Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 22

Thread: Colockum 4x4 Snow Run - Feb 26 2011

  1. #1
    Main Admin
    EWA Club Member
    Ceg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Selah, Washington
    Posts
    15,203
    Blog Entries
    216

    4 Wheeling Colockum 4x4 Snow Run - Feb 26 2011

    Colockum 4x4 Snow Run
    Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

    On Saturday February 26, 2011 around 10 AM we met up at 4WheelingPlus.com in Kittitas Washington for a 4x4 run up Colockum Road hosted by Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch. We had Forest Watch Volunteers come from all over Washington State to do this 4x4 snow run. The weather was great and the snow was perfect for snow wheeling. The area on top of the ridge had a lot of use by snowmobiles. A few snowmobilers were friendly and happy to see we had a legal road to snow wheel on since most everything else for many miles was only open to snowmobiles. We made it up to the top of Colockum Pass and only lost the road once due to a blip on the GPS leading us. Lucky we found out we were off track not to far from Colockum Road. On the way back we stopped at the point where we were off track earlier to check two of the GPSs since the one who lead us there had left before us. This is when our great day turned ugly. We met a Snowmobile group mad at wheelers because Kittitas County said they had to stop illegally grooming Colockum Road and wheel vehicle had a right to use the road. These guys were flying around between us at high speeds and taking down our license plate numbers. They remind me of the outlaw biker clubs you see on TV. Three guys were yelling at us saying we were off Colockum Road when we were all in the area of the road on top of deep snow doing no resource damage. I trying to talked to the one that seemed to be the gang leader calmly. He just got in my face yelling he was turning us into the Sheriff because we had no right to be on DNR land. These guys are giving the Snowmobile users group a bad name by harassing other users. User groups need to fight to keep public lands open for ALL users, not fight with each other.
    If they would have showed us where to road went after the markers, that would have helped us to be over the top of Colockum Road which we were trying to follow. So instead of educating us, they just made us mad and we still had no clue where the road really was since there was barbwire sticking up were the GPS said the road was. I reported what happened to the DNR I told them I take full responsibility since it was my run but do not see anything wrong with what we did. This was a very fun run. We plan to go back soon as we can and of coarse have two GPSs up front to show the way.

    Here are some pictures I took of the day:


    4WheelingPlus.com in Kittitas Washington








    Airing down.




    Heading up Colockum Road.


    Crossing the first soft area.


    Stuck.




    Rubiclone ordering pizza.


    What you looking at me for Andy? It was just a guess.


    Moving on.












    Another stuck.








    Another soft area that claimed many.






















    Some friendly people on snowmobiles came and talked with us.


    Here they are moving off the road to make room for the rigs that are being pulled through the soft area.




    The peanut gallery.




    I like to see people having fun!














    Deep wrong turn.


    Foxracer needing a pull.


    Now I need a pull.


    At Halfway Station Colockum Pass.








    Heading back.






    We stopped for some to have lunch.


    Bobs Racing was pulling out Rubiclone when the snowmobile gang showed up to harass us.


    I did not take anymore pictures until we got to the bottom due to being upset about being verablely attacked by the snowmobile gang leader.


    After the run Rubiclone and I had dinner at Yakima Craft Brewing Co.
    Last edited by Ceg; 01-05-2012 at 09:31 PM. Reason: image urls
    Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association Region 4 PR

    1951 CJ3A (project)
    1995 Dolphin 34' Motor home, 460, very big gas tanks
    2003 Yukon XL
    2005 Arctic Cat 400 4x4 ATV, Auto-trans, push button 2/4 wheel drive, Front cable locker, 2" receiver, Warn winch, Tusk MTS Rear Trunk.
    2007 JKU Rubicon 3.8L, auto tranny, D44s with 5:38 Nitro Gears, 33x12.50 MT/Rs, 3" lift, Rough County Stubby bumper, 12,000 Mile Marker.
    2013 JD 1023E, diesel, 4x4, Hydrostatic, Rear locker, D120 loader.

  2. #2
    Looks like you guys had a great time! Photos great as always!

    Hopefully the snowmobiler stuff is all just due to lack of knowledge on there part?? I guess the better half would "presume" that's the case??

    I'm thinking making a route on computer and loading onto gps best way to go in places like Colockum or well anyplace buried in snow. Following the the route would be easy way to stay on pre determined road/trail. During the winter months IS Colockum Road the only route up there/green dot wise?? Or, is there green dot roads off of Colockum during winter months?

  3. #3
    EWA Club Member Craigen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    West Valley (Yakima), Washington
    Posts
    209
    Looks like you guys had a fun time besides the snowmobile incident. Wish I could have been there!

  4. #4
    EWA Club Member TJ40's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Benton City, WA
    Posts
    277
    Great run, Ceg! No regrets! Those guys probably didn't like riding in our ruts and got themselves worked up before they saw us. Maybe if the word gets around to them from their side, they'll be a little friendlier next time. :-) Keep us posted if they get educated!
    '04 TJ: 4.0L, 3.5" suspension lift, 1.25" body lift, 35x12.5 BFG KM2 w/Staun beadlocks, ARB lockers, high clearance skid plate, on-board air, 4:56 gears, winch

  5. #5
    Main Admin
    EWA Club Member
    Ceg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Selah, Washington
    Posts
    15,203
    Blog Entries
    216
    Quote Originally Posted by ricky8587 View Post
    Looks like you guys had a great time! Photos great as always!

    Hopefully the snowmobiler stuff is all just due to lack of knowledge on there part?? I guess the better half would "presume" that's the case??

    I'm thinking making a route on computer and loading onto gps best way to go in places like Colockum or well anyplace buried in snow. Following the the route would be easy way to stay on pre determined road/trail. During the winter months IS Colockum Road the only route up there/green dot wise?? Or, is there green dot roads off of Colockum during winter months?
    The only winter open road to wheel vehicles in that stretch of mountains is Colockum Road. Blewet Pass to the Columbia river. A needle in a haystack. I believe the snowmobiles can run most anywhere between those to points on or off the roads. That is why these guys are just looking for a fight.

    I have the tracks on my GPS from the Backroads run last October but forgot the GPS at home.
    Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association Region 4 PR

    1951 CJ3A (project)
    1995 Dolphin 34' Motor home, 460, very big gas tanks
    2003 Yukon XL
    2005 Arctic Cat 400 4x4 ATV, Auto-trans, push button 2/4 wheel drive, Front cable locker, 2" receiver, Warn winch, Tusk MTS Rear Trunk.
    2007 JKU Rubicon 3.8L, auto tranny, D44s with 5:38 Nitro Gears, 33x12.50 MT/Rs, 3" lift, Rough County Stubby bumper, 12,000 Mile Marker.
    2013 JD 1023E, diesel, 4x4, Hydrostatic, Rear locker, D120 loader.

  6. #6
    Main Admin
    EWA Club Member
    Ceg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Selah, Washington
    Posts
    15,203
    Blog Entries
    216
    Quote Originally Posted by Craigen View Post
    Looks like you guys had a fun time besides the snowmobile incident. Wish I could have been there!
    I would like to here your ride report you ditched us for.
    Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association Region 4 PR

    1951 CJ3A (project)
    1995 Dolphin 34' Motor home, 460, very big gas tanks
    2003 Yukon XL
    2005 Arctic Cat 400 4x4 ATV, Auto-trans, push button 2/4 wheel drive, Front cable locker, 2" receiver, Warn winch, Tusk MTS Rear Trunk.
    2007 JKU Rubicon 3.8L, auto tranny, D44s with 5:38 Nitro Gears, 33x12.50 MT/Rs, 3" lift, Rough County Stubby bumper, 12,000 Mile Marker.
    2013 JD 1023E, diesel, 4x4, Hydrostatic, Rear locker, D120 loader.

  7. #7
    Main Admin
    EWA Club Member
    Ceg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Selah, Washington
    Posts
    15,203
    Blog Entries
    216
    Quote Originally Posted by TJ40 View Post
    Great run, Ceg! No regrets! Those guys probably didn't like riding in our ruts and got themselves worked up before they saw us. Maybe if the word gets around to them from their side, they'll be a little friendlier next time. :-) Keep us posted if they get educated!
    Glad you could make the run.

    Those snowmobilers had a choice to ride where there were no ruts when we only had one road to use. So they were either trouble makers or not to bright.
    Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association Region 4 PR

    1951 CJ3A (project)
    1995 Dolphin 34' Motor home, 460, very big gas tanks
    2003 Yukon XL
    2005 Arctic Cat 400 4x4 ATV, Auto-trans, push button 2/4 wheel drive, Front cable locker, 2" receiver, Warn winch, Tusk MTS Rear Trunk.
    2007 JKU Rubicon 3.8L, auto tranny, D44s with 5:38 Nitro Gears, 33x12.50 MT/Rs, 3" lift, Rough County Stubby bumper, 12,000 Mile Marker.
    2013 JD 1023E, diesel, 4x4, Hydrostatic, Rear locker, D120 loader.

  8. #8
    EWA Club Member Craigen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    West Valley (Yakima), Washington
    Posts
    209
    Unfortunately I have no pics from that run lol!

  9. #9
    Main Admin
    EWA Club Member
    Ceg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Selah, Washington
    Posts
    15,203
    Blog Entries
    216
    Quote Originally Posted by Craigen View Post
    Unfortunately I have no pics from that run lol!
    If you did I would have to move them into the Admin only area since this is a PG13 site.
    Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association Region 4 PR

    1951 CJ3A (project)
    1995 Dolphin 34' Motor home, 460, very big gas tanks
    2003 Yukon XL
    2005 Arctic Cat 400 4x4 ATV, Auto-trans, push button 2/4 wheel drive, Front cable locker, 2" receiver, Warn winch, Tusk MTS Rear Trunk.
    2007 JKU Rubicon 3.8L, auto tranny, D44s with 5:38 Nitro Gears, 33x12.50 MT/Rs, 3" lift, Rough County Stubby bumper, 12,000 Mile Marker.
    2013 JD 1023E, diesel, 4x4, Hydrostatic, Rear locker, D120 loader.

  10. #10
    EWA Club Member Craigen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    West Valley (Yakima), Washington
    Posts
    209

  11. #11
    EWA Club Member / Park Ranger Foxracer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Enumclaw, WA
    Posts
    302
    Blog Entries
    10
    Great Pics Clay! Next on my list is a GPS for runs where the road is buried 6 feet under the snow.
    04 Wrangler Rubicon (adventure rig)- 3.25" Rough Country lift, JKS 1.25 body lift, 1.25 motor mount lift, 35 KM2 tires, homemade on board air system Viair 450c compressor, custom rear bumper air tank, Dana 44's locked front/rear superior chromoly axle shafts, spicer u-joints, NP241 t-case 4:1 crawl ratio, 4.10 gears, snorkel, 8,000 lb winch, custom built rock sliders, light bar, and exhaust

    04 Yamaha Banshee (fast toy)350cc twin 2 stroker - Toomey T-6 Racing Pipes, jetted and tuned

    06 Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon (Daily Driver/ back roads adventure rig) - custom 1 inch lift, chopped front bumper, 27 inch General Grabber tires, custom built light bar, Hella 500 FF rally lights, Primitive Racing 1/4 aluminum engine skid / rear diff skid, tow package, and magnaflow exhaust

  12. #12
    Adventurer
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    The Dalles Oregon
    Posts
    164
    good pictures and write up as usual. Sorry about the trouble along the way
    *1998 jeep grand cheokee limited 5.2
    2.5 lift 31's
    *2006 chevy trailblazer
    Stock
    *1988 Toyota 4runner

  13. #13
    Main Admin
    EWA Club Member
    Ceg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Selah, Washington
    Posts
    15,203
    Blog Entries
    216
    Quote Originally Posted by Foxracer View Post
    Great Pics Clay! Next on my list is a GPS for runs where the road is buried 6 feet under the snow.
    Thanks. You should post your pics up here as well.
    Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association Region 4 PR

    1951 CJ3A (project)
    1995 Dolphin 34' Motor home, 460, very big gas tanks
    2003 Yukon XL
    2005 Arctic Cat 400 4x4 ATV, Auto-trans, push button 2/4 wheel drive, Front cable locker, 2" receiver, Warn winch, Tusk MTS Rear Trunk.
    2007 JKU Rubicon 3.8L, auto tranny, D44s with 5:38 Nitro Gears, 33x12.50 MT/Rs, 3" lift, Rough County Stubby bumper, 12,000 Mile Marker.
    2013 JD 1023E, diesel, 4x4, Hydrostatic, Rear locker, D120 loader.

  14. #14
    Main Admin
    EWA Club Member
    Ceg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Selah, Washington
    Posts
    15,203
    Blog Entries
    216
    Quote Originally Posted by thething View Post
    good pictures and write up as usual. Sorry about the trouble along the way
    Thanks. Hey I got stuck again.
    Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association Region 4 PR

    1951 CJ3A (project)
    1995 Dolphin 34' Motor home, 460, very big gas tanks
    2003 Yukon XL
    2005 Arctic Cat 400 4x4 ATV, Auto-trans, push button 2/4 wheel drive, Front cable locker, 2" receiver, Warn winch, Tusk MTS Rear Trunk.
    2007 JKU Rubicon 3.8L, auto tranny, D44s with 5:38 Nitro Gears, 33x12.50 MT/Rs, 3" lift, Rough County Stubby bumper, 12,000 Mile Marker.
    2013 JD 1023E, diesel, 4x4, Hydrostatic, Rear locker, D120 loader.

  15. #15
    Adventurer
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    The Dalles Oregon
    Posts
    164
    I noticed that but was going to be nice and not say anything. One day i still hope to be able to go on one of these runs
    *1998 jeep grand cheokee limited 5.2
    2.5 lift 31's
    *2006 chevy trailblazer
    Stock
    *1988 Toyota 4runner

  16. #16
    EWA Club Member havo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Yakima, Washington
    Posts
    308
    Great run guys Jr. & I had a blast & he still loves that darn zj we fixed the track arm bracket the next day, its ready to go again I wish I would been driving my toy instead of riding but great time anyway f them snowmobillserss lol

  17. #17

  18. #18

  19. #19

  20. #20
    Main Admin
    EWA Club Member
    Ceg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Selah, Washington
    Posts
    15,203
    Blog Entries
    216
    Great pics Andy.

    I see you got some pics of the area we got yelled at for being at.
    Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association Region 4 PR

    1951 CJ3A (project)
    1995 Dolphin 34' Motor home, 460, very big gas tanks
    2003 Yukon XL
    2005 Arctic Cat 400 4x4 ATV, Auto-trans, push button 2/4 wheel drive, Front cable locker, 2" receiver, Warn winch, Tusk MTS Rear Trunk.
    2007 JKU Rubicon 3.8L, auto tranny, D44s with 5:38 Nitro Gears, 33x12.50 MT/Rs, 3" lift, Rough County Stubby bumper, 12,000 Mile Marker.
    2013 JD 1023E, diesel, 4x4, Hydrostatic, Rear locker, D120 loader.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •