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Old 09-18-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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Questions about Naches

So me and a buddy from Kennewick are planning a trip to Naches this Oct 18-20. Since we both live far away we are planning on camping. I know nothing about this area, camping, wheeling ect. Can anyone give me some info? Ive looked on google but im just getting little confused. Also how difficult is the area? Im pretty well built so Im not looking for the easy trails.

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You can camp right at the beginning of the naches. Me and Shawn3r ran the trails back in May or early June. Most of the trails we ran were pretty easy( challenging for a stock-mildly built rig) , one challenge when we went up Aardvark hill ( the line all the way to the left). I believe for a challenge you need to go to Funny Rocks or Moon Rocks. The trails are not the easiest to follow. We ended up going over to Mantash Ridge and into Ellensburg.

It was beautiful up there. You get into some really remote areas, with great views. You will enjoy it. I will find a link to a site with some directions, although they were hard to follow.

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Old 09-18-2013, 01:43 PM   #3
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Washington Trails Here is the link to the trails. When we ran it was very dry, making for a fairly easy run. In October, it should be pretty fun. The dirt up there has lots of clay, once its wet it is very slick and packs your tires. Making it more challenging.
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Thanks that helps alot, maybe Ill just take my ZJ up there, its not built that much.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:47 PM   #5
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No problem. Aardvark hill was fun, a lesser built rig might be more fun. But I think funny rocks or moon rocks is where the real challenge is.
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The Naches trail can get northeast or southeast once over the pass. Heading north gets real interesting, and you can make your way to Tripod flats and then on to Funny Rocks and Moon Rocks.

Or, take the southeast route and end up down by Kaner Flats campgrounds. and then Highway 410. Lodgepole campground is west on 410 a few miles up the road. The trails are not marked very well once over the pass. make sure to bring a map. Your notice is far enough out we might be able to join y'all.

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From my experience the trails are pretty easy but still fun in the summer when it's dry but if it's been raining at all it is very difficult! They have some steep Hill climbs and it gets very slick! I was just over there 2 weekends ago and they had most of the trails closed because of the fires but hopefully with all the rain it'll open them back up. But again with all the rain I wouldn't take anything near stock up there! The trails go in and out all over the place up there, make sure you get a map and study it up a little. And I can't remember when they shut the trails down for the year. I think it's towards the end of November so you should be good but might be something else to look into. All in all its a great place to wheel and well worth the trip and confusion lol you'll have a blast
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Banks, you still going to be running the naches this weekend? I think I might be going up there.
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I am sure it's a mess by now. Plenty of rain and snow up there.

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Old 10-15-2013, 07:18 PM   #10
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That's the fun part aint it Bob? Either there or Evans creek.
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Banks, you still going to be running the naches this weekend? I think I might be going up there.
Dont look like ill be, my.buddy bailed due to work. And after last weekend my y jeep isnt in very good shape.
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What did you do to your jeep? I seen it on craigslist lol. I am for sure going out. the only question is where.
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What did you do to your jeep? I seen it on craigslist lol. I am for sure going out. the only question is where.
Cushed the oil pan, broke the door striker so I cant close the driver door. Thats the major stuff. Yea its on CL I would like to build a buggy but funds are thin.


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Just went up there last weekend. We have an adopt a trail up there in the manashtash area. A bit of snow on the ridge and Deffinetly some mud on the hill climbs. Was fun. Lost a fender flare on a night run, broke left rear sway bar mount, and sucked a huge rock into the left rear shock area seizing it. Needless to say it was a bouncy ride home to marysville.
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Cushed the oil pan, broke the door striker so I cant close the driver door. Thats the major stuff. Yea its on CL I would like to build a buggy but funds are thin.


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Just went up there last weekend. We have an adopt a trail up there in the manashtash area. A bit of snow on the ridge and Deffinetly some mud on the hill climbs. Was fun. Lost a fender flare on a night run, broke left rear sway bar mount, and sucked a huge rock into the left rear shock area seizing it. Needless to say it was a bouncy ride home to marysville.
Were any of the trails closed? Pretty slick and nasty huh? You hit aardvark hill?
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Ouch! Where was this done at?
Tillamook state forest ohv area (TSF, Browns Camp). Trail called The Crusher, its rated triple black diamond.
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I need to make a trip down south check our some of the Oregon trails.
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I need to make a trip down south check our some of the Oregon trails.
Yea you should
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What are places I should look into? anything closer to Portland?
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Tillamook is about an hour out of Portland and we love that place.

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Ok, so pretty much a weekend trip. Mine as well wheel two days since its a long drive.
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Ok, so pretty much a weekend trip. Mine as well wheel two days since its a long drive.
Yea make a good weekend trip, plenty of places to camp
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Heres a couple better pics of the carnage from the crusher.


Stock pick up tube is on the left, mine is on the right.




the dent goes in about 2.25 inches

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