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Photos: EWA Family Sledding 4×4 Adventure

Family Sledding 4×4 Adventure
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures
Sponsored by Selah Sweets

Report and photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets

At 10 AM on Saturday December 10th, 2016 we met up at the parking area at the end of the pavement of Cowiche Mill Road for the annual Family Sledding 4×4 run. On this run we had 3 Jeeps (2 JKs and 1 TJ). We aired down and headed on up the gravel of Cowiche Mill Road into the Ahtanum State Forest. We turned up C-1000 and made our way up onto Cowiche Ridge following the tracks of it look to be three other rigs. We were able to break trail in a few places which was very fun.

High up on Cowiche Ridge the views where great! You could see the Yakima River Canyon across the valleys. It was land marked by Baldy Mountain and the end of the canyon in Selah.

My JK’s charging system was having some issues so I had to turn back early before the battery died. Lucky most of the back roads home had snow on them since I had no battery power to air back up from 5 PSI. 🙂

This was a very nice day up in the mountains and a lot of fun thanks to those who came.

Note: The Ahtanum State Forest is managed by the Department of Natural Resources. A Discover Pass is required and you must follow the Green Dot Roads with wheeled vehicles. All snow groomed roads are closed to wheeled vehicles.

Here are some photos of Family Sledding 4×4 Adventure:

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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
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Photos: Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance Meet & Greet

Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance
Meet & Greet
at the Ahtanum State Forest

Report & photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets.

On Friday August 12th 2016, Eastern Washington Adventures of Selah set up camp at Red Saddle Trailhead in the Ahtanum State Forest west of Yakima, Washington for the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance Meet & Greet and DNR volunteer opportunity.

Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WOHVA) is a non-profit volunteer organization in the State of Washington. Every dollar received goes towards making your off road experience in our great state better.

Saturday morning was the official day of the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance Meet & Greet. Different clubs took groups out on the trails around the area. There were runs for Dirt-bikes, Side by Sides, ATVs, and 4×4 rigs. Some of the run were hard core and others just easy sightseeing drives in the mountains.

Eastern Washington Adventures hosted a 4×4 run across Divide Ridge East on 4W613. The run started at 10 AM from Red Saddle Trailhead and convoyed to Nasty Creek Corrals were people aired down their tires for a better ride. Next was the long dusty drive to Louie Way Gap where the 4W613 trail started. The trip headed southwest from Louie Way Gap to Blue Lake and then back down the Ahtanum North Fork back to Red Saddle Trailhead. There were a few stops to look off Divide Ridge down on Rimrock and across at Mount Rainier.

Back at Red Saddle Trailhead, WOHVA had a free dinner for the guest that started at 5 PM. Around 7 PM there was raffle. There were many donated items from many businesses and groups to be raffled off. Auburn Car Repair & Offroad donated a $1000 to WOHVA to help their cause.

This was one of the best ORV events I have attended in a long time. Many hope WOHVA will do it again in Eastern Washington.

For more information about Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance:
Web: www.wohva.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WOHVA.NW/

Here are some photos of the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance Meet & Greet:

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Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WOHVA) Meet & Greet
Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WOHVA) Meet & Greet

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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: EWOR Sledding 4×4 Run at Ahtanum State Forest

Sledding 4×4 Run at Ahtanum State Forest
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Sunday December 13th, 2009 we met up at the Cowiche Quick Stop in Cowiche Washington for our annual Sledding Run.
On this run we had 8 rigs with most carrying kids and sleds.

We headed up Cowiche Mill Road and then up Cowiche Ridge road.

We stopped to air down before going up onto the ridge.

Phantom-309 & Stone were in the area and stopped to say hi.

Moving up the ridge.

We stopped to wait for Victor to make a icy climb with his Hummer.

We again stopped for Victor at the top of another hill climb.

We turn around to go back down to Victor. He was airing down some more.

I climbed back up the hill to take pics of the other coming up. Havo followed me so I didn’t get a picture of his rig.

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This area had a good snow drift and was a little hairy for the Suburban just before this picture.

We stopped to regroup before crossing Nasty Creek Road.

We drove up the Strobach Mountain Trail to find enough snow to sled on.

We stopped to sled and some headed on up the trail to play some.

The rigs of the day.

After we were finished with sledding we back tracked the Strobach Mountain Trail.

This area was kind of hairy dropping into and now I had to see if I could make it back out.

I made it out but it wasn’t as graceful as I would have liked. It was fun though.

Here we turning off Strobach Mountain Trail onto Nasty Creek Road.

We decided to go play with the rigs some so we took a side Green Dot road where the snow was deeper.

Victor got stuck.

Foxracer hooking up to pull the Hummer out with his Rubicon.

See the video here: http://www.facebook.com/v/1193648793963

Round two of Foxracer’s Rubicon puling out Victor’s Hummer.

We moved on down the mountain to Nasty Corrals where we decide to turn up Doe Pocket.

On the way up I saw some wildlife moving below down by the paved road.

On up the ridge we came to a slick hill. Here are a few pics of the rigs heading up.

It was time to head back down since some of the people had things to do.

Looking toward Yakima.

We stopped to regroup at Nasty Creek Corrals.

We headed to Tampico to air up. The Tampico compressor was not working so we aired up with what we had.
We all parted ways from Tampico.

This was another fun day thanks to all that came.



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Photos: EWOR Sedge Ridge 4×4 Snow Run

Sedge Ridge 4×4 Snow Run
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Saturday January 3rd, 2009 we met up at the Tampico church.

After airing down we took the South Fork Ahtanum Road into the mountains.

We turned up the Boulder Trail.

The first climb was very challenging. It was icy under the snow and my rig wanted to crab walk off the side of the mountain.

Here is the first open area.

Here we all are after the first climb.

On up the trail to the next open area.

Blind-Pilot having fun.

The drifts across the open area were deep.

Here’s what ahead.

Up the hill and around the corner was even deeper.

Blind-Pilot took the lead breaking trail.

Here Blind-Pilot backed up for a big run at the powder snow.

Guido checking out the view as Blind-Pilot plows the trail ahead.

At the next switch-back I took the lead again. The drifts were getting bigger.

Here is a big drift up the trail a ways.

It took me a long time to get through this one.

Up the trail I find another big one. I start cutting into it to keep off the edge.

We back down a little ways so Blind-Pilot could take the lead again.

A nice view over looking Tampico and the Yakima Valley.

On up the trail I hear someone call me on the CB that wasn’t in the group.
It was Jerry. He was at home all the way across the Yakima Valley.
He sounded clear as if he was right there with us on the mountain.

Blind-Pilot doing a great job breaking trail for us.

I took over the lead for awhile.
The snow was not working for us. I was pushing way too much to get but a few inches farther at a time.
I was starting to run to low on fuel to keep pushing ahead. We turned around to go back down.

Another great view of the Yakima Valley.

Heading back down toward the South Fork Ahtanum road.

Down on the South Fork Ahtanum road we stopped so Scuba could get his XJ out of low range. He has to do it from below the rig.

Here we are back in Tampico airing up.

The snow conditions were a lot better then the run we did two day before on the next ridge over.
No one got stuck. This was a nice day and a great run thanks to all who came.



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Photos: GPS Mapping 4W613 Adjacent Trails

GPS Mapping 4W613 Adjacent Trails
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

Sunday July 13th, 2008 we headed out to GPS map the 4W613 Adjacent Trails at the Ahtanum for the Department of Natural Resources. We also had to move some down trees on 4W613. This is the first time we had a chance to work on the northeast section of 4W613 since we officially adopted it. Waycrazy & Bubz rode with me in the Tweety Jeep. Colemancooler was in his Toyota pickup.

We aired down at Nasty Creek Corrals and headed up Nasty Creek Road. On the way up we found deer in the road. They watched us for awhile before running off.

First we GPS Mapped the short cut everyone runs to the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. We continued on Nasty Creek Road to the Louie Way Gap turnoff. This is the access road to the trailheads of Louie Way Gap. 1127 (single track), 4W608 and 4W613. A very inportant thing to add to the DNR Green Dot system.

Down at the three Trail Heads, we found the 4W608 Trail Marker was broken off. We fix it and then headed up 4W613.

We stopped at the Louie Way View Point. It is a nice view of Rimrock Lake and Mt Rainier.

We headed on up 4W613 and had to stop to fix part of the trail around the corner on a climb. Since we were already parked, we walked up to take a look off the cliff.

Next we GPS mapped the Strobach Mountain Vista. Another great place to see Rimrock Lake and Mount Rainier. There was a big forest fire many miles south of us. I believe the cloud is the Cold Springs fire.

We stopped at the 4W613 Upper Meadow near Dome Peak for lunch. We walked down to see some over grown 4×4 trails.

Next we headed through the Dome Peak fire area. We took the Dome Peak to GPS map it. We GPS mapped the trail to the end and then took a hike to the top of Dome Peak.

At the top of Dome Peak was a monument missing a plaque. I wonder what was written on it. The concrete says it was put there on my 16th birthday. There is also a survey marker from 1966.

We took in the views and then headed back down to the rigs. We turned around to backtrack the Dome Peak 4×4 Trail and Colemancooler looked like he came close to flopping it since we parked in a steep place.

Back on 4W613, we stopped to let my dogs out to drink some cool spring water. My small dog Pepper found some cow manure to roll in.

We continued on 4W613 through the are we worked on the day before. We turned down Jackass Road. Down near the last section of Jackass Road, we turned down the “Sylvester” 4×4 trail that we needed to GPS Map. Colemancooler had to get home and headed down the last section of Jackass Road.

We ran this 4×4 trail down to the Ahtanum North Fork. As soon as Waycrazy got everything logged into the GPS, we when down to the creek to let the dogs swim.

This was a very fun day.

Note: Please do not take any trail at the Ahtanum State Forest unless you see it has a Green Dot or Forest Service Trail Marker. You could get a fine for driving on non-marked trails without DNR approval. Trails are only post OPEN not all closed trails are posted closed.

Here are some photos of the GPS Mapping 4W613 Adjacent Trails:

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