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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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Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Run called by Lisa Graham AKA “99”.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

99 call an Eastern Washington Off Road 4×4 Run at the Ahtanum State Forest to find some snow. She knew there had to be some up there because we can see the snow from Yakima. Here is our trip.

On Sunday, October 14th, 2007, we started off by running Nasty Creek Road up to the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. We ran into two Jeeps coming down. One was dragging out “rednk1980’s” broken Toyota. Oh what a feeling!

On Strobach Mountain we took a look off at Rimrock and Mount Rainier. Then headed up 4W613 toward Jackass Road. The hill climb before the 4W613 Upper Meadow was a little slick. The Dome Peak Fire Area was nice without all the summer deep dust since it was damp. Climbing up Foundation Ridge from the 4W613 Lower Meadow was a lot of fun with a lot of slick in places. We started to find more snow as we pasted the cattle guard. Up on top of Foundation Ridge at Jackass Road, we took a right and headed toward Blue Slide Lookout.

We stopped at the newly remodeled cabin at Blue Slide Lookout to check it out. It was a lot better then it had been.

Next we when down 4W615 to Blue Lake, then we dropped down to the North Fork Ahtanum Road. We ran it across Darland Mountain. There wasn’t much snow
on the road. Next we ran down to the Sno-park, up A2400, A2420 and onto Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. We ran that to the cross above Cultus Hole. There was a great view of the stars.

It was getting late so we ran South Fork Ahtanum Road out and back home.

This was a great wheeling weekend for us. Sand dunes on Saturday and mountain snow on Sunday.

Here are some photos of Ahtanum 4×4 Run:

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Photos: EWOR 2007 Labor Day Ahtanum Run & Camp Out

Labor Day Run & Camp Out at the Ahtanum
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Friday August 31st, 2007 we when up to Tree Phones in the Ahtanum State Forest to set up camp for the weekend.

Saturday we hit the trail around 10 AM. We ran the same trails in two groups. The quads went one way and the rigs the opposite way. We took the rigs from Nasty Creek on up the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. We stopped for a break by the Hogback and then again at the Strobach Mountain Vista. There was a view of Rimrock and Mount Rainier from Strobach Mountain.

We continued up 4W613. We met up with the quads around Dome Peak.

We dropped on down to the lower meadow and started the climb up Foundation Ridge. This part of the trail climbs pretty good and has a lot of obstacles. On on this run was a small tree down on the trail we had to cross. Scuba got hung up on it and his XJ took on some carnage getting off the log. He only lost the rear side window, a door handle, a mirror and added some good dents.

We moved on up 4W613 to the end on top of Foundation Ridge. We turned on Jackass Road and ran it to Blue Slide Lookout. There were some guys rebuilding the Blue Slide Shelter.

We headed down 4W615 to Blue Lake for a short break. We continued on 4W615 and turn down the Blue Lake 4×4 Trail. Right after the gate keeper, Scuba lost a bead on the same tire as many times before. After his last run he got his On Board Air hooked up in case this happened again. They ended up having to take the wheel off the rig to set the beads. We were back on the trail pretty fast.

At the end of the Blue Lake 4×4 Trail, we turn up the Ahtanum North Fork Road and ran it to the top of Darland Mountain. At the top we ran the Forest Service road north to the end for the view looking back toward Blue Lake. After the view, we headed back to camp for the night with on last stop at Eagle Nest.

On Sunday we had less ORVs with us on the trail. We first headed up Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. We stopped at the view point over Tree Phones and then on top close to the Grey Rock Trail at the Mount Rainier View Point.

Next we headed back down the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail, on to McLaine Canyon Road, and up the Mid Fork Ahtanum back at camp for lunch. We ran into Hoss on the way.

After lunch we headed down the Mid Fork Ahtanum Road to the Ahtanum Sno-park and then up A2400 to the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. The rocky climb is always fun for most. Luna had a little trouble getting up it with her quad.

Near the Dual Climb, Hoss’s Bronco died. He had some problem starting his Bronco. Hoss turned around and coasted back down the mountain until the trail started climbing. The Bronco would not start until I hook the strap up to it and was going to pull him with the Tweety Jeep. The Bronco fired up under protesting a Jeep pulling it. Hoss drove on out to Sno-park and I head up the mountain to meet Bobstar and Luna.

We met up with Bobstar and Luna near the Cultus Hole View Point. We took a break there and then headed back to camp.

This was a real fun run thanks to to people that came.

Here are some photos of the 2007 Labor Day Ahtanum Run & Camp Out:

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Photos: AWORC Blue Lake Meeting & Camp Out

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Hosted by All Wheelers Off Road Club
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Our club decided to have our July meeting at Blue Lake and wheel there. So on Saturday July 14th, 2007 we left with nine rigs from Ceg Ranch in Gromore around 11 AM and headed for the Ahtanum State Forest by the way of Summitview Road and then Cowiche Mill Road. We aired down at the parking area at the end of the pavement of Cowiche Mill Road. Miles up Cowiche Mill Road, we turned up C1000.

Up on Cowiche Ridge, Fatboy and Colemancooler broke off from our group and ran the Strobach and 4W613 trails. We went to Nasty Creek Corrals and up Doe Pocket. On up the trail we turned onto Jackass Road and followed it to 4W615 where we dropped down to Blue Lake.

Hercules, Bobstar and Luna met us at Blue Lake by coming up from the Ahtanum North Fork Road. Fatboy and Colemancooler drop down from Foundation Ridge after running 4W613. We set up camp and the stuff for dinner and what a great BBQ potluck dinner it was. Demontang, Bobstar, Luna, Fatboy and Colemancooler headed home. The rest of had some cold ones and BSed until around 2 AM.

Around 5:30 AM the mosquitoes started biting. They woke up the kids and we didn’t get the kids back to sleep until around 7AM. I got up around 8 AM and put on the coffee. I forgot to bring a cup and had to drink coffee out of wine cooler bottle. Scuba and Co-pilot headed home. BSLM cooked biscuits in his Dutch ovens and 99 cooked the bacon and eggs on the gas stoves.

After breakfast we headed out. BSLM headed for home. We head on around the Darland Loop. At Eagle Nest we stopped to use the out house. This is something we had not seen for over 24 hours. Talk about roughing it.

We head down to the Ahtanum Sno-park, up A2400, A2420 and got onto the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. On the way we ran into PUO at Red Saddle. We talked for a few and then headed on up to the Rocky Climb. I tried the hard climb but couldn’t get the traction with the tires I was running on the Jimmy. I went up the easier way and 99 followed in the Tweety Jeep. It still was a workout for the Jimmy. Hoss also tried the hard climb but had to take the easier way. Test Dummy’s XJ just walked up the hard climb with ease. Hercules couldn’t make it to the top of the easy climb with his bike because it was to long. He went right up the hard climb like nothing.

On up the trail Hercules and Test Dummy headed down the Ahtanum South Fork Road toward Tampico. We headed on up Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. The trail was a little tight is places for the full size rigs. This was my first time with a full size on this trail. It was a lot of fun.

We drove on up to the cross above Cultus Hole for the view of the area we use to use that has been closed off to the public by Shawn Monty Lumber Company. Since the area just past the cross is now closed, we turned around a headed back down. We turned off the trail onto the Ahtanum South Fork Road toward Tampico. Near the end of the dirt part of the Ahtanum South Fork Road we stopped to say our good byes to Hoss.

This was a very fun weekend. Thanks to all the members that came to make this a great All Wheelers Off Road Club run.

Here are some photos of AWORC Blue Lake Meeting & Camp Out:

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Photos: EWOR Labor Day Run at the Ahtanum

Labor Day Run at the Ahtanum
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham  / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Tuesday August 29th, 2006 I took up my family to Tree Phones to get a camp for the Eastern Washington Off Road Labor Day Run.

On Wednesday we loaded the kids in the XJ and the wife rode the quad. We went up to Darland Mountain and back around. We hit a few side trails on the way.

On Thursday we took a drive on Sedge Ridge.

On Friday my wife went into town to get some more fuel and supplies. I sat around camp waiting for members of the All Wheelers Off Road Club and others to show up. PullUout came up early in the day. It was nice to have someone to BS with. Everyone else showed up in the evening.

On Saturday as we were getting ready to pull out for the run, Deputy Sutliff from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office came to our camp to meet us. He said he had seen we had a run from the Eastern Washington Off Road forum. We talked awhile about the web site and about the closed areas of the Ahtanum. It was good to meet Deputy Sutliff. He said if anyone has any questions about ORV areas in Yakima County they were welcome to contact him. His e-mail is: stephan.sutliff@co.yakima.wa.us

On this run we had 4 quads (99, Tiny, Bobstar & his wife), 1 bike (Jacob) and 7 rigs (Ceg, Sgt. Superman, Test Dummy, Stiff_CJ, Mischief Maker, PullUout & Fatboy). We started off the by going down the Mid Fork Ahtanum to the McLain Canyon Road and up the North Fork. Jacob’s bike broke down and Tiny pulled him back to Tree Phones with his quad. We moved on up the North Fork Road. We turned up the Blue Lake Trail, then 4W615 passed Blue Lake and stopped at Blue Slide Lookout.

After we regrouped at Blue Slide Lookout we headed on down and onto 4W613. It was tight for PullUout’s full size. I had to stop to get the boulders out of the trail down from the cattle guard since they were to big to drive over. We had to stop on the trail while PullUout repair his power steering. Then we stopped to regroup at the Lower Meadow.

On up the trail we ran into MonsterMazda and his group crossing the Upper Meadow. We talked awhile then headed on down the trail. The next stop was on Strobach Mountain for a cool view of Rimrock.

After a few pictures we headed down the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. Near the bottom of the trail we stopped to regroup. That was good because Odo was hungry.

After we regrouped we headed down to the Nasty Creek Corrals. Most of the rigs hit the North Fork Ahtanum pavement and went back to Tree Phones. Test Dummy and I stayed with the 3 quads and ran up Doe Pocket onto Foundation Ridge and back around. It was dark the time we got back.

On Sunday Colemancooler came up to wheel with us. Dweezy camped with us but didn’t get to go with us until this days run. On this days run we had 4 quads (99, Tiny, Dweezy & Jacob) and 6 rigs (Ceg, Colemancooler, Sgt. Superman, Test Dummy, Mischief Maker & Fatboy). We took off from camp and headed up on top of Whites Ridge. Colemancooler’s rig was over heating so he headed back. We took a break at where the Grey Rock Trail meets the Whites Ridge Crest Trail.

We turned around and ran the Whites Ridge Crest Trail back down. At the Whites Cross Over Trail we meet up with Sgt. Superman. A few of the guys ran back to Tree Phones to get some refreshments and the rest of us ran the Whites Ridge Trail to the bottom. We all meet back up at the Sno-park.

From the Sno-park we ran up A2400 and then A2420 to the top of Sedge Ridge. On the way up I lost my low range in my XJ’s transfer case. I had to run the Sedge Ridge Crest Trail in high. It was fun getting up the Sedge Ridge Rocky Climb, but I made it up on the easier trail. We ran the trail to the cross over looking Cultus Hole. Deputy Sutliff had told us that the logging company bought the rest of the trail and didn’t want anyone on there land so we watched the sun set and head back down the way we came.

This was a great run. Thank you for all coming out. You made this old man happy on his Birthday.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Labor Day Run at the Ahtanum:

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