Magruder Corridor (Montana OHV Road)

EASY 9 reviews

Magruder Corridor (Montana OHV Road) is a 122.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Elk City, Idaho that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for fly fishing and off road driving and is best used from July until October.

Distance: 122.5 miles Elevation Gain: 13,152 feet Route Type: Point to Point

ohv / off road driving





The Magruder Corridor (Montana Road) from the Red River Ranger Station, Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho to Darby MT. The Magruder Road Corridor extends 95 miles through a vast undeveloped area, offering solitude and pristine beauty, as well as expansive views of the Bitterroot and Clearwater Mountains. It has been known as the Southern Nez Perce Trail, Elk City to Darby Road, Montana Road, and the Parker Trail. The road enables a traveler to drive along a corridor between Wildernesses nearly twice as large as the combined states of Delaware and Rhode Island. To the north is the 1.2 million acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and to the south the 2.2 million acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. This is probably one of the wildest roads in the United States. Its unspoiled beauty cannot be surpassed, as the landscape is much the same as when the Nez Perce Indians and early travelers crossed the area. The Magruder Road (Forest Road #468) is a single-lane mostly unimproved road which is rocky, steep and winding, with few turnouts for passing oncoming vehicles. The road is not recommended for low-clearance vehicles, motor homes, or vehicles towing trailers. The video in POI #35 (Hell's Half Acre Lookout Road #224) shows typical road conditions that you may expect. The road traverses a vast, remote, and rugged area. Travelers should take adequate provisions and make sure their vehicles are in good condition. Don't run out of gas! Options on how to visit this area will depend on your individual choices. Starting in either Idaho or Montana will be the first decision. Staying in a hotel, cabin, RV, or tent are all possible in this area. The type of vehicle or the amount of time you want to spend hiking trails into the Wildernesses will also be factors. Just driving the road in a high clearance vehicle will take 8 to 10 hours. ATVs and motorcycles are limited by the amount of fuel and camping gear they can carry. The Burnt Knob LO will require a 4X4 or a willingness to hike uphill for about 1 1/2 miles. The road from the Montana side is OK for ATV and horse trailers to the Magruder Ranger Station and Selway River and might be considered as part of your planning. RVs can access the Fales Flat Campground from the Montana side of the corridor. There is no cell phone service in this area.

8 months ago

Excellent trail advice.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Beautiful country, challenging ride . Six guys all 60 or 70 on motorcycles. We spent three nights and parts of four days from Elk City to Darby... pace was good for us.

off road driving
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Had a great time, beautiful country, picked up a pamphlet from the Forest Service which was very informative.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Just completed riding east to west. Found that after the Magruder Crossing to near Poet Creek the road was very narrow, amd rough (sand & ruts in spots, and large 3"-8" rocks). Not sure what I would've done had I met a truck in some spots - too narrow and far between pull outs. While scenic it's not a casual drive - it demands attention.

off road driving
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This road is usually not open until July or later due to the snowpack.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Great review, makes me want to do the next trip

Friday, January 27, 2012

The best guide I have seen on Every Trail. Great Job!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

off road driving
Thursday, October 19, 2017

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