Dry roads and great weather means right now is the best time to head off-roading with your friends and family. To help you choose your next adventure, we’ve compiled a short list of some top Northwest off-road trails for trucks, SUVs, and other off-road vehicles. Visit the corresponding websites for specific permit info and vehicle restrictions. And don’t forget to visit your local Commercial Tire for the perfect all-terrain tires before you go.
Idaho/Montana: Magruder Corridor
This over 100-mile stretch of Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest from Elk City, Idaho to Darby, Montana is a stunner, perfect for a one-night stay away from it all. Driving the Corridor is like traveling back in time, since it hasn’t changed much since the 30s and offers passage between two of Idaho’s beautiful wilderness areas: the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness to the north, and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness to the south.
The top of anyone’s list of Utah off-roading spots should be Moab, whose thousands of miles of jeep trails can keep anyone entertained for days and weeks on end. One that comes highly recommended is the White Rim trail through Canyonlands National Park, though it’s not for the faint of heart. Visit the Moab Area Travel Council website for more information on other trails in the area.
Oregon: Breitenbush Lake
Tucked away near Detroit, Oregon, at the edge of Mt. Hood National Forest is Breitenbush Lake, an alpine treat for those of you daring enough to take the rough and bumpy forest service road 4220 to get there. If you do, look out for a spectacular view of Olallie Butte to the north and Mt. Jefferson to the south. For maps and info about Oregon off-roading, visit the Oregon Off-Highway Vehicle Association page.
Washington: Naches Pass Trail
Located between Yakima and Ellensburg, the Naches Pass Trail was charted in 1853 to attract wagon trains traveling on the Oregon Trail. You’ll see old wagon ruts left by those pioneers, as well as great views of the Cascade Mountains. For more on this trail and other Washington highlights, read the Seattle Times article from last summer.
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