Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Denver, Colorado
Magruder Corridor Report
HI - I'm back and wanted to let you know what I saw on the Magruder Corridor, between Darby MT & Elk City ID.
In summary, it's 150 miles of mostly well tended gravel/dirt roads through the most pristine forest in the lower 48. There are animals there that have never even heard of people, huge trees, and ice cold rivers. There is also the opportunity to get really hurt in a very isolated area...
I took it from east to west (Darby to Elk City) and found the first third (up to the ranger station) to be pretty easy, the second third (over Salmon Mountain) to be more challenging (deep ruts, sandy corners, narrow roads, and baby-head rocks), and the last third (after Poet's Creek) to be your average-quality rutted country road.
There was very little traffic in the 2 days that I was on the road, but saw a couple of KLRs on it during that time, (I also saw a KTM carrying both a passenger and a trailer!) but for the most part I saw no one at all.
Overall, it was a good trip and I'd recommend the Magruder Corridor to anyone with average or better trail experience.
PS: I ended up getting in an accident 30 miles north of Vernal UT and breaking a few bones in my foot, but that was on the road, not the trail....