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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 99’s Dome Peak Snow Photo Run

99’s Dome Peak Snow Photo Run
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 get some photos of the Dome Peak Fire Area covered in snow.

On Saturday, October 20th, 2007, we met up at Nasty Creek Corrals and aired down. We headed up Nasty Creek Road and turned onto the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. It wasn’t to far in until we hit snow. The Tweety Jeep caught a lot of snow from the low tree branches.

It was really cold up on 4W613. We stopped to let Fatboy lead the way up the hill climb below the 4W613 Upper Meadow. That didn’t work so well. I tried to go around him and almost ate a tree with the drives side of the Tweety Jeep. Fatboy backed up and took another run at the hill. That still didn’t work to well. We worked our way around Fatboy. BecauseSheLetsMe came close to Fatboys TJ passing him. Colemancooler did well on the climb with his siped Swampers. BecauseSheLetsMe crawled up the hill since he was lock on both ends. He said it was the Iroks at 5 lbs. His carb wasn’t working to well though. Test Dummy did well running open. The TrXus MTs seem to grab well at 8 lbs. I aired down a little more to 7 lbs. That helped my MT/Rs grab. Fatboy also aired his MT/Rs down to 7 lbs. He did have to winch back onto the trail.

We made the climb up to the 4W613 Upper Meadow. It was a real nice view of the Yakima Valleys. We headed on to the Dome Peak Fire area for 99’s photos.

We turned around at the Dome Peak Fire Area after taking some nature photos for 99. We did not to keep going since it was to late to have a winch fest on the next hill climbs.

We ran into Phantom 309’s group coming up from Louie Way Gap. They were doing some rig repairs as we were heading back out the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail.

We drove back down to Nasty Creek Corrals and aired up for home.

This was a fun run thanks to the people that came along.

Here are some photos of 99’s Dome Peak Snow Photo 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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Blue Lake Trail AKA Ahtanum Irrigation District logging road.

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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: EWOR 2nd Annual Carnage Run 4×4 Run

2nd Annual
Carnage Run 4×4 Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday, June 9th, 2007, Eastern Washington Off Road members in Group 1 met up at the Cowiche Mill parking lot. Around 10 AM we hit the trail. We took Cowiche Mill road to C1000 and up Cowiche Ridge. We stopped at the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trailhead and waited for Group 2 to come up from Nasty Creek Corrals.

Group 2 was running behind because of a rig problem. Group 1 headed up the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. We stopped at Strobach Mountain Vista and waited for both groups to meet up.

Once everyone was at Strobach Mountain most headed up 4W613 toward Foundation Ridge. FJ4CJ and KrazyGimp headed back to town.

4W613 was slick. I got the Tweety Jeep hooked up on a boulder going up the steep part before the Upper Meadow. We hooked up the winch which didn’t want to work right.

Once I got up on top at the Upper Meadow and few guys went down to pull Roll Over’s rig up. Up on top PullUout made lunch. Roll Over, Tiny and 89-yota headed back towards town.

After lunch we continued toward Foundation Ridge. We had to stop in the Dome Peak Fire Area because Insanityfab had a stick smash through his fuse box.

After Insanityfab rewired his rig we headed on down 4W613 to the Lower Meadow where the Grey Rock Trail meets up. At this time most of the rigs head
up the side of Foundation Ridge. Fatboy, Scuba and I turned around to back track the trail. Near the end of Cowiche Ridge we played in the rocks.

This was a great run. Thanks to all that came out.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Carnage Run 4×4 Run:

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