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Photos: EWOR Blue Lake Halloween 4×4 Run

Blue Lake Halloween 4×4 Run
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Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday, October 27th, 2007, we did a short run up to Blue Lake at the Ahtanum State Forest before the Halloween Party.

We met up at the Ahtanum Sno-park and aired down. We headed up the North Fork Ahtanum Road. We didn’t see any snow until the Blue Lake Trailhead. On 4W615 (Divide Ridge West) dropping down to Blue Lake the trail was covered with snow. There wasn’t much snow at Blue Lake. The lake had a ice cap over it. We took a break and the kids played. My dog Sierra was walking on the lake. We were thankful the ice did not break.

After a short time we moved on. We drove down 4W621 (Blue Slide) for a look. We turned onto 4W622 and drove a little ways. We turned around in a rocky area. Test Dummy got hung up on a rock. Coming back onto 4W621, Test Dummy had some pulley issues so Tiny follow him out the North Fork Road.

Phantom 309, Fatboy and myself headed up 4W615 to the Blue Slide Lookout. We was a plane flying below Dome Peak.

We headed down Jackass Road. We stopped to take a look down 4W637 (Short & Dirty). I stopped at the Gray Rock trail crossing for a short break and waited for the others.

On down Jackass Road there were hunters every where. We were stopped by two Game Wardens. They were looking for loaded rifles. We did not have any so they let us drive on.

We parted ways at the pavement so people could go get ready for the Halloween Party at the Graham’s in Yakima.

This was a fun run thanks to the people that came along. It was a great Halloween Party too!

Here are some photos of Blue Lake Halloween 4×4 Run:

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Illegal tree cutting at Blue Lake.

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Blue Slide Lookout

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Darland Mountain with Mount Adams in the background.
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An airplane flying below Dome Peak.

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Jackass Road at the entrance of the Short & Dirty 4×4 Trail.

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Jackass Road at the Grey Rock Trail crossing.

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Halloween Party in Yakima.

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Photos: August 2005 Ahtanum Adventure

August Ahtanum Adventure
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Report and Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Friday August 5th, 2005, we meet at Tree Phones to camp for the weekend. We did a few runs to different areas including Blue Lake, Darland Mountain, Cultus Hole, and Blue Slide.

Here are some photos of the August 2005 Ahtanum Adventure:

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Photos: Short and Dirty Trail 4W637

Short and Dirty Trail
Short and Dirty Trail 4W637
Report and Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On July 30th, 2005 I got to go a long with a few local boys that were running the Short and Dirty Trail, 4W637. I rode with IORE in his CJ5. We met up at Blue Lake and aired down.

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Short and Dirty Trail

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We climbing up from Blue Lake by Trail 615 to FS1020 near Blue Slide Lookout.
We took FS1020 a little ways to the Short and Dirty Trail. (Trail 637)

This is a picture of the start of the Short and Dirty Trail.
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Right as we entered the trees we came up on the first off cambered spot.
It was hairy because there were no trees to stop you from rolling off the mountain if you were to flip over.
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Short and Dirty Trail

The CJ2A and Toyota both were a little top heavy for parts of this off cambered trail.

With the co-pilot standing on the outside of the high side of the rigs they made it though without rolling over.
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IORE’s CJ5 did well without a high side rider.

I walked this part to take pictures.
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It was better for a ways.

A little up and down with some tight stuff.
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The trail got real tight and off cambered a lot.
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Most of the trail was down hill, but one part had a steep hill climb.
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Near the end of the trail was a little bridge.
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Here you can see the Co-pilot riding the high side of her husband’s CJ2A.
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This was the end of the Short and Dirty Trail. It ended at FS1010.
Notice the Co-pilot is running behind the CJ2A?
She walked a lot of the trail because it was so off camber.

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We didn’t know this was a one way trail until we got to the bottom.
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I had a great time riding a long with these guys.
I am not for sure I want to take my rig down the Short and Dirty Trail because of the off camber parts.

This Trail is rated Most Difficult and is not for people with little or no experience.


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