Liberty State Overland Club
Christmas Tree 4×4 Trip
Hosted by Eastern Washington Expeditions
By Clay Graham / CegPics.com
On Saturday November 28th, 2020 (Thanksgiving Weekend), Liberty State Overland Club members met up at Oak Creek Ace Hardware in Naches. The Graham Family Farm Christmas Characters (Santa & two Elves) were there giving out candy canes and taking photos with whomever came by.
At 10:30 AM we convoyed to the Nile Area. We headed up FS1702 and aired down at a pull off past the residential area. We ran FS1702 up the mountain. The snow got deeper as we went. Up high we followed some snow blown older tracks. My low rider YJ, Santa’s Sleigh did well breaking trail.
We turned up 4W675 which starts out with a long hill climb. Santa’s Sleigh just kept going until we hit a section where others had slid off the trail. I thought we were done for, but I backed up a little and went for it again. We got traction, and up to the top we went. The other rigs followed.
We pushed on up the trail. It started getting wild farther we went up. We had to blow through a few snow drifts. I stopped right before the trail dropped down again. TJ40 called over the radio he had slid off the off camber section and had to winch back on the trail. Charlie (in the last rig) called on the CB and said he was sliding backwards down one the the hill climbs. So we decide to turn around and go back down. We found Charlie stuck where he slid backwards down the hill. TJ40 pulled him out and we were on our way back down.
Down on the FS1702, we turned up a side road to go find a Christmas Tree. It was a great snow wheeling challenge since there were no packed tire tracks to follow until we hit a cross road. We found a Christmas Tree and headed back to FS1702 and down stopping twice for pictures. We aired back up where we had air down earlier.
This was a fun event thanks to all who came.
Here are some photos of the LSOC Christmas Tree 4×4 Trip: