Ahtanum Sunday Drive / Blue Lake Trail Logging Mess Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road
Update: I was told by the DRN that the logging in the area around Blue Lake is on private land owned by Ahtanum Irrigation District (AID). The trails will only be unavailable during logging.
On Sunday October 29th, 2006 we took a drive around the Ahtanum. We tried to run up to Blue Lake but the Green Dot trail was gone. Down trees everywhere. Nothing look the same. We drove around the other way by the ponds and were stopped by logs and logging equipment. The first hill climb going toward 4W615 and Blue Lake was block by a pile of longs.
We drove back to the North Fork Ahtanum Road and then up on top of Darland Mountain. It was cold!
We headed out by going down the Mid Fork Ahtanum Road with a few stops a long the way.
Halloween 4×4 Night Run Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road
On October 28th, 2006 we met up at the Ahtanum Sno-park for the Eastern Washington Off Road Halloween Run. It was dark the time everyone got there so I did not get a picture of the whole group. I counted 11 rigs.
We went up the Mid Fork. We turn on the White Ridge Loop Trail and ran it around to the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. We had to by pass the lower part of the Whites Ridge Crest Trail because of the seasonal closure. Once on Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail the fun began. The trail got tighter the higher up we went. As we passed Make-out Hill the woods came alive with spooky creatures running around our rigs.
Not far passed the Grey Rock Trail we all turned around and headed back down the Whites Ridge Crest Trail. As we came though the woods we saw a Headless Horseman. 99 about jumped out of the driver’s seat and scared the **** out of me. A little farther down the trail we saw 3 lynch men running by us on horses.
This was a fun run. It looks to be the 1st annual Halloween Run.
A special thank you to all the people that came up on horses (in the cold) to make the trail scary for the kids.
Here are the only photos of the Halloween 4×4 Night Run that came out:
Exploring North Ahtanum Backroads Run Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road
Around 10 AM on Saturday October 21st, 2006 we met up at the market in Cowiche for the Eastern Washington Off Road Exploring North Ahtanum run. A guy in a CJ5 name Shag stopped and asked if he could tag a long with us. Of course we said come along.
We started off by convoying to Hatton Road. At the gate we met one of the land owners. He said the road was open to the public but shut the gates behind you on the way through. We followed him through most of the gates with the last ride in the group shutting the gates. We made our way onto state land and ran Hatton Road up to FS1302 into the U. S. Forest Service Naches Ranger District and then up to Jumpoff Lookout.
We took a break at Jumpoff Lookout. The view off Divide Ridge was great. Rimrock Lake looked weird without all the water.
After the break, we made our way down onto Cowiche Mill Road and then turned onto C1000. It was cool seeing Teepees out in the middle of nowhere.
We worked our way up onto Cowiche Ridge and took a break. Across was Pine Mountain Lookout.
After the break, we headed on up Cowiche Ridge and then turned down Nasty Creek Road. Down near the South Fork Cowiche Creek we parted ways. Shag with through the private land to get back home since he had permission to do so. The rest of us headed on down to Nasty Creek Corrals and out the North Fork Ahtanum Road home.
This was a fun easy run and we got to meet some new cool people. It was a great day.
Here are some photos of the Exploring North Ahtanum Backroads Run:
Beverly Dunes Quad/Bike Run Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham & ? / Eastern Washington Off Road
UPDATE: The mud trail system has been closed.
On October 14th, 2006 Eastern Washington Off Road held an ORV run at Beverly Dunes. Most that came were members of the All Wheelers Off Road Club. There were twelve all together. Ten quads and two bikes. The weather was nice most of the time we were there. The wind picked up in the evening.
The sand dunes were fun to play on but the muddy trails where a favorite of many in the group. I used my quad’s Warn winch to pull a few stuck quads out of the deep mud.
We loaded up around dark and headed hope. We had a real fun day.
Naches Pass Wagon Trail 4×4 Run & Camp Out Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road 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!
UPDATE: The west end of the 4×4 trail has been blocked off from FS7065 to FS70.
On Friday September 29th, 2006, we set up camp at Bear Creek near the Naches Pass Trailhead for the Eastern Washington Off Road Naches Pass Trail Run.
On Saturday, we had seven rigs show up for the run. All the rigs in this group were owned by members of All Wheelers Off Road Club. Around 10 AM, we convoyed west on NF19 and turned on FS1913 to hit the Naches Pass Wagon Trail a from there. It was sad to see they are logging near the trail so the deep woods look is gone in a few places a long that stretch.
At the area where the trail gets narrow and steeper we ran in to a group of 20 plus Jeeps. It was hard to move over to let the first one down. The others stayed up the trail and pulled off where ever they could to let us go by. Once at the top of the climb we stopped so we could regroup.
As we were parked, there was a lot more rigs and other ORVs headed east. One of the groups was PNWJeep.com. Piece County Sheriff Department also came by. They were doing Search and Rescue training. It looked like they were having fun.
Once the traffic died down, we headed on up the trail. At the Pacific Crest Trail we stopped to eat lunch go check out the cabin. Some Eastern Washington Off Road members came up from the west side. My daughter had fun playing with the wild birds. As we were there taking a break in the warm sunshine, the fog rolled in and it got cold quick.
We were ready to leave and Waycrazy found he had a problem with his CJ. JWHoss used his Bronco to tow Waycrazy’s rig back to camp. We took Pyramid Pass over. As their tow strap broke, my XJ lost a burp box hose. We were able to cut it and make it work. We added coolant but there wasn’t enough in the radiator so she started getting hot. We pull over and had to take a radiator hose off to top off the radiator. It was fixed and then we were on our way.
Back at camp, Waycrazy’s wife came up with there tow rig and they towed the CJ home. JWHoss and family headed home too.
On Sunday morning Scuba went home so that left us with only 4 rigs for the run. Around 10 AM we ran Pyramid Pass over to just above NF70 and start back west on the Naches Pass Trail.
Instead of doing the off camber part we stayed up on the top of ridge this time thinking the off camber part was the bypass. Nothing is marked on the trail on the west side. This took us to a long steep drop. After we dropped down this steep hill we came out to a T, not back onto Naches Pass Trail. That is when I was sure we use to get on Naches Trail by doing that climb in the late 1980s. Everything was grown over now. The road to the right that we use to get to Naches Trail on was not passable because the brush took it over. Wow how things change over time.
We took a left to look for the trail. It wasn’t too far, but there was a big mud hole we had to cross to get back on the Naches Pass Trail. The last part of the trail is a lot of fun. We stopped above the hiking part of the trail to go see the Naches Cliff where the Longmire Party lowered their wagons.
After a quick look, we got back into the rigs and headed down NF70 to the pavement where there was a outhouse. We had lunch in the parking area. We saw a lot of the same rigs heading home that we had met on the trail the day before.
After lunch we headed back across Pyramid Pass onto NF19. We ran NF19 to FS1913. We turned east onto the Naches Pass Trail.
At the top of the first hill climb (if you were heading west / where Yeti broke his drive line earlier in the year) they filled in the hole and made it where you can’t drive there. You now have to go around the tree where the high part of the trail was. It is a lot safer now. The big mud holes at the beginning of the trail are also filled in too. That was great. We stopped for a picture at the BF Goodrich sign near the trail head before going back to camp.
We packed up camp and headed home at dark. Mischief Maker had the long drive back to the west side. We were happy to be only 50 miles from home.
Our trip home took longer than we had hoped. The RV lost an alternator belt. We had a spare belt and replaced it in the DOT’s driveway. We got home around 10 PM.
This was a great run. Thanks for all that came out. You guys made it a fun run.
Here are some photos of the Naches Pass Wagon Trail 4×4 Run: