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Photos: EWA Family Sledding 4×4 Adventure

Family Sledding 4×4 Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Sponsored by Selah Sweets

Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

At 10 AM on Saturday December 10th, 2016 we met up at the parking area at the end of the pavement of Cowiche Mill Road for the annual Family Sledding 4×4 run. On this run we had 3 Jeeps (2 JKs and 1 TJ). We aired down and headed on up the gravel of Cowiche Mill Road into the Ahtanum State Forest. We turned up C-1000 and made our way up onto Cowiche Ridge following the tracks of it look to be three other rigs. We were able to break trail in a few places which was very fun.

High up on Cowiche Ridge the views where great! You could see the Yakima River Canyon across the valleys. It was land marked by Baldy Mountain and the end of the canyon in Selah.

My JK’s charging system was having some issues so I had to turn back early before the battery died. Lucky most of the back roads home had snow on them since I had no battery power to air back up from 5 PSI. 🙂

This was a very nice day up in the mountains and a lot of fun thanks to those who came.

Note: The Ahtanum State Forest is managed by the Department of Natural Resources. A Discover Pass is required and you must follow the Green Dot Roads with wheeled vehicles. All snow groomed roads are closed to wheeled vehicles.

Here are some photos of Family Sledding 4×4 Adventure:

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Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: Eastern Washington Adventures Christmas Tree 4×4 Run

Christmas Tree 4×4 Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Sponsored by Selah Sweets

Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Saturday November 26th, 2016 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving), around 10 AM outdoor enthusiasts met up at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah, Washington for the “Christmas Tree 4×4 Adventure”. We convoyed to the Upper Wenas part of the Wenas Wildlife Area and onto Forest Service land to get Christmas Trees and to play in the snow. We came out by FS1702 down to SR410 to head home.

This was a fun event thanks to all who came.

Here are some photos of the Christmas Tree 4×4 Run:

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Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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Photos: Beverly Dunes Clean Up, Camp-out & Adventure

Beverly Dunes Clean Up, Camp-out & Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Friday November 4th, 2016, my sons Doc and Odo, and I headed out from the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah toward Beverly Dunes to set up camp for the annual clean-up. We headed through the Yakima River Canyon stopping at Helen McCabe State Park on the way to Beverly Dunes.

Once at Beverly Dunes we set up camp and waited for other to show up. Kevin pulled in just after dark. This year he was the only other person camping with us. That was alright, the four of us had a blast.

Saturday morning the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff showed up early to greet the volunteers for the Beverly Dunes Clean Up as they signed in. Doug came to volunteer. He was the only other volunteer to show up for the clean up. Around 10 AM the five of us volunteers headed out picking up trash and cleaning fire pits out. Doc found a Leatherman and Odo found someone’s drug pipe. Around 1 PM we were finished with the clean up and everyone left but us camping.

Around 2 PM we headed out with our two Jeeps to Saddle Mountains. Saddle Mountains is the tall ridge that runs along Beverly Dunes on the other side of Crab Creek. The wet end has some steep and dune. We played a little on the big sand dunes and then headed up a canyon trail to get on the top of Saddle Mountains for the view. The trail up was full of big rocks. Some rocks we could drive over and some we had to drive around. We made it up a long way up the canyon. We had to stop to see how we were going to navigate around a section of bigger rocks. We were out looking when a group of dirt-bike riders that passed us earlier had turned around. They said around the corner was a five foot wall we should look at. So we took a hike on up the trail and saw the wall. We thought we might be able to climb it with the Jeep. Still hiking, we climbed up on top of the wall to see what was past that. The trail became to narrow for a rig. That is when we decided to turn the Jeeps around and go up a different way. We headed back out and found a road that took us to the top. The view was great on top of Saddle Mountains. I took a photo of the GPS to see the difference in elevation from where we were camped down below at Beverly Dunes. Back at Beverly Dunes I took another photo of the GPS to see the difference. If the GPS is right, the top of the ridge at the big towers was 1914 feet higher than camp.

After dinner we took the Jeeps on a night run through the Beverly Sand Dunes. Our friend Kevin driving the other Jeep had some excitement when his Jeep became sideways on a hill climb. Over all the night run was fun.

Sunday morning Kevin left around 9 AM and my son Doc took us on a drive across Beverly Dunes and back. Once we got back to camp, we also headed out.

The boys and I decide to do some sightseeing on the way home. We first stopped at the Wanapum Dam Overlook. It was pretty cool place after we picked up someone’s trash they left behind. Next we stopped at Sand Hollow Recreation Area. It is a very nice place for a picnic next to the Columbia River. My son Doc wasn’t feeling well so we headed on home by running the Old Vantage Highway and the Yakima River Canyon.

This event was a very fun weekend.

Here are some photos of the weekend Adventure:

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Selah Sweets - Eastern Washing AdventuresSelah Sweets
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

Eastern Washington Adventures
is an Outdoor Recreation Information Center that holds many free events.


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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 4W613 Work Day

4W613 Work Day
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

This year the we officially adopted trail 4W613 “Divide Ridge East”. With the late snow pack and last weekend being a holiday, we just now got a chance to work on the trail on Saturday July 12th, 2008.

Saturday we met up about 9 AM on Jackass Road at the Grey Rock Trail. My wife “99” volunteered to run an Aid station for the 50K trail runners to promote Off Roaders. Once we got “99” set up we headed up Jackass Road and then down 4W613.

Our first stop was to clear a trail off the trail at the first meadow. Demontang worked on cutting the tree off the trail. After Demontang made the cuts we moved around to get a cable on the tree. Using a tree saver and snatch block, I with Fatboy’s help started winching the cut part of the tree into the newly made by-pass.

On down the trail we cut some down trees that had been cut before just wide enough for quads. People in rigs had widened the trail into the mud to make the turn.

Down a ways was a tree across the trail that has been down since last year. I cut it up. Fatboy and Demontang moved it off to the side. A little farther down, Demontang moved another log off the trail.

The trail stated getting real tight for Demontang’s Ranger. At one pint Fatboy winched Demontang’s rig off the tree.

Down at the 4W613 Lower Meadow, there was a very big tree that fell a few years back blocking the trail. People made a by pass that cut though the stream and into the meadow. We came to fix this problem. Fatboy and I worked on pulling longs on the side of 4W613 to block off the meadow as Demontang cutting the down trees we pulled and winch into place.

We also added logs to the other side to show the Grey Rock Trailhead and some to block the by-pass made by quads.

Next we worked on blocking the mud hole from being wider. People were making the mud hole wider by driving around it into the meadow. After Fatboy drug the logs into the by-pass, Demontang cut off any branches that could cause damage to an ORV.

This was all the time we had to work on this day so we headed out. Fatboy and Demontang continued running 4W613 on out. I headed back the the 50K Aid station to help my wife load up after the run was over.

We returned the Aid Station items to Tree Phones and then took a drive up Sedge Ridge for a picnic since we new the valley was hot.

Here are some photos of the EWOR 4W613 Work Day:

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