Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass
Report by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures
Photos by Clay Graham, kenny24 and Amanda Graham

On Saturday March 3rd, 2012 we met up at 4WheelingPlus.com in Kittitas, Washington for the Eastern Washington Adventures Spring Fever Run.

Around 10 AM we headed out with twelve rigs and traveled a little over eight miles to the gravel part of Colockum Road and aired down. It was lightly raining and a little cold as we aired down.

On up the road not far into the trees we hit snow. The road was a little slick up to the DNR sign. Toward the top at the last switchback as the road straightens out, the snow got deep and soft real fast. I found out as I sunk and got pulled off to get stuck. Guido pulled me out for the first of many time on this run. A lot of us dropped more air. It was very cold since the wind was blowing. I dropped to 4 PSI and was able to break trail most of the rest of the day getting stuck in the powder drifts a long the way.

The snow wheeling was great on top until we past the power lines. The snow turn to powder and just got to soft. The kids got to run and play as we pulled our rigs out of the deep powder snow. Most of the group headed out around 3:30 PM. A few of us ran up the power lines until the road dropped into some deep snow. Mrs. AlwayswrenchN was kind enough to pull my rig back on top of the hill out of the deep stuff.

We decided to head back to Kittitas to meet everyone for dinner. Not to far from Colockum Road I lost my rear drive-line off the differential. The straps on the yoke were stretched and the caps fell out. Luck I had a spare so we had new caps to put on. Kenny24 volunteered to fit the rig. Everyone offer tools and things to help. Kenny24 was able to use zip-ties to take up space between the straps and caps. The trail fix worked well enough to get us back to 4WheelingPlus.com in Kittitas.

Once we got back to 4WheelingPlus.com, we dropped off the Tweety Jeep and headed to Curly’s II for dinner with a lot of the group of the day.

This was a very fun day thanks to who came. What a great group to wheel with.

Pictures of the day:

Meeting up at 4WheelingPlus.com in Kittitas, Washington
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 113

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 114

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 115

Airing down on Colockum Road.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 116
Photo by Amanda Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 117
Photo by Amanda Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 118
Photo by Amanda Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 119
Photo by Amanda Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 120
Photo by Amanda Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 121

At the last switchback as the road straightens out, the snow was deep and soft. I got stuck so Guido gave a pull.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 122
Photo by Amanda Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 123
Photo by Amanda Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 124
Photo by Amanda Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 125

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 126

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 127

I found a soft drift across the road and got stuck. So did Guido pulling me out and then TJ40 pulling both of us. Jeepscum got stuck next to me.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 128
Photo by kenny24 / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 129
Photo by kenny24 / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 130
Photo by kenny24 / Eastern Washington Adventures

A little winching and we were free again.

This marker was just up from the stuck-fest.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 131

We turn around to see what happen to the others and Jeepscum got stuck. Guido helped him out.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 132

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 133

Once everyone regrouped we moved on up the road.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 134
Photo by kenny24 / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 135
Photo by kenny24 / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 136
Photo by kenny24 / Eastern Washington Adventures

Until I got stuck again.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 137
Photo by kenny24 / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 138
Photo by kenny24 / Eastern Washington Adventures

Guido pulled me out and we were on our way again. Well until I stuck it again.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 139
Photo by kenny24 / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 140
Photo by kenny24 / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 141
Photo by kenny24 / Eastern Washington Adventures

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 142
Photo by kenny24 / Eastern Washington Adventures

Guido pulled me out again.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 143

We had AlwayswrenchN come around to break trail for awhile. Well he got stuck coming around.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 144

AlwayswrenchN winched off of “80_yoda’s” rig to get out.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 145

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 146

I thought I would give the next big drift a try thinking I was just going to stick the Tweety Jeep into the snow bank.
I made it! Love the power of the 4.0L. Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 147
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 148

My riders had to walk a ways. I would not have left them if I thought I would of made it through the snow drift.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 149

The snow was nice up here on top.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 150

The last stretch before the power lines was soft but I was able to stay on top until this point.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 151

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 152

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 153

AlwayswrenchN took the lead, kind of.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 154

I winch off of AlwayswrenchN to help both rigs out.

We were on our way again but did not make it to far. The snow at this point would not pack and was deep.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 155

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 156

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 157

My team hooking up the trap so “80_yoda” could pull me out.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 158

Snow art: Jeep in hot sauce.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 159

Kenny24 saying we are ready.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 160

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 161

We headed back down to help the Hummer get turned around. “Albino 94LTD” was getting good at pulling the Hummer around.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 162

Jeffs_62 and daughter having fun.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 163

Most of the group headed out around 3:30 PM. A few of us ran up the power lines until the road dropped into some deep snow.

Leaving my rig broke but with kenny24 and the help of everyone we got it going. Here we are airing up at the bottom near the tree line.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 164

Once we got back to 4WheelingPlus.com, we dropped off the Tweety Jeep and headed to Curly’s II for dinner.
Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 165

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 166

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 167

Spring Fever run at Colockum Pass 168

This was a great day thanks to all who came.

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.