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Photos: Ahtanum State Forest Trail Maintenance, Clean Up, & Camp Out

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Ahtanum State Forest
Trail Maintenance, Clean Up & Camp Out

Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On the Tuesday July 22nd, 2014 we met up at the Ahtanum Winter Recreation Trailhead for the Annual Eastern Washington Adventures Ahtanum State Forest Trail Maintenance, Clean-up & Camp Out. The rain came and cooled things down. We set up camp and had a good time around the campfire.

Wednesday morning the rain was coming down hard. We pulled the drain plugs on the JK, tighten up the bikini top and were ready to roll. Others were ready to go with their tops and doors. Around 10 AM we headed up Red Saddle Road for some Green Dot repair, trash removal and trail maintenance on Sedge Ridge.

We turned up the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail and started working. At Cultus Hole Vista we stopped for lunch. After lunch we worked our way down the South Fork then back up on the routed Boulder Trail. The rain stopped and it got warm. Once we topped Sedge Ridge we called it a day and headed back to camp.

Thursday we headed out around 10 AM going up the North Fork Ahtanum. It was a little cold and looked like rain father up the ridge we went. We started doing trail maintenance, Green Dot repair and trash clean-up as soon as we turned onto the Blue Lake Trail. At Blue Lake we took a quick photo and headed up 4W615 to Blue Slide Lookout for lunch. After lunch we headed down FS1024 and onto 4W613. We did some maintenance on 4W613 and took breaks at the view points. Once at Louie Way Gap 4W608, we headed back to camp by taking Nasty Creek Road out.

On Friday we headed out around 10 AM at worked on Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail and a few Green Dot roads. We came out off of McLane Canyon Road and headed down the North Fork, through camp and back on on Sedge Ridge to finish the maintenance on the east end of the ridge. We headed back to camp after we came up to the place we left off on Wednesday.

On Saturday we started the big clean up with many different groups. My family went with Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 and cleaned up the lower campgrounds. Around 5 PM everyone was back and we had a potluck dinner. Later a few people went up to Darland Mountain and watched the sun set.

This was a great time at the Ahtanum State Forest thanks to all who came. Some of the volunteers were from the following groups/clubs: Eastern Washington Adventures, Yakima Valley Timber Wolves, Jeeping Nomads, Selah Cub Scout Pack 276, Yakima Ridgerunners, The Cascadians and maybe a few more.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Adventures Ahtanum State Forest Trail Maintenance, Clean up, & Camp out:

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Photos: EWOR Rimrock 4×4 Run

Rimrock 4×4 Run
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On July 17, 2010 we met up on FS1202 and unloaded the trail rigs for the Rimrock 4×4 run.
We first hit trail 4W609. There was a lot of by-passes, unmarked trails and deep ruts.
The dry flat part of the trail were a challenge to get through with my aired down 33s. I had to stay out of the ruts since I was dragging diffs.

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We came up on a nice hill climb. The Tweety Jeep walked up with ease.

I was parking when Havo came up. Next was Waycrazy.

We watched Waycrazy’s front tires leave the ground a few times.

Sorry about the bad pic.

Sparky74CJ’s turn.

Sparky74CJ’s rig walked up pretty well.

Dirty had fun taking the harder lines up.

On up the trail we found a tree down across the trail so Havo cut it and we moved it.

Here we stopped to regroup.

Some how we came down 4W608. We turned off and took 4W610 to FS1202. At this point Sparky74CJ and Waycrazy headed back to their tow rigs.

We headed up to FS1201 then ran the upper part of 4W608.

At this point and had a choice of running off camber or up this deep rutted chute.
Since my 33s were not tall enough, I took the off camber trail around. Havo and Dirty drove up the chute.

Here comes my Co-pilot. He was out taking pics.

Havo working it.

At the top of 4W608 at 4W613 we found someone left a campfire hot in the trail and there trash.
We had to pull out the trash to let it cool before picking it up.

I took some pics as the trash cooled down.

After we got the trash picked up and campfire out, we moved back down 4W608.

There is one spot on the trail that has a tree of many colors.
My back tire came off the ground and I use the rain gutter to stop the XJ from flopping.
Havo was telling me to turn and he didn’t see a big rock he drove onto causing him to flop over.

HavoJr had a hard time getting out.

Dirty winched Havo’s rig back onto it wheels.

Now it was Havo’s turn with the tree of many colors.

On down the trail we turned off 4W608 and onto 4W608A coming out at Long Lake.

You can see Havo’s new carnage.

We stopped for a short break at Long Lake.

This was our last stop before running the forest roads back to the tow rigs.

This was a very fun trip thanks to all who came.



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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.
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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.

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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: Exploring Rimrock 4×4 Trails

Exploring Rimrock 4×4 Trails
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

After camping for the Rimrock 4W608 work party the night of August 23rd, 2008, we explored on the way home to West Valley Yakima.

Here are some photos of the day:

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Looking across Louie Way Gap were 4W613 climbs up Strobach Mountain on Divide Ridge.

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Photos: Rimrock Trail 4W608 Work Day

Rimrock Trail 4W608 Work Day
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

Rimrock’s 4W608 has many deep mud holes. Because of all the mud holes there are many by-passes. Some of the by-passes have mud holes so more and more by-passes are being made. The Forest Service needs volunteers to help fill the holes or the trail could be closed.

On August 23rd, 2008 member of the All Wheeler Off Road Club and Eastern Washington Off Road met up at the Lower 4W608 Trail Head to start work on the trail. The Forest Service had a trailer we could use to move rock. Waycrazy first had to repair the trailer before we could use it which he did a few weeks earlier. BSLM pulled the trailer to the trail with his Blazer. Waycrazy brought out a tractor to load the trailer.

Here are some photos of the day:

We set up base camp at the 4W608 Trail Head and FS571.

At first BSLM used his Blazer the pull the trailer on the trail and Waycrazy ran the tractor.
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BSLM took over driving the tractor and I took over hauling the trailer. It was time for the Tweety Jeep to get a workout.Rimrock

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The load was so heavy it drug the Tweety Jeep back down a small hill climb I couldn’t top. Fish used his full size to pull the Tweety Jeep and the trailer to the next deep mud hole.

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On my next and last load I broke an axle in the Tweety Jeep and had to winch up a hill.Rimrock

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This was a great time and for a great cause. Thank you to the people that came out to help.

After a days work we did not make a very big dent on what needs to be done. I was told another club will be adopting 4W608 and taking over working on the trail. I wish them good luck and thank them for taking on this big job.

Note:
Please do not spin your tires in the mud on the forest 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.
Tread Lightly!



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