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Photos: Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 Camp-out at Ahtanum State Forest

Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 Camp-out
at Ahtanum State Forest
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Selah Adventures – A division of Eastern Washington Adventures.

On Friday evening August 8th 2014, Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 met up at Ahtanum Meadows in the Ahtanum State Forest west of Yakima, Washington for a weekend Scout Camp-out and DNR volunteer opportunity.

Saturday the Cub Scouts started off with raising the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. Breakfast was next and then the trip around the Darland Mountain Loop to sight see and pick up trash.

The Darland Mountain Loop trip took the Cub Scouts through Ahtanum Campground, Tree Phones Campground, Eagle Nest Vista, Darland Mountain, Blue Lake, Snow Cabin Campground and back to Ahtanum Meadows. The highlights were the cliff at Eagle Nest Visit, the view of Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, the Goat Rocks, and the Yakima Valley from Darland Mountain and the 4×4 Trail to Blue Lake.

Back at camp the Cub Scouts built a campfire to cook their dinners in. Each person made their own tinfoil dinner and the leaders placed them in the hot coals to cook. The Cub Scouts had a corn shucking contest for fun and did skits as dinner cooked. After dinner the Cub Scouts made smores then headed off the sleep in their tents and campers.

Sunday morning the Cub Scouts started off with the flag ceremony and a reading from the Holy Bible. Next there was a pancake breakfast made by the Scout Leaders.

After breakfast most broke down there camps. A few took another trip around the Darland Mountain Loop.

It was a very fun Cub Scout Camp Out.

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Here are some photos of the Selah Cub Scout Pack 276 Ahtanum Camp-out.

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Photos: EWOR Do The Dew ORV Run

Do The Dew ORV Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

We held this year’s “Do the Dew!” Run on July 4th, 2009. I was not able to ride my quad because of my bad back hurt too much.

Here are the pictures I did get a long with a few on the run we went on.

The quad and bike riders getting ready at Tree Phones.

And the 10 riders are off to “Do the Dew!”

We decided to head down to the store to get some thing to help our sick 3 year old son.
On the way back we went up the Ahtanum South Fork Road.

We found Hercules’ (one of our members) horses were out running down the road.
We stopped and helped his sister get the horses back home.

Once we got up on Sedge Ridge we added Green Dots to the 6 new markers we had place on the last trail work party.

We took the Sedge Ridge Crest Trail back down to see if any other repairs were needed.
We headed back to Tree Phones to eat lunch and to get Luna for the next run.

This next run was from Tree Phones to Jackass Road @ the Gray Rock Trail and then back.

We had to time it to see how long it takes to get there since we are doing an aid station for the 50 K runners on July 11th, 2009.

We headed up the Mid Fork Road up onto Darland Mountain.
The views were not bad for how hazy it was.

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We dropped off of Darland Mountain and ran into a big snow drift on the North Fork Road.
It was fun crossing the big drift.

Next we headed up the Blue Lake Trail.

Up passed Blue Lake I waited for Luna to climb the hill with her quad.

Here is a picture of Mt. Adams from there.

We got up on FS1020 and ran it onto Jackass Road to the Gray Rock Trail crossing.
It took 1 hour and 20 minutes to get there from Tree Phones by the way of Darland Mountain.

We back tracked pass Blue Lake. We did not want to stop there because of the swarms of mosquitoes.

We stopped for a break down the trail before the North Fork Ahtanum Road.

We ran the North Fork Ahtanum Road down to the Whites Ridge Cross-over trail and back to Tree Phones on the Mid Fork Road.

After dinner we headed back down the Mid Fork Road, up A-2400, A2420, A1490 and then down A1200 (Boulder Trail) to the view point over Tampico.

This is where we watched the firework shows in the valleys below.

The big fire work shows look small from there but it was a lot of fun for the family.
After the show we went back to Tree Phones to sleep.

The next morning (Sunday) we just could not take the mosquitoes anymore.
The mosquitoes were worse than I have even seen them.

The mosquito repellent products did not stop them from eating us up.
We threw everything in the XJ and camper and headed down to the Ahtanum Sno-park to cook breakfast.

It was hotter there but we did not get one mosquito bite there.

This was a great weekend thanks to the people who came.



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Photos: EWOR Labor Day Saturday 4×4 Run at Ahtanum State Forest

Labor Day Saturday Run at Ahtanum State Forest
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday August 30th, 2008 most of the group met up at the All Wheelers camp at Tree Phones. Blind Pilot was waiting for us at the Nasty Creek Corrals. We aired down and were on our way to Louie Way Gap. It took about 35 minute to get to Louie Way Gap by forest roads.

We headed up 4W613. 99 in the Tweety Jeep had some problems with the first two climbs. The Tweety Jeep had broken a rear axle from pulling the Forest Service trailer on the 4W608 work day the Saturday before. We did not have the time to change the axle before the run so we knew Tweety would have a little harder time than the rest having an open front and only one working axle in the back. 99 got crossed up against a tree on the second climb up the rocks. The tree is ok but the Tweety Jeep took on a little carnage. We had to use the Tweety Jeeps winch to get passed the rock section. A few other rigs had a little trouble in the rock section too. Once everyone was up the rock, we headed on up to the Louie Way View Point for a break and to take in the views.

Our next stop was at the Northeast Strobach Mountain Vista for another view of Rimrock. After a few minutes, we were heading on. The next stop was at Strobach Mountain Trail Vista for lunch. As we pulled in, we head the Peak Putters on the CB and talk to them some. They were down on one of the hard core Rimrock trails.

After lunch, we moved on up the 4W613. There is a real fun section before you reach the Upper Meadow.  99 did a great job making it though there.

Down at the Lower Meadow we were stopped by a lady that told us we needed to wait for a big group of ATVs coming off of Foundation Ridge. I told her it was not a problem but she needed to have her friend stop riding in the meadow and she needed to move her ORV back on the trail. I told here what they were doing was illegal and they could get a ticket for being off the trail. She said she didn’t know they could not ride out there. She had her friend park his quad. I told her that our club put the logs up at each end of the meadow to show where the trail was so people would know where the trail was and not drive in the meadow. She said she only went around the logs to go out and sit in the sun because she was cold. Again I told her it was illegal to be out there. The lady walked back out to her ORV and sit in it without moving it. The ladies friends finely came down the trail and all drove out there in the meadow with her.

We moved on up the foundation Ridge climb. 99 had some more problems getting the Tweety Jeep up a loose area. I ran her winch out and got her winched up and around the corner. With me coaching 99, she was able to start climbing again. She was doing real good until the other rear axle broke. It was time now for the strap. Using 3 traps I pulled her Jeep on up the loose section with my XJ. Once past that loose part we took two of the straps off and use only one. The trail starts getting tight at the top of the climb. On one hill climb 99 said I pulled her into a tree and she clipped the driver’s side fender. The marker was already broke so the fender only got damaged again. We finely made it to Jackass Road where 99 could use front wheel drive to get off the mountain.

The run was a blast thanks to the people who came wheelin’ with us. Thanks for helping 99 through the trail.

The disappointing part of the Labor Day Weekend run was seeing some people have no respect for the ORV areas they use. Friday a guy with his gal on the back of his Motorcycle were riding off the road in the Tree Phones campground. One place was by the creek. He rode up from behind the REHAB AREA – TREAD LIGHTLY sign. He read the sign and then parked next to it in the Rehab Area. I have pictures.

On Saturday’s run we came across two groups off the 4W613 trail. I am not sure where the first group went off the trail but some how they pasted us twice going the same direction. The second group caused damage in the lower meadow that could get the trail closed. We are not just going to set back and do nothing because we don’t want to have the trail closed. The appropriate authorities will get a report with pictures.

We have an emergency work party scheduled to work at that meadow so others don’t follow in the damage since it looks inviting to mudders.

Tread Lightly or have your picture turned in!

The above inspired us to start the Forest Watch Volunteer Program!
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Photos: EWOR Do The Dew ORV Run

Do the Dew ORV Run!
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On Saturday July 5th, 2008 we met up at Tree Phones Campground around 10 AM. On this run we had Tiny – Bike, Fatboy – Bike , Test Dummy – Bike, Jeepscum – Quad, Ceg – Quad, Mason – Quad, Mischief Maker – Quad, Sparky – Quad.

We headed up the Ahtanum Mid Fork Road. We stopped for a photo on Darland Mountain and headed off the North Slope of Darland. We stopped to regroup at the Blue Lake 4×4 Trailhead. A lot of quads passed us there.

We stopped at Blue Lake for a short break at Blue Lake, then headed on up 4W615 and onto FS1020. We turned down 4W613 and regroup at the 4W613 Lower Meadow where the Grey Rock Trail ties in.

Next it was on up past Dome Peak to the 4W613 Upper Meadow. We pulled over to let the Gleed Boys pass. We stopped for a break at the first view point after the Strobach Mountain Vista.

Next we headed on down the trail to the last view point over Rimrock before dropping to Louie Way Gap.

Next we headed down the steep rocky part of the 4W613 trail. The bike riders had a hard time in the section because of the big rock drop offs. We took a break at the 4W613 & 4W608 trail intersection.

Next we hit C1000 and on up to the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail. We turn up it to get back to 4W613. We stopped at the Strobach Mountain Vista for the next break. This is a great place to look down at Rimrock Lake.

After a short break we took 4W613 across the Dome Peak area. Heading up the steep climbs on Foundation Ridge, we regrouped and Fatboy told us about another crash.

We stopped at the 4W613 Trail Head at FS1020/A2300. Some of the group headed down on Jackass Road. Three of us rode up to Blue Slide Lookout.

At Blue Slide Lookout, we looked back at down Divide Ridge where we had rode earlier to Louie Way and back.

Next we headed down 4W615, down the Blue Lake trail, up the North Fork over Darland Mountain and down the Mid Fork to our camp at Tree Phones. We found PHANTOM 309 sitting in our camp drinking beer. Most of the group headed home. PHANTOM 309, Mischief Maker, Mason and me stayed the night. PHANTOM 309 had some funny camp fire stories to tell.

This was another great run with great company.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Do The Dew ORV Run:

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Photos: EWOR Independence Day ORV Run at Ahtanum State Forest

Independence Day ORV Run
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Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

On July 4th, 2008 we met at Mischief Maker’s camp at Tree Phones around 10 AM. Our group was; Mason – ATV, Sparky – ATV, Test Dummy – Dirt bike, Mischief Maker – ATV, Ceg & family – XJ.

We headed up the Ahtanum Mid Fork Road and stopped on top of Darland Mountain for a picture. We headed down the North Slope of Darland Mountain, turn onto the Blue Lake 4×4 Trail, and stopped at Blue Lake for a short break. We watch the 4x4xNorthwest club come in from Rimrock and then the Timber Tamers.

We headed up 4W615 onto FS1020. A few miles down we played in a few snow drifts and stopped for the view off Foundation Ridge.

We headed back up FS1020 through the snow again. Mischief Maker had fun showing off to my kids in the Tweety Jeep.

We are dropping down 4W615 from FS1020 toward Blue Lake. Test Dummy crashed the bike (Roll Over’s bike) in one of the many rocky areas. He only broke of some plastic.

Our next stop was at Snow Cabin Campground so the ladies could use the out house. The boys played in the Forest since the Creek was closed because of Bull Trout BS.

We took the North Fork Road down and used the McLaine Canyon Road to get back to the Ahtanum Mid Fork Road and up to Tree Phones. Fatboy met us there in his TJ.

Next we headed down the Ahtanum Mid Fork Road and up the McLaine Canyon Road and onto the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. We went up to find a good place to see the fire works. We decided Make-Out Point would work.

We ran to the top end of the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail to kill some time.
On the way back down we stopped to read a No Quads Sign on the Grey Rock Trail.

Next we went on down to Norm’s Check-point to look down at the area around Tree Phones.  You could see Shawn Montee logged a lot of the area we were closed out of in September 2005. Some quads were in the closed area. They may have not known it is closed if they came into the closed area from one of the trails above. The only closed signs I have seen are at the bottom of the road they are going down. I have talked to the DNR about this problem and I was told they don’t want ugly closed signs hanging everywhere. I say signs are education and ticket the ones that don’t care to read the signs instead of ticketing people for being in non-posted areas.

We headed on back up to Make-out Point to watch the fire works. We could see the ones at the fair grounds in Yakima and the ones at Legends in Toppenish. They were really small from Whites Ridge.

This was a great day thanks to the people that came.

Here are some photos of the EWOR Independence Day ORV Run:

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