Wenas Wildlife Area: End of Year Run – Dec 31 2011

Wenas Wildlife Area: End of Year Run
Report by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Around 10 AM Saturday December 31st, 2011 Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at the Sheep Company Road entrance of the Wenas Wildlife Area for the End of year run. I rode with BlindPilot in his TJ. This was more of a backroads sightseeing run this year since there was not much snow.

First we explored Rosa Creek Road to the end. Next we ran the Umtanum Ridge Road to the Southeast to check out the views over looking the Yakima River. Next we ran Umtanum Ridge road to the west. We dropped down into Black Canyon and then back up to Umtanum Ridge road again. We continued following Umtanum Ridge to the Northwest and dropped down to near the end of the pavement on North Wenas Road. We ran the pavement down by Wenas Lake to ran a green dot road back up to Umtanum Ridge. The first road we tried was Kelly Hollow but it was closed. Next we drove of Hessler Flats Road to find it was closed at the end. We turned around and drive back out. Tealtard headed for home and we decided to run the Wenas Pass for something to do. On the Ellensburg side we turned up Durr Road and ran it out to Sheep Company Road. We aired up and headed out. TJ40 when home and the rest of us went to the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House for the New Year’s Party.

Below are the pictures of our day:

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Airing down at the end of Sheep Company Road.
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Heading Southeast on Umtanum Ridge Road.
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On Umtanum Ridge Road at the end of Green Dot looking toward Mount Adams.
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The rest of the group coming.
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Good place for a break.
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Looking at Baldy Mountain.
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The Yakima River down below.
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Guido got some new Goodyear MT/Rs.
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On the way back on Umtanum Ridge Road looking at the Steward Mountain Range.
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Driving Northwest on Umtanum Ridge.
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Looking toward Ellensburg.
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Dropping down Black Canyon.
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There is a big dip on Black Canyon Road.
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Heading up from Back Canyon.
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Back on top of Umtanum Ridge looking toward the North.
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Following the road Northwest on Umtanum Ridge.
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Coming up on McGabe Road.
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At the gate getting close to North Wenas Road.
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At North Wenas Road we headed Southeast and turned up Kelly Hollow Road.

Westley goofing around as usual. LOL
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Now all the rigs are on Kelly Hollow Road.
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Up around the bend we find Kelly Hollow Road closed.
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We turned around and went up to Hessler Flats Road. It was open.
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BlindPilot
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TJ40
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Guido
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Tealtard
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After driving Hessler Flats Road close to two miles, we found another close sign on Kelley Hollow Road.
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We headed back out.
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Tealtard headed for home. We ran the Wenas Pass to the Ellensburg side and turned up Durr Road.

Coming down Durr Road looking down at Selah from Umtanum Ridge.
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Airing up at Sheep Company Road.
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Eastern Washington Adventures New Year’s Party at the Club House.

Members having fun.
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What a fun day!

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