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Photos: EWOR Ahtanum State Forest Green Dot Work Party Part 1 of 2

Ahtanum State Forest Green Dot Work Party Part 1 of 2
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Saturday May 30th, 2009 some of the All Wheelers Off Road Club members came up to the Sno-park to do some more work on the Green Dot roads and trails.

We first headed up the Mid Fork and then up the Whites Ridge Loop Trail.
At the top of the ridge as the trail turns west we found a broke Green Dot Marker.

As we went along we added some new Green Dots to the markers that had the tops of them broken.

As the trail turned toward the south we found some down fall in the trail.
The members had the trail cleared in no time.

We turned up the Whites Ridge Crest Trail.
At the top of the second climb we had a big tree to remove from the trail.
People had a by-pass around both side of it.

Test Dummy cut the tree.

Fatboy pulled the tree out of the trail with his TJ.

Volunteers moved the debris.

Fatboy pulled the tree onto the most used by-pass.

Volunteers put what they could find at the top of the by-pass.

At the next intersection we replaced a broken Green Dot Marker.

Havo showing us how to stick Green Dots. lol

Just up the trail we started hitting patches of snow on the trail.

Monster jumped out of the Jeep to move some branches from the trail.

Here we placed two new markers since there was a new logging road pushed in.

On up the trail the loggers had a big mess.
I drove up what I think is the trail until I couldn’t stay on top of the snow.
I wanted to be sure this was the trail before we placed a Green Dot Marker. I walked from here.

I found the trail again where the snow is on the left.

We went back down to put the marker in at the start of the logging.

Heading back down.

I was driving the Tweety Jeep.
Here are the other member rigs:

99 wheelin’ the Sami and Test Dummy in his XJ.

Left to right: Fatboy, Guedo, Jeepscum & Havo.

Jeepscum found trash the loggers left us to pick up.

Marking the trail down from the “Make-out Hill” intersection.

We stopped for lunch at “Norm’s Check Point”.

After lunch we ran down to the Whites Ridge Cross-over trail and headed toward the North Fork Ahtanum Creek Road.

Dropping down the ridge we found one marker missing and another so far in the brush you couldn’t see it.
The volunteers removed the hidden marker and added two new Green Dot markers at this intersection.

Jeepscum in the bush.

Havo-Jr’s turn to add the Green Dots.

Test Dummy working hard pounding through the rocks.

These two are finish for now until we get a saw to cut off the top broken part on the old marker.

The Green Dot marker was broken and down at the McLaine Canyon road and the North Fork Ahtanum Creek Road.
We gave it a new Green Dot Marker.

At this point a few members had to leave.
We headed up the North Fork Ahtanum Creek Road to see if we could get the markers done on our adopted Blue Lake Trail.

The open switch back was a challenge to get up.
I made it up and ran on up to see how the trail was as the others worked their way through the snow.
I turned around at the Blue Lake Trail Head.

Havo had made it up but 99 was still at the bottom not doing well with the open diff Sami.
I took the Tweety Jeep down and towed the Sami up.

The next switch back there was a tall snow drift. The Sami had some problems getting up it.

We tried to get it to the top a few different ways with the tow strap.
The last try was me backing it way up and running those mice hard. I leaped it up on top just to get stuck.
I gave 99 her rig back and Havo pulled her on through.

We ran in snow from there to the Blue Lake Trail.

99 moving well now.

At the Blue Lake Trail Head we left the Sami. 99 and the kids jumped in the Tweety Jeep with me.
Here is the area where we had to do some marker repair.
A new Green Dot marker here to show the way out.

These two markers will have to be fixed after the snow melts. lol

We could not make it up to the top to check on the other marker so we headed back down.

Havo working it.

99 and Bubz getting back in the Sami at the Blue Lake Trail Head.

We headed back down to the Sno-park where some aired up for home and we got the camp fire going for the night.
It was a very warm night.

 



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Photos: EWOR Labor Day Sunday Run at Ahtanum State Forest

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

On Sunday August 31st, 2008 most of the group had to go home and the Tweety Jeep broke down on Saturday’s run so it looked like I had no one to wheel with. Then PUO and The Punisher pulled into our camp at Tree Phones with PUO’s old Chevy Step side that was turned into some type of Monster Buggy thing. We left Tree Phones and ran down the Mid Fork. We turned off and headed up A2400 to Red Saddle and onto the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail.

Back at camp Phantom 309 showed up to pick on the Monster Buggy.

We took a run up Whites Ridge. On the way a little diesel pickup joined us. We ran the Whites Ridge Loop and then up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. We found a log across the trail and cut it out after the guys had fun driving over it.

On up the near the end we took a brake and then headed back down to Tree Phones for dinner.

This was a fun crazy time thanks to all that came.

Here are some photos of the day:

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Photos: EWOR Ahtanum Work Crew ORV Fun Run

Ahtanum Work Crew ORV Fun Run
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

Some of the people that helped at the 2008 Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean-up wanted to go on a site seeing run on Sunday (July 27th, 2008).

We left the Sno-park around 11 am and headed up the Mid Fork road (A-2000) and onto the Whites Ridge Loop Trail (A-2600). Next we turned up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail. We turned toward the North Fork Road on the McLaine Canyon Road (A-3300). On up the North Fork Road (A-3000). We turn off onto the Blue Lake Trail.

We stopped for a break at Blue Lake and then head up 4W615 to Blue Slide Lookout. We stopped for a view overlooking Blue Lake, then on up tp Blue Slide Lookout on FS1020.

After a break, we headed on back down 4W615, the Blue Lake Trail and then turned up the North Fork Road toward Darland Mountain.

We crossed Darland Mountain and headed down the Ahtanum Mid Fork (A-2000) and a few of us stopped at Eagle Nest. The rest of the group headed back to Sno-park to pack up camp.

This was a fun run thanks to all that went.

Here are some photos of Ahtanum Work Crew ORV Fun Run:

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Photos: 2008 Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean-up

Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean Up
Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Off Road

10 AM Saturday July 26th, 2008, we met up at the Ahtanum Sno-park to set up for the Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean-up we hosted with cooperation from the DNR. We had a big turn out. There were a lot of Eastern Washington Off Road and All Wheelers Off Road Club, some members of PNW4WDA, Lower Valley Canyon Crawlers, Jeeping Nomads, Peak Putters, Ridgerunners, Tuff Enuf Cascade Crawlers, Outlaws, Washington ATV Association and some other caring people. There were 58 volunteers total on the ORV Trails sign-in list.

The Ski Benders also had a clean-up the same day as we did. They took the North Fork Road to clean-up along with the Big Bowl. I am not sure what other Snowmobile areas they worked in.

My group (Ceg, 99, Monster, Bubz, Doc, Odo, Soggymountain and Mrs. Soggymountain) cleaned up the Whites Ridge trails. The first trail we ran was the Whites Ridge Loop trail starting at the bottom off the Mid Fork. We found a tire on Whites Ridge Loop Trail. We turned up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail and ran up to Norm Check Point for lunch. After lunch we ran Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail to the end to start that trails clean-up for the top down. One section of the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail didn’t have much to pick up since the loggers widened the trail burying what could have been there. Another trail turned into a Hi-way. We ran Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail back down to Whites Ridge Loop, McLaine Canyon Road and on to the Ahtanum Mid Fork back down.

Back at base camp people started coming in with a lot of trash. We loaded up two trucks and took the trash to the dumpster.

We had a big Potluck BBQ after everyone was back at camp.

It was great to have so many caring people come out. Thank you to all that came to help and support this Ahtanum State Forest trails project.

Here are some photos of Ahtanum ORV Trails Clean Up:

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2008 Ahtanum Clean up highlighted in

Peterson’s 4 Wheel and Off Road

January 2009 Issue

Peterson’s 4 Wheel and Off Road
Peterson’s 4 Wheel and Off Road Ahtanum Clean Up article.


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Photos: EWOR Independence Day ORV Run at Ahtanum State Forest

Independence Day ORV Run
at Ahtanum State Forest

Hosted by Eastern Washington Off Road
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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