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Adondo
09-06-2011, 05:54 PM
My buddy Mike and me ran the length of Colockum road this weekend. It goes from Ellensburg to Wenachee. (In Washington state) It was also a good way to try out the new tires.

A stop at a crossroads for a map-look.
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After an hour or so east from the last photo. The trees have stopped, and it's dry desert here. The rocky road is the same for miles and miles. I doubt the old 4 ply ATR's would've held up on this run without blowing a sidewall. :)
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Heading up a hill from the Columbia river. Somewhere along these roads, we realized the usual pulsing tire slippage sounds that we normally hear while going up such a slope are gone. The M/T's are like gear teeth meshed with the ground, and slippage is pretty much zero.
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A bullet riddled car about 100' down the slope. How it ever got to this spot, who knows? It's miles of 4x4 only road to this place.
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Panned back a bit.
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Following a deep ''V-knotch'' canyon.
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A marker for the wilderness area at the crossroads of Naneum Ridge and Colockum roads.
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Adondo
09-06-2011, 06:03 PM
The top of the world. A radio site at the end of Naneum Ridge road. It degrades into nothing but a boulder field at the last half mile.
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The town of Wenachee laid out down below.
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And, panned back.
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The top of the chair lift for Mission Ridge Ski area. Despite being maybe 800 yards away, it's a mountain gear climb to get there from here.
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An old radio site building. (Not used anymore)
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Camped at the ridge, a few hundred yards from the radio site.
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A sunset looking at Mt. Rainier.
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Another Rainier shot. I like this one because of all the layers from the foreground to the horizon.
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The next day, looking at Ellensburg. Wildfires around Mt. Hood makes for thick smoke. As the moon set the night before, it went from white/bright to dim orange as it went down.
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superacerc
09-06-2011, 08:01 PM
Beautiful! I don't think more can be said.

pjmjr508
09-06-2011, 10:20 PM
Beautiful! I don't think more can be said.

I agree.

Will have to show me some of these places sometime.

Holaday07 4.7
09-07-2011, 05:04 AM
This is just too cool. How do you locate these roads? I really like these trips that you take.

AJeepZJ
09-07-2011, 08:46 AM
Very Nice pictures :)

sean112280
09-07-2011, 11:43 AM
Makes me want to get out to Ft. Lewis, WA sooner then Nov. :D

pjmjr508
09-07-2011, 12:00 PM
Once you get out here, all of us (in the PNW & anyone wants to join) should do a run to the places that Adondo showed us. Plus I ill show you guys TSF for some serious Wheelin

sean112280
09-07-2011, 12:13 PM
now remember I am not lifted. I will just have some A/T or M/T tires only. Would I be able to go to these places?

pjmjr508
09-07-2011, 12:18 PM
TSF No, do not know about these places that Adondo has been showing us. looking forward to this winter out here, from what I have been reading it will be colder & wetter in the PNW this winter


plus gives you another reason to get a lift lol

sean112280
09-07-2011, 12:22 PM
Yea your right...lol.

pjmjr508
09-07-2011, 12:29 PM
trust me once you lift it & wheel it you will never go back to stock, unless you sell it. plus it will be nice for the trails on post @ ft lewis

sean112280
09-07-2011, 12:31 PM
Yea your right.