[Tweeters] RFI Umptanum Rd/N. Wenas Rd, Ellensburg Pass, and Wenas area

Bob Sundstrom ixoreus at scattercreek.com
Thu Apr 27 11:12:16 PDT 2017

A week ago there was a washout on Umtanum Rd. just before you get to the
creek trail, which was more or less impassable for cars without high
clearance or AWD. And I don't think the gate to Wenas campround opens until
sometime in May - somebody in Tweeters Land will likely know the date.

Bob Sundstrom

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Subject: [Tweeters] RFI Umptanum Rd/N. Wenas Rd, Ellensburg Pass, and Wenas

I live on the west side, and I'm planning a trip over the mountains to bird
in Kittitas and Yakima counties next weekend (May 6-7).

I seem to remember reading that N. Wenas Rd over Ellensburg Pass was in poor
condition this winter, or even closed in part. Does anyone have recent
experience with that road, like in the last week or two?

Also, how is the road going in to Wenas campground? Does anyone know if the
water is over the road, and if so, how deep it is?

If anyone has info on seeing Prairie Falcon in Yakima Canyon this year, I'd
be interested in that, too. I've seen the eBird reports, but specific
locations would be helpful, especially if they have started nesting yet.

I know it is a bit early for all the migrants to be back, but I have the
time available, and if the road conditions are acceptable, I'd like to try
to get what I can over there.

Thanks for any info anyone can give me.

Barry Brugman


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