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Photos: PNW4WDA Region 4 Pick Up A Mountain

PNW4WDA Region 4
Pick Up A Mountain
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

September 18th through the 20th of 2009, Region 4 of the PNW4WDA held an event called “Pick Up A Mountain” in the Nile area west of Naches in Jim Sprick Park.

Eastern Washington Off Road members meet up at 8 AM Saturday September 19th, 2009. Some members camped and others drove up for the day. Here is “Pick Up A Mountain” from our day at the event.

Everyone signing in with the Shindig Wheelers.

The Timber Wolves ran the raffle.

We aired down and headed up FS1701. Our first stop was at the SF1701/FS530 Camp to pick up trash. We ran into some people that were camp there which already did a good job picking up. They thought this was a great thing the wheelers were doing. We took some of the bigger pieces of trash that they had no room to haul off.

Up at the top of FS1701 we turned onto 4W694 at the trail head near Barber Springs Road.

On up the trail we stopped at a camp where last year we hauled off a lot of stuff. Again we found a lot to haul off that was left here over the year.

Monster found some carpet.

The guys found some plastic and a tarp.

Crawl Mama happy to be there.

Jarrod found a table.

Tiny found I think a cot frame.

Filling up Crawl Dad’s Toy.

Moving on up the trail.

This is the second pair of panties my son “Test Dummy” removed from this trail.

Here are some of the rigs of the day.

My co-pilot “Jeepscum” walking the trail for trash.

At 4W670 we had some people pick up trash down to FS1701 and then back up.

We stopped at the Manastash Vista to pick up trash. It was raining pretty good.

The rain slowed down to a mist and the sun started coming out.

Ron Dunn AKA used the tarp we had found earlier since him and he son were getting wet.

I thought this side-by-side was going to run Jeepscum over.

Jeepscum walked a long way picking up trash.

We picked up Funny Rocks as we went through. “Phantom 309” was climbing the rocks when we got there.

We moved onto trail 4W695 and past through Moon Rocks picking up trash.

Monster going after a muffler.


Jeepscum walking Moon Rocks where we could not drive.



Hercules in the XJ.



Jerry. This Toy has great flex.

Crawl Dad trying not to loose his truck load of trash.

Regrouping to leave Moon Rocks.


The guys found a car seat nailed to a log near the 4W695 creek crossing.

My co-pilot Jeepscum.

Dropping down to FS1701 we found a lot of trash.

Regrouping at FS1701. As we pulled to the side of the road, Doug Conner and Earl Nettnin came by in a FS Pickup loaded with all kinds of stuff they picked up.

Jeepscum way off the road picking up trash.

One we were regrouped we headed on down FS1701 and then up FS530.

We turned down 4W675. We found a lot of stuff in this area.

We filled up most of the rig where we couldn’t fit much more. We headed on down the 4W675 to FS1702.

We stopped down FS1702 to pick up a long smashed RV crapper hoses in the road.

My XJ’s cargo area was close to full. Any more bags would have fell on the kids in the back seat.

More of the trash we picked up.

Looking in the dumpster at some of the weird stuff found.

Now back to have some Region 4 fun.

Odo crossing the finish line for the Kids Jeep Race.

I will have to bring a full size Chevy next time for the kids. LOL

The adult Jeep Race was very fun to watch.

He needs a new navigator for sure.

This was a great time thanks to all that came. It was great getting to meet some wheelers I had never met before.

A special thank you goes out to everyone that worked to make the event happen.

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Wenas Wildlife Area Exploring Run (Part II) – Sept 13 2009

Wenas Wildlife Area Exploring Run – Part II
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On September 13th, 2009 after the Jeeping Nomads 4×4 Swap meet in Yakima I came home to a hot house. I talked the wife into going for a drive in the 99 XJ that has air conditioning.
We headed out toward the end of the North Wenas Rd. to find the Green Dot road I missed the day before.

We found the entrance near the end of the pavement.

There was no big yellow sign like the other area.

On up around the bend there was a gate.

Working our way up the ridge we found this sign facing the way we just came from.

Up on top of the Umtanum Ridge we could see the Manastash Ridge Observatory.

Zoom in view.

Looking at the road ahead.

The view to the right, Cleman Mountain.

On up the road we found the top of Black Canyon. To bad the road did not still go through.

Up near Kelley Hollow Rd. we came up to the back side of a “No unauthorized vehicles” sign.

We were on the Green Dot road so the sign must have been for an old road across the brush.

We headed on. We dropped down Durr Rd. to the Sheep Company entrance and then headed home.

This was a fun trip. I would like to see this area with snow on it. It would be very challenging.

A special thanks to JayW and SuperGlock for the info on the road I could not find on the first day out.

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Photos: 2009 Jeeping Nomads 4×4 Swapmeet

Jeeping Nomads 4×4 Swapmeet
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On September 13th, 2009 the 15th Annual Jeeping Nomads had their annual 4×4 Swapmeet.
Here are a few pictures I took.

There was a lot of different stuff to buy.

They had a Show & Shine.

Here is the Jeep only parking.

I guess a M151 is close as it gets to a Jeep without being one.

This XJ has hot and cold water for showers.

Here are two important booths.

Deputy Martin working the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office ORV booth.

Doug Conner working the Region 4 PNW4WDA booth.

Doug was nice enough to move so I could get a picture of our new Region 4 banner. Thanks Doug!

Some rigs for sell.

Some cool add ons.

The All Wheelers member booths corner.

Another view of stuff for sale.

Some of the Shindig Wheelers.

Pin striping for those who only web wheel. The rest of us get our pin striping on the trail. lol

Jeepscum’s booth.

The booth.

We had a lot of All Wheelers members show up. Here are a few of them.

Here Colemancooler is showing Roll-Over how to drive across the bridges on Naches Pass Trail. lol

Peanut working the ORV Trail Watch booth.

Ron Dunn Jr. paid for this section which has booths for ORV Trail Watch, the All Wheelers’ Eastern Washington Off Road forum and Thanks Ron!

This was a great time. I bought some tail lights from Jeepscum and ordered a Lock Right from The best part of coming to this event was all the people I got to see and talk with. Close to home and sunshine was another plus for me.

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Photos: Wenas Wildlife Area Exploring Run

Wenas Wildlife Area Exploring Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On September 12th, 2009 we meet up at the Sheep Company Road entrance.

Only two rigs on this run, Craigen’s and mine. CentalGrand rode shot-gun in my rig. My three little boys and puppy came too.

We use Bell Tel. Road to get up on Umtanum Ridge. We turned on Durr to drop off the North Slope.

Here is looking down toward Ellensburg.

At Umtanum Creek we stopped for a break.

We saw something standing on the ridge above us.

There were some goats looking down at us.

Odo trying to cross the water without falling in. Kind of in a strange way.

Trouble x 4.

After a short break we headed on up the ridge. The Longhorn Sheep just watched up drive on by.

At the end of Durr Road we turned up the Ellensburg Pass.

A few miles down the gravel road we turned off onto Hanson Pond Road.

Hanson Pond.

We worked out way up Manastash Ridge to the observatory.

We lucked out that there was a guy there that offered us a tour of the observatory.

The basement area had bedrooms.

Heading upstairs to see the telescope.

This was upstairs.

There are rooms between floors.

Back on the bottom floor.

Video by Craigen

Our group of the day.

Looking at Mt. Rainier from the Manastash Ridge Observatory.

Looking back at the towers on Durr road we had pasted earlier.

We turned on Mud Flats Road and headed down to the North Fork Wenas Road.
After getting on the pavement I started looking for a Green Dot to take us back up onto Umtanum Ridge.

Later I found out I missed the first Green Dot road which I though was this one. This was is call Black Canyon Road.

Here we found out this Green Dot road stops.

We headed on down North Fork Wenas Road toward Wenas Lake.

We turned off onto Hessier Flats Road.

We turned onto Kelley Hollow Road. At the top we stopped for a break.

Next we turned onto the Ridge Road and then back down Durr Road to go back home.

This was a fun day thanks to the people who came.

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Photos: PNBA Naneum Ridge State Forest Drive

Naneum Ridge State Forest
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On September 5th, 2009 the Pacific Northwest Backroad Adventures group meet up in Ellensburg Washington to run the Green Dot Roads of the Naneum Ridge State Forest.

Here are some pictures I took of our drive on this rainy day:

We had ten rigs on this tour.

The Trail Boss some how got out of the lead.

Airing down on Cooke Canyon Road.

Turning up Rd 8.13.1

We stopped for the first break here.

Rd 4.12

Lunch break.

Heading up to Wenatchee Mountain.

Everyone trying to see Wenatchee through the clouds.

It is down there somewhere.

Trail Boss Jerry.

On back down the mountain.

Swift Creek Road.

Turning on Beavert Road.

Airing up on Schnebly Canyon Road.

This was a very fun run thanks to all that came. Next time I hope to see the views. LOL

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