Ahtanum ORV Trails Repair Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road
On the Looking for Snow at the Ahtanum run we saw a big tree had fallen and was blocking trail 4W613 but did not have a big enough chainsaw to cut though it. So on November 4th, 2007 we made a special trip up with bigger saws to cut the down tree and save meadows that were being used for by-passes.
We headed up with two rigs by the way of Doe Pocket and then Jackass Road. We took 4W613 to where the tree was down just before the deep woods. It was good we came up to clear the trail on that day. There were by-passes all over. Lucky they were mostly on top of the snow so there was minimal damage. In the spring the by-passes would have been bad with the snow melting and the ground being soft.
Scottd3004 and Test Dummy ran the saws as Helper-Boy and I cleared the trail. The Tweety Jeep helped drag the big stuff. We also moved some logs to block the other part of the main by-pass across the meadow. People would not have know to turn if we didn’t because you can not see what way the trail goes with snow on the ground.
We headed back out to Jackass Road and decided since it was a nice day to run out though Blue Lake. We stopped at the Blue Slide Lookout Shelter on the way down. We went down 4W615 and then passed a guy fishing on the bank of Blue Lake. On the way out the Blue Lake trail was saw a lot of random trees cut down. At the top of Gate Keeper Hill, Scottd3004 ran into the same stumps a lot of us have hit since the loggers cut the trees down last year. You can not see them as you go over. Scottd3004’s rig took on a little damage as many other have from them this year.
We said that was enough and cut the two stumps lower. As Scottd3004 and Test Dummy cut on the stumps, helper-Boy and I clear some of the broken junk off the trail.
The stumps are still sticking up but not near as high. We packed up and headed home. We did a quick stop at Tampico to air up.
Thanks for the help guys!
Here are some photos of the EWOR Ahtanum ORV Trails Repair Run: