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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 Ahtanum Work Crew ORV Fun Run

Ahtanum Work Crew ORV Fun Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

Some of the people that helped at the 2008 Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean-up wanted to go on a site seeing run on Sunday (July 27th, 2008).

We left the Sno-park around 11 am and headed up the Mid Fork road (A-2000) and onto the Whites Ridge Loop Trail (A-2600). Next we turned up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. We turned toward the North Fork Road on the McLaine Canyon Road (A-3300). On up the North Fork Road (A-3000). We turn off onto the Blue Lake Trail.

We stopped for a break at Blue Lake and then head up 4W615 to Blue Slide Lookout. We stopped for a view overlooking Blue Lake, then on up tp Blue Slide Lookout on FS1020.

After a break, we headed on back down 4W615, the Blue Lake Trail and then turned up the North Fork Road toward Darland Mountain.

We crossed Darland Mountain and headed down the Ahtanum Mid Fork (A-2000) and a few of us stopped at Eagle Nest. The rest of the group headed back to Sno-park to pack up camp.

This was a fun run thanks to all that went.

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Photos: 2008 Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean-up

Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean Up
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

10 AM Saturday July 26th, 2008, we met up at the Ahtanum Sno-park to set up for the Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean-up we hosted with cooperation from the DNR. We had a big turn out. There were a lot of Eastern Washington Off Road and All Wheelers Off Road Club, some members of PNW4WDA, Lower Valley Canyon Crawlers, Jeeping Nomads, Peak Putters, Ridgerunners, Tuff Enuf Cascade Crawlers, Outlaws, Washington ATV Association and some other caring people. There were 58 volunteers total on the ORV Trails sign-in list.

The Ski Benders also had a clean-up the same day as we did. They took the North Fork Road to clean-up along with the Big Bowl. I am not sure what other Snowmobile areas they worked in.

My group (Ceg, 99, Monster, Bubz, Doc, Odo, Soggymountain and Mrs. Soggymountain) cleaned up the Whites Ridge trails. The first trail we ran was the Whites Ridge Loop trail starting at the bottom off the Mid Fork. We found a tire on Whites Ridge Loop Trail. We turned up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail and ran up to Norm Check Point for lunch. After lunch we ran Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail to the end to start that trails clean-up for the top down. One section of the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail didn’t have much to pick up since the loggers widened the trail burying what could have been there. Another trail turned into a Hi-way. We ran Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail back down to Whites Ridge Loop, McLaine Canyon Road and on to the Ahtanum Mid Fork back down.

Back at base camp people started coming in with a lot of trash. We loaded up two trucks and took the trash to the dumpster.

We had a big Potluck BBQ after everyone was back at camp.

It was great to have so many caring people come out. Thank you to all that came to help and support this Ahtanum State Forest trails project.

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2008 Ahtanum Clean up highlighted in

Peterson’s 4 Wheel and Off Road

January 2009 Issue

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Peterson’s 4 Wheel and Off Road Ahtanum Clean Up article.


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Photos: EWOR “Wild Winger!” Naches Pass 4×4 Run

“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:

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Photos: EWOR Father’s Day 4×4 Camp Out on Manastash Ridge

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:

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