Washington Backcountry Discovery Route

 

WABDR route

This 575-mile route thoroughly explores the Cascade Mountains beginning in Stevenson, WA and making it to the Canadian border at Night Hawk. Views of the massive volcanic mountains from the dense forest in the southern part of the route are stunning and the open arid pine forests of the central part of the route showcase the diversity of Washington. The route just seems to get better each day as you head north and into the high-mountain areas beyond Lake Chelan.

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.

Best time of year: June through September is the best window for the Washington route. Snow in the mountain passes can block riders from completing the route early and late in the season.


Additional Route Resources

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 18, 2017 - Section 3 - Impassible due to a mud slide.  Re-Route available

July 1, 2016 - Section 4 - Tough but passible.  Carry tools.

June 15, 2016 - Section 5 Road Damage.

June 15, 2016 - Road #4150 now open.

June 10, 2015 - Road #4150 Closure in Section 5 (re-route avaialble).


WABDR Discovery Points

While riding the WABDR, we recommend visiting some (or all) of these places along the route. They were selected for their natural beauty, photo opportunities, historical significance, or pure pleasure of discovery! (These waypoints are included in the WABDR GPS tracks available for a free download on this page). Send us your photos from these discovery points to share with the BDR community. 

(Listing South to North) 

Oregon Border - Bridge of the Gods 45.662372 -121.901227 on the route.
Stevenson - Food, Gas, Lodging 45.69355 -121.88397 on the route.
Walking Man Brewing 45.69244 -121.884063 on the route.
Trail Peak Viewpoint 45.903024 -121.621692 on the route.
Guler Ice Caves 45.961304 -121.632589 side trip.
Babyshoe Ridge Viewpoint 46.26871 -121.61914 side trip.
Takhlakh Lake 46.280092 -121.59855 on the route.
Horseshoe Lake 46.310019 -121.567262 side trip.
Walupt Lake 46.423009 -121.4733 side trip.
Packwood - Food, Gas, Lodging 46.604223 -121.672834 on the route.
White Pass 46.638513 -121.39007 on the route.
Rimrock Lake Resort 46.643045 -121.18004 on the route.
Cash Prairie Camp 46.716149 -121.16367 side trip.
Bethel Ridge Hidden Viewpoint 46.71768 -121.114553 side trip.
Bethel Ridge Rocky Point 46.717532 -121.064483 on the route.
Nile - Food & Gas 46.807566 -120.918012 on the route.
Clemen Mountain Summit 46.824085 -120.859316 on the route.
Baby Head Hill 46.86931 -120.658979 on the route.
Umtanum Ridge Durr Road Crossing 46.847663 -120.567113 on the route.
Reecer Creek Twisties 47.182296 -120.588508 on the route.
Lion Rock Viewpoint 47.251238 -120.588841 side trip.
Beehive Reservoir 47.326122 -120.401266 on the route.
Cashmere - Food, Gas, Lodging 47.52039 -120.455017 on the route.
Chumstick Mountain Summit 47.650532 -120.451186 on the route.
Sugarloaf Lookout Tower 47.757045 -120.527896 side trip.
Grotto Corral at Entiat River 47.748498 -120.394599 on the route.
Ardenvoir - Food & Gas 47.732145 -120.362536 on the route.
Steliko Lookout Tower 47.740527 -120.343943 side trip.
Slide Ridge Views 47.906327 -120.304073 on the route.
The Jungle 47.967102 -120.250715 on the route.
Lake Chelan Shoreline Park 47.83713 -120.054909 on the route.
Cooper Mountain Summit 48.011324 -120.083848 on the route.
Carlton Store - Food & Gas 48.248366 -120.116286 on the route.
Winthrop - Food, Gas, Lodging 48.477818 -120.18546 side trip.
Leader Lake 48.360056 -119.690837 side trip.
China Wall of Loup Loup 48.472812 -119.748573 side trip.
Arlington Mine Site 48.471918 -119.736817 side trip.
Ruby Townsite Historical Marker 48.498232 -119.725435 on the route.
Conconully - Food, Gas, Lodging 48.560215 -119.750646 on the route.
Salmon Meadows Camp 48.658742 -119.840363 on the route.
Lone Frank Pass 48.704682 -119.903171 on the route.
Skull & Crossbones Corral and Cabin 48.778394 -119.853873 on the route.
Cold Springs Camp and Viewpoint 48.935939 -119.797767 on the route.
Chopaka Lake Camp 48.913587 -119.702054 side trip.
Loomis - Food & Gas 48.821929 -119.634456 side trip.
Nighthawk Ghost Town 48.966736 -119.641049 on the route.
Canadian Border 48.999955 -119.668865 on the route.

 

Businesses Servicing the Route (Food/Lodging/Gas)

Backwoods Brewing Company (Carson, WA): 1162 B Wind River Hwy Carson, WA 98610.  Tel. 360-909-8036.

Columbia Gorge Riverside Lodge (Stevenson, WA): 200 SW Cascade Ave, Stevenson, WA 98648.  Tel. 509-427-5650

Cooper's Cafe & General Store (Ardenvoir, WA): 8855 Entiat River Rd Ardenvoir, WA.  Tel. 509-784-2267.  Also carry leaded gasoline.

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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

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

Gas station, cafe and a general store.

Rodeway Inn (Stevenson, WA)

40 N E Second StStevensonWA98648

Tel. (509) 427-5628

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)

Stevenson, Washington
Tel. (509) 427-4810 

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)

200 SW Cascade Avenue, Stevenson WA 98648

Tel. 509-427-5650

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.)

Canadian Border (WABDR)

The Chopaka US-Canadian Border crossing is the official northern end of the WABDR. Taking photos near the crossing is prohibited.

Nighthawk Ghost Town (WABDR)

Nighthawk is a privately-owned former town on the Similkameen River that you ride by on the Loomis-Oroville Road. No services here.

Loomis - Food & Gas (WABDR)

Loomis has a Kwik Stop with fuel and provisions if needed. Oroville is another town near the north end of the WABDR that has more services.

Chopaka Lake Camp (WABDR)

A short side trip leads to two lakeside campgrounds (one is DNR and the other BLM). Chopaka Lake is popular with fishermen (fly-fishing only).

Cold Creek Camp and Viewpoint (WABDR)

This hilltop clearing is where the original WABDR geocache was stashed. Even though this is a longer side trip and the views aren't spectacular, it is still fun to ride.

Skull & Crossbones Corral and Cabin (WABDR)

Check out the old log cabin and corral near the top of Skull and Crossbones Ridge

Lone Frank Pass (WABDR)

Lone Frank Pass crests a ridge at about 6700 feet. 

Salmon Meadows Camp (WABDR)

Salmon Meadows has room for many campers on the east side of Thirtymile Ridge.

Conconully - Food, Gas, Lodging (WABDR)

Conconully has a lot packed into a small mountain town. They have a general store with fuel, a few restaurants, lodging, camping, and access to two fishing lakes.

Ruby Townsite Historical Marker (WABDR)

Read about the historic mining town of Ruby at the bottom of the steep Ruby Grade.

Arlington Mine Site (WABDR)

Look for evidence of the old mining operations on the hill above Loup Loup Canyon on this optional side trip.

China Wall of Loup Loup (WABDR)

China Wall takes some searching around to find and the coordinates provided are approximate. These tall granite stone walls were part of Loup Loup, a thriving mining town in the late 1800s.

Leader Lake (WABDR)

Leader Lake is a slight side trip with a campground and is a good place to cool off in the water. It's a popular fishing hole.

Winthrop - Food, Gas, Lodging (WABDR)

Winthrop is a small town with western facades and several food and lodging options. This is a side trip from the WABDR.

Carlton General Store - Food & Gas (WABDR)

The Carlton General Store has been around for over 100 years. Stop in to get groceries, drinks and homemade treats. They have premium non-ethanol fuel on hand most of the time. If they don't for some reason, Twisp is just up the highway. 

Cooper Mountain Summit (WABDR)

Cooper Mountain is one of the most important stops along the WABDR. Ride out to the summit to enjoy the views.

Chelan Lakeside Park (WABDR)

By now you've earned a rest and should take a dip in Lake Chelan. This park has shade trees for taking a siesta and docks for jumping off.

The Jungle (WABDR)

The Jungle is an abandoned road that's fighting to stay open. If it's too overgrown, take the newer main road. But if you have a saw, chop down a few branches as you descend the old road.

Slide Ridge Views (WABDR)

Slide Ridge has many viewpoints of Lake Chelan and beyond. Play it safe and stop to enjoy the views.

Steliko Lookout Tower (WABDR)

A worthy side trip to a fire lookout tower directly above Ardenvoir.

Ardenvoir - Food & Gas (WABDR)

Tiny Ardenvoir has an important gas station, cafe, and store. Without this fuel the WABDR would be much different. Be sure to stop in and grab some goodies in addition to a gas tank fill-up.

Grotto Corral at Entiat River (WABDR)

This hidden shaded spot is a good for a rest and to put your feet into some cool water. Mad River flows through here on the way to its confluence with the Entiat River nearby in Ardenvoir.

Sugarloaf Lookout Tower (WABDR)

Sugarloaf is one of the longer side trip options, but if you like lookout towers and have the time, it's probably worth it.

Chumstick Mountain Summit (WABDR)

This is one of the best summits on the WABDR. Ride up a short side road to the top. Don't miss these 360 degree views.

Cashmere - Food, Gas, Lodging (WABDR)

Cashmere has all the services you'll need before heading up Nahahum Canyon toward the Entiat Mountains.

Beehive Reservoir (WABDR)

This is a great spot to rest at before descending down into Wenatchee.

Lion Rock Viewpoint (WABDR)

The side trip out to Lion Rock is a must. It's usually cool at this point jutting out from a long steep cliff.

Reecer Creek Twisties (WABDR)

A twisty paved backroad ascends up to the top of Table Mountain from the Reecer Creek gulch below.

Umtanum Ridge Durr Road Crossing (WABDR)

More views await from the top of the Durr Road which descends into the Ellensburg area.

Baby Head Hill (WABDR)

Baby Head Hill has round rocks the size of baby heads to challenge riders. Stop above the hill to enjoy the distant views.

Cleman Mountain Summit (WABDR)

The WABDR passes over the top of Cleman Mountain to the site of a former lookout tower (since replaced with radio towers) and rewards riders with great views.

Nile - Food & Gas (WABDR)

This pit stop in Nile has a restaurant, gas station, and mini-mart.

Bethel Ridge Rocky Point (WABDR)

Riders should take a quick ride out to more viewpoints along the Bethel Ridge cliffs.

Bethel Ridge Hidden Viewpoint (WABDR)

Try to find this hidden spot that has views and makes a cool camping area.

Cash Prairie Camp (WABDR)

It's a fun two mile ride out to the group camp spot at the end of Cash Prairie Road (NF 199). This is also the trailhead for Ironstone Mountain Trail which enters the William O Douglas Wilderness. You'll want to hike along the ridge from camp to gain even better views.

Rimrock Lake Resort (WABDR)

Rimrock Lake has several campgrounds and cabins for rent on the north shore just off Highway 12.

White Pass (WABDR)

White Pass has a campground and a resort on Leech Lake just north of Highway 12 at the crest of the pass.

Packwood - Food, Gas, Lodging (WABDR)

Packwood has gas stations, stores, restaurants, and lodging. 

Walupt Lake (WABDR)

Walupt Lake has a campground just a short ways off the WABDR.

Horseshoe Lake (WABDR)

A short side trip leads to a campground on the shore of Horseshoe Lake.

Takhlakh Lake (WABDR)

Takhlakh Lake is one of the last places to melt out each spring. Here you'll find a campground with a hiking trail that loops around this small lake.

Babyshoe Ridge Viewpoint (WABDR)

A short ride up this side road leads to an open area with views.

Guler Ice Caves (WABDR)

On this side trip you can cool off in the Guler Ice Caves which have ice year-round. With a flashlight you can explore inside the caves.

Trail Peak Viewpoint (WABDR)

As you ride up Trail Peak look for a spot to stop and take pictures of Mt Hood to the south.

Walking Man Brewing (WABDR)

We recommend eating and having a brew at the Walking Man Brewery if you are staying overnight in Stevenson before starting the WABDR

Stevenson - Food, Gas, Lodging (WABDR)

Stevenson is the southernmost town on the WABDR and a great place to get fueled up for the long trip to Packwood. You'll find several restaurant and lodging options in town.

Oregon Border - Bridge of the Gods (WABDR)

This steel truss bridge spans the Columbia River and the state border between Washington and Oregon. This is the official southern end of the WABDR.

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

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

Gas station, cafe and a general store.

Rodeway Inn (Stevenson, WA)

40 N E Second StStevensonWA98648

Tel. (509) 427-5628

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)

Stevenson, Washington
Tel. (509) 427-4810 

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)

200 SW Cascade Avenue, Stevenson WA 98648

Tel. 509-427-5650

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.)

Canadian Border (WABDR)

The Chopaka US-Canadian Border crossing is the official northern end of the WABDR. Taking photos near the crossing is prohibited.

Nighthawk Ghost Town (WABDR)

Nighthawk is a privately-owned former town on the Similkameen River that you ride by on the Loomis-Oroville Road. No services here.

Loomis - Food & Gas (WABDR)

Loomis has a Kwik Stop with fuel and provisions if needed. Oroville is another town near the north end of the WABDR that has more services.

Chopaka Lake Camp (WABDR)

A short side trip leads to two lakeside campgrounds (one is DNR and the other BLM). Chopaka Lake is popular with fishermen (fly-fishing only).

Cold Creek Camp and Viewpoint (WABDR)

This hilltop clearing is where the original WABDR geocache was stashed. Even though this is a longer side trip and the views aren't spectacular, it is still fun to ride.

Skull & Crossbones Corral and Cabin (WABDR)

Check out the old log cabin and corral near the top of Skull and Crossbones Ridge

Lone Frank Pass (WABDR)

Lone Frank Pass crests a ridge at about 6700 feet. 

Salmon Meadows Camp (WABDR)

Salmon Meadows has room for many campers on the east side of Thirtymile Ridge.

Conconully - Food, Gas, Lodging (WABDR)

Conconully has a lot packed into a small mountain town. They have a general store with fuel, a few restaurants, lodging, camping, and access to two fishing lakes.

Ruby Townsite Historical Marker (WABDR)

Read about the historic mining town of Ruby at the bottom of the steep Ruby Grade.

Arlington Mine Site (WABDR)

Look for evidence of the old mining operations on the hill above Loup Loup Canyon on this optional side trip.

China Wall of Loup Loup (WABDR)

China Wall takes some searching around to find and the coordinates provided are approximate. These tall granite stone walls were part of Loup Loup, a thriving mining town in the late 1800s.

Leader Lake (WABDR)

Leader Lake is a slight side trip with a campground and is a good place to cool off in the water. It's a popular fishing hole.

Winthrop - Food, Gas, Lodging (WABDR)

Winthrop is a small town with western facades and several food and lodging options. This is a side trip from the WABDR.

Carlton General Store - Food & Gas (WABDR)

The Carlton General Store has been around for over 100 years. Stop in to get groceries, drinks and homemade treats. They have premium non-ethanol fuel on hand most of the time. If they don't for some reason, Twisp is just up the highway. 

Cooper Mountain Summit (WABDR)

Cooper Mountain is one of the most important stops along the WABDR. Ride out to the summit to enjoy the views.

Chelan Lakeside Park (WABDR)

By now you've earned a rest and should take a dip in Lake Chelan. This park has shade trees for taking a siesta and docks for jumping off.

The Jungle (WABDR)

The Jungle is an abandoned road that's fighting to stay open. If it's too overgrown, take the newer main road. But if you have a saw, chop down a few branches as you descend the old road.

Slide Ridge Views (WABDR)

Slide Ridge has many viewpoints of Lake Chelan and beyond. Play it safe and stop to enjoy the views.

Steliko Lookout Tower (WABDR)

A worthy side trip to a fire lookout tower directly above Ardenvoir.

Ardenvoir - Food & Gas (WABDR)

Tiny Ardenvoir has an important gas station, cafe, and store. Without this fuel the WABDR would be much different. Be sure to stop in and grab some goodies in addition to a gas tank fill-up.

Grotto Corral at Entiat River (WABDR)

This hidden shaded spot is a good for a rest and to put your feet into some cool water. Mad River flows through here on the way to its confluence with the Entiat River nearby in Ardenvoir.

Sugarloaf Lookout Tower (WABDR)

Sugarloaf is one of the longer side trip options, but if you like lookout towers and have the time, it's probably worth it.

Chumstick Mountain Summit (WABDR)

This is one of the best summits on the WABDR. Ride up a short side road to the top. Don't miss these 360 degree views.

Cashmere - Food, Gas, Lodging (WABDR)

Cashmere has all the services you'll need before heading up Nahahum Canyon toward the Entiat Mountains.

Beehive Reservoir (WABDR)

This is a great spot to rest at before descending down into Wenatchee.

Lion Rock Viewpoint (WABDR)

The side trip out to Lion Rock is a must. It's usually cool at this point jutting out from a long steep cliff.

Reecer Creek Twisties (WABDR)

A twisty paved backroad ascends up to the top of Table Mountain from the Reecer Creek gulch below.

Umtanum Ridge Durr Road Crossing (WABDR)

More views await from the top of the Durr Road which descends into the Ellensburg area.

Baby Head Hill (WABDR)

Baby Head Hill has round rocks the size of baby heads to challenge riders. Stop above the hill to enjoy the distant views.

Cleman Mountain Summit (WABDR)

The WABDR passes over the top of Cleman Mountain to the site of a former lookout tower (since replaced with radio towers) and rewards riders with great views.

Nile - Food & Gas (WABDR)

This pit stop in Nile has a restaurant, gas station, and mini-mart.

Bethel Ridge Rocky Point (WABDR)

Riders should take a quick ride out to more viewpoints along the Bethel Ridge cliffs.

Bethel Ridge Hidden Viewpoint (WABDR)

Try to find this hidden spot that has views and makes a cool camping area.

Cash Prairie Camp (WABDR)

It's a fun two mile ride out to the group camp spot at the end of Cash Prairie Road (NF 199). This is also the trailhead for Ironstone Mountain Trail which enters the William O Douglas Wilderness. You'll want to hike along the ridge from camp to gain even better views.

Rimrock Lake Resort (WABDR)

Rimrock Lake has several campgrounds and cabins for rent on the north shore just off Highway 12.

White Pass (WABDR)

White Pass has a campground and a resort on Leech Lake just north of Highway 12 at the crest of the pass.

Packwood - Food, Gas, Lodging (WABDR)

Packwood has gas stations, stores, restaurants, and lodging. 

Walupt Lake (WABDR)

Walupt Lake has a campground just a short ways off the WABDR.

Horseshoe Lake (WABDR)

A short side trip leads to a campground on the shore of Horseshoe Lake.

Takhlakh Lake (WABDR)

Takhlakh Lake is one of the last places to melt out each spring. Here you'll find a campground with a hiking trail that loops around this small lake.

Babyshoe Ridge Viewpoint (WABDR)

A short ride up this side road leads to an open area with views.

Guler Ice Caves (WABDR)

On this side trip you can cool off in the Guler Ice Caves which have ice year-round. With a flashlight you can explore inside the caves.

Trail Peak Viewpoint (WABDR)

As you ride up Trail Peak look for a spot to stop and take pictures of Mt Hood to the south.

Walking Man Brewing (WABDR)

We recommend eating and having a brew at the Walking Man Brewery if you are staying overnight in Stevenson before starting the WABDR

Stevenson - Food, Gas, Lodging (WABDR)

Stevenson is the southernmost town on the WABDR and a great place to get fueled up for the long trip to Packwood. You'll find several restaurant and lodging options in town.

Oregon Border - Bridge of the Gods (WABDR)

This steel truss bridge spans the Columbia River and the state border between Washington and Oregon. This is the official southern end of the WABDR.

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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Governing Law; Jurisdiction
These Terms of Service are governed by the laws of the State of Washington and the United States of America, without regard to any conflict of law principles to the contrary. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to the Site or the Service shall be filed only in the state and federal courts located in King County, Washington and you hereby irrevocably and unconditionally consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts over any suit, action or proceeding arising out of these Terms of Service.

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 Discovery Points

WABDR Restaurants

WABDR Gas Stations

WABDR Lodging