Trail ride, October 20, 2002
Area: Greenwater to Little Naches Recreation Area, WA
Miles ridden: 89
Type of riding:  Forest Service roads, Jeep trails and single track.

After a good ride on Saturday 10/19, I looked at the weather to see what Sunday's forecast looked like upon returning home.  It didn't look good so I decided I probably wouldn't ride Sunday.  About 7:07am Sunday morning I awoke when the phone started ringing.  It was Andy.  He called to see if I was ready to ride.  I looked outside and saw clouds but no rain.  After we talked for a while and saw that the online weather report looked better for the East Side of the state where Whistlin' Jacks is located, we decided to pack up and go riding.  Some of Washington's mountain passes have webcams on them that the highway department operates, so we check them to get a "visual" of the weather on the "dry side" of the state.   Andy checked White Pass and saw clear blue sky.  The cam at Easton showed good weather too.

 Andy and I drove to the end of the pavement on FR70 and unloaded here.
 We rode over the pass on the Naches Jeep Trail.  Here we are at the FR 1914 road crossing.  We stopped for a short break.
This is a view looking uphill on the Naches Jeep Trail. 
 The Naches Jeep Trail is trail number 684, and is marked as an "easy" route.  The trails are marked with symbols indicating what type of vehicles they are open or closed to.  This is open to Jeeps, motorcycles and ATVs.  Trails that are closed to a specific activity will show the symbol with a red slash across it.  The symbols on this sign represent a Jeep driver who failed to keep the "rubber side down."
 One sign of a good ride is a dirty bike.
 Further down the jeep trail are several wooden bridges built by local Jeep clubs to protect wet areas.
 We came out of the woods and rode FR19 for a short distance, then continued on trail 941.  This trail parallels FR19.  It's a nice trail to ride in order to avoid the long pavement stretch of FR19.
 Along trail 941 were a few small meadows with great fall colors. 
 This is where FR19 joins highway 410.  This view is looking west on highway 410 towards Chinook Pass.
 We continued east on 410 for about 4 miles to reach our lunch stop, Whistlin' Jacks.
 Whistlin' Jacks.
 Being that Whistlin' Jacks is out in the middle of nowhere, their gas prices are quite high.  The majority of the gas is sold to bikers, hunters and off roaders that are out 4 wheeling.  We always see several tricked out 4x4's stop for gas here. 
 Andy and Doug
 Across the road from Whistlin' Jacks is a Forest Service road that goes up to an area the map calls Devil's Slide.  It ends at a trail head.  The trail is about 2 miles long and leads to a bunch of Jeep roads up on a plateau.  Elevation here is 5500'.  We saw a lot of hunters with very elaborate hunting camps set up in the area.  We tried something new again, and headed east from the point where the trail joins the roads.  My map showed that we could make a loop and come into Manastash Lake from the east side.
 This photo and the three below were taken as a sequence from right to left to show a panoramic view.
 The trees in the background are Tamarac trees. Their needles change to a golden yellow color in the fall.
 This is on the 1350 trail that leads to Manastash Lake from the Jeep roads. 
 Manastash Lake
 Manastash Lake.  I stopped here for a short break and Andy said he was going to ride around the lake on the trail.  After I waited for about 10-15 minutes and still didn't see Andy, I started to wonder where he was.  a few minutes later I scrolled around the screen of the GPS and saw that the trail doesn't go around the lake, it continues past the lake and leads to Lost Lake.  I promptly put me helmet back on and hit the trail again because I knew Andy would be waiting for me somewhere up the trial. 
 Between the lakes, the trail passes by a large lava rock outcropping.
 We looked at the rocks, then continued down the trail.  We didn't stop much more for photos after this because it was getting late, about 4:30pm, and we still had a lot of riding to do and not much daylight left.

At about 5:15pm we reached highway 410.  We continued up the highway for about a mile and then turned up FR19.  Due to the lateness of the day, we decided to save some time and ride the pavement (FR19) all the way to FR1914 instead of doing any of trail 941.


 Here's a photo somewhere along the Naches Jeep trail, in partial darkness.
 We emerged from the trees to find ourselves in a fog bank again.  The ride Saturday was the same, but drizzly.  Today it was just fog. 
 This photo was taken with the camera's flash
 Same as above without flash
 oppsss....not a very good photo because it was really starting to get dark, but you can see how muddy it is.  It doesn't look dark in the photo, but it is.  Using my photo editing software I lightened to photo so the mud is visible.
 Slimy muddy mess.
 At the trail head of the Naches Jeep Trail.  The sign to the right says "Trail Open".  Soon the trail sign will be changed to indicate that the trail is "closed to wheeled vehicles."
 At the trial head, looking down FR 70.  This is the direction back to our trucks.
 Arrived home at about 8:15pm and decided to park the bike and trailer in the garage. 
 Muddy/dirty bike is evidence of a good ride.   On the east side of the mountains today there was plenty of dust despite the wet conditions we encountered on the west side.  Some of the jeep trails had about 4 inches of loose, powdery dust to ride through.  We called this Moon dust.

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