The Historic Naches Pass Wagon Trail is one of the most poplar trails in the Northwest. We like to run this trail in the fall after the dust is gone and we do it in the opposite direction of the settlers for more of a challenge climbing the west end.
On Friday October 11th, 2013 Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Lost Meadow to camp for the annual “Wagons East! Naches Pass Trail 4×4 Run”.
Saturday around 10 AM we headed from our camp at Lost Meadow on NF19 and then headed across Pyramid Pass with 6 rigs and met up with Mario at the end of the Naches Pass 4×4 Trail on FS70.
We took a hike down to see the cliff where the Longmire Party lowered their wagons down in October 1853. We hiked back up to start the 4×4 part of the run.
We stopped to see the sights along the way as we made our way East on the Naches Pass 4×4 Trail.
At FS1913 we turned off the Naches Pass Trail to skip the newer tight part near the east end. We went back to camp and Mario headed back home to the west side.
On Sunday we took a drive up to Raven Roost. The view up there was great. We headed back to camp after that to pack up for home.
This was a real fun event thanks to all who came.
Here are some photos of the 2013 Wagons East Naches Pass event:
“Wild Winger!” Naches Pass 4×4 Run Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road
On Saturday July 19th, 2008, everyone met up at Lost Meadow off FS1906 for the annual summer Naches Pass 4×4 Run we call the “Wild Winger”. Around 10:30 AM we hit the Naches Pass Trail (4W684) with three XJs, Two Toyota Trucks and a FJ40.
88sr5rollin1986 had a steering wheel problem before we got to FS1913. With the help of a few other, he got the steering wheel back on where it worked. At FS1913 88sr5rollin1986 took his rig back to camp because of the steering wheel problem. 88sr5rollin1986 and his Co-pilot got a ride in Scuba’s rig to see the rest of the trail.
We headed on crossing the trail bridges. “99” was afraid she was going to drive off them with her Tweety Jeep.
We stopped at the top of a hill climb so “Ron the Parts Guy” FJ40 could cool down. This is when 89 yota’s rig wouldn’t start. Oh what a feeling! Test Dummy helped 89 yota get his rig started and we were on our way.
We stopped at the top of the Naches Pass to get some pictures and then stopped for lunch at the Pacific crest trail crossing.
After lunch we headed on west down the Naches Pass Trail. At FS70, we took a break to hike down to see Naches Cliff, where the Pioneers had winch down their wagons.
Heading back over by NF70 to Pyramid Pass “Ron the Parts Guy” stopped to call his wife.
On FS1914 we jumped back on Naches Pass Trail to ran it back East. We went back to camp and ate dinner.
After dinner we took Scuba’s and my 99 XJ up Kaner (4W676) from the bottom. We ran it until we found a big mud hole Scuba could not make it through with both lockers on. Scuba finely gave up trying after I told him I wasn’t driving in that.
The next day Scuba headed home and we drove up to Ravens Roost. Up on top at Ravens Roost was a very nice view of Mt Rainier.
The Toyotas headed out for home. We head on down and decided to run Power Line. The part of Power Line we ran wasn’t bad. It beats running the road.
This was a very fun weekend thanks to all that came.
Here are some photos of the EWOR “Wild Winger!” Naches Pass 4×4 Run:
Naches Pass 4×4 Trail Newbie Run Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road. Run call by Ron Palstring AKA Icesis of All Wheelers Off Road Club. Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road
On Saturday November 3rd, 2007 “89 yota” and I drove over Pyramid Pass. We met up with two west side members (Icesis & Barbie) and a guest (Carmen) on FS70.
This run was set up for the people that were new to wheeling to get some trail time. This was the first time for two ladies to drive their own rigs on the trail. Carmen in the blue Toyota pickup & Barbie in the TJ.
We met on FS70 and found a place to air down. We first ran Naches Pass Trail up to the Government Meadows Cabin parking area at Pacific Crest Trail and then headed back down the way we came up to be easy on the newbies. On the way down we ran into another group going up. I met a wheeler in a nice old Jeep that had seen the Tweety Jeep on the net. I believe his name was Brad.
We turning on Pyramid Pass and ran to the east side. On the east side we turned east onto Naches Pass Trail AKA 4W684. We got a few photos a long the way to FS1913. Brad’s group caught up to us so we pulled over and let them pass, then near FS1913 we passed Brad’s group taking a break.
At FS1913 we left Naches Pass and ran FS19 to FS1902, then up to Ravens Roost where we were hoping for some snow. There was no snow at Ravens Roost, it was just real cold!
We headed back down. We regrouped at Crow Creek Campground and then headed to Whistling Jacks where we parted ways.
This was a fun run thanks to the people that came. The newbies all did well on the trail. No carnage (yet). We hope to get them to wheel with us again.
Here are some photos of the EWOR Naches Pass 4×4 Trail Newbie Run:
Naches Pass Wagon Trail 4×4 Run & Camp Out Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham & ? / Eastern Washington Off Road
Naches Pass is a historic wagon trail made for settlers going toward the Puget Sound. Click for more info!
UPDATE: The west end of the 4×4 trail has been blocked off from FS7065 to FS70.
On Friday September 29th, 2006, we set up camp at Bear Creek near the Naches Pass Trailhead for the Eastern Washington Off Road Naches Pass Trail Run.
On Saturday, we had seven rigs show up for the run. All the rigs in this group were owned by members of All Wheelers Off Road Club. Around 10 AM, we convoyed west on NF19 and turned on FS1913 to hit the Naches Pass Wagon Trail a from there. It was sad to see they are logging near the trail so the deep woods look is gone in a few places a long that stretch.
At the area where the trail gets narrow and steeper we ran in to a group of 20 plus Jeeps. It was hard to move over to let the first one down. The others stayed up the trail and pulled off where ever they could to let us go by. Once at the top of the climb we stopped so we could regroup.
As we were parked, there was a lot more rigs and other ORVs headed east. One of the groups was PNWJeep.com. Piece County Sheriff Department also came by. They were doing Search and Rescue training. It looked like they were having fun.
Once the traffic died down, we headed on up the trail. At the Pacific Crest Trail we stopped to eat lunch go check out the cabin. Some Eastern Washington Off Road members came up from the west side. My daughter had fun playing with the wild birds. As we were there taking a break in the warm sunshine, the fog rolled in and it got cold quick.
We were ready to leave and Waycrazy found he had a problem with his CJ. JWHoss used his Bronco to tow Waycrazy’s rig back to camp. We took Pyramid Pass over. As their tow strap broke, my XJ lost a burp box hose. We were able to cut it and make it work. We added coolant but there wasn’t enough in the radiator so she started getting hot. We pull over and had to take a radiator hose off to top off the radiator. It was fixed and then we were on our way.
Back at camp, Waycrazy’s wife came up with there tow rig and they towed the CJ home. JWHoss and family headed home too.
On Sunday morning Scuba went home so that left us with only 4 rigs for the run. Around 10 AM we ran Pyramid Pass over to just above NF70 and start back west on the Naches Pass Trail.
Instead of doing the off camber part we stayed up on the top of ridge this time thinking the off camber part was the bypass. Nothing is marked on the trail on the west side. This took us to a long steep drop. After we dropped down this steep hill we came out to a T, not back onto Naches Pass Trail. That is when I was sure we use to get on Naches Trail by doing that climb in the late 1980s. Everything was grown over now. The road to the right that we use to get to Naches Trail on was not passable because the brush took it over. Wow how things change over time.
We took a left to look for the trail. It wasn’t too far, but there was a big mud hole we had to cross to get back on the Naches Pass Trail. The last part of the trail is a lot of fun. We stopped above the hiking part of the trail to go see the Naches Cliff where the Longmire Party lowered their wagons.
After a quick look, we got back into the rigs and headed down NF70 to the pavement where there was a outhouse. We had lunch in the parking area. We saw a lot of the same rigs heading home that we had met on the trail the day before.
After lunch we headed back across Pyramid Pass onto NF19. We ran NF19 to FS1913. We turned east onto the Naches Pass Trail.
At the top of the first hill climb (if you were heading west / where Yeti broke his drive line earlier in the year) they filled in the hole and made it where you can’t drive there. You now have to go around the tree where the high part of the trail was. It is a lot safer now. The big mud holes at the beginning of the trail are also filled in too. That was great. We stopped for a picture at the BF Goodrich sign near the trail head before going back to camp.
We packed up camp and headed home at dark. Mischief Maker had the long drive back to the west side. We were happy to be only 50 miles from home.
Our trip home took longer than we had hoped. The RV lost an alternator belt. We had a spare belt and replaced it in the DOT’s driveway. We got home around 10 PM.
This was a great run. Thanks for all that came out. You guys made it a fun run.
Here are some photos of the Naches Pass Wagon Trail 4×4 Run: