Glass Creek Scoping Run

Glass Creek Scoping Run
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

The Forest Service is doing a project called, “Glass Angel Restoration Project” that will effect 4W697 – Clover Springs Trail AKA Glass Creek Trail.
See project info here: http://a123.g.akamai.net/7/123/11558…LT2_028834.pdf

The Forest Service let us know at the November 2nd, 2010 TWIG meeting we had a week to send in comments about the Glass Angel Project. So the Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch decided to do a run to get pictures to send in with our comments to show the Ranger how tight the trails is and what will be missed if they remove all the trees they are talking about removing.

This was a very educational fun run thanks to who all came.

Here are the pictures and a report of our run:

On Saturday November 6th, 2010 we met up at the Oak Creek Ace Hardware store in Naches.

We had 5 rigs on this run. TJ40’s TJ, Guido’s TJ, Craigen’s XJ, Test Dummy’s XJ and 4WheelingPlus.com’s XJ.

Foxracer rode with 4WheelingPlus.com and I rode with Test Dummy.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 141

We headed to the Nile Area and ran FS1600 up.

Here we pulled off to air down.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 142

Here we are turning onto 4W697.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 143

Glass Creek Scoping Run 144

Glass Creek Scoping Run 145

The trail drops in elevation very fast.
Here we are coming up to the steepest part of the trail.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 146

It was a slick slide to the bottom.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 147

Craigen was the next one to come down.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 148

Glass Creek Scoping Run 149

Two rig safe at the bottom.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 150

4WheelingPlus.com coming down.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 151

TJ40 coming down a little faster.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 152

Glass Creek Scoping Run 153

Guido seem to be sliding even faster down the hill.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 154

Here we are coming into about the area where the Forest Service plans to removed a lot of trees including the small ones.
This trail will not be the same without these obstacles.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 155

Glass Creek Scoping Run 156

Glass Creek Scoping Run 157

Glass Creek Scoping Run 158

Glass Creek Scoping Run 159

Glass Creek Scoping Run 160

Glass Creek Scoping Run 161

Glass Creek Scoping Run 162

Glass Creek Scoping Run 163

We found a lot of trees marked with blue paint and others with these tags.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 164

Tags on both these trees and many more along the trail close to Glass Creek.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 165

Glass Creek Scoping Run 166

Glass Creek Scoping Run 167

Glass Creek Scoping Run 168

Glass Creek Scoping Run 169

Moving up from Glass Creek.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 170

Glass Creek Scoping Run 171

Glass Creek Scoping Run 172

Glass Creek Scoping Run 173

There are a lot of trees marked with blue paint at the top of the ridge.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 174

Glass Creek Scoping Run 175

Forest Service quote,
“Approximately 2 miles (part of the 2.8 miles identified in this section) of System Trail 697 would be closed during timber harvest operations and used as a haul road. The trail would be rehabbed and returned to the trail system after harvest operations are completed.”

Well it looks like they are doing that in this section by the pink ribbons.
It looks as they are making the Trail 697 straight across the top of the ridge taking away from the adventure.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 176

Glass Creek Scoping Run 177

Glass Creek Scoping Run 178

Glass Creek Scoping Run 179

?
Glass Creek Scoping Run 180

Glass Creek Scoping Run 181

Glass Creek Scoping Run 182

Glass Creek Scoping Run 183

Glass Creek Scoping Run 184

Here is a Possible Reroute around the top of the meadow.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 185

Glass Creek Scoping Run 186

Here is the route as it is right now.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 187

Glass Creek Scoping Run 188

Glass Creek Scoping Run 189

At this point the trail goes down hill to the left. The user made trail ahead will be rehabbed.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 190

A closer view of the user made trail.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 191

The Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch President (Test Dummy) getting rocks to hold up the trail marker.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 192

The rigs of the day.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 193

One Possible Reroute is to make the trail come straight from this area to hook up to the down hill section.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 194

Glass Creek Scoping Run 195

A nice view that will be missed if the trail does not cross the meadow.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 196

Going down hill on the section though the meadow they may use.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 197

Glass Creek Scoping Run 198

Looking back up towards the meadow.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 199

On up the trail we did not see any more project ribbon or other signs of what the Forest Service has planned.

We did find snow.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 200

Glass Creek Scoping Run 201

Coming up to the intersection of 4W697 & 4W665.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 202

It was getting late so we turned off 4W697 onto 4W665 to head out.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 203

Glass Creek Scoping Run 204

Here at the intersection of 4W665 & 4W696 we took a break.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 205

Glass Creek Scoping Run 206

A very strange tree.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 207

We headed on 4W696 toward FS1601.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 208

Glass Creek Scoping Run 209

We aired up down at Saw Mill Flats.
Glass Creek Scoping Run 210

Share SHARE

About Ceg

Photojournalist at Selah Sausage / Eastern Washington Tourism - Our mission is to help communities on the east side of the Cascades in Washington State by promoting responsible outdoor recreation, promoting tourism, and community involvement.
This entry was posted in News. Bookmark the permalink.