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Photos: EWA Family Sledding 4×4 Adventure

Family Sledding 4×4 Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
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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.

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Photos: EWA 2013 Thanksgiving Weekend Fun & 4×4 Run

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2013 Thanksgiving Weekend Fun & 4×4 Run
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Every year Eastern Washington Adventures has a Thanksgiving 4×4 run on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for the Club members. A long with the 4×4 run, some come over to the EWA Club House for the get togethers. Some camp the weekend.

This year members started showing up Friday Afternoon to camp the weekend at Eastern Washington Adventures and some stayed at the North Park Lodge in Selah. There was a get together Friday Night in the EWA Club House.

Saturday November 30th, 2013, the people staying in Selah convoyed to Cowiche. They stopped at Highland Quick Stop for fuel and food. Then off to the end of pavement of Cowiche Mill Road to meet the others.

After airing down they headed up Cowiche Mill Road. The group work there way through Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ “Ahtanum State Forest” and up to “Jumpoff Fire Lookout”  in the Naches Ranger District over looking Rimrock. There wasn’t much snow but it was very cold.

Next the group headed back down and then up Cowiche Ridge. They ran Cowiche Ridge up and onto the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. The group stopped at Strobach Mountain Vista for the view of Rimrock but only could see glimpses off the ridge because of the clouds.

Since the days are short around Thanksgiving in the Northwest, the group headed for home around 4 PM from Strobach Mountain.  They headed back down Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail cutting a down tree off the trail along the way. They dropped down and out Nasty Creek airing up at the Nasty Creek Corrals near Tampico.

After airing up most of the group convoyed to the EWA Club House with a few stopping off for potluck supplies at the Selah Red Apple Market. At the EWA Club House the group had a potluck dinner. After dinner some headed for home or back to there motel.

Sunday morning there was a potluck breakfast in the EWA Club House before the rest headed for home.

This was a great time thanks to all who came for some part of the Thanksgiving weekend.

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Photos: EWOR Sledding 4×4 Run at Ahtanum State Forest

Sledding 4×4 Run at Ahtanum State Forest
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Sunday December 13th, 2009 we met up at the Cowiche Quick Stop in Cowiche Washington for our annual Sledding Run.
On this run we had 8 rigs with most carrying kids and sleds.

We headed up Cowiche Mill Road and then up Cowiche Ridge road.

We stopped to air down before going up onto the ridge.

Phantom-309 & Stone were in the area and stopped to say hi.

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We stopped to wait for Victor to make a icy climb with his Hummer.

We again stopped for Victor at the top of another hill climb.

We turn around to go back down to Victor. He was airing down some more.

I climbed back up the hill to take pics of the other coming up. Havo followed me so I didn’t get a picture of his rig.

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This area had a good snow drift and was a little hairy for the Suburban just before this picture.

We stopped to regroup before crossing Nasty Creek Road.

We drove up the Strobach Mountain Trail to find enough snow to sled on.

We stopped to sled and some headed on up the trail to play some.

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After we were finished with sledding we back tracked the Strobach Mountain Trail.

This area was kind of hairy dropping into and now I had to see if I could make it back out.

I made it out but it wasn’t as graceful as I would have liked. It was fun though.

Here we turning off Strobach Mountain Trail onto Nasty Creek Road.

We decided to go play with the rigs some so we took a side Green Dot road where the snow was deeper.

Victor got stuck.

Foxracer hooking up to pull the Hummer out with his Rubicon.

See the video here: http://www.facebook.com/v/1193648793963

Round two of Foxracer’s Rubicon puling out Victor’s Hummer.

We moved on down the mountain to Nasty Corrals where we decide to turn up Doe Pocket.

On the way up I saw some wildlife moving below down by the paved road.

On up the ridge we came to a slick hill. Here are a few pics of the rigs heading up.

It was time to head back down since some of the people had things to do.

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We stopped to regroup at Nasty Creek Corrals.

We headed to Tampico to air up. The Tampico compressor was not working so we aired up with what we had.
We all parted ways from Tampico.

This was another fun day thanks to all that came.



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Photos: EWOR Carnage Run at the Ahtanum State Forest

Carnage Run at the Ahtanum State Forest
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On June 7th, 2008 we started with two groups on this run. Three rigs started at the Cowiche Mill Road parking area at the end of the pavement and two rigs started at the Nasty Creek Corrals. Our group at Cowiche Mill Rd was Ceg, Colemancooler and Toyzuki.

We stopped on Cowiche Ridge for a short break from the bumping trail. Then moved on up the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. Close to the end of end of the trail, the trees were heavily frosted.

“Phantom 309” and “roller bear” were the ones who started at Nasty Creek. They were ahead of us and had a lot of down trees to cut to get through. Toyzuki had some fun driving through that area. A was little tight.

“roller bear” and “Phantom 309” were waiting for us at the Strobach Mountain vista. I was on my way across the clearing when I got a call on the CB from the guys in back. They stop for a deer and her baby to cross the trail in front of them.

Up at the Strobach Mountain Vista it was cold. Bubz got out of the Tweety Jeep wearing his jacket up-side-down.

Moving up 4W613 toward Dome Peak, the climb up to the Upper Meadow was slick. Since we kept sliding back down the hill with the Tweety Jeep, we decided to walk up to see how the trail around the corner was. It was about the same. My co-pilot “Wantawheel” wasn’t to sure he wanted up to go any farther.

We decided since we did see anyone behind us and could not get them on the CB, we would turn around. We came back down and had to winch Toyzuki up so the others could get by. Toyzuki had a ripped valve stem and needed to go back down to change tires. “Phantom 309” worked my winch to get Toyzuki turned around.

The group headed on up. We headed back down after Toyzuki changed his tire. On the way down we ran into BenW and JayW going up. We turn onto the Strobach Moutain 4×4 Trail and ran it down. We turned down Nasty Creek Road and headed toward Nasty Creek Corrals. We stop on the way down for a break.

Down near the Nasty Creek Corrals, we turned up Doe Pocket and ran it to Jackass Road. We turn up Jackass Road and hit snow right before the log decks and I got stuck. Toyzuki pulled me out and we were on our way.

After the log decks we hit more snow. The snow drifts were getting real deep and the off camber was getting bad. As Toyzuki was working his way through we went on to see how the trail was ahead. We stopped at a big drift where the trees opened up. We sure didn’t want to get stuck without some place to winch to. We stopped and looked across at 4W613 in the Dome Peak fire area. You could see Rimrock Lake from there.

We turned around and had a blasted hitting the snow drifts fast. My co-pilot didn’t like it, but my son Bubz egged me on. We found Toyzuki stuck. We winched Toyzuki out and started head back out. I got stuck in Toyzuki’s holes. Toyzuki pulled me out and then we head on down the mountain running Jackass road to the North Fork Ahtanum Road.

We stopped at the small Sno-park to use the restroom. I took photos of the Tweety Jeep after the Carnage Run. It came out without any damage this year.

This was a fun run thanks to the people who came.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Carnage Run at the Ahtanum State Forest:

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Photos: AWORC Top Member Challenge

All Wheelers Off Road Club Top Member Challenge
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Hank Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday January 19th, 2008, Eastern Washington Off Road hosted an event for the All Wheelers Off Road Club members for their devotion toward the Eastern Washington Off Road group. This event is called, “All Wheelers Off Road Club Top Member Challenge”, and was held near Cowiche, Washington on Cowiche Ridge.

We had 6 rigs competing. Built-not-bot, BecauseSheLetsMe, Demontang, Dr Turbo, Rednk1980 and Waycrazy. The goal was to race (wheeled ORV of choice) to the top of the ridge through the deep snow and get the challenge marker. The first driver that gets the marker wins the AWORC Top Member award. Benw and Jay W were the judges on this event.

We headed up toward the starting point and had to stop because rednk1980 got stuck. We got going again and Hercules got stuck and found his 4 wheel drive wasn’t working. They got it fix and we were on our way again.

As we climbed the side of Cowiche Ridge, the snow got deeper and softer. We had a few problems with rigs getting through one section. Tiny got stuck twice and Jerry lost a bead. Benw and Jay W winched Tiny. Some guys helped Jerry air up his tire.

On top of Cowiche Ridge, the snowdrifts were huge. The first of many hug snowdrifts was so deep, Punisher’s 44″ tall tires wouldn’t reach the ground. Punisher blew up his Chevy’s front diff on that drift.

The next challenging snow drift was in a section of trees. It took a lot of work and time for rigs to work their way up. There were a lot of rigs winching.

BecauseSheLetsMe won the All Wheelers Top Member Challenge in his 1984 Jeep Cherokee. He won a trophy & an AWORC windshield banner from EWOR, and a 1/4″ thick AWORC logo & weld on bead locks from Ron Palstring.

During the race to the marker, Demontang broke a rear axle on his Ford Ranger. They used a log in place of the wheel to get the rig down to Cowiche Mill Road onto a trailer they had brought up.

Here are some photos of the All Wheelers Off Road Club Top Member Challenge:

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