past events: 2017

Any questions please contact:

Selah Sweets
3250 Selah Loop Rd., Selah, WA 98942
SelahSweets.com
(509) 698-4244
E-mail: EasternWashingtonAdventures@gmail.com


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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Photos: EWA Wenas Recreation Area Camp Out & Clean Up

Wenas Recreation Area Camp Out & Clean Up
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures and the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets

Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets & Flint Buchman.

On Thursday, May 4th, 2017, my son Doc and I headed up to BBQ Flats at the Wenas Recreation Area to set up camp for the weekend camp out. It was a very nice day to be in the mountains. That evening it started to sprinkle but it was warn enough to be out in t-shirts. Doc did some Pine-cone Golfing as I took photos of the cool rainbow. We sat under the pop-up with the propane campfire going into the night. Doc slept in the campervan with me since the tarp was not big enough to keep rain out of his tent. Lucky he did, because around 1 AM we had a thunder and lightening storm. It lasted around 40 minutes and then there was a heavy downpour.

On Saturday, May 6th, 2017, volunteers and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) met up at our camp for the clean up. At 9:30 AM groups headed out. Two groups in ORVs headed out to replace Green Dot markers and pick up trash. Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 headed out to pick up trash from BBQ Flats to and through Cascade Camp.

Around 3:30 PM all the groups meet back up at BBQ Flats with the trash and tools for the DNR to take back to the Ahtanum Guard Station.

The campers had dinner and enjoyed the campfire. The wind made it a cold night.

Sunday was a very nice day. Everyone packed up and headed home.

This was a great time takes to all who came out.

Here are some photos of the Wenas Recreation Area Camp Out & Clean Up:

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Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 garbage truck!
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Looking down at Kittitas Valley.

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Observatory Road at Wenas Road – Ellensburg Pass.

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Wenas Recreation Area Camp Out & Clean Up
Wenas Recreation Area Camp Out & Clean Up

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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Photos: Wildfire Awareness Day at the Ahtanum State Forest

Wildfire Awareness Day
at the Ahtanum State Forest
Hosted by Boy Scouts of American (Grand Columbia Council, Skookum District),
Selah Sweets, and the Department of Natural Resources.

Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets.

At noon on Saturday April 8th, 2017, we met up at Whites Ridge Trailhead in the Ahtanum State Forest for Wildfire Awareness with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The DNR staff talked about wildfires, the hard work to put them out, the equipment they use and how to help prevent wildfires. The volunteers were able to see and feel what the fire crew uses to put the wildfires out.

This was a very fun and educational event. Thank you to all the volunteers, DNR staff and Smokey Bear.

Smokey says, ‘Only You Can Prevent Wildfires’. Click for Smokey’s website!

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Here are some photos of the Wildfire Awareness Day:

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Wildfire Awareness Day
Wildfire Awareness Day
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Wildfire Awareness Day

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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Upcoming: Wildfire Awareness Day at the Ahtanum State Forest

Wildfire Awareness Day
Wildfire Awareness Day

Wildfire Awareness Day
12 to 3 p.m. on April 8, 2017
at Whites Ridge Trailhead in the Ahtanum State Forest

Wildfire Awareness Day and Ahtanum Campground Clean-up
http://www.dnr.wa.gov/event/wildfire-awareness-day-and-ahtanum-campground-clean

Join a free fun community volunteer event hosted by BSA Skookum District & Selah Sweets and with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources to learn about wildfire safety and care for our Ahtanum Campground.

Everyone is welcome!

At noon on Saturday April 8th, 2017, join DNR staff, Smokey Bear and the Boy Scouts of America Grand Council Skookum District to learn about wildfire safety and care for our Ahtanum Campground. Staff will be providing tours of a fire apparatus and sharing information on how to properly extinguish a campfire. Volunteers will be picking up litter and cleaning fire rings in our Ahtanum Campground. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

What to bring
Volunteers should bring clothes appropriate for weather conditions, work gloves, boots, lunch, water. Some hand tools will be available.

Directions
Meet at the Whites Ridge Trailhead. Exit I-82 to Valley Mall Boulevard. Turn left on Longfiber Road. Right onto Ahtanum for 13 miles. Turn right onto North Fork Road at the Tampico Store. Proceed 10 miles to the Middle Fork Road. Whites Ridge Trailhead is on the left past the guard station.

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

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ALL MINORS MUST HAVE A DNR FORM SIGN BY PARENTS OR GUARDIAN.
Participants who show up without a parent or guardian will need to have the “Minor Volunteer Registration Agreement” form filled out completely and turned in at the event. The DNR will track volunteer hours on the group time sheet, so everyone will have to fill out their name and address on the group sheet when they show up to track the hours. Download form: http://www.selahsweets.com/Public_Land/DNR/20170408_DNR_Minor_Registration_Agreement.pdf

We need a person count for any DNR so they will set up for that many and if they have any give-a-ways. Please RSVP Clay Graham at SelahAdventures@outlook.co

NOTE: You must park in the Whites Ridge Trailhead parking area if you do not have a Discover Pass and want to attend this event.

Wildfire Awareness Day
Wildfire Awareness Day

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.


Selah SweetsEastern Washington Adventures