The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR) is a scenic off-road route for dual-sport and adventure motorcycles that runs north to south from Oregon to Canada across the state of Washington. The 575 mile route uses mostly un-paved back roads through the beautiful Cascade Mountains and some arid landscapes of Eastern Washington.
Some of the roads are wide, well-maintained gravel and many are rugged and narrow 2-track with steep grades, exposed corners and no warning signs or guard rails. The WABDR offers a less-travelled path for anyone looking to experience the beauty of Washington and explore backcountry areas. Many of the roads have been in place for decades and some have significant history dating back generations.
It takes most people about 5-6 days to complete the route and there are some easy alternate sections to get around difficult stretches. There are many great camp spots along the way for those looking to rough it. The route also works well for those looking to stay in hotels or to do a little of both. The WABDR is also suitable for 4x4 vehicles looking for an easy, scenic drive.
The Backcountry Discovery Route organization maintains this website with current information and free GPS tracks for the community. A documentary DVD about the WABDR by Noren Films as well as a synthetic route planning map by Butler Motorcycle Maps are available at www.touratech-usa.com and www.butlermaps.com.
It is our hope that many people will travel this route and help us to improve it, and protect it over the years to come.
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