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post #1 of 5 Old 07-17-2018, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Magruder Corridor, anyone...?

Howdy,

I'm heading across the Magruder Corridor, from east to west, at the beginning of August and wanted to know if anyone's been across recently and can provide some trail conditions - any recent trail damage or things to take into consideration before embarking would be greatly appreciated!

Also, if anyone from our KLR community is going across at the beginning of August, let's try and connect on the trail! (I've got black/grey Gen II with Colorado plates, and I'll be loaded up like an Okie fleeing the dustbowl...)
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I rode the Magruder Corridor when I stumbled upon it several years ago. As I recall, it was a pleasant ride and not too difficult.
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Thanks for the input - it's crazy what you read on the internet; some folks say it's a ride in the park, while others claim it's the most fearsome thing that they've ever done...

I love riding in Montana & Idaho, so I'm really looking forward to it!
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There is no guarantee that the Magruder is the same today as when I rode it, but it seemed to be a well enough used road.

It seems that we all tend to exaggerate a little. "That creek was four feet deep with quicksand on the bottom".

I read in a ride report about the Black Dragon Wash portion of the original TAT route in Utah. The report said a huge flood had washed giant boulders down everywhere and sand was impassable in many places. It said it took two riders 7 hours pushing and pulling to get through.

I arrived solo at the mouth of the Dragon a week later. I stopped at the entrance and looked my KLR over and found a small stream of water squirting out of the radiator. Seeing that leak and remembering that bad report, I wondered if I should try it alone. I went for it and finished it in an hour and a half due to sight seeing along the way. I went back to Green River for some Stop Leak and headed on down the TAT. The leak popped out again about 100 miles from the end of the trail.

I am not that good. The trail just wasn't as bad as reported.
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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....
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