Mother’s Day Run at the Ahtanum State Forest Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road. Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road
On Saturday, May 10th, 2008, most of us left the Ahtanum Sno-park and head up Whites Ridge Loop around 10:30 AM. I was riding shot gun in Test Dummy’s XJ. ToyZuki and ToyEvy were running late. They were coming from Wenatchee.
It was not to far up we found snow. I think Scuba is the first to be stuck. Scott did better than we thought he would since he had a heavy rig with open diffs. The snow got real off camber on the North Slope of the Whites Ridge loop so we head back down.
We got a hold of ToyZuki on the radio and we got them up there with us.
Next we headed up the other end of the Whites Ridge Loop and onto the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. Scuba and Test Dummy got stuck next to each other. Scuba winched through and then pulled Test Dummy out. Icesis walked right through everything so far.
Up the trail Scuba got stuck and then Test Dummy did. Icesis winched both of them out.
ToyZuki having a hard time with the ruts. Icesis helped ToyZuki through the deep ruts. ToyEvy was behind enjoying the road that was packed.
Next was the hill climb. This was a fun challenge and a lot happened. Icesis met a tree with his rig. Scuba and Icesis both had to winch. Test Dummy took a run for the hill. Then Scuba got stuck on the climb. Icesis pulled Scuba out and then ToyZuki tried to climb the hill. No one topped the snow covered hill climb.
At the bottom of the hill, Scott found a log under his rig and then ToyZuki found a stump under his. A little help from Icesis and Scuba’s winches got ToyZuki’s rig off the stump.
We headed down McLaine Canyon Road to the Mid Fork Road. We turned up the Ahtanum Mid Fork to go to Tree Phones Campground. Test Dummy got stuck on the way since he was breaking trail with bald MT/Rs. Toyzuki pulled him out.
Next we turned into Tree Phones Campground and drove up to the upper Tree Phones parking lot for a picture.
We took a group picture and then headed back down to the Ahtanum Sno-park to part ways.
This was a very fun run thanks to the people that came out.
Here are some photos of the Mother’s Day Run at the Ahtanum State Forest:
Slab ORV Area 4×4 Run Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road. Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Hank Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road
We meet up at the Slab around 11 am on Saturday December 8th, 2007. It was great to see so many Eastern Washington Off Road members come out.
We started off with a group photo but did not get everyone. A few more joined us during the day.
We headed on out and did not make it to far before Bobsracing broke his T-case in his K5 Blazer. He parked it and rode in another K5.
We first hit Flex Canyon. A few rigs in the group followed the Tweety Jeep through. BenW making Flex Canyon look easy. Lil sami came close to flopping over backwards climbing the wall. His hitch saved him.
Next we headed over to Power Pole Canyon. Two rigs didn’t make it that far. Blackdog’s Ranger broke a front hub and this Blazer (I can remember his name) got stuck. Fraidenburg winched Blackdog up the hill. Blackdog took his rig out to the parking area and then rode with BenW. Scumby winched the Blazer out.
Next we hit some of the climbs in the middle of the ORV area and then went on over to Roll Over Hill.
BenW wanted to climb the hard part of Roll Over Hill. I pointed where it was. BenW climbed the hill on a hard line but not the one I meant. I told him that was the wrong line. You should have seen the look on Blackdogs face. BenW then said show were it is because he wanted drive up it. The look on Blackdog’s face then was of someone getting the extra pucker factor. I drove over and show BenW where the line was. He climbed it and made it look easy until the top. His rig was searching for traction and did top the hill after a little hoping. I am not sure how Blackdog was doing.
No one else wanted to climb Roll Over Hill. We drove over to the next canyon and did those hill climbs. It got pretty cold quick so we headed on home.
This was a fun little run thanks to all that came out. I hope to see more of you come out for the Slab ORV Meet & Greet on February 16th, 2008.
Here are some photos of the Slab ORV Area 4×4 Run:
Naches Pass Wagon Trail 4×4 Run & Camp Out Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham & ? / Eastern Washington Off Road
Naches Pass is a historic wagon trail made for settlers going toward the Puget Sound. Click for more info!
UPDATE: The west end of the 4×4 trail has been blocked off from FS7065 to FS70.
On Friday September 29th, 2006, we set up camp at Bear Creek near the Naches Pass Trailhead for the Eastern Washington Off Road Naches Pass Trail Run.
On Saturday, we had seven rigs show up for the run. All the rigs in this group were owned by members of All Wheelers Off Road Club. Around 10 AM, we convoyed west on NF19 and turned on FS1913 to hit the Naches Pass Wagon Trail a from there. It was sad to see they are logging near the trail so the deep woods look is gone in a few places a long that stretch.
At the area where the trail gets narrow and steeper we ran in to a group of 20 plus Jeeps. It was hard to move over to let the first one down. The others stayed up the trail and pulled off where ever they could to let us go by. Once at the top of the climb we stopped so we could regroup.
As we were parked, there was a lot more rigs and other ORVs headed east. One of the groups was PNWJeep.com. Piece County Sheriff Department also came by. They were doing Search and Rescue training. It looked like they were having fun.
Once the traffic died down, we headed on up the trail. At the Pacific Crest Trail we stopped to eat lunch go check out the cabin. Some Eastern Washington Off Road members came up from the west side. My daughter had fun playing with the wild birds. As we were there taking a break in the warm sunshine, the fog rolled in and it got cold quick.
We were ready to leave and Waycrazy found he had a problem with his CJ. JWHoss used his Bronco to tow Waycrazy’s rig back to camp. We took Pyramid Pass over. As their tow strap broke, my XJ lost a burp box hose. We were able to cut it and make it work. We added coolant but there wasn’t enough in the radiator so she started getting hot. We pull over and had to take a radiator hose off to top off the radiator. It was fixed and then we were on our way.
Back at camp, Waycrazy’s wife came up with there tow rig and they towed the CJ home. JWHoss and family headed home too.
On Sunday morning Scuba went home so that left us with only 4 rigs for the run. Around 10 AM we ran Pyramid Pass over to just above NF70 and start back west on the Naches Pass Trail.
Instead of doing the off camber part we stayed up on the top of ridge this time thinking the off camber part was the bypass. Nothing is marked on the trail on the west side. This took us to a long steep drop. After we dropped down this steep hill we came out to a T, not back onto Naches Pass Trail. That is when I was sure we use to get on Naches Trail by doing that climb in the late 1980s. Everything was grown over now. The road to the right that we use to get to Naches Trail on was not passable because the brush took it over. Wow how things change over time.
We took a left to look for the trail. It wasn’t too far, but there was a big mud hole we had to cross to get back on the Naches Pass Trail. The last part of the trail is a lot of fun. We stopped above the hiking part of the trail to go see the Naches Cliff where the Longmire Party lowered their wagons.
After a quick look, we got back into the rigs and headed down NF70 to the pavement where there was a outhouse. We had lunch in the parking area. We saw a lot of the same rigs heading home that we had met on the trail the day before.
After lunch we headed back across Pyramid Pass onto NF19. We ran NF19 to FS1913. We turned east onto the Naches Pass Trail.
At the top of the first hill climb (if you were heading west / where Yeti broke his drive line earlier in the year) they filled in the hole and made it where you can’t drive there. You now have to go around the tree where the high part of the trail was. It is a lot safer now. The big mud holes at the beginning of the trail are also filled in too. That was great. We stopped for a picture at the BF Goodrich sign near the trail head before going back to camp.
We packed up camp and headed home at dark. Mischief Maker had the long drive back to the west side. We were happy to be only 50 miles from home.
Our trip home took longer than we had hoped. The RV lost an alternator belt. We had a spare belt and replaced it in the DOT’s driveway. We got home around 10 PM.
This was a great run. Thanks for all that came out. You guys made it a fun run.
Here are some photos of the Naches Pass Wagon Trail 4×4 Run: