On Saturday July 5th, 2008 we met up at Tree Phones Campground around 10 AM. On this run we had Tiny – Bike, Fatboy – Bike , Test Dummy – Bike, Jeepscum – Quad, Ceg – Quad, Mason – Quad, Mischief Maker – Quad, Sparky – Quad.
We headed up the Ahtanum Mid Fork Road. We stopped for a photo on Darland Mountain and headed off the North Slope of Darland. We stopped to regroup at the Blue Lake 4×4 Trailhead. A lot of quads passed us there.
We stopped at Blue Lake for a short break at Blue Lake, then headed on up 4W615 and onto FS1020. We turned down 4W613 and regroup at the 4W613 Lower Meadow where the Grey Rock Trail ties in.
Next it was on up past Dome Peak to the 4W613 Upper Meadow. We pulled over to let the Gleed Boys pass. We stopped for a break at the first view point after the Strobach Mountain Vista.
Next we headed on down the trail to the last view point over Rimrock before dropping to Louie Way Gap.
Next we headed down the steep rocky part of the 4W613 trail. The bike riders had a hard time in the section because of the big rock drop offs. We took a break at the 4W613 & 4W608 trail intersection.
Next we hit C1000 and on up to the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. We turn up it to get back to 4W613. We stopped at the Strobach Mountain Vista for the next break. This is a great place to look down at Rimrock Lake.
After a short break we took 4W613 across the Dome Peak area. Heading up the steep climbs on Foundation Ridge, we regrouped and Fatboy told us about another crash.
We stopped at the 4W613 Trail Head at FS1020/A2300. Some of the group headed down on Jackass Road. Three of us rode up to Blue Slide Lookout.
At Blue Slide Lookout, we looked back at down Divide Ridge where we had rode earlier to Louie Way and back.
Next we headed down 4W615, down the Blue Lake trail, up the North Fork over Darland Mountain and down the Mid Fork to our camp at Tree Phones. We found PHANTOM 309 sitting in our camp drinking beer. Most of the group headed home. PHANTOM 309, Mischief Maker, Mason and me stayed the night. PHANTOM 309 had some funny camp fire stories to tell.
This was another great run with great company.
Here are some photos of the EWOR Do The Dew ORV Run:
Independence Day ORV Run
at Ahtanum State Forest Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road
On July 4th, 2008 we met at Mischief Maker’s camp at Tree Phones around 10 AM. Our group was; Mason – ATV, Sparky – ATV, Test Dummy – Dirt bike, Mischief Maker – ATV, Ceg & family – XJ.
We headed up the Ahtanum Mid Fork Road and stopped on top of Darland Mountain for a picture. We headed down the North Slope of Darland Mountain, turn onto the Blue Lake 4×4 Trail, and stopped at Blue Lake for a short break. We watch the 4x4xNorthwest club come in from Rimrock and then the Timber Tamers.
We headed up 4W615 onto FS1020. A few miles down we played in a few snow drifts and stopped for the view off Foundation Ridge.
We headed back up FS1020 through the snow again. Mischief Maker had fun showing off to my kids in the Tweety Jeep.
We are dropping down 4W615 from FS1020 toward Blue Lake. Test Dummy crashed the bike (Roll Over’s bike) in one of the many rocky areas. He only broke of some plastic.
Our next stop was at Snow Cabin Campground so the ladies could use the out house. The boys played in the Forest since the Creek was closed because of Bull Trout BS.
We took the North Fork Road down and used the McLaine Canyon Road to get back to the Ahtanum Mid Fork Road and up to Tree Phones. Fatboy met us there in his TJ.
Next we headed down the Ahtanum Mid Fork Road and up the McLaine Canyon Road and onto the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. We went up to find a good place to see the fire works. We decided Make-Out Point would work.
We ran to the top end of the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail to kill some time.
On the way back down we stopped to read a No Quads Sign on the Grey Rock Trail.
Next we went on down to Norm’s Check-point to look down at the area around Tree Phones. You could see Shawn Montee logged a lot of the area we were closed out of in September 2005. Some quads were in the closed area. They may have not known it is closed if they came into the closed area from one of the trails above. The only closed signs I have seen are at the bottom of the road they are going down. I have talked to the DNR about this problem and I was told they don’t want ugly closed signs hanging everywhere. I say signs are education and ticket the ones that don’t care to read the signs instead of ticketing people for being in non-posted areas.
We headed on back up to Make-out Point to watch the fire works. We could see the ones at the fair grounds in Yakima and the ones at Legends in Toppenish. They were really small from Whites Ridge.
This was a great day thanks to the people that came.
Here are some photos of the EWOR Independence Day ORV Run:
Moses Lake Dunes ORV Run Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road. Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road
6:30 AM on Saturday, September 22nd, 2007, a few of us convoyed from Yakima to the gravel pit at Moses Lake ORV area to we meet up others for the Eastern Washington Off Road run. Most that came were from the All Wheelers Off Road Club. Camo22 was our Trail Boss for the first part of the day.
First off Camo22 showed us how deep the big mud puddle was as we headed out to the Yellow Zone. As soon as we entered the Yellow Zone, Hercules had a hose clamp problem on his dirt bike. Zip ties worked to fix it.
Camo22 showed us around awhile then he had to go home to get some sleep since he had worked Grave Yard. We headed back toward the tow rigs so Hercules could get some fuel. On the way we ran into Luna, Bobstar, Toyzuki and his friend in a Toyota.
After we got everything we needed at camp, we headed out to a different part of the yellow zone. On the way we had to play on the dunes we came across. It was kind of a maze to get out to the Pothole Reservoir.
After we got out to the Pothole Reservoir and ran the beach awhile, we stopped foe a break and a photo of the afternoon group.
On the way back to the dunes, Toyzuki almost went swimming with his rig. He could not get back up the hill. His friend tried to help and also got stuck where the only way to go was into the water. Fatboy used his TJ to pull both rigs up to safety.
Back at the dunes everyone had fun. Some were jumping dunes and getting a lot of air. Toyzuki got a lot of flight time in with his Samurai on this run.
At one point 99 didn’t make a climb on my quad and really did not want to back down. She got pulled up the hill on my quad by her Tweety Jeep I was driving.
Hercules had another problem with his dirt bike and had to be kind of towed in on a quad. They got it in by a shoestring.
We loaded up around dark to head back home. We had a great time. A special thank you to Camo22 for showing us around the Yellow Zone.
Here are some photos of the EWOR Moses Lake Dunes ORV Run: