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Ceg_ 09-14-2009 09:30 PM

Wenas Wildlife Area Exploring Run (Sept 12th, 09)
Not much of a 4x4 area this time of year. Add rain or snow parts could get real challenging.

Wenas Wildlife Area Exploring Run
September 12th, 2009

On September 12th, 2009 we meet up at the Sheep Company Road entrance.

Only two rigs on this run, Craigen's and mine. CentalGrand rode shot-gun in my rig. My three little boys and puppy came too.

We use Bell Tel. Road to get up on Umtanum Ridge. We turned on Durr to drop off the North Slope.
Here is looking down toward Ellensburg.

At Umtanum Creek we stopped for a break.
We saw something standing on the ridge above us.

There were some goats looking down at us.

Odo trying to cross the water without falling in. Kind of in a strange way.

Trouble x 4.

After a short break we headed on up the ridge. The goats just watched up drive on by.

At the end of Durr Road we turned up the Ellensburg Pass.
A few miles down the gravel road we turned off onto Hanson Pond Road.

Hanson Pond.

We worked out way up Manastash Ridge to the observatory.

We lucked out that there was a guy there that offered us a tour of the observatory.
The basement area had bedrooms.

Heading upstairs to see the telescope.

This was upstairs.

There are rooms between floors.

Back on the bottom floor.

Our group of the day.

Looking at Mt. Rainier from the Manastash Ridge Observatory.

Looking back at the towers on Durr road we had pasted earlier.

We turned on Mud Flats Road and headed down to the North Fork Wenas Road.
After getting on the pavement I started looking for a Green Dot to take us back up onto Umtanum Ridge.
Later I found out I missed the first Green Dot road which I though was this one. This was is call Black Canyon Road.

Here we found out this Green Dot road stops.

We headed on down North Fork Wenas Road toward Wenas Lake.
We turned off onto Hessier Flats Road.

We turned onto Kelley Hollow Road. At the top we stopped for a break.

Next we turned onto the Ridge Road and then back down Durr road to go back home.

This was a fun day thanks to the people who came.

Ceg_ 09-15-2009 11:21 AM

Wenas Wildlife Area Exploring Run - Part II
September 13th, 2009

On September 13th, 2009 after the Jeeping Nomads 4x4 Swap meet in Yakima I came home to a hot house. I talked the wife into going for a drive in the 99 XJ that has air conditioning.
We headed out toward the end of the North Wenas Rd. to find the Green Dot road I missed the day before.

We found the entrance near the end of the pavement.

There was no big yellow sign like the other area.

On up around the bend there was a gate.

Working our way up the ridge we found this sign facing the way we just came from.

Up on top of the Umtanum Ridge we could see the Manastash Ridge Observatory.

Zoom in view.

Looking at the road ahead.

The view to the right, Cleman Mountain.

On up the road we found the top of Black Canyon. To bad the road did not still go through.

Up near Kelley Hollow Rd. we came up to the back side of a "No unauthorized vehicles" sign.

We were on the Green Dot road so the sign must have been for an old road across the brush.

We headed on. We dropped down Durr Rd. to the Sheep Company entrance and then headed home.

This was a fun trip. I would like to see this area with snow on it. It would be very challenging.

A special thanks to JayW and SuperGlock for the info on the road I could not find on the first day out.

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