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Photos: EWOR Labor Day Saturday 4×4 Run at Ahtanum State Forest

Labor Day Saturday Run at Ahtanum State Forest
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday August 30th, 2008 most of the group met up at the All Wheelers camp at Tree Phones. Blind Pilot was waiting for us at the Nasty Creek Corrals. We aired down and were on our way to Louie Way Gap. It took about 35 minute to get to Louie Way Gap by forest roads.

We headed up 4W613. 99 in the Tweety Jeep had some problems with the first two climbs. The Tweety Jeep had broken a rear axle from pulling the Forest Service trailer on the 4W608 work day the Saturday before. We did not have the time to change the axle before the run so we knew Tweety would have a little harder time than the rest having an open front and only one working axle in the back. 99 got crossed up against a tree on the second climb up the rocks. The tree is ok but the Tweety Jeep took on a little carnage. We had to use the Tweety Jeeps winch to get passed the rock section. A few other rigs had a little trouble in the rock section too. Once everyone was up the rock, we headed on up to the Louie Way View Point for a break and to take in the views.

Our next stop was at the Northeast Strobach Mountain Vista for another view of Rimrock. After a few minutes, we were heading on. The next stop was at Strobach Mountain Trail Vista for lunch. As we pulled in, we head the Peak Putters on the CB and talk to them some. They were down on one of the hard core Rimrock trails.

After lunch, we moved on up the 4W613. There is a real fun section before you reach the Upper Meadow.  99 did a great job making it though there.

Down at the Lower Meadow we were stopped by a lady that told us we needed to wait for a big group of ATVs coming off of Foundation Ridge. I told her it was not a problem but she needed to have her friend stop riding in the meadow and she needed to move her ORV back on the trail. I told here what they were doing was illegal and they could get a ticket for being off the trail. She said she didn’t know they could not ride out there. She had her friend park his quad. I told her that our club put the logs up at each end of the meadow to show where the trail was so people would know where the trail was and not drive in the meadow. She said she only went around the logs to go out and sit in the sun because she was cold. Again I told her it was illegal to be out there. The lady walked back out to her ORV and sit in it without moving it. The ladies friends finely came down the trail and all drove out there in the meadow with her.

We moved on up the foundation Ridge climb. 99 had some more problems getting the Tweety Jeep up a loose area. I ran her winch out and got her winched up and around the corner. With me coaching 99, she was able to start climbing again. She was doing real good until the other rear axle broke. It was time now for the strap. Using 3 traps I pulled her Jeep on up the loose section with my XJ. Once past that loose part we took two of the straps off and use only one. The trail starts getting tight at the top of the climb. On one hill climb 99 said I pulled her into a tree and she clipped the driver’s side fender. The marker was already broke so the fender only got damaged again. We finely made it to Jackass Road where 99 could use front wheel drive to get off the mountain.

The run was a blast thanks to the people who came wheelin’ with us. Thanks for helping 99 through the trail.

The disappointing part of the Labor Day Weekend run was seeing some people have no respect for the ORV areas they use. Friday a guy with his gal on the back of his Motorcycle were riding off the road in the Tree Phones campground. One place was by the creek. He rode up from behind the REHAB AREA – TREAD LIGHTLY sign. He read the sign and then parked next to it in the Rehab Area. I have pictures.

On Saturday’s run we came across two groups off the 4W613 trail. I am not sure where the first group went off the trail but some how they pasted us twice going the same direction. The second group caused damage in the lower meadow that could get the trail closed. We are not just going to set back and do nothing because we don’t want to have the trail closed. The appropriate authorities will get a report with pictures.

We have an emergency work party scheduled to work at that meadow so others don’t follow in the damage since it looks inviting to mudders.

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The above inspired us to start the Forest Watch Volunteer Program!
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Photos: GPS Mapping 4W613 Adjacent Trails

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.

Here are some photos of the GPS Mapping 4W613 Adjacent Trails:

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Photos: EWOR Do The Dew ORV Run

Do the Dew ORV Run!
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Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

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:

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Photos: EWOR Carnage Run at the Ahtanum State Forest

Carnage Run at the Ahtanum State Forest
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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: EWOR Blue Lake Halloween 4×4 Run

Blue Lake Halloween 4×4 Run
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday, October 27th, 2007, we did a short run up to Blue Lake at the Ahtanum State Forest before the Halloween Party.

We met up at the Ahtanum Sno-park and aired down. We headed up the North Fork Ahtanum Road. We didn’t see any snow until the Blue Lake Trailhead. On 4W615 (Divide Ridge West) dropping down to Blue Lake the trail was covered with snow. There wasn’t much snow at Blue Lake. The lake had a ice cap over it. We took a break and the kids played. My dog Sierra was walking on the lake. We were thankful the ice did not break.

After a short time we moved on. We drove down 4W621 (Blue Slide) for a look. We turned onto 4W622 and drove a little ways. We turned around in a rocky area. Test Dummy got hung up on a rock. Coming back onto 4W621, Test Dummy had some pulley issues so Tiny follow him out the North Fork Road.

Phantom 309, Fatboy and myself headed up 4W615 to the Blue Slide Lookout. We was a plane flying below Dome Peak.

We headed down Jackass Road. We stopped to take a look down 4W637 (Short & Dirty). I stopped at the Gray Rock trail crossing for a short break and waited for the others.

On down Jackass Road there were hunters every where. We were stopped by two Game Wardens. They were looking for loaded rifles. We did not have any so they let us drive on.

We parted ways at the pavement so people could go get ready for the Halloween Party at the Graham’s in Yakima.

This was a fun run thanks to the people that came along. It was a great Halloween Party too!

Here are some photos of Blue Lake Halloween 4×4 Run:

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