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Photos: Rimrock Trail 4W608 Work Day

Rimrock Trail 4W608 Work Day
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On August 29th, 2009 we met up in Tieton at Waycrazy’s house.
We hooked up the Forest Service trailer and headed to Rimrock’s Trail 4W608.

At the 4W608 trail head near FS1200 the Forest Service had brought in some rock last year for volunteers to use for the mud holes on the trail.

  • The idea is to put bottoms on the deep mud holes on 4W608.
    Since the holes are getting too deep to drive through the trail has been getting wider and by-passes are being made.
    It is sad this trail may be closed because of all the damage users are continuing to do.We volunteered a day a year ago to help keep this trail open. We added many loads of rock to the first sets of holes.
    On Saturday we volunteered to help another day on 4W608.
    The rock we added the year before was buried from people making the mud holes wider just to throw mud.
    The rock seemed to work where the holes did not get any deeper.

Guido loaded the first load of rock.

Using Fish’s modified F250 to pull the Forest Service trailer, we were off to add more rock to the first mud hole.

Roller-Bear packing the rock.

Looking back at the rock at the 4W608 trail head.

We added another load to the first hole.

After getting loaded again we drove up the trail to the bad area of the trail.

Here we stopped to see where we where going to turn this big truck around to dump.

Wow. We were real shocked to see what was mud hole after mud hole turned into one big mud bog.
This is 10 times as bad as it was a year ago.

Four-running finding a lot of trash where people must have been out watching there buddies tear up the trail.

Here we are back at the rigs with a plan.

Moving up the trail.

We skipped over some holes to start on the real bad part.

There was a wide by-pass so fish was able to get the truck and trailer turned around.

Here goes the first of many loads in the hole.

Time to move the rock by hand to build a road.

Down the hill for another load.

Roller-Bear ran the tractor in the afternoon.

There were some big rocks.

Heading back up the trail.

We had some problems with the hitch and had the trailer come off coming out of a hole.
We tightened the hitch some, put the trailer back on and we were on our way again.

Guido and Four-running adding rock to some holes.

Dumping in the big bog again.

We have a lot of work ahead.

The kids running down the trail to go look for trash.

Four-running and Guido building up the trail so the trailer can get farther in.

Fatboy helping too.

On the way back down the nut broke off the hitch ball.
Here is the trail fix.

We made it back to the trail head and got another ball on a mount.
Fish forgot his hitch key so we had to move the ball over. It was on tight.

We finely were ready to load again.

Back at the mud bog we found a little frog. We moved it out of the hole so he wasn’t smashed.

The guys worked on moving rocks to get the trailer in.

Getting ready to dump.

After the load was dumped the volunteers place the rocks so the trail was passable through this section.
It started to rain and we were burnt out. A group meeting to talk about calling it a day.

The next two pictures will show how deep the hole was.
This picture was from before we started.

After

Back at the trail head Waycrazy had to move the rock back into the pile.

This was Wrangler’s first trip to the trails.
She puked as soon as we hit the trail because of the bumps and then again later.
She had a good time running around with the kids.

On this day we logged 80 volunteer work hours with the Forest Service.
Bill Kabrich volunteered 3 hours of his time transporting the tractor that Burrows Tractor let us use.
Thank you to Burrows Tractor and thank you to all that volunteered that helped out to keep 4W608 open.

Note:
Please do not spin your tires in the mud on the trails for fun.
Spinning tires for fun is one of the ways the mud holes start and hold water.
After the holes are started then others spin their tires trying
to get out of the mud holes and the mud holes grow into mud bogs.
Others make illegal by-passes to go around the mud holes.
Then the trail gets closed since it cost money to rebuild the trail.
Volunteers that work on these trails help to keep them open,
but on this trail the damage is growing faster than what is being fixed.
Tread Lightly!



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Photos: Truck Drives off mountain from String Trail (4W309)

Truck Drives off mountain from String Trail (4W309)
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Manastash Ridge, Washington –
On August 8th, 2009 a guy decides to drive his truck off the 4W309 trail on the ridge to get to the lower part of 4W309 which he could see from the top. This is what we were told by the people in the other rig with them we met earlier on 4W330. They were on their way to look for Search & Rescue and had a flat and had to borrow a jack.

Some quad riders in the area where there helping by the time we got there. The quad riders said the driver was in pain but could walk around. The passenger was conscious but could not move. We stayed to help until the Search & Rescue got there. We had to guide the helicopter in by phone. The Search & Rescue and Forest Rangers on the ground showed up as the helicopter was landing.

We do not know how this story ended. We just hope for the best.



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Photos: EWOR Shoestring Run

Shoestring Run
Report by Clay Graham

On Saturday August 8th, 2009 we met at the Eastern Washington Off Road camp on FS590 off of Milk Creek Road.

I rode shotgun with Scuba.

We headed up FS590 toward 4W617 (Lilly Pond Trail).
We found a land slide on FS590.

Turning onto 4W617 (Lilly Pond Trail).

Here is a little dirty bridge next to a mud hole.

The next bridge was hard to get up onto since you have to get mud on your tires to get to it.

Scuba came close to sliding off the bridge.

On up past the first steep climb coming up to the second.

On up at Lilly Pond we found Guido waiting for us.

We turn up 4W676 (Kaner Flats Trail).

On up the trail Waycrazy broke his steering on his CJ.

We tried to weld it back together with jumper cables and batteries.

Some of the PNWJeep.com guys came by as Waycrazy worked on his CJ.

PNWJeep.com makes their women walk. LOL

Next the Shindig Wheelers came up with some of their friends from Oregon.

Lucky for Waycrazy they had a welder and a professional welder with them.

After Waycrazy’s rig was put back together we moved on up the trail past the Shindig Wheelers.

Mrs. Bobcat was digging my new shades I borrowed from Scuba’s Daughter.

Moving up past the tombstone.

We turned onto the 4W306 (Manastash Ridge Trail) toward 4W308 (Shoestring Trail)

Next we dropped off the ridge and ran 4W308 (Shoestring Trail) down.

I always thought this was a good idea.

The Scuba 4×4 Team.

We stopped at Region 4 Meadows for a break.

At the end of 4W308 (Shoestring Trail) we turned up 4W307 (Tripod Flat Trail).

We turn off 4W307 (Tripod Flat Trail) onto 4W330 (Tip Over Trail).

The hill climb in the background looked to be a mean one.

At the bottom of that hill climb Waycrazy’s steering broke in another place.
As he was working on it, this guy in a 4runner comes down the trail running a flat tire.
He did not have a jack to change it out so Waycrazy loaned him his.
The guy in the 4runner told us he was in a hurry to go find the Search & Rescue
because his friend rolled his rig trying to take a short cut off the mountain.

Waycrazy got his rig fixed enough to drive back out going up and over to the 5 fingers.
Guido followed Waycrazy back to camp.

We headed on with Scuba as the lead vehicle.

The mean hill climb was nothing.

At the end of 4W330 (Tip Over Trail) we turn up 4W309 (String Trail).

Some quad riders in the area were there helping by the time we got to the roll over.
The quad riders said the driver was in pain but could walk around.
The passenger was conscious but could not move.

We stayed to help until the Search & Rescue got there.

We had to guide the helicopter in by phone.

The Search & Rescue and Forest Rangers on the ground showed up as the helicopter was landing.

Yakima Herald report: Rider hurt when pickup rolls down cliff
More pictures I took: Truck Drives off mountain from String Trail (4W309) – Aug 8 2009

After the Search & Rescue and Forest Rangers did not need our help anymore we headed on up 4W309 (String Trail).

At the top of the ridge we turn on 4W306 (Manastash Ridge Trail) toward 4W676 (Kaner Flats Trail).

This section of 4W306 (Manastash Ridge Trail) is pretty mean to the bottom side of the rigs.

BlindPilot might have been cussing me on this part.

Test Dummy looked to almost flop it right before this part.

We turned off the 4W306 (Manastash Ridge Trail) back down 4W676 (Kaner Flats Trail).
As soon as we turned something in Test Dummy’s Dana 30 broke.
Test Dummy ran it hoping for the best.

It wasn’t another 50 feet later, Scuba’s Dana 30 was popping bad.
We found the axle u-joint broke and took out the axles.
Here is a picture of it down the trail after running it a ways.

We turned off 4W676 (Kaner Flats Trail) and ran 4W617 (Lilly Pond Trail) back to camp.

On the way BlindPilot pointed out that the only two Jeeps not to break on this run were TJs. He’ll have his day. LOL.

This was a very fun run thanks to all who came and to some cool people we seen on the trail.



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Eastern Washington Off Road Meet & Greet – Aug 1 2009

Eastern Washington Off Road Meet & Greet
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On August 1st, 2009 we had a meet and greet at Eastern Washington Off Road in Selah.
The hot weather kept many from coming but we did have some that came and had a good time.
Here are a few pictures I took during the day.

Test Dummy the first to go play on the RTI Ramp.

Kicker’s turn

Test Dummy out back playing on the logs.

DirtyBill’s turn on the ramp.

Colemancooler’s turn.

DirtyBill back for more fun on the ramp.

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