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Photos: 2nd Annual EWA Wenas Recreation Area Camp Out & Clean Up

Wenas Recreation Area Camp Out & Clean Up
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures and the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Charlie Graham / Selah Sweets

On Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, my son Odo and I headed up to BBQ Flats at the Wenas Recreation Area to set up camp for the weekend camp out. Don & Ruth were already there when we pulled in. It was a very nice day to be in the mountains.

On Friday we did at Jeep run over Cleman Mountain to Mud Lake and back collecting camp fire wood. The other campers started pulling in about the time we got back.

On Saturday, May 5th, 2018, volunteers and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) met up at our camp for the clean up. There were many volunteers from Eastern Washington Adventures, Back Country Horsemen of Washington – Wenas Valley Chapter, Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association, NW UTV Trail Riders, and others just wanting to make a difference too.

At 10 AM groups headed out. Two groups in 4×4 rigs headed out to replace Green Dot markers and pick up trash. There were many side-by-side groups picking up trash all across the area.

By 4:15 PM the last of the groups meet back up at BBQ Flats with the trash and tools for the DNR. It was a great work party.

The Eastern Washington Adventures Club had a Cinco de Mayo potluck dinner for whoever wanted to attend. Some had to head home after dinner and the rest relaxed around the campfire. We had to use pop-ups a few times to keep dry from the rain showers.

Sunday was a very nice day. Everyone packed up and headed home. We went home to rain.

This was a great time thanks to all who came out.

Here are some photos of the 2nd Annual EWA Wenas Recreation Area Clean Up & Camp Out:

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Eastern Washington Adventures


Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: 2017 EWA Cleman Mountain Halloween 4×4 Adventure

Eastern Washington Adventures
Cleman Mountain Halloween
Backroads 4×4 Adventure

Report and photos by Clay & Doc Graham / Selah Sweets

On Saturday October 28th, 2017 around 10 AM outdoor enthusiasts met up at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah, Washington for the “Halloween Backroads 4×4 Adventure”. We convoyed to the Upper Wenas part of the Wenas Wildlife Area for a backroads run up Cleman Mountain.

We aired down at the Hay barn off North Wenas Road and headed up W1100. At the top of Cleman Mountain we ran the the ridge Southeast to the end of the Green Dot where we stopped for lunch.

After lunch we back tracked past where we came up and ran the top of Cleman Mountain Northwest. We continued into the Naches Ranger District onto FS1712 and ran it to FS1701 (Bald Mountain Rd.). At FS1701 we took a break and said goodby to the people in tow of the rigs that had to head back over to Western Washington for work.

We turn up FS1701, took FS1716 and then turn on Hog Ranch Road to go back toward North Wenas Road. We aired up at the parking area off Maloy Road. Most people headed back home and a few came to the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House.

This backroads run was fun. The views were great even though it was a little hazy at times in the distance.

Back at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House we had a potluck and Halloween Party. Some of the kids played in the Haunted House. The Halloween party was a lot of fun.

Here are some photos of the Halloween Backroads 4×4 Adventure:

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Eastern Washington Adventures


Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
Shaved ice, Fudge, Souvenirs, and custom ordered snacks.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: Eastern Washington Adventures’ Selah Cliffs Hike

Selah Cliffs Hike
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Sunday March 19th, 2017, we packed up camp at the Umtanum Recreation Area (see report) and headed down the Yakima River Canyon to the Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve to hike the trail.

It was a nice day for a hike. We hiked to the end of the trail near the Fred G. Redmon Bridge (Interstate 82). From there you can look up the Selah Cliffs at the Selah Creek Rest Area.

On the way back we noticed you could see Mount Rainier and Cleman Mountain.

Here are some photos of the EWA Selah Cliffs Hike:

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Eastern Washington Adventures


Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: EWA Family Sledding 4×4 Adventure

Family Sledding 4×4 Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Sponsored by Selah Sweets

Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

At 10 AM on Saturday December 10th, 2016 we met up at the parking area at the end of the pavement of Cowiche Mill Road for the annual Family Sledding 4×4 run. On this run we had 3 Jeeps (2 JKs and 1 TJ). We aired down and headed on up the gravel of Cowiche Mill Road into the Ahtanum State Forest. We turned up C-1000 and made our way up onto Cowiche Ridge following the tracks of it look to be three other rigs. We were able to break trail in a few places which was very fun.

High up on Cowiche Ridge the views where great! You could see the Yakima River Canyon across the valleys. It was land marked by Baldy Mountain and the end of the canyon in Selah.

My JK’s charging system was having some issues so I had to turn back early before the battery died. Lucky most of the back roads home had snow on them since I had no battery power to air back up from 5 PSI. 🙂

This was a very nice day up in the mountains and a lot of fun thanks to those who came.

Note: The Ahtanum State Forest is managed by the Department of Natural Resources. A Discover Pass is required and you must follow the Green Dot Roads with wheeled vehicles. All snow groomed roads are closed to wheeled vehicles.

Here are some photos of Family Sledding 4×4 Adventure:

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Eastern Washington Adventures


Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: EWA Oktoberfest 4×4 Adventure Across Cleman Mountain

Oktoberfest Backroads 4×4 Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Saturday October 29th, 2016 around 10 AM outdoor enthusiasts met up at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah, Washington for the “Oktoberfest Backroads 4×4 Adventure”. We convoyed to the Upper Wenas part of the Wenas Wildlife Area for a backroads run up Cleman Mountain. It was a rainy day.

We aired down at the parking area off Maloy Road and headed up Auduban Road then went up Hog Ranch Road. As we got higher, we found some snow. We continued into the Naches Ranger District onto turn up FS1716 and then onto FS1701 (Bald Mountain Rd.). We onto FS1712 at headed across Cleman Mountain stopping for lunch along the way. After lunch we ran to the east end of the Green Dot Road on Cleman Mountain. We were hoping for a view of the Upper Valley but the clouds were to thick. We back tracked to head off the mountain. Due to the thick fog, we turned down the wrong Green Dot Road and had to go back up and hit the right one on down the ridge (W1100). We aired up at the Hay barn off North Wenas Road and headed back to the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House. This backroads run was fun. The views were not very good due to the clouds.

Back at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House we had a Oktoberfest potluck.

This was a fun event thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the Oktoberfest Backroads 4×4 Adventure:

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Eastern Washington Adventures


Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


Selah SweetsEastern Washington Adventures