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Ceg
08-31-2009, 11:51 AM
Rimrock Trail 4W608 Work Day
Report and photos by Clay Graham (http://www.easternwashingtonadventures.com/member.php/2-Ceg) / Eastern Washington Adventures (http://easternwashingtonadventures.com/)

On August 29th, 2009 we met up in Tieton at Waycrazy's house.
We hooked up the Forest Service trailer and headed to Rimrock's Trail 4W608.

At the 4W608 trail head near FS1200 the Forest Service had brought in some rock last year for volunteers to use for the mud holes on the trail.

The idea is to put bottoms on the deep mud holes on 4W608.
Since the holes are getting too deep to drive through the trail has been getting wider and by-passes are being made.
It is sad this trail may be closed because of all the damage users are continuing to do.

We volunteered a day a year ago to help keep this trail open. We added many loads of rock to the first sets of holes.
On Saturday we volunteered to help another day on 4W608.
The rock we added the year before was buried from people making the mud holes wider just to throw mud.
The rock seemed to work where the holes did not get any deeper.


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Guido loaded the first load of rock.
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Using Fish's modified F250 to pull the Forest Service trailer, we were off to add more rock to the first mud hole.
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Roller-Bear packing the rock.
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Looking back at the rock at the 4W608 trail head.
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We added another load to the first hole.

After getting loaded again we drove up the trail to the bad area of the trail.

Here we stopped to see where we where going to turn this big truck around to dump.
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Wow. We were real shocked to see what was mud hole after mud hole turned into one big mud bog.
This is 10 times as bad as it was a year ago.
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Four-running finding a lot of trash where people must have been out watching there buddies tear up the trail.
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Here we are back at the rigs with a plan.
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Moving up the trail.
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We skipped over some holes to start on the real bad part.
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There was a wide by-pass so fish was able to get the truck and trailer turned around.
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Here goes the first of many loads in the hole.
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Time to move the rock by hand to build a road.
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Down the hill for another load.
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Roller-Bear ran the tractor in the afternoon.
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There were some big rocks.
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Heading back up the trail.
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We had some problems with the hitch and had the trailer come off coming out of a hole.
We tightened the hitch some, put the trailer back on and we were on our way again.
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Guido and Four-running adding rock to some holes.
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Dumping in the big bog again.
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We have a lot of work ahead.
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The kids running down the trail to go look for trash.
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Four-running and Guido building up the trail so the trailer can get farther in.
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Fatboy helping too.
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On the way back down the nut broke off the hitch ball.
Here is the trail fix.
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We made it back to the trail head and got another ball on a mount.
Fish forgot his hitch key so we had to move the ball over. It was on tight.
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We finely were ready to load again.
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Back at the mud bog we found a little frog. We moved it out of the hole so he wasn't smashed.
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The guys worked on moving rocks to get the trailer in.
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Getting ready to dump.
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After the load was dumped the volunteers place the rocks so the trail was passable through this section.
It started to rain and we were burnt out. A group meeting to talk about calling it a day.
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The next two pictures will show how deep the hole was.
This picture was from before we started.
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After
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Back at the trail head Waycrazy had to move the rock back into the pile.
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This was Wrangler's first trip to the trails.
She puked as soon as we hit the trail because of the bumps and then again later.
She had a good time running around with the kids.
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On this day we logged 80 volunteer work hours with the Forest Service.
Bill Kabrich volunteered 3 hours of his time transporting the tractor that Burrows Tractor let us use.
Thank you to Burrows Tractor and thank you to all that volunteered that helped out to keep 4W608 open.

Note:
Please do not spin your tires in the mud on the trails for fun.
Spinning tires for fun is one of the ways the mud holes start and hold water.
After the holes are started then others spin their tires trying
to get out of the mud holes and the mud holes grow into mud bogs.
Others make illegal by-passes to go around the mud holes.
Then the trail gets closed since it cost money to rebuild the trail.
Volunteers that work on these trails help to keep them open,
but on this trail the damage is growing faster than what is being fixed.
Tread Lightly!

nevada
08-31-2009, 02:26 PM
that looks like spencer creek??

but, why was it repaired? i dont understand.:scratch: should have just been re-rated, and left alone.

Ceg
08-31-2009, 02:36 PM
that looks like spencer creek??

but, why was it repaired? i dont understand.:scratch: should have just been re-rated, and left alone.

Illegal by-passes is the number one reason this trail is looking to be closed.

nevada
08-31-2009, 02:42 PM
that looks like spencer creek??

but, why was it repaired? i dont understand.:scratch: should have just been re-rated, and left alone.

Illegal by-passes is the number one reason this trail is looking to be closed.
ah, that i did not know.

its needs some sort of gate keeper, and to be rated higher. that trail hasnt been a green dot(easy) for many years. even without ppl spinning their tires, it will get bad. its very soft ground. theres no rock anywhere.
without the holes, theres NO challenge to that trail.


maybe this isnt the best place for me to be speaking out :sad11:

Ceg
08-31-2009, 02:56 PM
ah, that i did not know.

its needs some sort of gate keeper, and to be rated higher. that trail hasnt been a green dot(easy) for many years. even without ppl spinning their tires, it will get bad. its very soft ground. theres no rock anywhere.
without the holes, theres NO challenge to that trail.


maybe this isnt the best place for me to be speaking out :sad11:They also look at driving through the muddy water as can be an environmental impact for the forest. In the spring these holes are deep. With the pond right below this part of the trail I bet the Greenies are screaming about the muddy water that is running down the hill toward it.

There is no place I know of in the mountains that is is legal to spin tires for mud fun.

havo
08-31-2009, 05:32 PM
Nice work guys, :salute: but looks like it still needs a lot of work

thething
08-31-2009, 05:49 PM
nice work. Looks like there is still a lot of work left. When is the next trip.

Screamin
08-31-2009, 07:02 PM
That is a great looking bed you've fabricated Fish. Nice work!

Thanks for all your effort guys. You do our sport a great service. :salute:

Screamin'

waycrazy
08-31-2009, 07:15 PM
I wanted to say thank you to all that helped. Guedo,Four-running and Fatboy for there hard back breaking work.They were moveing heavy rock by hand! And Rollorbear for some awsome tractor operating . And of coarse Fish for abuseing his truck so we could get the job done!

Ceg
08-31-2009, 08:00 PM
nice work. Looks like there is still a lot of work left. When is the next trip.I think if we worked every weekend both days for the next month we would not be even half done.

This is what really sucks about what is going on with trail 4W608. We are only there to help keep the trail open. We have not seen any work done to this trail since we were there to help last year. The club that adopted this trail really needs to do some work before it is shut down. We are not sure why that adopted it. We have our own trails to maintain so we can not take on all this work.

Jay W
08-31-2009, 08:09 PM
that trail hasnt been a green dot(easy) for many years.
The Green Dot system has nothing to do with trail dificulty. It simply marks the open trails/roads.

Jay W
08-31-2009, 08:10 PM
Great job on the trail work everyone. :salute: :salute:

Fish
08-31-2009, 08:16 PM
That is a great looking bed you've fabricated Fish. Nice work!

Thanks for all your effort guys. You do our sport a great service. :salute:

Screamin'

Thanks Screamin... I really liked how it turned out. Not something seen alot. At least I can throw stuff in the back of my truck and don't have to strap it down. :thumbright:

Fish
08-31-2009, 08:20 PM
I wanted to say thank you to all that helped. Guedo,Four-running and Fatboy for there hard back breaking work.They were moveing heavy rock by hand! And Rollorbear for some awsome tractor operating . And of coarse Fish for abuseing his truck so we could get the job done!

x2

Thanks to everyone helping direct the beast in the right direction.

The truck wasn't happy after the weekend though. I need to replace spark plugs and wire because I burn a few of them up. Plus the tranny overheated a couple times, so I need to change the tranny oil and put in a second tranny cooler. But that's wheelin right!

nevada
08-31-2009, 10:01 PM
that trail hasnt been a green dot(easy) for many years.
The Green Dot system has nothing to do with trail dificulty. It simply marks the open trails/roads.
in the FS, they are rated. green, blue, and black.

easy, hard, hardest.

gasman
09-01-2009, 04:21 AM
Thats awsome work :thumbrigh
I avoided that hole like the plague when we wheeled it in june :cool:

colemancooler
09-01-2009, 05:24 AM
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these markings are what the forest service used at one time to determine a trails difficulty, I am pretty sure they are not used anymore, and are not related to the green dot system in any way, Green dot roads are a cooperative road management program between public land management agencies and private landowners. In the Green Dot Road Management System all roads in an area are closed unless posted open with a green dot. Roads identified as “green dot roads” on green dot maps and posted with a round green reflector on white markers are open to public motor vehicles.

Jay W
09-01-2009, 05:45 AM
that trail hasnt been a green dot(easy) for many years.
The Green Dot system has nothing to do with trail dificulty. It simply marks the open trails/roads.
in the FS, they are rated. green, blue, and black.

easy, hard, hardest.
Now I see where you were coming from. :salute:

benw
09-01-2009, 07:10 AM
that looks like spencer creek??

but, why was it repaired? i dont understand.:scratch: should have just been re-rated, and left alone.

Illegal by-passes is the number one reason this trail is looking to be closed.
ah, that i did not know.

its needs some sort of gate keeper, and to be rated higher. that trail hasnt been a green dot(easy) for many years. even without ppl spinning their tires, it will get bad. its very soft ground. theres no rock anywhere.
without the holes, theres NO challenge to that trail.


maybe this isnt the best place for me to be speaking out :sad11:

It is the Forest Service's duty to MAINTAIN the trails at the level they are rated at. They don't re-rate a trail because it has been damaged or fallen into disrepair. They either fix it or close it. That is the way their rules and laws work. It is fantastic that we have volunteers that like the All Wheelers who are willing to volunteer the hours to maintain trails to prevent closures. Otherwise the FS would say they don't have the money to repair it and it would be closed. Thank you very much All Wheelers.

nevada
09-01-2009, 01:25 PM
It is the Forest Service's duty to MAINTAIN the trails at the level they are rated at. They don't re-rate a trail because it has been damaged or fallen into disrepair. They either fix it or close it. That is the way their rules and laws work. It is fantastic that we have volunteers that like the All Wheelers who are willing to volunteer the hours to maintain trails to prevent closures. Otherwise the FS would say they don't have the money to repair it and it would be closed. Thank you very much All Wheelers.just b/c its the "law" doesnt mean its the right thing to do.

i was saying what SHOULD be done.

roller bear
09-01-2009, 06:10 PM
what should be done is the F-S supply the clubs with decent eqip. and supplies. then take the week end off and let the clubs repair the trails as needed without their interference and regs.

colemancooler
09-02-2009, 07:03 AM
as cool as that would be it will never happen :evil5: