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.
Father’s Day Weekend Camp-out & 4×4 Run on Manastash Ridge Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Hank Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road
On Friday June 13th, 2008, we headed up FS1701 to set up camp at the FS1701-530 intersection for the Eastern Washington Off Road Father’s Day Weekend Camp-out & 4×4 Run on Manastash Ridge.
Saturday morning most of the people showed up at camp and others were planning to met us up at Funny Rocks. Around 10 AM we headed on FS1701 and turn on 4W694. We stopped for a break at the Manastash Lake Viewpoint on the way to Funny Rocks.
At Funny Rocks we met with the others and then headed out turning onto 4W695. We had a hard time getting some of the rigs through the snow around Moon Rocks. We drove through Moon Rocks and headed down toward FS1701. At the creek crossing we hit a lot of deep snow in the trees. Again it was a challenge to get through the deep snow covered area. At the tree line, I had to cut a down tree off of the trail to get through. We made it down to FS1701 at ran it back to camp.
After a break at camp, we headed up FS1701-530 and went across Bald Mountain to 4W644. As we got into the trees where the trail started down hill, the snow was deep and off camber. I started down through that area and slid sideways on the off camber snow and came very close to hitting a tree. I made it around and then Test Dummy did the same thing. Everyone behind him decided they didn’t want to try it. We were to committed to change our minds. We told the others we would meet them back at Moon Rocks and we continued down.
Test Dummy and I had a great time working the rigs, trying not to hit the tree on the downhill slope. We keep falling through the snow were water was running underneath. With some winching and pulling we made it down to the bottom and out of the snow. We could not put through the snow going uphill on 4W644A to get the Moon Rocks. We had to run 4W644 out to 4W694, then onto 4W695 to get to Moon Rocks. We made it there before the other part of our group.
Once everyone was at Moon Rocks, we headed back out 4W695, onto 4W694 and then down 4W686 to FS1708. Most headed for home and the rest of us head back to camp.
On Sunday Blind-Pilot came up to camp for the day’s run. I drove our family XJ, my wife drove her Tweety Jeep, Test Dummy had his XJ, and Blind-Pilot had a TJ. The ran FS1701-530 up to where the Bald Mountain Lookout once stood for the view. Next we ran back down and turned on 4W966. We ran 4W966 to FS1702 and down to SR410. We turned on SR410 and headed toward Little Naches. My XJ had a bad case of death wobble from the tires we had just put on. We stopped at Gold Creek Restaurant to see what was wrong with the XJ. Test Dummy pulled some weights off the front rims and we were on our way again. That helped a lot.
We turned onto NF19 and then went up FS1902 toward Raven Roost. We pasted the Peak Putters coming down. They pointed out my XJ’s rear shocks were hanging. The top bolts had pulled out. We headed on up to the snow level. The ruts were deep and my XJ tires were not great. We turned around and headed back down. We did some exploring campgrounds in the area and headed out. We stopped off at Whistlin’ Jack’s before going back to camp to get our tow rig.
This was a great Father’s Day weekend thanks to all who came.
Here are some photos of the EWOR Father’s Day 4×4 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:
UPDATE: I was told from the Department of Natural Resources that the Manastash Ridge Road is closed to the public. It is not a Green Dot Road.
On June 30th, 2007, around 10 AM we met up with 8 rigs at Many’s market in Naches, Washington. Fatboy lead us out of Naches, across the Wenas Valley onto North Wenas Road and through the Wenas Pass. We turned up the Observatory Road and followed it to the top of Manastash Ridge to the Manastash Observatory.
The views from the Observatory were great. We took a group photo and headed up the Manastash Ridge. 99 being new to wheeling wasn’t sure about going down a steep loose hill we came to. She was in the lead and had to be the first one down. She went on down and did fine. We stopped to watch the others come down and then moved on.
At FS1701, Jerry headed home. We took 4W694 to stay on top of the Manastash Ridge.
Down the trail Test Dummy’s rig started having a few problems. Test Dummy dropped down 4W670 to get his rig home. We head on with 6 rigs. We stopped for a view of Manastash Lake.
We stopped at Funny Rocks to watch some rigs play and then we went to Moon Rocks.
We headed back to 4W694 and turned down 4W686.
I got out to take pictures of the wash out on Milk Creek Road because a lot of people ask to see pictures of it. I think the guys that drove around us thought I was nuts for taken road wheeling pics.
We are aired up at the bottom of Milk Creek Road (FS1708) and headed home on SR410.
This was a real fun run. Great people, scenery and weather.
Here are some photos of EWOR Manastash Summit Trail Run: