2012 Ahtanum State Forest Camp-out & Clean-up

2012 Ahtanum State Forest Camp-out & Clean-up
Report by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures
Photos by Clay Graham , Charlie Graham, Doc Graham & Amanda Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Tuesday July 24th, 2012 members of Eastern Washington Adventures started showing up for the annual Ahtanum State Forest Camp-out and Clean-up. The event is hosted by the Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch Association (the Non-profit division of Eastern Washington Adventures).

On Wednesday we headed out with three Jeeps (Ceg, Rangerat & Foxracer) to do maintenance on the Blue Lake 4×4 Trail, 4W613 and everything in between. We got back to camp around 7 PM. Guido came that evening to camp for the rest of the week. Craigen came up to visit us that night.

On Thursday we headed out with four Jeeps (Ceg, Rangerat, Foxracer & Guido) to do maintenance on the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail and repair the Green Dot Markers on all the roads on Whites Ridge. Rangerat took off for home that evening.

Friday morning Foxracer had to leave for work. We headed out with two Jeeps (Ceg & Guido) and a quad (for the Ceg boys to share) to do maintenance on the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail and repair the Green Dot Markers on all the roads on Sedge Ridge. Jeepscum and TJ40 came and set up camp when we were gone.

Saturday morning more people showed up to help with the clean-up. We took off in groups to pick up trash across the Ahtanum State Forest. My group also did some Green Dot Repair work. That evening we had a potluck dinner.

On Sunday we packed up and headed home.

This was a very fun week thanks to all who came out. Thank you all for volunteering at this event.

Here are some photos of our fun week at the Ahtanum State Forest:

Do not leave food out or the locals will take it!
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Wednesday July 25th, 2012

Replacing Green Dots on the Blue Lake Trail.
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There is a deer to the right of Foxracer’s head.
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Charlie replacing the Green Dots.
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At the intersection of the Blue lake Trail and 4W615.
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There was a tree down near Blue Lake.
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We also had to replace a Green Dot post there someone ran over.
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We took a break at Blue Lake.
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Heading on up 4W615.
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We stopped at Blue Slide Lookout.
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At 4W615 and FS1020 we replaced another Green Dot post.
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The Green Dot post at 4W613 was loose.
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On down 4W613 we had to remove a few trees that had fallen onto the trail.
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Charlie adding new Green Dots.
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This is a fun section on the 4W613. We just pasted the cattle guard.
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Then through the tight turn. We opted out of taking the bypass someone made.
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Coming through the Dome Peak Fire Area.
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Someone lost their muffler. Looked to fall off their header.
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Crossing the Upper Meadow.
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Odo replacing the Green Dots.
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We stopped at the Strobach Mountain Vista to look off down at Rimrock.
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On down 4W613.
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We stopped for a break at the Louie Way View Point.
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Heading on down.
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Doc not feeling to well.
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Thursday July 26th, 2012

Here we are on Whites Ridge Loop Road at Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail adding a missing Green Dot Marker.
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On up Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail we cut off the top of this post since it was splintered from bullet holes.
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Another splintered from bullet holes.
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We took a break at Norm’s Check Point.
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The rigs of the day.
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At the intersection of Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail and Make-out Point Trail, Charlie replaced the Green Dots.
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At Make-out Point to check out the view.
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Heading on up the Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail.
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We stopped at the Whites Ridge Grey Rock Trail View Point.
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Looking across at Darland Mountain.
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On Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail crossing the Grey Rock Trail we replace the Green Dot post.
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We backtracked Whites Ridge 4×4 Trail and headed down McLain Canyon Road. Here Foxracer replaced the Green Dots.
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We headed on down to the North Fork Road and back to camp. Rangerat headed out for home that evening.

Friday July 27th, 2012

Here is another one of the locals that kept coming to visit us.
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Up on Sedge Ridge clearing the A1490.
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Doc used the quad to pull the log off the road.
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Heading onto Boulder Road.
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Looking down at Tampico.
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There was a few trees down on Boulder Road.
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I am replacing the Green Dots.
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Down on the South Fork around the 5 mile marker, someone left their campfire unattended. We put it out.

Guido pulling logs out of the fire.
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The kids dumping water on the fire.
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On up South Fork Road at Red Saddle Road we cut the bullet hole part of the sign off.
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New Green Dots.
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We did the same to the Green Dot post facing Red Saddle Road.
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Up on Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail as we topped the Cultus Hole rim, we found a little snow to play in.
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Taking a lunch break at the Cultus Hole Vista.
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Charlie dropping down from the Cultus Hole rim on Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail.
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We stopped at added Green Dot Markers on Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail at the Cultus Hole Trail.
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On down the Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail we had another bullet holed post to fix.
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Charlie dropping down the Duel Climb on Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail.
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Another bullet hole post.
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Doc dropping down the Rocky Climb on Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail.
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Back at our camp (Ahtanum Winter Recreation Trailhead), TJ40 and Jeepscum were waiting for us.
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Saturday July 28th, 2012

A lot of people just showed up for the day to do the clean-up. Groups headed out across Ahtanum State Forest.

I took a few volunteers with me to do some Green Dot repair as we picked up trash on Sedge Ridge.

Colemancooler making a place for a new Green Dot marker post.
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And the new post going in.
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The old broken post had to be dug out. RDub, Colemancooler, The Middle Kid & Monster working on it.
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The two rigs in our group.
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Replacing the Green Dot Marker on the top of the Boulder Road.
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The Middle Kid topping the Rocky Climb on Sedge Ridge 4×4 Trail.
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Lunch at Cultus Hole Vista.
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Looking across Cultus Hole at the Goat Rocks and Mount Rainier.
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The same snow patch as the day before.
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Back at the Ahtanum Winter Recreation Trailhead, I.O.R.E. showed up with a lot of carpet he found at Nasty Flats.
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Here we are at the DNR dumpster removing the carpet from the truck.
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Charlie, Odo & Doc getting ready to clean the woods around camp.
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Monster leading the boys to the mess in the trees.
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The volunteers that stuck around until everyone was in.
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We had a great potluck dinner in the evening.
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This was a very fun week thanks to all who came out. Thank you all for volunteering at this event.

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