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ADV RidesRiding SeasonAutumn/Fall RideGet a Sneak Peek of the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Get a Sneak Peek of the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

The crew is at it again scouting the next BDR trail system through Idaho.

Published on 06.18.2014

The Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR) was released earlier this year and exciting reports are already coming back from the field from those exploring the new trail system. Now the Backcountry Discovery Route organization is at it again working on their next installment, the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route (IDBRD).

The IDBDR will be the fifth trail system produced by the non-profit BDR organization. The final route is expected to be the longest BDR route so far, with over 1,000 miles of mostly off-road tracks. The route will travel south-to-north across the state of Idaho through the rocky mountains, starting in Jarbidge, Nevada and ending at the Canadian border.

Two historic back roads will be part of the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route, the Magruder Corridor and the Lolo Motorway. Several small mountain towns in Idaho are stopping points along the way, including Yellow Pine, Burgdorf Hot Springs, Elk City, Avery, Wallace, and Clark Fork.


There is still a lot of hard work to do, but the BDR organization expects the route to be one of the most scenic BDR’s to date. The IDBDR movie, Butler Map and free GPS tracks are scheduled for release January 2015.

To see more sneak peek photos of the IDBDR’s beautiful mountain landscapes and additional details about the BDR scouting mission, visit the BDR website.

Water crossing on the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Deep water crossing on the IDBDR.

Mountain Top Views on the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route

Mountain top vistas on the IDBDR.

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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June 23, 2014 3:15 pm

I’m looking forward to seeing the map of the route! I’ll add it to my list for next Summer. Heading out to do more of the OBDR this coming July 4th weekend… Route 4 and part of Route 5 north of 4. Did most of Route 3 last Summer.


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