Updated: Dec 20, 2020
The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route is a 575 mile off-road tour that begins (or ends) in Stevenson, Wa and ends (or begins) in Nighthawk, Wa. The route is divided into six sections and takes the adventurer through multiple geological and climate zones. Our crew left Nighthawk on 12 June 2020.
Canada to Conconully
Major thunder/lightning and rain...
Pissed rain most of the way through Section 6.
Conconully to Chelan
Fueled up in Conconully. Got Ice. No big deal. Be aware, the next place along the route for fuel is in Chelan. Lost steering...
Ruins on the way to Loup Loup.
Always wait for the last man.
More burns. This was a major disaster a few years ago. Carlton complex fires.
Speaking of Carlton. Don’t plan on purchasing fuel there. The nearest fuel is in Twisp.
Up the hill out of Carlton.
Chelan to Cashmere
We fueled up and hit the road for an extremely steep climb. Hot transmissions, broken windshields and kickdown/throttle issues... Farewell to LaMan, the vagrant and Sirenhead.
If you are concerned about a nice paint job -or- are worried about mirrors stay off this route. The jungle takes. There is an alternate route through this mess.
Transmission in 1, 205 in Low.
Heading south to Ardenvoir. The gas station there is where we lose LaMan and his posse to the ravages of the work-week.
Chumstick. Next stop is Cashmere.
All downhill from here. On the trip down we passed a guy with a blown tire, rolling on a rim. Bring a spare and tools!
Cashmere to Ellensburg
Washouts and rough trails. We make a slight detour off the WABDR and add 50-60 additional miles. West Bar was the destination.
Back road between Cashmere and Wenatchee. Easy driving on the soft stuff.
Beehive washout. Fun!
Jamming 40 miles to Ellensburg.
Getting close to Ellensburg.
Sections 1&2 to follow shortly!