Fortune creek With/Cle elum ORV Ranger
I had the opportunity to ride with Merrick Graves .He is the one of the fine ORV Rangers for the Cle elum Dist. We started our day early 7am with a meet and great and safety meeting. I dont think I met anyone there that didnt have a smile. And seems like every one was excited to work that day.
My ride for the day. This was a mild built tj . The build was done out of donations from clubs and businesses.
The area was pioneered by miners and this cabin originally was supposed to be a railroad station and office . But in 1913 the USFS bought it and used it for a Cle Elum dist. Headquarters and later down the road for a guard station.
This area was the site of a huge avalanche and took trail crews 2weeks to cut the intertwined timber of the trail . It was dangerous work due to the spring poles!
Galleger head lake
Then we headed up another trail . Cant remember the name right of . But on the way up there was some great views and a High mark bowl that the snowmobiles use.
This was another trail that takes off from the lake . As you can see it dead ends. I asked if was a land slide or something and was told nope that was just the end . There is no sign of the trail picking up after this point. The F.S. has looked and never found a trace.
A unfortunate accident on the road to the trail.
Can anyone identify this guy! I tried to get Merrik to write him a ticket:mulie: but He said it would make to much paper work . And the guy did have nice dogs.:wave:
This was a great way to explore a area I have not been to . And Merrek was a excellent trail guide . It was a nice experience to see the trails through the windshield of a ORV Ranger.
Thank you Merrek Graves and every one in the Cle elum Ranger Dist for a memorable day!
Nice meeting you Wayde,
We had a great day also.
84 degrees at Hawkins meadow.
But on the way was cool,
Buddy had fun,
And the other one.
Saw this on the way back.
Nice to meet again Wayde, and see you on the trail.
Tell Clay I said hi.
The cross you see in your picture was left there by friends of a young couple that went off the road at that spot about 6 years ago now.
The had just gotten married that day and were on their honey moon looking for a place to camp.
The tried to turn around right there and went off the cliff, neither one of them made it.
Very Sad and their friends and family still maintain the memorial cross that you took the picture of.
The info I want everyone to get is that this was avoidable by all party's.
Know before you go!! On dark nites you must make the right choices to avoid these situations. Those that come along and are the first on the scene need to make double sure of the Who's, What's and Where's of the situation.
This applies to all of us that venture into and onto the National Forest. Or for that matter anytime we are somehow involved in any situation. We all mean well but we must make our efforts count!!
I'll take more time on this type subject at a later date. With the Webteams help we hope to develop a whole section on this site to help educate all who take the time to read thru it. Kinda a work in progress right now.
To the picture story posted by Wade.
Wade contacted me for one of the "Ride With a Ranger" oppurtunitys that I offer when I work on the Cle Elum District. As stated our day started at 7am. After the normal office stuff (not so normal this time as the office practiced bugging out so new paint and carpet could be installed). Anyway we headed for the hills.
The thing I discovered the first year I worked this job was that if you take two strangers and put them in the small confines of a jeep and send them to an unbelievable neat place you get the chance to enchange ideas. I have taken Wilderness Rangers with me on motorized trails ( you would not believe what common ideals we share). I have taken the District Ranger out. It was her first time she had ever been in a vehicle offroad (some day ask me about our unintentional slide down a hill backwards). I have taken all my bosses (this is where I learn the most about FS policy). I have taken other complete strangers including my wife (Kim rides with me a lot)(sometimes it's the only way we get weekend time together). All in all it's a goodtime with getting to know others that you may never of had the chance to know. Everyone comes away with a different respect for each other.
I somewhat knew Wade prior to our trip together. After this past weekend we now know each other better and I think we can now more effectively work towards some of our common goals. Working towards a better wheeling oppurtunity for all thru education of our peers and also of those who plan and manage our playgrounds.
Wade, I am glad we had the chance for a daylong exchange. It was a great day. I am glad I got to show you one of my favorite areas. Hope to be able to have you show me arround your stomping grounds.
Right on! :cj3bwillys:
The correct information is critical to all search and Rescue, we have spent many cold nights searching in the wrong direction because of misleading information...
the bowl in the back you are refering to is called hawkins mt. great area for motorcyles and snowmobiling...to bad not more jeepin up there.
I think what Wade was referring to is Van-Epps pass, specifically the bowl/meadow on the way there.
None of the meadows at Hawkins would be legal for motorcycles or Wheeling.
Although we did see signs that 4 wheelers had gone beyond the boundaries. Thru the meadow and up the closest ridge. :DirtDOG:
Both of them have posted signs indicating no motorized vehicles allowed.
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