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Photos: EWOR Ahtanum State Forest Green Dot Work Party Part 2 of 2

Ahtanum State Forest Green Dot Work Party Part 2 of 2
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

The next morning we headed up Sedge Ridge to do some trail Maintenance.
We ran A-2400 up and turned onto A-2420.

At the top of A-2420 we found a mark was missing so we added a new one.

We next ran the Sedge Ridge Crest Trail toward Tampico.
Not far plast the Boulder Trail we found two big trees had fallen across the Sedge Ridge Crest Trail.

I cut the first tree and Guido pulled it into the by-pass with his TJ.

This second Tree was bigger.

Again I cut the tree and Guido tried to pull the tree into the by-pass.

Here I am getting a different hold on the tree for Guido. (I do not know what my daughter did to the camera when she took this)

Here we got the two trees moved off the trail.

We ran the trail to the end to make sure nothing else needed to be done.
Here comes Guido.

On the way back we stop for a group picture near the Goat Trail.

We ran the Sedge Ridge Crest Trail on past Red Saddle and up the rocky climb.
I wasn’t sure how the Sami would do but 99 drove it right on up.

Here I had to pull a tree top off the trail.

Where South Fork Ahtanum Road and the Sedge Ridge Crest Trail meet there were some markers missing.
People on quads were stopped there for a break so we keep going on up the trail.

Right at the top of the Double hill climb the trail was covered with snow. The snow drift was to off camber for me to stay on the trail.
I kept sliding down into stumps. I had to turn around.
The Green Dot markers at the Cultus Hole intersection will have to wait.

Regrouping.

We ran back down to the South Fork Road / Sedge Ridge Crest Trail intersection.
The quad riders had moved on. We found one marker was broken and the other two were missing.

Getting out the tools.

We replaced both of the missing markers.

We replaced the broken one.

Next we ran down the South Fork. We picked up a lot of beer cans along the way.

At the Red Saddle Road we replaced a painted Green Dot Marker with a new one.

Around the corner we replace a missing Green Dot Marker.

We also reset an old broken road marker too.

We found the old A-1400 marker fell off the post.

We fixed it with what we had.

We ran on down A-2400 toward the Sno-park.
Near the bottom if the ridge we found someone had drove on top of a Green Dot Marker we just put in two weeks before.
The Green Dot Marker is now broken.

Now back towards camp.

We packed up camp and sit around resting before heading home to the heat.
Here are two pictures during that time.

Here is the Mid fork Ahtanum Creek running behind our camp.

Odo’s dump truck is now a log truck.

We had a great weekend in the Ahtanum State Forest.

Thank you to all that came and volunteered to help with the trail maintenance.
We logged 132 volunteer hours with the DNR.



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Photos: EWOR Ahtanum State Forest Green Dot Work Party Part 1 of 2

Ahtanum State Forest Green Dot Work Party Part 1 of 2
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Saturday May 30th, 2009 some of the All Wheelers Off Road Club members came up to the Sno-park to do some more work on the Green Dot roads and trails.

We first headed up the Mid Fork and then up the Whites Ridge Loop Trail.
At the top of the ridge as the trail turns west we found a broke Green Dot Marker.

As we went along we added some new Green Dots to the markers that had the tops of them broken.

As the trail turned toward the south we found some down fall in the trail.
The members had the trail cleared in no time.

We turned up the Whites Ridge Crest Trail.
At the top of the second climb we had a big tree to remove from the trail.
People had a by-pass around both side of it.

Test Dummy cut the tree.

Fatboy pulled the tree out of the trail with his TJ.

Volunteers moved the debris.

Fatboy pulled the tree onto the most used by-pass.

Volunteers put what they could find at the top of the by-pass.

At the next intersection we replaced a broken Green Dot Marker.

Havo showing us how to stick Green Dots. lol

Just up the trail we started hitting patches of snow on the trail.

Monster jumped out of the Jeep to move some branches from the trail.

Here we placed two new markers since there was a new logging road pushed in.

On up the trail the loggers had a big mess.
I drove up what I think is the trail until I couldn’t stay on top of the snow.
I wanted to be sure this was the trail before we placed a Green Dot Marker. I walked from here.

I found the trail again where the snow is on the left.

We went back down to put the marker in at the start of the logging.

Heading back down.

I was driving the Tweety Jeep.
Here are the other member rigs:

99 wheelin’ the Sami and Test Dummy in his XJ.

Left to right: Fatboy, Guedo, Jeepscum & Havo.

Jeepscum found trash the loggers left us to pick up.

Marking the trail down from the “Make-out Hill” intersection.

We stopped for lunch at “Norm’s Check Point”.

After lunch we ran down to the Whites Ridge Cross-over trail and headed toward the North Fork Ahtanum Creek Road.

Dropping down the ridge we found one marker missing and another so far in the brush you couldn’t see it.
The volunteers removed the hidden marker and added two new Green Dot markers at this intersection.

Jeepscum in the bush.

Havo-Jr’s turn to add the Green Dots.

Test Dummy working hard pounding through the rocks.

These two are finish for now until we get a saw to cut off the top broken part on the old marker.

The Green Dot marker was broken and down at the McLaine Canyon road and the North Fork Ahtanum Creek Road.
We gave it a new Green Dot Marker.

At this point a few members had to leave.
We headed up the North Fork Ahtanum Creek Road to see if we could get the markers done on our adopted Blue Lake Trail.

The open switch back was a challenge to get up.
I made it up and ran on up to see how the trail was as the others worked their way through the snow.
I turned around at the Blue Lake Trail Head.

Havo had made it up but 99 was still at the bottom not doing well with the open diff Sami.
I took the Tweety Jeep down and towed the Sami up.

The next switch back there was a tall snow drift. The Sami had some problems getting up it.

We tried to get it to the top a few different ways with the tow strap.
The last try was me backing it way up and running those mice hard. I leaped it up on top just to get stuck.
I gave 99 her rig back and Havo pulled her on through.

We ran in snow from there to the Blue Lake Trail.

99 moving well now.

At the Blue Lake Trail Head we left the Sami. 99 and the kids jumped in the Tweety Jeep with me.
Here is the area where we had to do some marker repair.
A new Green Dot marker here to show the way out.

These two markers will have to be fixed after the snow melts. lol

We could not make it up to the top to check on the other marker so we headed back down.

Havo working it.

99 and Bubz getting back in the Sami at the Blue Lake Trail Head.

We headed back down to the Sno-park where some aired up for home and we got the camp fire going for the night.
It was a very warm night.

 



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Photos: 2009 Selah Community Days Parade

2009 Selah Community Days Parade
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On May 16th, 2009 a few of us went to the Selah Community Days starting off with the parade.

The parade was close to two hours long with many different things to look at.

After the parade was over we headed over to Wixson Park where there were many vendors and a Carnival.

In the park we got to visit with some friends and the kids got to play.
This was a very nice family event.

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Photos: EWOR Ahtanum State Forest Work Party & Mother’s Day 4×4 Run

Ahtanum State Forest Work Party & Mother’s Day Run
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Friday May 8th, 2009 we went up to the Ahtanum Sno-park to set up camp for the weekend.

Greg Mackey from the DNR came by our camp and dropped off the tools and things to use on our adopted trails.

Here are my boys picking up trash in the camp site we planned on camping in.

As the day went our members showed up to camp.

The next morning we had more members show up for the run.
We headed out toward the trail around 10:30 AM or so.

As we turned onto Whites Ridge Loop Trail we saw a Green Dot Marker down so we stopped to fix it.

We had most of the tools in Crawl Dad’s truck.

Back on the trail again picking up trash along the way.

As the trail turned west we found a tree top on the road.

Blind-Pilot pulled the tree onto an old blocked off road.

The strap got rolled under the tree.

Not far after that area we hit snow patches. I got stuck on a big drift with my Sami.

99 pulled me out with the Tweety Jeep.
We all turned around knowing just around the corner the snow was drifted badly on the north face.

We went back down to the Mid Fork Road.
We headed up and got on the other side of the Whites Ridge Loop Road snow drifts.

Next we turned up Whites Ridge Crest Trail.
We came up to another tree that dropped it parts.

The volunteers worked and cleared the trail.

Next we came up on a tree that had fell during the winter some time.
The end of the tree was covered with snow so we could not pull it around out of the way.
Blind-Pilot used my chainsaw to cut a path between the downed tree.

99 breaking this part of the trail since the Sami made tracks toward a tree.

Here is an area the Sami was small enough to cross without getting high centered.
99 in the Tweety Jeep wasn’t as lucky.

Tweety Jeep was stuck so bad we could not pull it forward.
First we tried with the Sami and then Blind-Pilots TJ.
We even tried to use the Tweety’s winch but it just about killed the battery.
Time to up grade the battery.

Havo gave 99 a pull back.

At the intersection of Whites Ridge Crest Trail and Whites Ridge Cross-over Trail we had some Green Dot Markers to repair and replace.
Out of the 4 markers only one was ok. One was broken, another missing and the other way in the wrong spot.

The broken marker.

The missing marker.

The marker in the wrong spot.

Some of the members happy that area was finished.

The Upper Whites Ridge climb had snow on it as it did the year before.
When this climb has snow on it, it gives most rigs a good challenge.
When it is dry you can make it up in 2WD.

Here is something you don’t see often, Blind-Pilot stuck.

We played awhile on the climb.
We headed back down to Whites Ridge Cross-over trail and ran it down to the Mid Fork Road.
Our next destination was Tree Phones Campground.

We wheeled the campground roads. The off camber snow drifts and tree holes make those roads fun.

The Sami did great breaking trail. A lot better than I had thought it would do since it has open difs.

To the right of Blind-Pilot you can see the top of one of the picnic tables at a campsite.

The Sami was sucked into a tree hole and got stuck.

Blind-Pilot pulled me out.

My camera was not fast enough to catch a picture of 99 driving up and over the steep snow drift.
She was already across when the camera snapped the picture.

Fox-Racers first time at Tree Phones.

The Sami in Tree Phones parking lot.

Some of the members had to head out so we all drove back down to the AWORC camp at the Ahtanum Sno-park.

Here are my little boys with there scavenger hunt bags.

After some of the members left, we headed up Sedge Ridge.
I left the Sami at camp and drove 99’s Tweety Jeep.
We took A-2400 and turned up A-2420.
We can up on an area where some trees fell into the road and people were driving up the back to go around them.
Blind-Pilot ran the saw again.

Members cleared the trail.

Up on top of the ridge, we turned Southwest on the Sedge Ridge Crest Trail.
We found a broken Green Dot confidence Marker.

Volunteers work to replace it with a new marker.

At Red Saddle we found another broken Green Dot marker.

Volunteers replaced it too.

On up the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail above Red Saddle we some snow patches.
I did not get a picture of the snow drift that I broke out the passenger side front marker and bent the radio antenna.
This snow patch was fun.

We found another tree down.
Someone had cut the end off but not enough to keep people on the trail.
Blind-Pilot and the volunteers fixed that.

We got up to the Rocky Climb to see it covered with snow.
I thought I would give it a shot right up the steep part with the Tweety Jeep.
After working it awhile I finely got to a point where I wasn’t digging thought the snow anymore.
The front tires were trying to drive up the snow and the rig felt like it wanted to go over backwards since I had to hit it hard.
Who knows if it really would of but why try?

Blind-Pilot tried to work his way around on the other trail up.

The off camber drift made it too hard to stay on the trail.
I also tried it and didn’t do any better.

Guido and Crawl Dad didn’t want any part if that snow covered hill climb.

We head back down to Red Saddle and then down A-2400 toward the Sno-park.

On A-2400 at A-2420 we replaced a missing Green Dot Marker.

Down close to the Sno-park we replace a shot up marker on A-2400.

It was close to 8 PM.
Guido was happy this was the last Green Dot Marker to do since he wants to eat dinner.

Back at camp Blind-Pilot left for home and we had dinner and did some BSing around the campfire.

The next morning we all packed up. We turned in the DNR tools, green dots and markers at the guard station.
Everyone other than my family left. We stayed to wheel some more.
99 Drove the Tweety Jeep and I drove the Sami.
We headed back up on Sedge Ridge taking A-2400.
A long the way we found another Green Dot sign down we had missed the night before.
It was an easy fix with my shovel.

On past Red Saddle we found there was a Green Dot marker missing.
As we were looking for the missing marker we saw the old road marker was down.
Monster stacked rocks around it to stand it up.

We could not find the missing marker and had already turned the new ones in so we will have to replace it another time.

We went on and turned up the South Fork Road. It wasn’t to far up we found patches of snow.
99 just about stuck it but made it through.

As we turned up the Sedge Ridge Crest trail the snow got soft.
I came close to getting the Sami stuck a few times but was able to wheel it backwards to get out for another run.

Well this time I pressed my luck and that was it.
Time for 99 to pull me out with the Tweety Jeep.

We got turned around at started heading down.
99 got off into the soft stuff and came close to getting stuck but again made it through.

We ran the South Fork road down and then went up Boulder Trail.
We stopped at a cool view point where you can see the upper and lower Yakima Valleys.

At the top of Boulder Trail we found another down marker.

I could only dig down a little so I had to put rocks around the marker.
One rock had big black flying ants under it and I made them mad when I picked the rock up.
The marker is good enough for now. lol

Up on Sedge Ridge Crest Trail we found a tree across the trail and a new by-pass.

We fixed it since I still had my chainsaw in the Tweety Jeep.

We went down A-2420 and then down A-2400 back to our camp at the Sno-park.
We loaded the Sami on the trailer and aired up the Tweety tires.
We headed home from our great weekend

This was a great run thanks to everyone that came.

Thank you to all the people that helped do the trail maintenance.
We logged 117.5 volunteer hours with the DNR.



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Photos: 2009 Beverly Dunes Clean-up

2009 Beverly Dunes Clean-up
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On the weekend of May 1st – May 3rd, 2009 we had a camp-out at Beverly Dunes for our annual clean-up.

The ORV area had less trash to pick up this year. Beverly Dunes is now cleaner thanks to the 35 volunteers that helped.

They put in a total of 170 volunteer hours.

Here are some pictures of our weekend.

The DNR made a new entrance into the Beverly Dunes ORV area and are working on building a new parking lot.

Friday afternoon we started setting up camp. We first did a clean-up in camp.

Bubz worked hard picking up all these nails from an old burn pit.

After camp was set up we hit the dunes.

Kevin broke his quad and needed a tow back to camp.

After I got Kevin’s quad back to camp we headed back out.

Test Dummy playing ring around the tree.

Some people just need their butts kicked for giving quad riders a bad name!

Camp pictures

Saturday morning Mike Williams from the DNR came and so did the rest of the volunteers.
We started the clean-up at 10 AM. Most of the rigs started at the east end and worked their way back to camp.
The quad riders hit the tight trails along the creek.

ToyZuki and my family worked our way west just above the tight trails.

It wasn’t long before we ran into the quad group and then the rig group.

A few guys were still out fixing the fence.

The rest of us went back to camp to unload the trash.

The old dogs played as we unloaded our ORVs.

It started raining and people took cover.

Crawl Mama had the kids do a Scavenger Hunt as they picked up the trash. Here is Doc’s hunt bag.

Mike making room for the trash in the DNR truck.

After the trash was loaded we were off to play in the dunes again.

Kevin gave Bubz a ride. We were hoping Kevin didn’t break this quad too. LOL

Old man Havo showing these young bucks how to ride.

The Saturday afternoon group.

The Launch!

The Ride!

Later that day “4wheelingplus.com” showed up and White-Trash gave him a ride.

Time to start the campfire. Doc getting crazy with a hatchet. LOL

Volunteers resting after a long day.

Sunday morning there was only a few of us left.

We broke down camp and hit the dunes.

BlindPilot doing the rollercoaster backwards.

How deep can you dig?

Crawl-Dad in donut land.

BlindPilot is there too!

To all the volunteers, thank you very much for your help. This was a great time and for a good cause.



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