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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.

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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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Photos: EWOR Shoestring 4×4 Run

Shoestring 4×4 Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday August 9th, 2008, Eastern Washington Off Road & All Wheelers Off Road Club members met up on FS590 for the Shoestring 4×4 Run. We took FS590 up and onto 4W617 (Lily Pond).

Scuba had turn around due to a fuel leak right before the bridge. The bridge was real slick from the mud hole at the beginning of it. Right after the bridge there was a good hill climb. On top there was another good climb.

At Lily Pond we turned up 4W676 (Kaner). A ways up 4W676 we stopped for a break.

Up at the top of 4W676, we made a wrong turn since most of the trail marks are missing. We found 4W306 (Manastash Ridge) and was back on track. Near 4W308 (Shoestring), Soggy Mountain had his cross member come loose. It was a quick fix and we were going again.

We turning off 4W306 onto 4W309 (String). Waycrazy made another wrong turn so I went on to the intersection of 4W309 (String) at 4W308 (Shoestring) to wait for them to turn around.

We turn right on 4W308 (Shoestring) and run the trail to Region 4 Meadows where we took a break.

We turning off 4W308 (Shoestring) onto 4W307 (Tripod) and ran it back to the top of Manastash Ridge. We turn off 4W307 (Tripod) onto 4W694 and then down 4W686 (including Wood Pecker). On Milk Creek Road we turned up FS590 to get back to the base camp.

A few of us camped but most headed home.

This was a great trip thanks to all that came.

Here are some photos of EWOR Shoestring 4×4 Run:

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Photos: EWOR Shoestring 4×4 Run & Camp Out

Shoestring Run & Camp Out
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Run called by Waycrazy of the All Wheelers Off Road Club
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Hank Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday, August 11th, 2007, we met up the All Wheelers Off Road Club camp on FS1708-590. After Waycrazy fixed his CJ5 we headed out to FS1708 (Milk Creek) and then on up. FS1708 turned into 4W686 right around the corner from where we turned onto FS1708 because the land slides. We turn on FS589 to 4W685. 4W685 took us back onto 4W686. Near the end of 4W686 there we had a few routes we could take. All of them were steep, loose, and dusty. At the top we turned onto 4W694 and ran it to Funny Rocks. A few of the guys played on them.

After a little time there we back tracked 4W694 and ran it to 4W307 (Tripod Flat). We next turned on 4W308 (Shoestring). We stopped for lunch at Region 4 Meadows.

After a short time we were on our way. We crossed some small bridges and drove on tank tracks on the trail. We crossed a longer bridge and then came up to a Y in the trail. The trail to the right was 4W309 (String). At this intersection Scuba had to stop to fix his tie rod. As Scuba was fixing his XJ the Timber Tamers came by us on 4W309. After they past a CJ came up from behind us. There was two real nice guys named John and Dave Hopper. They knew us from the web site and decided to come a long with us.

We moved on up 4W308 (Shoestring) but didn’t get very far when Waycrazy broke his steering. After Waycrazy got his CJ drivable we get around the corner and Scuba’s front tire goes flat. Printthis came back down and aired Scuba’s tires up. Then we were on our way. At the top of the climb we turned onto 4W306 (Manastash Ridge) and ran it north a short distance then turned off onto 4W676 (Kaner Flat). We ran 4W676 (Kaner Flat) down and turn onto 4W617 (Lilly Pond). At the end of 4W617 was at FS1708-590. Our camp was just down the hill from there.

Thanks Waycrazy for wanting to have this run. Thanks to everyone that came and made it a fun run.

Here are some photos of EWOR Shoestring 4×4 Run & Camp Out:

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