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Eastern Washington Adventures
Naneum Ridge State Forest
Work Party & Camp Out
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Odo Graham / Selah SweetsEastern Washington Tourism

This event was eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

On Friday June 29th, 2018, volunteers headed from Selah to north of Kittitas, Washington to set up camp for the Eastern Washington Adventures Naneum Ridge State Forest Work Party.

We found a flat place to set up camp on Dawson Cutoff Road. Other volunteers showed that evening.

On Saturday morning, we meet the DNR staff at The Orchard on Coleman Creek Road. Other volunteers also came to help. At 10 AM we headed across the Naneum Ridge State Forest fixing Green Dot Markers and picking up trash. We meet back up at The Orchard with the DNR in the afternoon to load the smaller trash into their truck to haul away. The big items we piled up and gave the location to the DNR staff to pick up later.

Once camp was set up, we decided to take a sightseeing drive. We headed to the Naneum Basin, then up to Wenatchee Mountain, over snow drifts on Naneum ridge Road, and then back to camp. The trip was fun even with cold high winds, but views were not good due to the clouds very low.

On Sunday we headed across the Colockum Wildlife Area to West Bar on the Columbia River. Across the river you could see Crescent Bar. After awhile enjoying the beach, we headed back to camp taking a different route.

This was a very fun weekend thanks to all that came to volunteer. Thank you to all the volunteers, Eastern Washington Adventures Members, Kittitas County Field & Stream members, and the Department of Natural Resources.

Here are some photos of the Naneum Ridge State Forest Work Party:

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Photos: EWA Naneum Ridge State Forest Work Party

Eastern Washington Adventures
Naneum Ridge State Forest
Work Party
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report and photos by Clay Graham, Ruth Andrews, & Maurice Brightmon Sr. / Selah Sweets

This event was eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

On Friday August 4th, 2017, volunteers headed north of Kittitas, Washington to set up camp for the Eastern Washington Adventures Naneum Ridge State Forest Work Party.

We found a flat place to set up camp at the end of Schnebly Canyon Road. Once camp was set up, we decided to take a sightseeing drive. We headed to Walter Flats, then up to Wenatchee Mountain, and then back to camp. The trip was fun, but views were not good due to all the smoke in the air from the fires up north.

On Saturday morning, we meet the DNR staff at The Orchard on Coleman Creek Road. We followed the DNR truck across the Naneum Ridge State Forest fixing Green Dot Markers and picking up trash. Over all, the area was in good shape.

This was a very fun weekend thanks to all that came to volunteer.

Here are some photos of the Naneum Ridge State Forest Work Party:

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Photos: 3rd Annual “Go Play Topless” Weekend

3rd Annual “Go Play Topless” Weekend
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On the weekend of September 12th-14th, 2014 Eastern Washington Adventures held the 3rd Annual Go Play Topless Weekend at their location in Selah, Washington. This year the event was sponsored by Pegasus Northwest and Selah Adventures.

Friday people came and set up camp at Eastern Washington Adventures. They gathered around the patio warming fire to visit.

Saturday morning the sun was shining bright. It was a nice day. Free coffee was severed in the EWA Club House.

Around 10 AM the group headed out for the run with four Jeeps. We convoyed over to I-82 for some supplies and then through the Yakima River Canyon. At the Ellensburg side we stopped at Helen McCabe State Park for a break. After the break we headed into Ellensburg to take Umtanum Road to the Wenas Wildlife area. At Durr Road we aired down and then continued up Wenas Pass. We turned off Wenas Pass onto Hanson Pond Road and took it up to the Manastash Ridge Observatory where we stopped for lunch.

After lunch we headed down Observatory Road, onto Mud Flat Road and out Audubon Road to North Wenas Road. We ran North Wenas Road just a little ways and turned up Ridge Road. We ran Ridge Road on up to the top of Umtanum Ridge and took a break to look back across at the Manastash Ridge Observatory. From there we ran the top of the ridge across to Bel Tel Road with one loop down Black Canyon on the way. On Bel Tel Road we headed to the bottom and out Sheep Company Road and back to the EWA Club House.

Back at the EWA Club House we had a potluck dinner and enjoyed sitting around the fire in the Biergarten.

Sunday morning there was a potluck breakfast. People then packed up and headed for home.

Thank you to all who came. Thank you to Pegasus Northwest for sponsoring this year’s “Go Play Topless” event.

For more information about this event you can visit the Go Play Topless at GoPlayTopless.com or on Facebook.

Here are some photos of the 3rd Annual “Go Play Topless” Weekend:

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Airing down on Durr Road.
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Heading west on Wenas Pass.
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Heading up Hanson Pond Road.
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Lunch at Manastash Ridge Observatory
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Heading up Umtanum Ridge.
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A break at the towers on the top of Umtanum Ridge.
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Heading across Umtanum Ridge with a loop through Black Canyon.
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GPS Mapping 4W613 Adjacent Trails
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

Sunday July 13th, 2008 we headed out to GPS map the 4W613 Adjacent Trails at the Ahtanum for the Department of Natural Resources. We also had to move some down trees on 4W613. This is the first time we had a chance to work on the northeast section of 4W613 since we officially adopted it. Waycrazy & Bubz rode with me in the Tweety Jeep. Colemancooler was in his Toyota pickup.

We aired down at Nasty Creek Corrals and headed up Nasty Creek Road. On the way up we found deer in the road. They watched us for awhile before running off.

First we GPS Mapped the short cut everyone runs to the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. We continued on Nasty Creek Road to the Louie Way Gap turnoff. This is the access road to the trailheads of Louie Way Gap. 1127 (single track), 4W608 and 4W613. A very inportant thing to add to the DNR Green Dot system.

Down at the three Trail Heads, we found the 4W608 Trail Marker was broken off. We fix it and then headed up 4W613.

We stopped at the Louie Way View Point. It is a nice view of Rimrock Lake and Mt Rainier.

We headed on up 4W613 and had to stop to fix part of the trail around the corner on a climb. Since we were already parked, we walked up to take a look off the cliff.

Next we GPS mapped the Strobach Mountain Vista. Another great place to see Rimrock Lake and Mount Rainier. There was a big forest fire many miles south of us. I believe the cloud is the Cold Springs fire.

We stopped at the 4W613 Upper Meadow near Dome Peak for lunch. We walked down to see some over grown 4×4 trails.

Next we headed through the Dome Peak fire area. We took the Dome Peak to GPS map it. We GPS mapped the trail to the end and then took a hike to the top of Dome Peak.

At the top of Dome Peak was a monument missing a plaque. I wonder what was written on it. The concrete says it was put there on my 16th birthday. There is also a survey marker from 1966.

We took in the views and then headed back down to the rigs. We turned around to backtrack the Dome Peak 4×4 Trail and Colemancooler looked like he came close to flopping it since we parked in a steep place.

Back on 4W613, we stopped to let my dogs out to drink some cool spring water. My small dog Pepper found some cow manure to roll in.

We continued on 4W613 through the are we worked on the day before. We turned down Jackass Road. Down near the last section of Jackass Road, we turned down the “Sylvester” 4×4 trail that we needed to GPS Map. Colemancooler had to get home and headed down the last section of Jackass Road.

We ran this 4×4 trail down to the Ahtanum North Fork. As soon as Waycrazy got everything logged into the GPS, we when down to the creek to let the dogs swim.

This was a very fun day.

Note: Please do not take any trail at the Ahtanum State Forest unless you see it has a Green Dot or Forest Service Trail Marker. You could get a fine for driving on non-marked trails without DNR approval. Trails are only post OPEN not all closed trails are posted closed.

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Photos: EWOR 99’s Getting Out of the Heat Run at Ahtanum State Forest

99’s Getting Out of the Heat Run at Ahtanum State Forest
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On June 29th, 2008 it was very hot in the Yakima Valley so my wife, AKA 99 wanted to drive up to the Ahtanum State Forest hoping it would be cooler.

We took the South Fork Ahtanum Road (A1000) and then ran Boulder Trail up to the stop of Sedge Ridge. We stopped on the Sedge Ridge Road so people could air down more.

Test Dummy rig started having fuel pump problems so he headed back down. The rest of us turned down A2420 and then on A2400 to the Ahtanum Sno-park.

Next we went up the Mid Fork Ahtanum Road (A2000) and onto the Whites Ridge Loop Trail (A2600). We took the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail up and then turned down the McLaine Canyon Road (A3300), then went up the North Fork Ahtanum Road (A3000).

On the way up the North Fork Ahtanum Road, I took some photos of the snow on Darland Mountain.

Next we ran the Blue Lake Trail onto 4W615 and stopped at Blue Lake for the kids to get out to play. The bugs were bad so we headed on up 4W615 to the Blue Slide Lookout. My kids had fun playing up there.

After a short break we headed on down FS1020. We stopped for some quick photos of Rimrock Lake from Foundation Ridge.

Here we ran into a big snow drift. I got stuck because of the Swabbie tires on the family XJ. Tiny also got stuck. Roll Over came to the rescue and pulled us out with his MJ.

On down FS1020, we stopped to regroup at 4W613. That is were the road changes numbers from FS1029 to A2300 aka Jackass Road.

Next we turned of Jackass Road onto A5000. As we were heading down toward the Nasty Creek Corrals, the weather turned. There was a lot of lightening. We saw lightening hit and start a fire. I think it was on the ridge Southwest of Sedge Ridge. We moved on down to a cattle closed gate. There must of been cows grazing in the area.

We stopped to see why there were beers a long the trail. It was a marker for Papa Bud. Does anyone know the Papa Bud’s story? Maybe the marker was his hunting spot?

We finely got out on the phone to call about the fire. Sparky’s dad had already called the DNR. They could see the fire from there house in Tampico.

Before we hit the bottom of the mountain, there was a deer standing next to the trail as we drove by.

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

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