Photos: EWE Stampede Pass Backroads Trip

EWE Stampede Pass Backroads Trip
By Eastern Washington Expeditions

Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Odo Graham. / CegPics.com

On Saturday September 11th 2021 we left the Eastern Washington Expeditions Club House in Selah at 10 AM with six Jeeps. We convoyed through the Yakima River Canyon and ran I-90 to Cle Elum. We stopped to top off our fuel at Warrior’s Quick Stop and then continued west on I-90. We took exit 62 onto FS54. We stopped near the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail and aired down.

We continued on FS54 over Stampede Pass and then turned on FS52. We had lunch under the High Steel Bridge.

After lunch we continued on FS52 then turned up FS7036, and then FS7037. At FS7038 we took a break on the top of the ridge and then headed down to Little Naches. We aired up on FS1913 and NF19.

On the way home through the Cliffdell area we saw helicopters working on the Schneider Springs Fire.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Expeditions Stampede Pass Backroads Trip:

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Photos: EWE Manastash/Taneum Backroads Trip

Manastash/Taneum Backroads Trip
By Eastern Washington Expeditions

Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay & Odo Graham. / CegPics.com

On Wednesday September 8th 2021 we left the Eastern Washington Expeditions Club House in Selah at 10 AM with three Jeeps. We convoyed over Wenas/Ellensburg Pass to Manastash Road and headed up. We stopped and aired just pass the private property. Then headed on up. We were able to get out of the smoke of the Schneider Springs Fire.

Since we had all smaller 4×4 rigs we decided to run 4W311. We stared at Riders Camp and came out at Shoestring Trailhead.

We then headed from FS31 up FS3120, ran FS330, and then out Taneum Road. We aired up once we got to the county road.

We drove through Ellensburg and topped off the fuel tanks. Then we ran the Yakima River Canyon back to Selah.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Expeditions Manastash/Taneum Backroads Trip:

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Posted in 4 Wheel Drive, Cle Elum Ranger District, Manastash, Outdoor Adventure, Recreation, Road Trip, Sightseeing, Tourism, Washington State Tourism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Photos: EWE Manastash/Taneum Backroads Trip

Photos: EWE Manastash Backroads Trip

Manastash Backroads Trip
By Eastern Washington Expeditions

By Clay Graham / CegPics.com

On Sunday September 5th 2021 we left the Eastern Washington Expeditions Club House in Selah at 10 AM with five Jeeps. We convoyed through the Yakima River Canyon to Ellensburg and then ran Manastash Road west.

We aired down just past the private property up the gravel part of Manastash Road FS31. Then we head up and stopped at the Viewpoint.

We then headed on Quartz Mountain we had a view of the Schneider Springs Fire. As we were there a deer and her babies came walking up on us. Of course I didn’t have the camera ready.

We headed back down and took FS3120, FS3120-109, and dropped drown 4W311. We then ran FS3111 back to just past were we turned down 4W311 and turned down FS3111-115. As you inter the L.T. Murray FS3111-115 changed names to Walter Springs. We ran it all the way down to FS31.

We ran Manastash Road, Umtanum Road, and turned onto Durr Road. We ran Durr Road all the way across the Wenas Wildlife Area and came out on Sheep Company Road. We headed home from there.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Expeditions Manastash Backroads Trip:

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Posted in 4 Wheel Drive, Cle Elum Ranger District, L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, Manastash, Outdoor Adventure, Recreation, Road Trip, Sightseeing, Tourism, Washington State Tourism, Wenas - Wildlife Area & Rec Area, Yakima River Canyon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Photos: EWE Manastash Backroads Trip

Photos: EWE Little Naches Backroads Trip

Little Naches Backroads Trip
By Eastern Washington Expeditions

By Clay Graham / CegPics.com

On Saturday September 4th 2021 we left the Eastern Washington Expeditions Club House in Selah at 10 AM with four Jeeps. We convoyed to Little Naches with one stop in between at the Wood Shed to meet up with Dwain in his GMC pickup. At NF19 and FS1901 we stopped and aired down.

We took FS1901 up, then FS1915 to Lily Pond. We drove up to the intersection of 4W676 and 4W617. We took a break there and watched many people in 4×4 rigs and side-by-sides heading up 4W676.

Next we headed back down to NF19 and then up to Lost Meadow where we stopped for lunch.

We then headed up FS1906. We made our way onto FS1902 and up to Raven Roost. At Raven Roost Mount Rainier was hiding. The Schneider Springs Fire was showing off.

We headed down FS1902 to Crow Creek and then turned up FS1920. We made our way up to Fife’s Ridge and found there realty wasn’t any good views without hiking and no place to park without blocking vehicles in. It was tight turning around with all the vehicles parked at the trailhead. We headed back down and aired up for home at Long Meadow.

This was a fun day on the backroads of Little Naches.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Expeditions Little Naches Backroads Trip:

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Liberty State Overland Club
Posted in 4 Wheel Drive, Naches Drainage, Naches Ranger District, Outdoor Adventure, Recreation, Road Trip, Sightseeing, Tourism, Washington State Tourism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Photos: EWE Little Naches Backroads Trip

Photos: EWE Naches/Greenwater Backroads Trip

Naches/Greenwater Backroads Trip
By Eastern Washington Expeditions

By Clay Graham / CegPics.com

On Thursday September 2nd 2021 we left the Eastern Washington Expeditions Club House in Selah at 10 AM with two Jeeps with 4 people and two dogs. We convoyed toward the Little Naches area. We went through the Wenas Valley and dropped into the Town of Naches. The smoke was thick from the Schneider Springs Fire.

We turned off SR410 an headed up NF19. We stopped at Lost Meadow for a break and then checked out some campsites.

Making our way over Green Pass to the Greenwater Area with a lunch stop on top.

Down at SF70 we headed east and then stopped at the end of the Historic Naches Trail. The trailhead looks way different since they built it in the early 1990s. The forest has grown up around it.

We continued up FS70, turned up FS7080, and then turned east on Naches Pass Trail. We stopped at the Pacific Crest Trail crossing AKA Government Meadows for a break. There were a lot of hikers that came through as we were there.

We kept heading east on the Naches Pass Trail. At the Naches Pass sign people have caused a lot of damage to the trail by playing in the mud. There are some real deep holes now. Mudding on Forest Service land is illegal and causes closures. You see them doing it, let them know we don’t want our trails closed because of their actions.

Down at FS1914 we turned off the Naches Pass Trail and headed back home.

This was a great day in the mountains.

Here are some photos of the Eastern Washington Expeditions Naches/Greenwater Backroads Trip:

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