Washington Backcountry Discovery Route

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.


In addition to the Interactive WABDR Map on the right, SheADV.com hosts an interactive BDR Map that shows current weather conditions, estimated snow levels, and forest fires for all BDR's.

For ride reports, current WABDR conditions and route updates, and to join or organize BDR rides, please visit the WABDR thread on www.ADVrider.com and the Americas thread on www.advrider.com.


Route Updates

June 15, 2016 - Section 5 Road Damage.

June 10, 2016 - Road #4150 now open.

June 15, 2015 - Road #4150 Closure in Section 5 (re-route avaialble).


Businesses Servicing the Route 

FOOD LODGING GAS

Backwoods Brewing Company

1162 B Wind River Hwy Carson, WA 98610

360-909-8036

 

Columbia Gorge Riverside Lodge

200 SW Cascade Ave,Stevenson, WA 98648

509-427-5650

 

Cooper's Cafe & General Store

8855 Entiat River Rd Ardenvoir, WA

509-784-2267

 

 

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Pleasant Valley Inn (Young, AZ)

47661 N. Hwy 288 (Arizona 288 & Midway Ave), Young, AZ 85554
Ph. 928-462-3593

A small 10-unit motel right on Hwy 288 along your route in Young, Arizona. Rates vary from $75.00 single occupancy to $80.00 double occupancy. Rooms have in-room coffee, refrigerators, microwaves, cable t.v., internet and if you want, serve breakfast.

                

Winona Trading Post & Towing (Flagstaff, AZ)

I-40 and BDR Route
Day - 928-527-1177  Eve. 928-853-3676
Services: Gas, Groceries, Liquor, Towing Service

Winona Trading Post & Towing (Flagstaff, AZ)

I-40 and BDR Route
Day - 928-527-1177  Eve. 928-853-3676
Services: Gas, Groceries, Liquor, Towing Service

Backwoods Brewing Company (Carson, WA)

An ideal location to celebrate either the beginning or the end of the WABDR.  The pub is open 7 days a week, and will soon be open 11:30 AM - 9 PM every day.  They have outdoor and indoor seating, are family friendly, dogs welcome, and they serve delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches and, of course, beer!

1162 B Wind River Hwy, Carson, WA 98610

Mon - Th 3-9 PM

Fri - Sun 11:30 AM-9 PM

Death Valley Desert Ride - 3rd Annual BDR Fundraiser - SOLD OUT

This event is sold out. Email us to get on the waiting list.
We look forward to exploring Death Valley with new and old friends!



Join the BDR Team, Members, Ambassadors, and other industry professionals and ADV enthusiasts for the third annual BDR Desert Fundraiser, and help raise funds required to create new routes and preserve riding opportunities for the ADV community.

 

BDR Fundraiser

 

THE THIRD ANNUAL BDR DESERT FUNDRAISER RIDE TO BE HELD IN DEATH VALLEY, CA 

Thursday, April 14 - Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Ranch at Furnace Creek

Highway 190, Death Valley, CA 92328

$785 per person (10% discount for BDR Members)

Limited to 50 Riders

Kick off the riding season by exploring the best backcountry trails of the world renowned Death Valley basin. Enjoy spectacular desert scenery, colorful geology, and breathtaking wilderness, while you learn the remarkable Western history, make new friends, and gaze at the stars in one of the largest Dark Sky Parks in the world!

The western-themed grounds of the Ranch at Furnace Creek in the heart of the Death Valley National Park is the base camp for this year's fundraiser.    

WHAT’S INCLUDED

*Note: A limited number of Tent Camping and full hook-up RV Sites is available on a first come first served basis. Please indicate your need for RV or dry camping at the time of the reservation.

All motorcycles must be licensed, street legal, and dual-sport or adventure type.

You’ll have a chance to win prizes from our sponsors KLIM, ExOfficio, Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage, Touratech-USA, Butler Motorcycle Maps, Trailmaster Adventure Gear, Colorado Motorcycle Adventures, DoubleTake Mirror, and other sponsors.

 

ATTENDING THE DEATH VALLEY DESERT RIDE

Tickets to attend the event are $785 per person, and space is limited to 50 guests.  A discounted price of $350 is offered to wives/partners of attending riders, covering all meals and camping/RV hook up. 

The deadline to book your tickets is March 15, 2016.

Reserve your tickets online.

Ticket Options

 

Call 206-383-6233 to make your reservation over the phone. 

Or send your check to: Backcountry Discovery Routes, 4021 Airport Way South, Seattle, WA 98108, USA.

For questions or more information, email info@backcountrydiscoveryroutes.com or call 206-383-6233.

 

BIKE RENTALS

For your convenience, Colorado Motorcycle Adventures is offering adventure motorcycle rentals on location. Simply call Colorado Motorcycle Adventures at 720.505.2030 to reserve your bike of choice for the event. They will bring the bike to the event for you free of charge and have it ready to ride.

Death Valley bike rental

Furnace Creek Ranch

Furnace Creek Ranch Pool

BDR Death Valley Ride

 

 

 

 

 

EL Farolito (El Rito, NM)

Cafe Abiquiu (Abiquiu, NM)

Bode's General Store (Abiquiu, NM)

EL Bruno's Restaurant & Cantina (Cuba, NM)

EL Cafecito (Grants, NM)

12th Street Coffee (Carrizozo, NM)

Ella's Cafe (Reserve, NM)

NMBDR Movie Premiere - Salt Lake City, UT

NMBDR Premiere in Salt Lake City, UT

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Brewvies Cinema Pub, 677 South 200 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

7:00 pm - Doors open 
7:30 pm - Movie followed by Q&A

Guest Speakers: Kevin Woody, BDR Ambassador and NMBDR Expedition Member.

Tickets: $10 each or $15 for two.  Purchase tickets in advance in person at Harrison Eurosports, located at 339 W 9000 S in Sandy, Utah; or by calling (801) 562-0100.  No tickets will be avaialble at the door. 

For more information: Call (801) 562-0100 or visit the Facebook Event Page.

This event is presented by Harrison Eurosports.

Experience challenging riding on remote backcountry roads covering 1,200 miles through the beautiful state of New Mexico.  Discover New Mexico’s scenic terrain including high-elevation forests, mountains, deserts and canyons. You will experience the unique culture and history of New Mexico’s rural towns, native reservations, historic locations & more.



NMBDR Movie Premiere - Albuquerque, NM

NMBDR Premiere in Albuquerque, NM 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Kimo Theatre423 Central Ave N.W. Albuquerque, NM 87102.

2:00 pm - Doors open 
2:30 pm - Movie followed by Q&A 

Sandia BMW Motorcycles, the Presenting Sponsor of the NMBDR, is organizing a ride to the event from their dealership. The group gathers at Sandia at 11:00 am and leaves for the theatre around 12:30 pm.

Guest Speakers: Rob Watt, NMBDR route architect and BDR Board Member; Roger Pattison, NMBDR scouting and expedition team member.

Tickets: $12. Purchase your tickets at http://www.kimotickets.com/event/233137.  

Parking: Free Sunday meter parking is available on Central Avenue.  There is a paid parking garage behind the KiMo Theatre on 5th Street and Copper, as well as a surface parking lot on 6thStreet and Central. (Note, the theatre does not validate parking).

For more information: Call (888) 898-9985 or visit http://www.sandiabmwmotorcycles.com

This event is presented by Sandia BMW Motorcycles.

Experience challenging riding on remote backcountry roads covering 1,200 miles through the beautiful state of New Mexico.  Discover New Mexico’s scenic terrain including high-elevation forests, mountains, deserts and canyons. You will experience the unique culture and history of New Mexico’s rural towns, native reservations, historic locations & more.


Albuquerque NMBDR premiere

 


NMBDR Movie Premiere - New York, NY

World Premiere of the NMBDR Movie Documentary, New York, NY 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BMW of Manhattan Motorcycles, 555 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019.

Motorcycle parking will be available on site for the event at 555 West 57th Street.

7:00 pm - Doors open
7:30 pm - Movie followed by Q&A

Guest Speakers: Sterling Noren, Film Director; Kevin Woody, NMBDR expedition team member and BDR Ambassador.

Admission:  Admission is free with your RSVP.  RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/5UYpAmJdfD

For more information: Call (212) 373-7863 or visit the Facebook Event Page.

This event is presented by BMW of Manhattan Motorcycles.

Experience challenging riding on remote backcountry roads covering 1,200 miles through the beautiful state of New Mexico.  Discover New Mexico’s scenic terrain including high-elevation forests, mountains, deserts and canyons. You will experience the unique culture and history of New Mexico’s rural towns, native reservations, historic locations & more.

NYC NMBDR Premiere

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC

Built by a team of riders as passionate about adventure motorcycling as you are, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC has become the go-to source for adventure riders everywhere. With dedicated categories for riding gear, adventure tires, luggage/panniers, camping gear and motorcycle parts, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC is your online stop for adventure.

MotoDiscovery

Since 1981, MotoDiscovery has been riding the often overlooked roads of the world seeking authentic destinations off the beaten path.   With their unique selection of motorcycle tours in over 40 countries, including Cuba, Myanmar and Turkey, MotoDiscovery has found its way into the hearts of many spirited men and women.  In addition to guiding tours around the world, MotoDiscovery can design a custom tour of a lifetime for you and your friends.  With over three decades of serving the adventure motorcycling community, you can count on MotoDiscovery to Experience Authentic Adventure.™

Pine Barrens Adventure Camp Riding School & Seven Mountains Adventure Resort New Jersey and Pennsylvania

The East Coast's most popular adventure motorcycle touring and training company. Sponsored by BMW of Manhattan, they specialize in GS and Big Bike training for off-pavement riding and eco-touring, and feature enduro champion and veteran adventure instructors.  The adventure camp also offers weekend tours of the Pinelands National Reserve, and their new Seven Mountains Adventure Resort will feature world class quality accommodations, touring and instruction.  For more than 10 years, the people behind the Pine Barrens School have organized one of the best attended AMA National Adventure rides, the Pine Barrens 500.  They are also the preferred supplier of adventure routes and training classes for the Touratech Rally East event.

Can't Stop Smokin BBQ (Ruidosa, NM)

Cooper's Cafe & General Store (Ardenvoir, WA)

Gas station, cafe and a general store.

The Pony Expresso (Dolores, CO)

Rodeway Inn (Stevenson, WA)

Nestled in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest off Highway 14 and Interstate 84 near the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Rivermist Mountain Top Estate B&B (Stevenson, WA)

Nestled on five wooded acres catering to those seeking relaxation surrounded by natural beauty and spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Columbia River from the cedar lodge with over 5,000 square feet and a 23-foot ceiling.

Columbia Gorge Riverside Lodge (Stevenson, WA)

The Lodge offers eight themed studios in four modern log cabins. No TVs or in-room phones. Cell service and free Wi-Fi are available in guest rooms as well as around the city.  Fully-oufitted kitchenettes, gas fireplaces, shared and private heated soaking pools, outdoor decks facing the river, and low rates ( $89, $109, and $219.)

Colorado Motorcycle Adventures

Ride in comfort and style with Colorado's premiere adventure motorcycling and rental company, located in Denver, CO.  Colorado Motorcycle Adventures is a BMW Motorrad partner and the only BMW certified touring company in the USA. They offer late model dual-sport motorcycles, provide route suggestions, self-guided tours, and all-inclusive guided tours of the Rocky Mountains. Whether you want a one day adventure or a two week ride-of-a-lifetime, the guys at Colorado Motorycle Adventures have over 20 years of experience riding motorcycles across the country, and will put their knowledge and expertise to work for you. Your ride awaits. Live Large, Explore More!

Colorado Motorcycle Adventures

Ride in comfort and style with Colorado's premiere adventure motorcycling and rental company, located in Denver, CO.  Colorado Motorcycle Adventures is a BMW Motorrad partner and the only BMW certified touring company in the USA. They offer late model dual-sport motorcycles, provide route suggestions, self-guided tours, and all-inclusive guided tours of the Rocky Mountains, as well as tours on the BDR's. Whether you want a one day adventure or a two week ride-of-a-lifetime, the guys at Colorado Motorycle Adventures have over 20 years of experience riding motorcycles across the country, and will put their knowledge and expertise to work for you. Your ride awaits. Live Large, Explore More!

River Pilot Tours

Based in Cheyenne, Wyoming, River Pilot Tours is a full service international tour company offering a variety of engaging motorcycle touring packages in the U.S.A and abroad. Packages include FIT self drives, fully guided tours, self-guided GPS tours in the U.S.A, or even extravagant motorcycle and horseback riding in Mongolia. They have wholesale access to rental motorcycles and cars, hotels, airlines, attractions and even offer scouting and support services for business and private individuals. Take a few weeks off and give River Pilot a call. They'll take care of the rest.  River Pilot - Come Along For The Ride.

Day 1: Oregon to Packwood

The symbolic beginning of the route involves crossing the "Bridge of the Gods" from Oregon into Washington, just west of Stevenson, WA. Gas, groceries, restaurants and hotels are available in Stevenson. The route heads northeast over Triangle Pass and Trail Peak on gravel and dirt roads through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. On a clear day, riders will be treated to views of three volcanoes: Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and the infamous Mt. St. Helens; which lost 1,300 feet of elevation in a massive eruption on May 18th, 1980. A short detour from the route to visit the Guler Ice Caves is worth the time. Created by a lava flow over 20,000 years ago, this lava tube preserves ice formations year round. The ice caves are West of the town of Trout Lake, near Peterson Prairie Campground. The route continues over Trout Lake Creek, Grand Meadows, Takh-Takh Meadows, Midway Meadows and then down to Hwy 12 arriving at Packwood where gas, hotels, restaurants and groceries are available.

Day 2: Packwood to Ellensburg

Hwy 12 heading east from Packwood crosses over White Pass and skirts Rimrock Lake before turning north onto gravel roads which lead up to Bethel Ridge. Stunning mountain views including Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams can be seen from a basalt ridge that drops off sharply to the Tieton River Valley below. After a rugged section of rutted roads along the ridge, a long descent brings you to Hwy 410 near the small town of Nile. After a short section of pavement, a dirt road heads up over Cleman Mountain, passing through the Oak Creek Wildlife Area and then down Evans Canyon. A short paved section on Wenas Road North leads to a steep dirt road that winds up and over the rocky and treeless Umtanum Ridge. After descending the historic Old Durr Road, there is a small water crossing at Umtanum Creek and a section of asphalt running into Ellensburg which is a large town with full services.

Day 2 Option: Bypass Bethel

Day 2 Option: Bypass Umtanum

Day 3: Ellensburg to Cashmere

Paved roads head north from Ellensburg toward Table Mountain and Lion Rock Lookout in Wenatchee National Forest. High elevation and twisty dirt roads with views of the Central Cascade Mountains make this a very enjoyable section. From Lion Rock to Beehive Reservoir the route is stunning, rugged and remote. The path at 6,000 feet along Table Mountain provides views to the west. Elk can often be seen in the beautiful Haney Meadow. From there the road traverses a ridgeline with spectacular views of Devil's Gulch and the Columbia River to the North. The route passes nearby Beehive Reservoir before descending the Mission Creek Valley to the town of Cashmere which has gas, groceries, restaurants and hotels.

Day 4: Cashmere to Chelan

Heading north up Nahahum (pronounced Nah-Hum) Canyon from Cashmere brings riders to a 360-degree view atop Chumstick Peak at 5,810 feet elevation. The route winds up and over Roaring Ridge in the Entiat Mountains before descending steep switchbacks to the one-store town of Ardenvoir which has a small cafe, gas and basic rations. The next 30 miles have a gain of over 4,000 feet as riders climb McKenzie Ridge and the Chelan Mountains. Views of Lake Chelan can be seen as travelers pass through the Slide Ridge area on the descent to 25 Mile Creek State Park. A pavement road follows the Southern Lake Chelan shoreline east to the full-service town of Chelan.

Day 4 Option: Bypass 8410

Day 5: Chelan to Conconully

The route ascends north from Lake Chelan past the Echo Valley Ski Area toward Cooper Mountain, a 5,867 foot summit with stunning views. The route then passes Black Canyon Creek and skirts Fox Peak before descending the Gold Creek Valley to the Methow River and Hwy 153. Heading north on Hwy 153 riders will pass the one-store town and gas pump in Carlton before heading east on Benson Creek Road. The path heads up past Thrapp Mountain and Woody Mountain before dropping down into the valley to Hwy 20. After a short highway section riders are back on dirt heading north on scenic Loup Loup Canyon Road in the Loup Loup State Forest. The steep Ruby Grade descends toward a site where the mining town of Ruby once existed. A sign at the site describes a bustling mining community that was the center of commerce in the Okanogan area until the market for silver collapsed in 1892. Gravel and paved roads take riders to the one-store town and gas pump in Conconully. In addition to the store, there are lakes and a state park in the area.

Day 6: Conconully to Canada

The route heads north from Conconully and pavement eventually turns to dirt again as riders reach Salmon Meadows in the Okanogan National Forest. Riders soon enjoy views as they climb up and over Lone Frank Pass (the highest point on the WABDR). After a short distance the route enters Loomis State Forest and heads up the ominously named "Skull and Crossbones Road" where an old homestead cabin and corral can be seen before heading down to North Fork Toats Coulee Creek. There is a geocache near the viewpoint above Cold Springs Campground up Ninemile Creek Road (see map for coordinates). The route then winds down steep switchbacks into a spectacular valley just south of Palmer Lake in the Sinlahekin Valley. With the dirt and gravel behind you, pavement leads you north past Palmer Lake through the former town of Nighthawk along the Similkameen River to the Nighthawk border crossing from the US into Canada.

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WABDR FAQ

Below are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route.  

WABDR Packing List

(This packing list serves as an example and is not intended to be a complete list for your backcountry riding needs. Feel free to customize this list to work for you.)

WABDR Restaurants

WABDR Gas Stations

WABDR Lodging