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Photos: EWOR Naches Pass 4×4 Day Run

Naches Pass 4×4 Day Run
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham & Hank Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

Naches Pass is a historic wagon trail made for settlers going toward the Puget Sound. Click for more info!

UPDATE: The west end of the 4×4 trail has been blocked off from FS7065 to FS70.

Saturday July 29th, 2006 we meet up at the Wood Shed on SR410 and convoyed to Bear Creek near the Naches Pass trail to drop off my tow rig.

We started at Naches Pass Trail 4W684 at FS1913 and headed west to the end. The trail had a lot of traffic but we made some good time.

There are a lot of bridges on the Naches Pass Trail just past FS1913. Close to the Government Meadows Test Dummy was driving along and his rig dropped in a hole causing him to get stuck. We pulled him out and headed up to the Pacific Crest Trail parking area to hike to Camp Urich for lunch.

After lunch we continued west. The last part of the trail was real extreme. There were two different paths near the end. Most of us dropped of the steep one and Test Dummy tried the other which really twisted on his rig. One we were all down on FS70 we took a break.

After the break we headed up FS70 guessing the way back to Pyramid Pass. We missed the turn at FS7080 and found a horse camp. We back tracked to what looked to be a main road and took it. It was the right one over Pyramid Pass taking us back over coming out on FS1914.

Thanks guys for coming out. I am looking to do another camping trip to run Naches Trail here soon. I hope more of you can make it next time.

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

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Photos: EWOR 2006 “Wild Winger!” Naches Pass 4×4 Run

“Wild Winger!” Naches Pass 4×4 Run
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham & ? / Eastern Washington Off Road

Naches Pass is a historic wagon trail made for settlers going toward the Puget Sound. Click for more info!

On Thursday July 13th, 2006, I headed to Little Naches to set up camp near the East Naches Pass Trailhead. I blew a tire on the motor home just outside of Cowiche. Off to a great start.

On Friday Fatboy, Mischief Maker, Tiny, Yeti, Colemancooler and Blaine all pulled into camp.

PullUout, Dr. Turbo, YJ Guy and his friends showed up Saturday morning. YJ Guy and his friends came over from the west side by the forest service roads. They wanted to get going and we were not all ready yet so they went on a head of us. We finely were all ready and left around 10:30 or so. Blaine left his Scout at camp. It was new to him and he hadn’t did any mods to the rig yet or something a long those lines.

As soon as you come on at the trail head you can see a new sign. BF Goodrich just gave the Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association (PNW4WDA) some money to put into the trail.

Just up the trail things started happening to rigs. Yeti’s Scout wouldn’t come out of gear because the linkage broke. Yeti got his linkage fixed and Dr. Turbo broke his rig in a mud pit. Dr. Turbo got going enough to go back home in two wheel drive. As we were getting ready to get going, Fordman’s party of 3 XJs showed up from the west side. Fordman tried Dr. Turbo’s mud hole from the other side and broke is welded Dana 35. PullUout pulled Fordman out and we headed up the trail.

The next part was a climb with a big hole at the top. I drove up around the hole. It was a little off camber but better than climbing up out of the hole. Fordman had to winch up that part. Yeti was the Tail Gunner. Yeti tried to climb up through the hole on top and twisted the rear drive shaft. We moved up the trail to give Yeti some room to winch up. There was a nice flat area to regroup after we dropped back off the side of that hill. After everyone regrouped and had a short break, Fordman’s party decided to go on up the trail so they could get Fordman’s XJ back to the other side of the pass. We headed out in two groups. Yeti, Fatboy and I (Ceg) hit the first forest road we found and headed back to camp to drop off Yeti’s Scout. We met back up with our group at FS1913. We were back on the trail with Fordman’s party ahead of us. The trail right after FS1913 had a lot of short bridges. One was zigzagged a few times. We caught up with them after Fordman broke his Dana 30. At least that is what we heard on the CB. We took a break to let them get up the trail.

After it sounded like Fordman was on a forest service road we headed on up the trail. There was a long bridge right not far from FS1914 and after were a lot of hill climbs. We stopped for a photo of the Naches Pass sign and then took a break at Government Meadows. We walked up the Pacific Crest Trail to read the signs and check out the cabin.

After the cabin, we ran on down to the first FS road we could find to run it back around to the east side. We stopped at a place we had cross earlier. Colemancooler had to get going so he went back toward NF19 and we hit the trail to run it back to camp. It was getting dark.

It was nice to get to see the part of the trail that we missed as we headed back. We were back at the part of the trail where Yeti broke his drive shaft and found a quad on it’s side. We helped the guy flip it back over and headed on into the mud hole section. I drove on through the last mud hole and Tiny followed. Tiny didn’t make it. We had to go around the by pass to get him out. When this was happening, PullUout got stuck in the Dr. Turbo hole and had to winch out with two flat tires. He popped the beads on them. We couldn’t do anything until morning so we headed back to camp. We got back to camp and had a few beers before bed.

The next morning PullUout, Tiny and Fatboy were gone trying to get PullUout’s rig back to camp. I guess PullUout lost a bead on another tire too. They used my front tires off my pickup. At the time I was hoping that was who took them. They got the rig back to camp. It looked funny with all the miss matched tires. They use my other two tires so PullUout could get his rig back home. PullUout came back with a small pickup to swap tires with me.

The Naches Pass Trail was a lot of fun. The trail head is only 52 miles from my house so I think I we go back real soon. Thank you to the guys that came out. It was great wheelin’ with you.

Note: This trail has changed over the years. There has been a reroute over the flat area we regrouped at. The mud holes at the east end were part of the trail and the by passes were very tight. We are happy those deep mud pits were filled. A lot of people broke their rigs in them. Mudding is illegal in this area. Please Tread Lightly.

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

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Photos: EWOR Do The Dew Run Part II

Do The Dew Run Part II
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham & Jake McClain / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday July 8th, 2006 Roll Over, Flippy, Tiny, Test Dummy and I (Ceg) headed toward the Ahtanum State Forest for part two of the “Do The Dew Run”. I hauled the 5 quads on my trailer.

We stopped at Tampico Store on the way up.

We unloaded near Nasty Creek Corals and rode down the service roads to Louie Way Gap and took a short break.

As we sat there we heard a group of rigs coming up 4W608. I am guessing they were the Wandering Willys Jeep Club since some of the rigs had that logo. The lead rig was a YJ driven by a female with a Crash Dummy riding shot gun. The lady told us she was testing out her new 8.8 and asked us asked us what was up 4W613. I told her and she decided to turn the group around and head back down to Rimrock.

We headed up 613 toward Strobach Mountain. The first climb out of Louie Way Gap is a steep power climb.

The next real steep part has a lot of big rocks on the trail. Tiny, Test Dummy and I had some problem on this part. I came close to rolling because of too much weight in my rear box.

We stopped at the first view point. You could see Long Lake below. Looking across you had a great view of Rimrock Lake with Mount Rainier in the background.

As soon as we left the view point we came up on the off camber part of 4W613. We use to go under a tree with roll bar paint on it but someone cut it down taking away from the 4W613 experience.

Back into more off camber stuff. Just add some snow and mud and it becomes real fun. I had to winch up the trail. Flippy and Tiny both could not get up the trail either because of the mud. Winch time for them too!

We stopped for some more views off of Divide Ridge and then turned down the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. We then turned down Nasty Creek Road and ran it back to my tow rig parked near Nasty Creek Corals.

This was a great quad run.

Here are some photos of the Do the Dew Run:

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Photos: EWOR Do The Dew Run Part I

Do The Dew Run Part I
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham, Hank Graham & Bob Green / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Friday June 30th, 2006 I went up the Tree Phones with the RV pulling my XJ. We set up camp and the others pulled in around 7 PM.

Jacob, Test Dummy, Tiny and Roll Over went riding. They went up the Mid Fork to Darland Mountain and then down to Blue Lake. They had to run the North fork to the McLaine Canyon Road to get back up to Tree Phones because of the snow on the north side of Darland. It was dark the time they got back. Jacob left for home.

The next morning Saturday July 1st Tiny, Flippy, Test Dummy, Roll Over and I (Ceg) headed out to Do the Dew (Quad Run across Divide Ridge and back). We had to cut the run short since Flippy had an appointment.

When we were out riding, Fatboy came and set up camp. We all went up the Darland Mountain and watched the sunset.

The next morning (Sunday June 2nd) we headed up toward Blue Lake. Tiny and Test Dummy were on quads. Fatboy and I were in our Jeeps. We ran Foundation Ridge and then Whites Ridge to Tree Phones for the night.

Monday Tiny and Test Dummy took a short ride before we headed home.

Here are some photos of the Do the Dew Run:

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