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Photos: Pacific Northwest Backroad Adventures Divide Ridge 4W613 Run

Pacific Northwest Backroad Adventures
Divide Ridge 4W613 Run

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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

I was asked to guide the Pacific Northwest Backroad Adventures group across Divide Ridge on four wheel drive trail 613 at the Ahtanum State Forest and show them the sights.

Around 10 AM on Sunday July 26th, 2009 we met up at the Ahtanum Sno-park for the Pacific Northwest Backroad Adventures Group Run across Divide Ridge on 4W613.

Greg Mackey from the Department of Natural Resources rode shotgun. My 5 year old son “Bubz” took the back seat.

We headed on the Ahtanum Mid Fork Rd. (A2000)

We stopped off for a look at Eagle Nest.
Across on the next ridge you could see where the Green Lake fire was a few weeks ago.

Next we stopped on Darland Mountain (6981′) where we could see Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood a little.

We headed down the North Fork Ahtanum Rd. and turn onto the Blue Lake Trail.

Blue Lake

We turn onto 4W615 and ran it to Blue Lake.

Blue Slide

Then we the climb 4W615 up to Blue Slide Lookout.

It looks like RollerBear wondering where he put his keys. LOL

Next we ran FS1020 and then onto 4W613.

We stopped at the 4W613 Lower Meadow so Greg could see the work the All Wheelers Off Road Club did there.

Greg added a Grey Rock sticker to a Green Dot Marker.

4W613 Lower Meadow

Here we are passing by the Dome Peak Trail.

4W613 Upper Meadow

At the 4W613 Upper Meadow we took a lunch break.

Strobach Mountain Vista

The next stop was at the Strobach Mountain Vista.

zjsheller needs to come back and wheel after the snow falls.

We will get Dirty-Toys out there too.

We decided to skip the end of 4W613 to Louie Way Gay and just run the Strobach Mountain Trail down.

On down the Strobach Mountain Trail we stopped at C1000.

Why is everyone looking like they are angry at me? Could it have been that last rock covered trail? LOL

The kids and dogs looked to have a good time.

JDavis took Cowiche Ridge down to save some time.

The rest of us ran C1000 down and onto A5000 to Nasty Creek Corals.
That is where we aired up and parted ways.

This was a very fun run thanks to all that came.



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Photos: 2009 Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean-up

Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean-up
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On July 25th, 2009 we met up at the Ahtanum Sno-park for the ORV Trails Clean-up we hosted with cooperation from the DNR.
There were volunteers from the All Wheelers Off Road Club, Eastern Washington Off Road, Pacific Northwest Backroad Adventures group, Jeepin Nomads, Out Laws, Ridgerunners and a few others. Volunteers picked up trash on the Off Road Vehicle Trails and Green Dot Roads all across the Ahtanum State Forest.

Here are two pictures of our group that work on the Whites Ridge Crest Trail.

Volunteers taking lunch.

Making our way up the ridge.

Back at the Sno-park Volunteers come rolling in with their find.

How much can you get on a quad?

Here are some of the volunteers that helped.

There was a lot to put in the dumpster.

On this day we logged 254.5 volunteer hours with the DNR.
Thank you to everyone that took the time to come out and help clean-up the Ahtanum State Forest.
I also want to say thank you to Greg Mackey (DNR) for coming with us to pick up trash.



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Photos: EWOR “Wild Winger!” Naches Pass Run

“Wild Winger!” Naches Pass Run
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Friday July 17th, 2009 two of my boys and I headed up toward little Naches to set up the club camp for the weekend.

Going West on SR410 I had a rear tire come apart.
Here is the Ceg pit crew changing the tire.

The other tire did not look to good either but I was out of spares.
We took it easy going toward camp hoping someone might have a spare I could use.

The pit crew wanted to stop and see Horsetail Falls so we did.

Horsetail Falls in the background.

As we walk back to the truck we saw a group of FJ Cruisers pass.

At our camp off FS1906 we found Guido was already there. He had been there for awhile.
The others camping showed up not long after I pulled in.

On Saturday July 18th, 2009 around 10 AM we left camp.
We took FS1906 out to NF19 and took a left.
About a mile down was the Naches Pass Trail Head to the right.
The BFG sign was still missing from someone damaging it.

We were not to far onto the trail when Waycrazy’s Classic Junk broke down.
It wouldn’t be a normal Naches Pass Run if it didn’t. LOL
Being at the front of the group I am still not for sure what happen to the CJ.

It wasn’t long and we were back on the trail.
After crossing FS1913 we came to the first bridge on the Naches Pass Trail.
I told everyone over the CB to make sure they didn’t drive off of it.
Havo-Jr must have missed that message because we heard a lot of commotion over the CB.
We stopped and my co-pilot Jeepscum walked back to check it out.

I backed up down the trail to see for myself.
Well sure enough Havo-Jr cut it too short.

Havo-Jr is new at wheelin’. I am sure he learned something.

They got Havo-Jr back on the trail and we were off.

Here we are crossing the long bridge right before FS1914.

We ran the trail up until we saw that section of trail was closed for maintenance.
They did not have a detour sign so we took a guess how to go around the work zone.
We took a right at the old clear cut, then two more right turn to come out on FS1914 close to NF19.

So we now know where 1914-789 goes.

We turned left onto FS1914 and ran Pyramid Pass over onto FS7080.
We turned off FS7080 to the right onto Naches Pass Trail.
We ran the Naches Pass Trail down to NF70 and then some took a walk down to see the cliff where the wagons were let down.

Here are my boys coming back up from the cliff.

As we were about ready to go I heard some of our member yelling fire as they took off running with fire extinguishers.
We could see fire falling under the rig.
The guy got out and opened the hood as our members are yelling not to.
As soon as the hood was opened a ball of fire came out.

The fire was out.

Scuba help the guy get his rig down to the paved part of NF70 where the guys friends were camped.

We head back to camp by the way of Pyramid Pass.
Some of us got back onto the trail at FS1914 and ran it east toward camp.

On the trail we ran into an few guys from the west side.
We invited them to camp with us off FS1906.

The next morning I borrowed Crawl-Dads trailer spare tire to use on the other side of my tow rig. I made it home without loosing any more tires.

We had a great time thanks to all who came.



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Photos: Green Lake Fire

Green Lake Fire

Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On July 11th, 2009 we were up on Jackass Rd setting up an aid station for the 50 K runners when the Green Lake Fire started.

The firemen that were at the aid station said they thought maybe
the fire was started by lighting Thursday night and had been just smoldering.

After we got the aid station set up we headed off to do some trail work on 4W613.
On the way we stopped on Foundation Ridge near the 4W613 trail head to look off at the fire.

We watched the helicopter drop water he was getting from Green Lake.

A second helicopter came.

As we were there the fire grew to the west toward Green Lake

The fire crew trucks at Jackass Road at 4W613

I had to run back to get my wife at the aid station.
The fire got bigger and the DNR asked that we took our work party out the other
end of 4W613 since the fire looked as it was going to jump Jackass road (FS1020).

Here is a picture near were the others were taken.

This was taken at the Dome Peak Trail Head.

This was taken from 4W613 at the Strobach Mountain trail.

After our trail work, I headed back up on Jackass Road to get my wife’s car.

On the way down I ran into the ORV Deputies. They were up there making sure everyone was out.

We went back to the Sno-park to get our tow rig and headed home.



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Photos: EWOR 4W613 Work Party & 50 K Run Aid Station

4W613 Work Party
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

This story starts in the Fall of 2008 when we finally moved on with an idea we had been thinking about for a long time.

Phantom-309 asked Hellieson Lumber for a lumber donation for some trail signs and they were happy to donate some 2x6s.

Phantom-309 used a router and added the works to the 2x6s.
This is what they looked like when we got them.

In February 2009 I went to Stein’s ACE Hardware in West Valley for some paint.
Stein’s set us up with a discount on some paint for the signs.

IORE donated three 4×6 post.

The younger members painted 3 sides of the 2x6s.

On July 8th, 2009 the younger members painted the back sides of the 2x6s.

July 9th, 2009 BlindPilot came over to paint the letters.

99 helped paint some of the letters since it was getting late.
BlindPilot worked late into the night to get the signs finished.

On July 10th, 2009 we headed up to the Ahtanum Sno-park to set up camp for the work party and to help with the 50 K Gray Rock Trail Run.

Around 7 PM I took two West Valley Firemen (Bob Goss and his partner) up to see where the DNR temporary moved the Gray Rock Trail for the 50 K Run.

On Saturday July 11th, 2009 I got the rigs set up for both events.

The Tweety Jeep had the trail signs and tools in/on it for 4W613. Also the table for the 50 K Aid Station.

99’s Side Kick was loaded with the Aid Station supplies.

We headed up Jackass Road and set up the Aid Station at the Gray Rock Trail.

Runner food.

Some of the Aid crew volunteers.

A fire broke out about a mile and a half up the road.
A lot of fire crew trucks came through.

The rest of our 4W613 work crew showed up around 10 AM.

We headed off to do some trail maintenance leaving 99 and some of the kids to work the Aid station.

On the way we stopped to look off Foundation Ridge at the fire near Green Lake.

On down 4W613 at the Gray Rock Trail we started work.
Red & Crawl-Dad digging the post holes.

Here is a water crossing on the Gray Rock Trail we had to add a hard bottom to.

Guido and Crawl-Mama working on the water crossing.

Crawl-Mama and Bubz.

The harder bottom water crossing.

The posts are in for the new signs.

We forgot the level and had to use a water bottle.

I had to leave the work party to get 99 and crew from the 50 K Aid Station.
I took this picture as I drove by the fire area.

The fire got bigger and the DNR asked that we take our work party out the other
end of 4W613 since the fire looked as it was going to jump Jackass road (FS1020).

Back down at the work party they were finishing up the projects at the south end of the meadow.
Guido and Bubz putting up the last sign.

While I was gone the volunteers moved a log across the Gray Rock Trail to the other side to block the meadow where people have been driving.

Now to work on the north end of the meadow.

We used the fallen tree to narrow the mud hole.

Next we headed on up the trail to the Dome Peak Trail Head.
Here is looking back at the fire.

We took the signs down to take back and restore.

At the Upper Meadow we put a Green Dot marker back up with the new tools Havo made.

At the Strobach Mountain Trail we removed the signs with air.
We do not know why we did not think about using air sooner.

Looking back at the fire from Strobach Mountain.

Here are the new tools Havo made for our club.

We were done for the day and headed out the Strobach Mountain Trail.

I broke off from the group to go get my wife’s car on Jackass Road.
After getting the car, on the way down I ran into the ORV Deputies.
They were up there making sure everyone was out since the area we being close because of the fire danger.

We went back to the Sno-park to our tow rig and headed home.

This was a good day for us but not so good for the forest that was on fire.
On this day we logged 57.5 volunteer hours with the DNR for the 4W613 signs project.

I want to thank everyone that was part of the 4W613 signs project.
A special thanks to Hellieson Lumber for donating the 2x6s, IORE for the 4×6 post and to Stein’s Ace Hardware for the discount on the paint.



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