Discover the Cascade Mountains along the original Backcountry Discovery Route.
Length:10 Days, 1076 miles/1732 km
Price:Starts at $1670
The Washington Back-Country Discovery Route (WABDR) is a scenic route - across Washington State from Oregon to Canada - for dual-sport adventure motorcycles and 4x4 vehicles. This 600 mile long north-south route utilizes mostly un-paved backroads through the Cascade Mountains. The original WABDR route was conceived and mapped by Bryce Stevens and Andrew Cull in early 2010. The original and still, arguably, the best backcountry route makes the WABDR an accomplishment every ADV rider should have on their wish list. TourUSA and the professional guides from PSSOR make it possible for you to become one of the few to say you have ridden 600 miles of backcountry roads along the backbone of the Cascade Mountains. Accommodations range from comfortable hotels to bunkhouses.
Discover America in a way you never thought possible!
Mount Saint Helens, Columbia River Gorge, Mount Adams, White Pass, Yakima River Canyon, Ellensburg, Chinook Pass, Leavenworth, Lake Chelan, Nighthawk
Day 1: Arrival Day
Spend the day settling in and take advantage of Tacoma's university district and see the LeMay car museum, the glass museum the Washington history museum and more.
Day 2: Mount Saint Helens (paved) 167 miles/269 km
The first day of riding starts off with a bang as you head into the Cascade Mountains riding past Mount Saint Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Adams. This route south through volcano row is a local favorite and one of the best paved roads in the country - if you crave twisty roads and mountain vistas.
Day 3: Oregon to Packwood (dirt) 116 miles/187 km
The symbolic beginning of the famous Washington Backcountry Discovery Routes in the crossing of the "Bridge of the Gods" from Oregon into Washington, just west of Stevenson, Washington. Gas, groceries, restaurants and hotels are available in this quaint river town. Head northeast over Triangle Pass and Trail Peak on gravel and dirt roads through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. On a clear day, you will be treated to views of three volcanoes: Mount Hood, Mount Adams and the infamous Mount Saint Helens; which had a devastating eruption on May 18, 1980. Created by a lava flow over 20,000 years ago, The Guler Ice Caves are worth the time to see and is the ideal spot for a trailside lunch. The route continues over Trout Lake Creek, Takh-Takh Meadows, and then down to Highway 12 arriving at Packwood where gas, hotels, restaurants and groceries are available.
Day 4: Packwood to Ellensburg (dirt) 112 miles/180 km
Heading east from Packwood, you will cross over White Pass and skirt Rimrock Lake before turning north onto gravel roads leading to Bethel Ridge. Stunning mountain views including Mount Rainier and Mount 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 Highway 410 near the small town of Nile where you can grab lunch. Next, you head over Cleman Mountain (nicknamed Babyhead Hill), passing through the Oak Creek Wildlife Area and then down Evans Canyon. Or, you can take a detour around to Wenas Road where you will then rejoin the more challenging riding as you are led to a steep dirt road that winds up and over the rocky, 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 the college farm town of Ellensburg its full services.
Day 5: Ellensburg to Cashmere (Hwy / Dirt) 77 miles/124 km
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 6: Cashmere to Lake Chelan (Dirt / Paved) 101 miles/163 km
Heading north up Nahahum (pronounced Nah-Hum) Canyon from Cashmere brings you 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 you 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 7: Lake Chelan to Conconully (Dirt / Paved) 100 miles/161 km
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 the Gold Creek Valley to the Methow River and Highway 153. Heading north on Highway 153, you 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 Highway 20. After a short highway section, you will head 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 8: Conconully to Winthrop (Dirt / Paved) 165 miles/266 km
Your final day of riding north starts off with pavement and eventually turns to dirt again as you reach Salmon Meadows in the Okanogan National Forest. You will soon enjoy views as you 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. 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 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. Next you will turn south and ride along Highway 97 where you will turn west to head over the scenic Highway 20 to the remote mountain town of Winthrop.
Day 9: Winthrop to TourUSA (paved) 265 miles/426 km
The longest day yet but all pavement takes you over the North Cascades highway where you will eventually intercept Interstate 5. Turning south, you will head through Seattle (home of Touratech USA) on your way back to TourUSA.
Day 10: Travel Day
With your memories sharp, its time to head home and make your friends and family jealous as you regale them with stories of your adventures.
Included In Tour
- Shuttle transport from Airport to hotel
- 1GPS per tour with tracks
- Trip book
- Motorcycle (KLR 650)
- Secured personal storage
- Shuttle transport from hotel to airport
Not Included In Tour
- Lodging accommodations
- Travel insurance
- Curbside motorcycle delivery
- Upgraded rental bikes are available (contact us for a quote)
- Single occupancy upon request, additional fees apply
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
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