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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
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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.

Here are some photos of 99’s Getting Out of the Heat Run at Ahtanum State Forest:

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Photos: EWOR Spring Snow Run at the Ahtanum

Spring Snow Run at the Ahtanum
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On April 19th, 2008 we meet up at the Nasty Creek Corrals and aired down. We started by running up Doe Pocket.

It wasn’t to far up we ran into patches of snow. Icesis found the snow was very soft in places and had to which out of one spot. In the Themiddlekid having some trouble with ground clearance in that same area. Themiddlekid decided to turn his Dakota around and head back out. Fatboy escorted him down a ways. We then pressed on. We turned up Jackass road and regrouped.

On up at Ewe Neck we had some problems getting trough the North Slope. Icesis and LayemStr8 made it through first. LayemStr8 was playing as the others worked their way through. Icesis had to be LayemStr8’s anker to winch off of a few times in the same area. Kurt after some trouble getting through. Fatboy got stuck and Colemancooler gave him a pull.

Up on top of the ridge above Ewe Neck LayemStr8 needed a pull. We took a group photo and found Icesis broke a brand new u-joint cap. He did not have a replacement the right size. Everyone helped with the ghetto-fab so he could make it off the mountain. After we got Icesis’s XJ put back together we headed down the mountain. Icesis drove out in 2 wheel drive high range.

Colemancoooler lead the group down and got stuck playing off to the side of the packed road. LayemStr8 got to give him a pull.

On down Jackass road the snow was deep compared to the melted off areas and it was a little hairy.

At the bottom of Jackass road, we turned up Ahtanum North Fork Road and headed to air up at the Ahtanum Sno-park.

This was a great run thanks to the people that came along.

Here are some photos of the Spring Fever 4×4 Run at the Wenas Wildlife Area:

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Photos: EWOR Easy Ahtanum Run

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

On November 17th, 2007 we headed out for an easy run for 99 so she could get use to wheeling her XJ. It was also Test Dummy’s birthday and he wanted to wheel too. On this run we had three rigs, BenW, Test Dummy and 99 driving the Tweety Jeep.

We headed up Cowiche Mill Road and then headed up C1300. At the Y to Hatton Road we aired down. The roads up there are rough but we waited for the rain to slow down to air down.

We headed on up Hatton Road and then onto FS1302. It got foggy. We only ran into a few areas that had a little snow. Up towards Jumpoff Lookout it was very cold. We had a little snow mixed in the rain. We stopped at Jumpoff Lookout for a break.

We headed back down FS1302, then C1210 down to Reynolds Creek and back to Cowiche Mill Road. We turned off Cowiche Mill Road, ran C1000 over to Nasty Creek, then ran up Doe Pocket (C5001) and onto Jackass Road (A2300) on Foundation Ridge. It was not very fat before we started running in snow. The snow drifts started getting deep at the log decks and Test Dummy had to air down more to move.

99 enjoyed making new tracks in the snow as we moved up the ridge. The snow drifts were deeper farther up we went and it was hard to see where the trail was. We stopped at Blue Slide Lookout.

It was getting dark so we headed down 4W615 toward Blue Lake. Coming off the top of the ridge down the mountain was a blast with 99 driving. The trail was no where in sight. She had no idea what way to go so I was yelling, “go left, sharper, turn right, easy left, watch out for that tree” and so on. I am glad she listens good.

At Blue Lake on the upper trail above the lake the trail was off camber because of the snow. 99 slide off the trail sideways. I took over but could not get the XJ back up on the trail. BenW went for it and went sideways too. I dropped down to the lake and followed the shore and Test Dummy Followed. BenW started airing down more. After airing down more, BenW made it look easy going crossing that bad snow section above the lake.

99 took the driving back over and we headed out. She had to take a few runs at the Gate Keeper Hill. She finely made it up without hitting anything.

This was 99’s first time driving snow wheeling and she did very well. This run was a lot longer and a lot more miles than planned but I think it was worth it. 99 has a lead foot so we moved a long pretty good all day. She is now ready for Baja racing.

Thanks BenW and Test Dummy for coming and making this a fun run. 99 and I had a blast.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Easy Ahtanum Run:

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Photos: EWOR Ahtanum ORV Trails Repair Run

Ahtanum ORV Trails Repair Run
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On the Looking for Snow at the Ahtanum run we saw a big tree had fallen and was blocking trail 4W613 but did not have a big enough chainsaw to cut though it. So on November 4th, 2007 we made a special trip up with bigger saws to cut the down tree and save meadows that were being used for by-passes.

We headed up with two rigs by the way of Doe Pocket and then Jackass Road. We took 4W613 to where the tree was down just before the deep woods. It was good we came up to clear the trail on that day. There were by-passes all over. Lucky they were mostly on top of the snow so there was minimal damage. In the spring the by-passes would have been bad with the snow melting and the ground being soft.

Scottd3004 and Test Dummy ran the saws as Helper-Boy and I cleared the trail. The Tweety Jeep helped drag the big stuff. We also moved some logs to block the other part of the main by-pass across the meadow. People would not have know to turn if we didn’t because you can not see what way the trail goes with snow on the ground.

We headed back out to Jackass Road and decided since it was a nice day to run out though Blue Lake. We stopped at the Blue Slide Lookout Shelter on the way down. We went down 4W615 and then passed a guy fishing on the bank of Blue Lake. On the way out the Blue Lake trail was saw a lot of random trees cut down. At the top of Gate Keeper Hill, Scottd3004 ran into the same stumps a lot of us have hit since the loggers cut the trees down last year. You can not see them as you go over. Scottd3004’s rig took on a little damage as many other have from them this year.

We said that was enough and cut the two stumps lower. As Scottd3004 and Test Dummy cut on the stumps, helper-Boy and I clear some of the broken junk off the trail.

The stumps are still sticking up but not near as high. We packed up and headed home. We did a quick stop at Tampico to air up.

Thanks for the help guys!

Here are some photos of the EWOR Ahtanum ORV Trails Repair Run:

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Photos: EWOR Labor Day Run at the Ahtanum

Labor Day Run at the Ahtanum
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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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