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Unread 07-04-2011, 11:51 PM   #1
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My July 4th weekend at Naches WA

I arrived Friday afternoon and found a spot along the river along FR19.

Saturday, I waited till noon for friends to arrive, but they never showed up so decided to run the east end of the Naches trail 684 up to the west end where the 1175 trail starts. I latched onto the tail end of 4 Jeeps as we went thru some mud holes and over and around fallen trees until we hit snow with a long downhill. I turned around at this point as I didn't want to be a burden as it looked like a possible winch fest if I had to come back up it. After chatting with 3 Jeepers I met on the way back, I took a side road up to the 684-1175 intersection.

On Sunday I waited until 10am for my friends to show. No dice, so I decided to head out to take dirt roads to Clover Springs, then run the trails from there. I made it to about 6,400 ft and about 4 miles short due to snow. After I turned around, along came 2 Jeeps. After chatting for awhile, we all agreed to take a route to the Upper Clover Springs trailhead and see if we could reach the Springs that way. 1st we would take a little side-trip up to the Snowmobile cabin so they could look for a Geocash.


When we got to the turnoff from FR 1600 to FR 1605, we were greete by a closed sign. Alot of roads in the forest got wiped out by this springs storms, but I wasn't prepared for this one. After we weighed our options, it was decided to attempt and see how hairy the BLACK DIAMOND Lower Clover Springs trail was like.
Here we are starting down.

Bert is at the point of no return. Actually I'm at the point, but what he's looking at is alot scarier than what I'm looking at! The trail heads straight down from there!

Of course I couldn't take any pics on the way down, but here's some looking back up. At the upper end of the pics you'll see sky, but you're still coming straight down before that point!



After we reached the bottom, the trail tightly snakes in and around trees.


This trail doesn't get used much, I wonder why?

We had three fast moving creek crossings, the 1st one was the deepest and most worrisome.




Luckily the exit was totally different than the entry. Basically some short uphill, old logging road, then some semi-steep side hill that wasn't bad as I had reconnected my front swaybar before we headed up.

Lunch time a little self-pat on the back for accomplishing this trail I've wanted to try for a long time.


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Unread 07-05-2011, 12:15 AM   #2
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After lunch, we pressed on the Upper Clover Springs 697 trail.


About .3 miles past the 697-695 intersection, we hit snow. After Bert and Joel winched up one section, we hit another possible winch section and it was agreed by all to turn around and run the Schneider Springs 695 trail to the Mud Springs trail back to road.




Creek crossing on the 695 trail.


I've never seen blown down on the Mud Springs trail before, but there were many, and some made for some interesting events.



After I got back to camp, I found 2 notes from my friends who had actually been camping 3 miles down the road. They never even dove up the road to look for me Saturday and only stumbled upon my camp on Sunday. Oh well, I had more fun!
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Unread 07-05-2011, 12:16 AM   #3
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Wow, very cool. The worrisome part is what if something breaks on the worst part of one of those trails of course way out in the middle of the forest. Those were aggressive some of those areas, and images don't do it justice sometimes. Hats off you made it. Its a good feeling making it through. Great pics by the way. Thanks for sharing.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 10:00 AM   #4
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Great pics and commentary, mahalo for sharing. Pacific Northwest wheeling is always a sight and experience to behold .
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Unread 07-05-2011, 09:28 PM   #5
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That was a good run down the clover springs trail. Not sure if I would want to go up it. Those are some great pics I'm glad we ran into you.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 11:50 PM   #6
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Like I said after we made it down, I would make trail so I wouldn't have to go back up that hill. LOL Thanks for letting me tag with you guys, had a good run. BTW, NWJeepn describes the trail opposite we ran it. I DON'T THINK SO! Awaiting your pics.
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Unread 07-07-2011, 12:27 PM   #7
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Thats awesome. Great camping and great wheeling area. Cant believe there is still snow up there thats insane.
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Unread 07-07-2011, 11:31 PM   #8
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Record snows this year. Heavy April snow was the topper. We still have one resort near the pass still open for skiing!
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Looked like a good time! Thanks for sharing.
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