Discover adventure along the ridgelines and rivers of the Cascade Mountains as you concour the Washington BAckcountry Discovery Route (WABDR).
Length:6 Days, 1103 mi / 1775 km
The scenic Washington Back-Country Discovery Route (WABDR) runs south-north from Oregon to Canada along the spine of the Cascade Mountains. The original and still the best backcountry discovery route makes the WABDR an accomplishment every ADV rider needs to check off their bucket list. This tour provides the safety and convenience to camp the WABDR with a support vehicle to porter your camp gear and supplies from TourUSA to the lodge where you will officially team up with your guides and other adventurers and every camp site along the route north. You will travel with the freedom of a light bike and the security of knowing you have the support of a professional backcountry guide/instructor on the trail for the inevitable challenges and complications along the way. This tour is limited to PSSOR alumni and will move at a responsible safe but fun pace. If you need to refresh your skills or meet the prerequisite of training PSSOR has several training events in 2018 and is offering a special ADV101 training/refresher class the day before the tour commences. First night accommodations will provide a rustic stay at the Packwood lodge to get loaded up and organized before enjoying the freedom of sleeping under the stars the rest of the route north (showers available at several camp locations). There will be stops to allow time to enjoy local dining establishments and stock up on camp food.
Mount Saint Helens, Mount Rainier, White Pass, Yakima River Canyon, Ellensburg, Chinook Pass, Leavenworth, Lake Chelan, Nighthawk, North Cascades Highway
September 8th: (Optional) Training Day – PSSOR ADV riding 101
Key skills include:
- Body mechanics/Riding posture (standing, sitting, weight transfer)
- Slow speed control (clutch, throttle, brake coordination)
- Picking up your motorcycle
- Braking and evasive maneuvers
- Surmounting obstacles
- Improved turning
- Starting/stopping, ascending/descending hills
Day 1: TourUSA to Packwood - 212 mi/314 km (paved & class 1)
Enjoy a warm up ride incorporating easy off-road riding to warm up your skills followed by a magnificent twisty road to the crater of Mt Saint Helens which unapologetically lost over a 1000’ of elevation during its 1980 eruption. You will end in the historic town of Packwood where you will unite with the TourUSA crew and other riders at the Packwood lodge. In Packwood you will receive instruction on how to manage the GPS/KML files in your GPS or smartphone so that you have the freedom to ride ahead or ride with the PSSOR/TourUSA trail guide(s). You will receive the main route, camp sites and easier alternate routes.
Alternately riders wanting to ride section one of WABDR start the day in Cascade Locks and ride north along section one into Packwood before meeting up with the crew and riders.
Day 2: Packwood to Ellensburg - 112 mi/180 km (dirt)
Heading east from Packwood the route crosses over White Pass and skirts Rimrock Lake before turning north onto gravel roads leading 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 us to Hwy 410 where we can grab lunch in Naches. Then we head over Cleman Mountain where you will conquer the infamous Baby Head hill. If the challenge proves beyond your grasp your guide can take your bike to the top where you will continue on, passing through the Oak Creek Wildlife Area and then down Evans Canyon. If you prefer less challenge a second route will take you around to Wenas Road where we will then rejoin the WABDR and an easy stretch around the mountain or 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 farm town with a college and is full of services where we will meet the support vehicle to buy supplies for dinner, top off our fuel and move on to our camp location atop Table Mountain.
Day 3: Ellensburg to Lake Chelan - 134 mi/216 km (paved/dirt)
Starting the day atop Table Mountain in the Wenatchee National Forest you will enjoy the high elevation and twisty dirt roads with views of the Central Cascade Mountains. 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 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. Our alternate dirt route has a gain of over 4,000 feet as riders climb McKenzie Ridge and the Chelan Mountains. The main route for this tour will follow along the shore of the Columbia river before heading west to the high views of Lake Chelan through the Slide Ridge area before descending to 25 Mile Creek State Park where you will find the support truck waiting with you camp gear. Stores and restaurants are only a short ride from the camp site.
Day 4: Lake Chelan to Conconully - 100 mi/161 km (paved/dirt)
After breakfast we all head 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 into the Gold Creek Valley. Heading north on Hwy 153 we 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. Plenty of time to top off and head toward the nights dispersed camping areas we will use just outside of Conconully.
Day 5: Conconully to Nighthawk - 165 mi/266 km (paved/dirt)
Our final day of dirt continues north through Salmon Meadows in the Okanogan National Forest. We will enjoy the views as we climb up and over Lone Frank Pass (the highest point on the WABDR). After a short distance our 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 Coulee Creek. There is a geocache near the viewpoint above Cold Springs Campground up Nine Mile Creek Road. The final stretch of dirt winds down steep switchbacks into a spectacular valley just south of Palmer Lake in the Sinlahekin Valley. With the dirt and gravel behind, pavement leads us north past Palmer Lake through the former town of Nighthawk along the Similkameen River to the Nighthawk border crossing from the US into Canada. If you are heading for home or continuing your adventure then your trip with us ends here where you will load up your camp gear and supplies. If you are wanting to pick up your gear at TourUSA then you will get your essential supplies and meet the truck at TourUSA the following evening. There is no bike rescue support after this point only portage of gear. We recommend continuing into Canada for a night near Osoyoos, B.C. (make sure you have your passport handy) to rest up before your ride home or back to PSSOR/TourUSA.
Day 6: Nighthawk to TourUSA - 265 mi/426 km (paved/dirt))
For those returning to TourUSA then this will be the longest day yet. Riding solo you will be riding on pavement over the North Cascades pass along SR20. You will want to stop at mile marker 132, Diablo Lake Overlook. Diablo Lake is a reservoir that was created by Diablo Dam that sits at an elevation of 1,201 feet above sea level. Continue on the North Cascades Hwy and on to Burlington where we will intercept interstate 5 or take a more scenic route over Whidbey Island and Deception Pass where you are likely to spot Orca whales feeding. You will end at TourUSA where the final stop is for the pickup of any gear.
Additonal Tour Information
Included In Tour
- Camping accommodations (tent spaces)
- Gear portage campsite to campsite
- On trail guide support
- GPS Tracks/KML files
- Trail rescue to nearest town
- Life altering comradery
- Instructor assisted navigation
- Instructor assisted skills advancement
- Camping on site at PSSOR the night before departing to Packwood (optional)
NOT Included In Tour
- Travel accommodations to get to Washington
- Meals on the road
- Travel insurance
- BDR ready rental motorcycle
- Lodging Accommodations Airport
- Shuttle transport from Airport to Hotel and back to Airport
- Curbside pick up from Hotel to TOURUSA and back to Hotel
- Skills Refresher Course (Sunday before tour begins)
Additional Motorcycle Information
Motorcycle Rental Requirements
- Renter must be 21 years of age or older
- Renter must have experience riding a similar size and type motorcycle
- Must have a valid motorcycle license from state or country of origin
- Must be able to secure a $2,500 “damage deposit” with a major credit card
- Must purchase the MBA “Mandatory Minimum Liability” insurance at the rate of $15.00 per day directly from MBA Insurance
Included with rental
- A full tank of fuel
- Hard side boxes/panniers
- GPS RAM Ball Mount
- SAE 12V battery Connector
- Curbside Service
- Optional Adventure Package
- Optional Damage Waiver
- Tail bag or Top Box
- Mosko Moto Soft Panniers
- Low bike options
- Sport Windscreen
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