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Photos: EWA Naneum Ridge State Forest Work Party & Camp Out

Eastern Washington Adventures
Naneum Ridge State Forest
Work Party & Camp Out
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Odo Graham / Selah SweetsEastern Washington Tourism

This event was eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

On Friday June 29th, 2018, volunteers headed from Selah to north of Kittitas, Washington to set up camp for the Eastern Washington Adventures Naneum Ridge State Forest Work Party.

We found a flat place to set up camp on Dawson Cutoff Road. Other volunteers showed that evening.

On Saturday morning, we meet the DNR staff at The Orchard on Coleman Creek Road. Other volunteers also came to help. At 10 AM we headed across the Naneum Ridge State Forest fixing Green Dot Markers and picking up trash. We meet back up at The Orchard with the DNR in the afternoon to load the smaller trash into their truck to haul away. The big items we piled up and gave the location to the DNR staff to pick up later.

Once camp was set up, we decided to take a sightseeing drive. We headed to the Naneum Basin, then up to Wenatchee Mountain, over snow drifts on Naneum ridge Road, and then back to camp. The trip was fun even with cold high winds, but views were not good due to the clouds very low.

On Sunday we headed across the Colockum Wildlife Area to West Bar on the Columbia River. Across the river you could see Crescent Bar. After awhile enjoying the beach, we headed back to camp taking a different route.

This was a very fun weekend thanks to all that came to volunteer. Thank you to all the volunteers, Eastern Washington Adventures Members, Kittitas County Field & Stream members, and the Department of Natural Resources.

Here are some photos of the Naneum Ridge State Forest Work Party:

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Photos: EWA Ahtanum North Fork Shortcut Trail Opening Camp Out

Eastern Washington Adventures
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Opening Camp Out

Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

On Friday, May 11th, 2018, Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Red Saddle Trailhead at the Ahtanum State Forest to camp the weekend to attend the new ORV trail opening ceremony.  The weather was warm. It was a nice night to camp.

11:00 AM Saturday, May 12th, 2018, volunteers, guest and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) met up at Whites Ridge Trailhead for the North Fork Shortcut Trail Dedication Ceremony. There were presentations by Ashley of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Ron Rutherford from Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association, Devon Dekker of Yakima Ski Benders, and Brad Hill Center Director at Fort Simcoe Job Corps. There was cake provided by the Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association after.

Next everyone headed to the new trail off of the Ahtanum North Fork Road. The gate was opened, and we headed up hill to the gate at Jackass Road. There that gate was opened an the closed sign was replaced with a Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association sign.

We headed up Jackass Road to above the old trail and waited for the rest of our group to join us. Next we convoyed up Jackass Road and part way though Ewe Neck where met up with some of the Ski Benders turning around due to of camber snow drifts. We talked with them away and then moved back down Jackass Road to the short cut. We headed down the North Fork Shortcut, up the North Fork and up Mclane Canyon to the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail where we took a break. After the break, we headed up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail hitting patches of snow along the way. One long patch of snow, I got stuck due to my lockers were not working. Don pulled me out and took the lead. We went until the snow got deep on a steeper hill climb. We turned around and took a break at Make-out Point. After a short time we headed back to camp at Red Saddle Trailhead for the night.

Sunday was a very nice day. Everyone packed up. Kevin and Doug went for a ride, the rest us headed home.

This was a great time thanks to all who came out.

Here are some photos of the EWA Ahtanum NF Shortcut Trail Opening Camp Out:

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makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.

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Wenas Recreation Area Camp Out & Clean Up
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures and the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Charlie Graham / Selah Sweets

On Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, my son Odo and I headed up to BBQ Flats at the Wenas Recreation Area to set up camp for the weekend camp out. Don & Ruth were already there when we pulled in. It was a very nice day to be in the mountains.

On Friday we did at Jeep run over Cleman Mountain to Mud Lake and back collecting camp fire wood. The other campers started pulling in about the time we got back.

On Saturday, May 5th, 2018, volunteers and Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) met up at our camp for the clean up. There were many volunteers from Eastern Washington Adventures, Back Country Horsemen of Washington – Wenas Valley Chapter, Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association, NW UTV Trail Riders, and others just wanting to make a difference too.

At 10 AM groups headed out. Two groups in 4×4 rigs headed out to replace Green Dot markers and pick up trash. There were many side-by-side groups picking up trash all across the area.

By 4:15 PM the last of the groups meet back up at BBQ Flats with the trash and tools for the DNR. It was a great work party.

The Eastern Washington Adventures Club had a Cinco de Mayo potluck dinner for whoever wanted to attend. Some had to head home after dinner and the rest relaxed around the campfire. We had to use pop-ups a few times to keep dry from the rain showers.

Sunday was a very nice day. Everyone packed up and headed home. We went home to rain.

This was a great time thanks to all who came out.

Here are some photos of the 2nd Annual EWA Wenas Recreation Area Clean Up & Camp Out:

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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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5th Annual Selah Jeep Meet & Greet!
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures. Sponsored by Selah Sweets.
Report by Clay Graham, photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets.

On Saturday April 28th, 2018 the 5th Annual Selah Meet & Greet was held at Eastern Washington Adventures.

Every 1/2 hour there were door prize drawing donated by Selah Sweets, the NRA, and Ron the Parts Guy.  Selah Sweets had free 100 hot dogs to give out.

There were many 4×4 enthusiast that came to meet others and to flex out on the RTI ramp.

The Washington Department of Wildlife (WDFW) had an information booth ran by Cindi Confer Morris, Wenas Wildlife Area Manager. Cindi gave out area maps and information about public state lands. She showed people how to get the Green Dot maps on their smart phones.

The National Riffle Association (NRA) had a booth. They had information about the NRA and also were signing people up to be members.

Here are some photos of the Selah Jeep Meet & Greet:

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Eastern Washington Adventures


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: Ahtanum State Forest Trail Maintenance, Clean Up, & Camp Out

Eastern Washington Adventures
Ahtanum State Forest
Trail Maintenance, Clean Up & Camp Out

Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On the Tuesday July 22nd, 2014 we met up at the Ahtanum Winter Recreation Trailhead for the Annual Eastern Washington Adventures Ahtanum State Forest Trail Maintenance, Clean-up & Camp Out. The rain came and cooled things down. We set up camp and had a good time around the campfire.

Wednesday morning the rain was coming down hard. We pulled the drain plugs on the JK, tighten up the bikini top and were ready to roll. Others were ready to go with their tops and doors. Around 10 AM we headed up Red Saddle Road for some Green Dot repair, trash removal and trail maintenance on Sedge Ridge.

We turned up the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail and started working. At Cultus Hole Vista we stopped for lunch. After lunch we worked our way down the South Fork then back up on the routed Boulder Trail. The rain stopped and it got warm. Once we topped Sedge Ridge we called it a day and headed back to camp.

Thursday we headed out around 10 AM going up the North Fork Ahtanum. It was a little cold and looked like rain father up the ridge we went. We started doing trail maintenance, Green Dot repair and trash clean-up as soon as we turned onto the Blue Lake Trail. At Blue Lake we took a quick photo and headed up 4W615 to Blue Slide Lookout for lunch. After lunch we headed down FS1024 and onto 4W613. We did some maintenance on 4W613 and took breaks at the view points. Once at Louie Way Gap 4W608, we headed back to camp by taking Nasty Creek Road out.

On Friday we headed out around 10 AM at worked on Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail and a few Green Dot roads. We came out off of McLane Canyon Road and headed down the North Fork, through camp and back on on Sedge Ridge to finish the maintenance on the east end of the ridge. We headed back to camp after we came up to the place we left off on Wednesday.

On Saturday we started the big clean up with many different groups. My family went with Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 and cleaned up the lower campgrounds. Around 5 PM everyone was back and we had a potluck dinner. Later a few people went up to Darland Mountain and watched the sun set.

This was a great time at the Ahtanum State Forest thanks to all who came. Some of the volunteers were from the following groups/clubs: Eastern Washington Adventures, Yakima Valley Timber Wolves, Jeeping Nomads, Selah Cub Scout Pack 276, Yakima Ridgerunners, The Cascadians and maybe a few more.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Adventures Ahtanum State Forest Trail Maintenance, Clean up, & Camp out:

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