We left the Sno-park around 11 am and headed up the Mid Fork road (A-2000) and onto the Whites Ridge Loop Trail (A-2600). Next we turned up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. We turned toward the North Fork Road on the McLaine Canyon Road (A-3300). On up the North Fork Road (A-3000). We turn off onto the Blue Lake Trail.
We stopped for a break at Blue Lake and then head up 4W615 to Blue Slide Lookout. We stopped for a view overlooking Blue Lake, then on up tp Blue Slide Lookout on FS1020.
After a break, we headed on back down 4W615, the Blue Lake Trail and then turned up the North Fork Road toward Darland Mountain.
We crossed Darland Mountain and headed down the Ahtanum Mid Fork (A-2000) and a few of us stopped at Eagle Nest. The rest of the group headed back to Sno-park to pack up camp.
This was a fun run thanks to all that went.
Here are some photos of Ahtanum Work Crew ORV Fun Run:
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.
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:
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.
Here are some photos of 99’s Getting Out of the Heat Run at Ahtanum State Forest: