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Rachel S
Spanaway, WA11 contributions
Aug 2020
This trail I would rate as EASY despite some reviews. It took us a total of 6 hours to complete from start to finish with a couple potty breaks and lunch worked in. If you have any off roading experience this trail will be cake. It is basically like a forest trail for most of it and 30 miles of it is even paved. We did not have to put our VERY capable lifted jeep wrangler into 4 wheel drive even once. Did 2 wheel drive the whole way. This was somewhat disappointing as we were expecting some challenges. We had heard rumors about the difficulty level of this trail and were surprised to find those rumors false.

I highly recommend filling the gas tank before you get out there. It would be a bad place to break down however we did the trail in Aug and did pass about seven or eight trucks total, several motor cycles and a group of side by sides. There were also people camping in some of the camp sites along the way. So even if you had car problems you'd eventually run into human contact it's not the most remote place I've ever been. I repeat: the trail itself should not give you any car problems. It's a forest trail.

That said there are a couple places on the trail that could be nerve wracking for novice drivers because of a steep drop on one side and narrow roadway making passing of another vehicle came from the other direction challenging, however there are plenty of pull out spots if you're used to off-roading this will not bother you in the least.

The visas are beautiful. Most were ravaged by a fire so it's almost got a creepy vibe but still amazing. It's a gorgeous day drive worth doing once.

We stayed in a hotel in Grangeville the night before the trail which is about an hour away from the start, then went across towards Darby. We finished the trail so fast (six hours instead of the expected 8 as other reviews stated) we were able to make it all the way to Idaho Falls before dinner on our way to Yellowstone.
Written August 6, 2020
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FScott Gray
8 contributions
Aug 2019
Excellent trip in my 2001 Jeep Cherokee. Fire lookouts were all great. Road up to Burnt Knob should only be done in high clearance vehicle but worth the effort. We went from Darby Mt. to Elk city Idaho in one day but it took all day to do it. Next time we will stay at least one night on the Corridor in one of the camp grounds. My wife and I did it solo. Mostly adventure sport motorcycles and 4 other vehicles were all we saw.
Written February 8, 2020
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rivertraveler1003
Tucson, AZ57 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
My husband and I drove to and from our backcountry ranch in Idaho to Darby MT via the Magruder Corridor. It was the 2nd & 3rd time we had driven the route. This time the road was is better shape than the first time we drove it several years ago but it is still challenging. It is basically a single lane gravel road that winds through the wilderness for approximately 60 miles, depending on where you calibrate the start and stop. Much of the route is steep and rocky and passes through a great deal of burned timber but there are also areas of thick pine forest and pristine streams. The first time we drove it we were halted by a downed tree across the road. We waited for about an hour until someone coming from the other side had a saw. It took another hour but we were finally able to clear the road and continue. Now we would NEVER attempt this drive with out a chain saw. I also recommend using a high clearance vehicle with excellent tires. In a number of spots we encountered vehicles coming from the other direction that required one vehicle to back up to a wide enough spot in the road that both could pass. There are some outstanding vistas along the way. The section leading down into the Selway (from the Idaho side) has been recently improved. Average speed on the road is about 20 miles per hour.
Written September 1, 2016
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KWBoyd
Spokane, Washington, USA127 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
The Magruder Corridor is a 100+ mile gravel and dirt road that runs between two of the largest wilderness areas in the contiguous United States. Although much of the road is in great shape, it is recommended only for 4 wheel drives, as there are some rough sections. It would be drivable in a day, but we camped out along the way so we could take our time and really enjoy the experience. There is no place to add photos on this review which is a shame, as the scenery is really spectacular.
Written August 5, 2014
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Don C
Tumwater, Washington253 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
We rode east to west. Once you cross the Magruder Crossing the road gets very steep and rocky. It stays rocky and rough until you get to Poet Creek, from there it is easy to Elk City. It is not (in my opinion) an easy gravel road ride. The road is dual track with a lot of 2" t0 8" (and bigger) rocks especially between the tracks. There is also sand and a few ruts. It is challenging and requires some moderate skill on a heavy GS motorcycle. You need to be able to stand on your pegs and slowly navigate your motorcycle. If you can't do that - don't go. I'm just glad that I didn't meet any other vehicles (especially full sized pickups) in some of the steep or challenging rocky sections.
Written August 25, 2018
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Jack J
Joplin, MO5 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
I have ridden this road on a motorcycle 7 times, 4 times going east and 3 going west. The last week in September it usually snows, so be alert. We ran it in 6 hours in 2018 on KLR’s, which is not hard, but not many stops either. We were riding it west to east and stopped in Elk City to fuel a little after 12:00 noon. The locals in the Restrauant told us we could not make it to Darby before dark but we did. However I recommend an early start in case you have to deal with a breakdown.

The road has been different each year depending on the weather and the last time maintenance has been done. It can be rated from moderate to difficult sometimes. I have never been up Burnt Knob because of its difficulty for a heavy bike and it is too far from medical assistance. It is a side road and does not have to be traversed.

There is a hotel, fuel and Restrauant in Elk City, Idaho which is a good launch point going east and the same services are available in Darby, Montana going west. Be sure to have 120 miles of fuel and means to fix a flat because this road crosses 8 million acres of wilderness. Read up on the history of the road before going or stop at the one place with a sign telling the history about it. Enjoy your ride.
Written May 29, 2019
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Michael S
Sula, MT95 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
This year we took a 4 day camping trip up through the Magruder Corridor from Sula, MT over to Elk, City ID. it was a fabulous trip with some of the most amazing wild scenery in the American North-West. We camped and fished in the Selway-Bitterroot, spent the night out under the stars at 8000' near Salmon Peak, enjoyed wild huckleberries, thimbleberries and wonderful morning coffee on top of some of the most majestic peaks in the world.
Written November 20, 2016
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Tomas D
Gateway, CO197 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
We drove the Magruder as a part of a longer road trip. I have had my eye on this route for some time. It traverses over a 100 mile long motorized route through one of the largest wilderness areas in the lower 48. As a mostly dirt route, a high clearance 4wd vehicle is recommended.

The route offers fantastic vistas as it crosses multiple ranges. There have been many fires in the area so you will be driving through many burn scars. I recommend the side trips to the fire lookouts along the way. The 20 mile round trip to Hell's Half Acre lookout is well worth it. The seasonal staff have been there for over 20 years and have lots of stories. If you have a 4wd, the rocky steep road to Burnt Knob historic lookout is well worth the side trip.

We split the drive into two days which is the best option. Our camp at Observation point was fantastic.

There are NO services on this route and no improved camping areas. I also recommend bringing along extra fuel.
Written August 8, 2016
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Steve B
Darby, MT7 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
The Magruder Corridor is an awesome drive with a lot of western history. Take the side trip down to Paradise at the confluence of the White Cap Creek and Selway River. This is the put in for floating the Selway River. Storm Creek Outfitters runs a Glamping Camp in the summer at their base camp at Paradise. Great food and accommodations with guided trail rides and fishing in the area
Written May 15, 2015
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Montecresto
71 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
This is a must do trip. Beautiful rivers and trees. Put this on your bucket list! We spent 5 days camping on this trail. Really wonderful.
Written July 26, 2019
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