Ahtanum State Forest 4×4 Trip Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions Report & photos by Clay Graham / CegPics.com
Around 10 AM Sunday, June 13th 2021, Eastern Washington Expeditions members met up at the Tampico Store for the Ahtanum State Forest 4×4 Trip. It looked like rain so we put the bikini top on the YJ. We convoyed to Red Saddle Trailhead and aired down.
We next headed up to Red Saddle and turned up the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail. We ran the trail to just past the Cultus Hole turn off. We were stopped by big snow drifts across the trail. We knew if we made it over them that we still would not make it up the last hill climb with snow on it. We turned around and headed back down. We ran South Fork Road down and then turn back up near the bottom end of South Fork Road. We worked our way up to the top of Sedge Ridge and ran the ridge east to the end over Tampico. We had lunch and took some photos of the Yakima Valleys below. then ran the ridge west and then down 2420 back onto Red Saddle Road and out to the pavement.
We turned up North Fork Road and then climb the Jackass Cutoff AKA North Fork Short Cut, than ran Jackass Road up to the top of Foundation Ridge, then turn to run Doe Pocket down to the Nasty Creek Corrals. We stopped for a break on the way down the last section and noticed Charlie’s tire had a nail in it. We plugged the tire and move on down the ridge. Then it started raining. We did not get too wet since we put the bikini top on earlier. We aired up at nasty Creek Corrals and headed for home.
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Our next part of the trip was to loop from the Columbia River through Douglas Creek and back to the Columbia River by going down Rock Island Grade.
We took Palisades Road northeast, turned on left on Wagon Road (Moses Coulee Road SW on Google), and then a quick left onto Slack Canyon Rd SW. There was a Douglas Creek water crossing not far from the intersection. We aired down there.
We started off with a climb out of the valley. Not to far there was a view point of Douglas Creek Falls. At this point the road spit without any signs pointing the way. The two lower roads had steep drops. We took the high road around the falls.
We worked our way up Douglas Creek. There were another six water crossings. There were a lot of people camping a long the way. The road took up us away from the creek into open fields on a gravel road. We drove north a few miles and then turned west onto 4 Rd SW which was a long dirt road. Miles down the dirt road there was a T. We turn north onto the gravel (Also 4Rd SW) and drove through Alstown where we found pavement. We hit the pavement and headed west on 3 1/2 Rd SW for a few miles. We turn to the south off the pavement back onto gravel on M Rd SW. The road spit after a few miles. We took the road on the right which was “Titchenal Canyon Rd SW”. At the top of the ridge the road slit again. We turned to the left I am not sure the name of the road due to I have different maps saying different names. That road starts off heading to the east and then turn toward the south. We took that road past Duffy Creek and all the way down Rock Island Grade to the end. That put us back at the Columbia River. That is where we aired back up.
We headed south from Wenatchee on Malaga Rd which turned into Colockum Road. We aired down at the WDFW sign and then headed up over the Colockum Pass. Up on top of Naneum Ridge there was a light rain with snow mixed in it.We saw some elk and a lot of cows. The sun was starting to go down so we turned off Colockum Road at Powerline Road at headed toward Brushy Road. We found a camping spot in the trees hoping it would slow the wind. Once we got camp set up, we had Super Sauce Chicken for dinner from the EWE Chuckwagon. It was cold that night.
Sunday morning we woke up to the cold. We all sat around the propane campfire as the coffee was brewing. The EWE Chuckwagon Breakfast was eggs, potatoes, and Jalapeno cheese bratwurst. So good!
Once camp was broke down, we headed down Brushy Road, turned on Beacon Road, and dropped down Parke Creek. We aired up at headed back through Kittitas and worked our way back to the Yakima River Canyon to go home.
We put over 340 miles on the Jeeps on this trip. It was a lot of fun.
Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Expeditions Around the Columbia River Overland Trip (Part 3):
Around the Columbia River Overland Trip
Part 1: Near the Columbia River Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions Chuckwagon Cook: Charlie Graham Report & photos by Clay Graham / CegPics.com
On Friday, June 4th, 2021, Eastern Washington Expeditions members left the Club House in Selah around 5:30 PM for the Columbia River. We took the Yakima River Canyon to Kittitas Valley. We stopped in the City of Kittitas for some lunch meat we forgot to bring.
We took the Vantage Hwy to Vantage and got on I-90 to cross the Columbia River. We head south along the east side of the Columbia River to Mattawa and head up onto Saddle Mountains. On top it was very windy. It was hard to keep the camera straight. We got a few photos looking down on Beverly Dunes. We headed back down looking for a place to camp out of the high winds. Nothing looked good so we headed over the Beverly Dunes and set up camp for the night. One we got camp set up, Chicken Caesar Salad dinner the EWE Chuckwagon.
Saturday morning we woke up in the heat with no wind. The EWE Chuckwagon breakfast was French toast and coffee. The wind started up as we packed up camp. We headed out about 9:30 AM and headed north to see the sights along the Columbia River.
The first stop was at Wanapum Dam’s Turbine Park. We shot of a few photos and then drove up the highway just a little and stopped at Wanapum Dam Overlook. From there there is a great view of the area. I took some photos looking back at Saddle Mountains where we were Friday at sunset. I also took other photos of the area like the Beverly Train Bridge that is now part of the non-motorized “Palouse to Cascades Trail”.
We continued north onto I-90 and stopped at the Wild Horse Monument. The Wild Horses are cool and so is the view overlooking the Columbia River. You have a good view of the I-90 bridge. Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Center is a cross the river. That is also a cool place to visit.
We got back on I-90 heading north and took the next exit. Not far was the Frenchman Coulee. We made a few stops along the way as we worked our way down to the Columbia River. There is a 100 foot low-volume waterfall, people camping, people climbing rock formations, hiking trails, a boat lunch, and some great views.
We moved on up the river with our next place to see being Sunland. It was a windy road dropping down to the river. Most of the area was a private community. We drove though and headed back out to the main road.
We turn north and pasted the Gorge Amphitheatre. The road turned to the east and then we planned to turn off to the north to go through the Quincy Lakes. There were big signs saying not access to the lakes. So we kept going and circled around through Quincy and got fuel. We then went to the Quincy Lakes from the north gate. There was a sign saying the “south gate was closed due to vandalism”. So we drove all the way through the Quincy Lakes area to the south gate to see what all was there. We decided that we would eat lunch at Evergreen Lake. Shelly, our Black Lab had fun playing in the lake. After lunch we head back up through the lakes and back on the highway.
We turned off at Crescent Bar. We took in the view for the top of the ridge and then headed down stopping at Cascade Park. At Cascade Park we took a look down at the Columbia River. Looking across we could see the West Bar Beach were we go with the Jeeps when we camp on Naneum Ridge. We then took a drive to the south end of Crescent Bar to see what was there. There was a lot of people camping in the RV Park. Then we headed back up to the highway.
We headed toward Wenatchee and turned off a few miles up to go east and run Douglas Creek. See that report coming soon>
Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Expeditions Around the Columbia River Overland Trip (Part 1):
Umtanum Ridge Backroads Trip Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Doc Graham / CegPics.com
On Sunday May 30, 2021 we left the Eastern Washington Expeditions Club House with 4 Jeeps and a little Rav4. We convoyed to the toward end of pavement on the N Wenas Road. We turned off to run the Ridge Road which is part of the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route. We and aired down and headed up. We saw a rabbit and others saw a Rattle Snake as we went. At the top of the West end of Umtanum Ridge we stopped for a break. The views were great. You could see Cleman Mountain, Mount Rainier, the Stewart Mountain Range, the Manastash Ridge Observatory, Kittitas Valley, and more. There were a lot of wildflowers.
After a short time we headed on east across Umtanum Ridge. The hill climb above Black Canyon gave Corrie in the Rav4 a challenge she never had before. She seem to like it. That was good since we had some more of that type of fun coming back at the other end of the ridge later.
We got to the towers and took and break. The view there is cool since you can see Ellensburg on one side and Selah on the other. From there Baldy Mountain looks to be a long way away.
We moved on across Umtanum Ridge toward Baldy. It took us a little over an hour to reach the end of Green Dot across from Baldy Mountain. The view of the Yakima Canyon River along the way and at the end were great. You could see little dots of color of the people floating the river.
After the break we decided to head for home. We back tracked Umtanum Ridge going up some fun hill climbs. Along the way I spotted Mount Hood and had to stop for a photo. While I had the camera out I took a photo of Mount Adams too. At Durr Road we headed down toward Selah. At Sheep Company Road we parted ways.
This was a fun trip thanks to who all came.
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