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Magruder Corridor

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Magruder Corridor

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0.8 Mile South of West Fork Ranger Station, Darby, MT
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Rachel S wrote a review Aug 2020
Spanaway, Washington11 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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FScott Gray wrote a review Feb 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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CougLiz wrote a review Dec 2019
Spokane, Washington26 contributions5 helpful votes
We loved traveling the Magruder Corridor on our ATVs! It was a great trip and we would highly recommend it. Not sure I would take a car or regular pickup on this road, although we saw some who tried. It's rocky, steep and very narrow in places. It is perfect for ATV's. The side trips to the fire lookouts were all fantastic. We had perfect weather and the scenery was amazing.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Last bucket list trip wrote a review Sep 2019
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Wonderful. Forest Service very helkpful. Lots of rain before trip resulting in lots of rock on trail.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Alia R wrote a review Aug 2019
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The Frank Church and Selway/Bitterroot Wildernesses are beautiful to travel through on the Magruder Corridor. This years trip was a lot busier and rougher than our last trip about 10 years ago. We were in a oickup as a support vehicle for a couple 4-wheelers. There were a few other pick ups and SUV’s but the majority of traffic were ATtV’s and motorcycles. We hiked to a couple lookouts as Burnt Knob road was too rough for our long pick up and Salmon Mtn is only walking access. Both beautiful scenery and Salmon Mtn Lookout is staffed with friendly people.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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