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Photos: EWOR Thanksgiving 4×4 Snow Run at the Ahtanum

Thanksgiving 4×4 Snow Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday November 28th, 2009 we meet up at the Tampico Church for our annual Thanksgiving Run at the Ahtanum State Forest.

We headed up the South Fork Road and found a place to pull off to air down.

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We followed the South Fork Road all the way up and onto the Sedge Ridge Trail. We ran the trail up towards the Cultus Hole Rim. I (Ceg) broke trail until I could not make it up the double hill climb. Colemancooler was riding shotgun with me and took this picture of me getting ready to give the hill another run.
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I moved off to the side and let the pros (Roller-Bear & Nevada) take over.
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Stone worked his way up.
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The guys still at the bottom.
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Havo topped the climb with ease.
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Waycrazy was next and made some nice holes for me. We both had to winch up the last part.

Here are our co-pilots walking up to our rigs on top.
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Here is the recovery team.
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Test Dummy working my Samurai.
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Time to winch it up.
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HavoJr giving the climb a good try.
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Roller-Bear winching HavoJr up.
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Tiny made the climb on his own.
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So did TJ40.
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And BlindPilot.
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Waycrazy’s guest made it up with chains.
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I missed it if the FS Ford made it up without winching. He also had chains.
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I broke trail again until a got stuck. Havo came around me to pull me out.
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Once Havo got me out, he took the lead.
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At this point Havo ask for someone else to break trail.
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I backed up to let others around me.
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Moving on up the trail.
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Wow! Nevada got stuck. I think this maybe the first time for me to see that happen.
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Waycrazy pulled Nevada out. Here is the line up after Waycrazy.
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We all decided it was time to run the trail the other way so we all look for places to turned around.
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We regrouped at the meadow we past earlier.

Stone having fun.
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Me stuck again.
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BlindPilot right before he got stuck coming to pull me out.
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Stone & Roller-Bear playing Bumper Jeeps. Test Dummy stuck.
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Tiny pulled Test Dummy out.
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Once we were regrouped I lead us back down the trail. We stopped to regroup again where we had came up the South Fork Road.
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We continued to head down the Sedge Ridge Trail. Here is Waycrazy coming down Rocky Climb.
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We again stopped to regrouped. This time at Red Saddle.
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From Red Saddle we worked our way back down to the South Fork paved road and aired up for home.

This was another great run thanks to all who came.



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Photos: EWOR Thanksgiving 4×4 Snow Run

Thanksgiving 4×4 Snow Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday, November 24th, 2007, we met up in Tampico for the Thanksgiving Snow run. On this run we had 7 rigs from All Wheelers Off Road Club.

We started the run by heading up the South Fork Ahtanum Road. A short distance from the pavement, we stopped and aired down.

We ran the South Fork Ahtanum to the very end onto the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. We were hoping to run in fresh snow as we have in the past this time of year. We were surprised to see so many tire tracks. There were a lot of hunters in the area. Most were riding quads.

We made it to the Duel Climb where only quads had made it past. There was a big tree in the trail in the middle of the right hill climb. The Tweety Jeep got a workout climbing. I slide the Jeep into the down tree as I went around it. I could not back up to get going again so Icesis pulled cable and helped me winch Tweety up the last part of the hill.

Next BSLM came up and made the climb look easy. Test Dummy had to take a few runs at the hill. Waycrazy took a run at the right hill climb as Test Dummy was making a long run on the left climb. Waycrazy crossed in the middle of the climb from the right to the left in front of Test Dummy’s run. Test Dummy had no choice but to just towards the right lane so he did not run into Waycrazy’s CJ5. Test Dummy’s Blazer did not make it a cross. He lost two tires off their beads. WayCrazy also did not make it to the top of the climb and had to winch up.

Scuba came up with his XJ with his on board air to help Test Dummy, well trying to. Scuba keep getting caught on some stumps. Scuba just went on to the top of the hill to hold the Blazer from moving. The guys work on rebeading the rear tire using BSLM’s CO2.

Fatboy climbs the hill and slides into the same down tree as I did and got carnage. BSLM helped pull cable for Fatboy.

Test Dummy went back down to the bottom and used speed to make it to the top. Icesis was the last to come up. He made it close to the top and then had to winch a few feet.

The next hill climb was just passed the Cultus Hole Trail. I took a run at it with the Tweety Jeep but did not make it that far. BSLM wanted to give it a try. He took a few runs at it and made it close to the top.

We all had to find a place to turn around. We did not want to spend the time getting everyone to the top of this climb because Shawn Monty has the trail closed a little passed the climb anyways.

We moved back down the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail and regrouped down where the South Fork Road meets the trail.

We ran the trail toward the Tampico. 99 took over driving right passed the Rocky Climb. We waited there for Scuba to reseat a bead. Once he was done we continued to the end of the trail above Tampico.

The next stop was down at the Sno-park. Most of the rigs head for home. Scuba, Icesis and 99 wanted to run more trails. We ran down the pavement and then up Nasty Creek. There were alot of tire tracks up and over Cowiche Ridge. We turned off and ran the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. 99 had a lot of fun on that trail because of the tight trail and all the snow. Near the end of the trail, Scuba lost another bead. He was ready to head back.

We headed down Cowiche Ridge. Scuba let Co-pilot drive and somehow he lost a bead on Scuba’s XJ. Scuba is now looking to buy some weld on bead locks.

We continued out Cowiche Mill Road to go home. We got back to my place around 9 PM. 12 hours from when we left. What a fun day thanks to all that came.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Thanksgiving 4×4 Snow Run:

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Photos: EWOR Looking for Snow at the Ahtanum

Looking for Snow at the Ahtanum
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Run called by Lisa Graham AKA “99”.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

99 call an Eastern Washington Off Road 4×4 Run at the Ahtanum State Forest to find some snow. She knew there had to be some up there because we can see the snow from Yakima. Here is our trip.

On Sunday, October 14th, 2007, we started off by running Nasty Creek Road up to the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. We ran into two Jeeps coming down. One was dragging out “rednk1980’s” broken Toyota. Oh what a feeling!

On Strobach Mountain we took a look off at Rimrock and Mount Rainier. Then headed up 4W613 toward Jackass Road. The hill climb before the 4W613 Upper Meadow was a little slick. The Dome Peak Fire Area was nice without all the summer deep dust since it was damp. Climbing up Foundation Ridge from the 4W613 Lower Meadow was a lot of fun with a lot of slick in places. We started to find more snow as we pasted the cattle guard. Up on top of Foundation Ridge at Jackass Road, we took a right and headed toward Blue Slide Lookout.

We stopped at the newly remodeled cabin at Blue Slide Lookout to check it out. It was a lot better then it had been.

Next we when down 4W615 to Blue Lake, then we dropped down to the North Fork Ahtanum Road. We ran it across Darland Mountain. There wasn’t much snow
on the road. Next we ran down to the Sno-park, up A2400, A2420 and onto Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. We ran that to the cross above Cultus Hole. There was a great view of the stars.

It was getting late so we ran South Fork Ahtanum Road out and back home.

This was a great wheeling weekend for us. Sand dunes on Saturday and mountain snow on Sunday.

Here are some photos of Ahtanum 4×4 Run:

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Strobach Mountain Vista looking at Rimrock and Mount Rainier.

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Photos: EWOR 2007 Labor Day Ahtanum Run & Camp Out

Labor Day Run & Camp Out at the Ahtanum
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Friday August 31st, 2007 we when up to Tree Phones in the Ahtanum State Forest to set up camp for the weekend.

Saturday we hit the trail around 10 AM. We ran the same trails in two groups. The quads went one way and the rigs the opposite way. We took the rigs from Nasty Creek on up the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. We stopped for a break by the Hogback and then again at the Strobach Mountain Vista. There was a view of Rimrock and Mount Rainier from Strobach Mountain.

We continued up 4W613. We met up with the quads around Dome Peak.

We dropped on down to the lower meadow and started the climb up Foundation Ridge. This part of the trail climbs pretty good and has a lot of obstacles. On on this run was a small tree down on the trail we had to cross. Scuba got hung up on it and his XJ took on some carnage getting off the log. He only lost the rear side window, a door handle, a mirror and added some good dents.

We moved on up 4W613 to the end on top of Foundation Ridge. We turned on Jackass Road and ran it to Blue Slide Lookout. There were some guys rebuilding the Blue Slide Shelter.

We headed down 4W615 to Blue Lake for a short break. We continued on 4W615 and turn down the Blue Lake 4×4 Trail. Right after the gate keeper, Scuba lost a bead on the same tire as many times before. After his last run he got his On Board Air hooked up in case this happened again. They ended up having to take the wheel off the rig to set the beads. We were back on the trail pretty fast.

At the end of the Blue Lake 4×4 Trail, we turn up the Ahtanum North Fork Road and ran it to the top of Darland Mountain. At the top we ran the Forest Service road north to the end for the view looking back toward Blue Lake. After the view, we headed back to camp for the night with on last stop at Eagle Nest.

On Sunday we had less ORVs with us on the trail. We first headed up Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. We stopped at the view point over Tree Phones and then on top close to the Grey Rock Trail at the Mount Rainier View Point.

Next we headed back down the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail, on to McLaine Canyon Road, and up the Mid Fork Ahtanum back at camp for lunch. We ran into Hoss on the way.

After lunch we headed down the Mid Fork Ahtanum Road to the Ahtanum Sno-park and then up A2400 to the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. The rocky climb is always fun for most. Luna had a little trouble getting up it with her quad.

Near the Dual Climb, Hoss’s Bronco died. He had some problem starting his Bronco. Hoss turned around and coasted back down the mountain until the trail started climbing. The Bronco would not start until I hook the strap up to it and was going to pull him with the Tweety Jeep. The Bronco fired up under protesting a Jeep pulling it. Hoss drove on out to Sno-park and I head up the mountain to meet Bobstar and Luna.

We met up with Bobstar and Luna near the Cultus Hole View Point. We took a break there and then headed back to camp.

This was a real fun run thanks to to people that came.

Here are some photos of the 2007 Labor Day Ahtanum Run & Camp Out:

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Photos: WUD Memorial Day Weekend 4×4 Run at the Ahtanum

Memorial Day Weekend 4×4 Run at the Ahtanum
Hosted by WUD Wheelers.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Hank Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

Around 10 AM on Saturday, May 26th, 2007, we meet up at the Wud cabin on the North Fork Ahtanum Road near Ahtanum Meadows. A few people were running late so a few of us left and headed toward Blue Lake. The others meet up with us at the Blue Lake trail.

The Ahtanum Irrigation District has been logging the area so the place is a mess. We took the new logging road they made and found snow. That is where the fun began. We had a big patch of snow to cross.

After everyone was through that snow patch we headed up the pond trail. There was a big tree across the trail right after the first pond. We went around it through the logging mess. Right after the second pond the trail was full of water. We drove through the water and around the log piles to the hill climbs. They cut some trees off of the trail but left the stumps high enough to hit. A few guys found them as they ran into them topping the hill. As we dropped off the hill we had more logging mess to drive around. We got up to 4W615 and the snow drifts were huge.

The two XJ’s and CJ made it to Blue Lake without too much trouble. The three Scouts were having a hard time getting through the snow drifts. Since I had some time, I took the Tweety Jeep up 4W615 toward Blue Slide Lookout. I went around a snow patch and got the rear dif hung up on a root. Test Dummy came to pull us off the root, but we couldn’t pull the diff off the root. 99 was nice enough to pull cable as I drove her XJ. 🙂

We went back down to the lake to play in the snow. Test Dummy had to pull Tiny’s CJ out and then Test Dummy was playing in 2 wheel and stuck it. We gave him a pull out.

The Scouts finely made it through to Blue Lake. Irishscout lost a bead and had to put on his spare.

We got photos of the group of the day and then headed back out of Blue Lake toward the North Fork. Tiny had problems getting back up the trail. I had to pull him out a few times. Irishscout drove around Tiny to give him a pull forward. Irishscout found he wasn’t getting up the hill and got stuck him self. They hook Tiny’s winch to the Scout and pulled Irishscout’s tire off the bead. Tiny started winching out and we loaded the 35″ Scout tire in the Tweety Jeep to see of the Peak Putters could air it for us. The Scout has Chevy running gear so he could not use a tire from the other two Scouts.

I went to the Ahtanum Sno-park and the Peak Putters fixed the tire for us. Very cool guys.

I dropped the wife and kids off at the cabin and Hercules rode back up to Blue Lake with me in the Tweety Jeep. By the time I got back to 4W615 the other two Scout had winch them selves up the trail. We wheeled back to Irishscout’s rig. We drug bottom a few times because of the weight of us 5 guys and the 35″ tire. We mounted the tire on the Scout and head back up. Now leaving was not as easy as the first time. The two Scouts made some deep holes in the snow with their
33s. The Tweety Jeep’s little 31s couldn’t get through some of the holes and we had to winch a few times to get through. We got back to the cabin around 12:30 AM. Irishscout went home.

Sunday we head up Sedge Ridge. The group meet up at the end of South Fork and the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. Tiny has some wiring problems and headed for home.

On up the trail there were trees down blocking the path in a few places. Hercules, Test Dummy and Fatboy cut them out of the way.

Near the Cultus Hole Climb the snow drifts were big. Test Dummy’s rig got ate by a tree hole.

Test Dummy got turned around and we head back down the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail and ran the ridge to the end above Tampico. Again we found trees down across the trail. Hercules, Test Dummy and Fatboy did a great job clearing the way. Next we headed back to the cabin and Fatboy headed home.

Monday we had a good time visiting. We didn’t do any 4 wheeling. The Tweety Jeep had a bad axle u-jiont so we just went home.

This was another fun Memorial Day run with the WUD Wheelers 4×4 Club.

Here are some photos of the WUD Memorial Day Weekend 4×4 Run at the Ahtanum:

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