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Ceg
10-30-2006, 03:27 PM
Waycrazy found this on JP Magazine
http://www.jpmagazine.com/eventcoverage/worst_off_road_trails/index5.html


5. Pucker Ridge, Washington

Coined “death ‘wheeling” by more than one person, the Pucker Ridge trail is neither for the faint of heart or for anyone who does not know the trail well. There is a ton of off-camber driving, silt-covered hills, a couple of ridgebacks with steep descents, and trailside cliffs that drop 700 to 800 feet to the canyon floor below. The final portion of the trail involves a high ridgeback that drops off at the end to 35 or 45 degrees. Just in case the steepness is not bad enough, this area of the trail is also off-camber with few trees to winch to, or to stop a rolling Jeep. Another portion of seldom-used trail near Pucker Ridge is called Narrow Neck Gap. This ridge is just wide enough for an elk trail that spans the distance between two bigger ridges. Driving here involves carefully planned movements where mistakes will lead to a rocky grave.
Build for it: Narrow passes between trees make flatfenders king here, but stability could save the day, so keep the heavy weight low. Lockers? You bet, and plenty of power can make driving up slick ash-covered hills more realistic.
How to die: If you try to run Pucker Ridge for the first time by yourself, plan on either getting lost, or starving to death. That’s the nice way to die, while the other option involves rapidly descending to the bottom of a canyon when you follow two tire tracks that were made by locals who know the trail and had their Jeep attached to a winch cable.

Top
10-30-2006, 04:44 PM
Makes me want to go..................... NOT! :help:

PUO
10-30-2006, 05:49 PM
I think "pucker ridge" has them all beat :laughing6:

Exept Africa :evil4:

YETI
10-30-2006, 06:37 PM
I ran up Narrow Neck this year when took trail #615

:headbang:

YETI
10-30-2006, 06:41 PM
I just remembered I actually hiked up it I didn't actually run up it. :laughing6:

It is a nasty climb though, Scary :angry5:

I haven't even really seen Pucker Ridge in person. :dontknow:

10-30-2006, 07:46 PM
lol yeti if you had some thing besides a scout you might just make it there lol just kidding oh by they way have any glass for a 69 ih

Ceg
10-30-2006, 07:52 PM
I ran up Narrow Neck this year when took trail #615

:headbang:Missing image.

YETI
10-30-2006, 08:56 PM
lol yeti if you had some thing besides a scout you might just make it there lol just kidding oh by they way have any glass for a 69 ih

Not with that attitude :evil4:

No, no glass but I do have a 69 800 as well.you might try Blackdog on here.

bluechev
10-30-2006, 09:31 PM
that looks badass :iconbiggrin:

Top
10-31-2006, 05:21 AM
Any more pics, Ceg? :dontknow:

PUO
10-31-2006, 07:59 AM
You should send thoes pics to JP magazine. :evil4:

Ceg
10-31-2006, 10:22 AM
Any more pics, Ceg? :dontknow:I have a few more pictures of Narrow Neck Gap I took.

August 2006 - Yeti walked up the first part of Narrow Neck Gap.
http://easternwashingtonadventures.com/map/nng-2006-08-12-48.jpg

http://easternwashingtonadventures.com/map/nng-2006-08-12-49.jpg

These were taken from Darland Mountain looking at Narrow Neck Gap a few weeks later.
http://easternwashingtonadventures.com/map/nng-2006-08-30-01.jpg

http://easternwashingtonadventures.com/map/nng-2006-08-30-02.jpg

I have never been to Pucker Ridge but have seen many pics.

MIDGET
01-02-2007, 10:54 PM
looks fun :crybaby:

colemancooler
01-03-2007, 07:20 AM
good to see yeti on a trail :thumbright:

Ceg
01-08-2007, 03:56 PM
good to see yeti on a trail :thumbright:As you see he left his rig and walked up Narrow Neck. :iconbiggrin:

YETI
01-09-2007, 08:27 PM
With the way gas prices are I do more hiking and less wheelin.

Naw in all seriousness Narrow Neck Gap is really pretty sketchy. Fear of Death is a factor.