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Magruder Road Corridor

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Alt Names

Nez Perce And Clearwater National Forests, Red River Ranger District, Bitterroot National Forest, West Fork Ranger District, Kim Creek, Kim Creek Mountain Meadows, Nez Perce Trail Road, Montana Road, Elk City To Darby Road, Parker Trail

Last Known StatusOpen

This historic trail offers over 100 miles of panoramic mountain, forest and river views. This trail is actually a hardpacked, one lane road that which winds through over one million acres of pristine wilderness. The western part of the road can be accessed near Elk City, Idaho or near Darby, Montana. The road is open to all vehicles but this is a very popular route for ATVs and dual sports during the summer months.

There are numerous primitive campsites located alongside the road but most sites are small and are not recomended for large trailers. For those looking for campgrounds that can accomodate larger trailers try the campgrounds located near the eastern part of the route which include Red River, Magruder Crossing and Sam Billings Memorial Campgrounds. Due to sharp hairpin turns and steep dropoffs, this road should be avoided by those towing long RVs or trailers.

The area has a short season and is usually snow free around late June but check with the ranger station for current conditions.

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Nearest CityElk City, ID
AddressMagruder Corridor Road, Elk City, ID 83525
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From: Elk City, ID
1) Take Red River Road east 13.9 miles
2) Turn right (south) onto Dixie Road, continue .3 miles
3) Veer right (south-east) onto Montana Road, continue 1.5 miles
4) Turn right (east) onto Nez Perce Trail Road/Magruder Road, route begins here.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
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Miles Of Trail101
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4420 to 8200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has almost all roads.All
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Beware of cliffs.
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


Permit RequiredYesIdaho OHV Registration Sticker
Dates Openlate summer through early fall
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on designated trails
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.


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EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (NW)St. Mary's Elk City Medical Clinic (208) 842-2652
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Elk Creek Station and Cafe (208) 842-2551
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Elk Creek Station and Cafe (208) 842-2551
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (W)Red River Ranger Station (208) 842-2245
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NW)Sleepy Hollow RV Park (208) 842-2268
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (W)Red River Ranger Station (208) 842-2245
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NW)Elk Creek Station and Cafe (208) 842-2551
Swimming Swim AreaElk City, ID
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat RampElk City, ID


Contact InfoNez Perce And Clearwater National Forests - Red River District
300 American River Road
Elk City, ID 83525
(208) 842-2245
Contact InfoBitterroot National Forest - West Fork Ranger District
6735 West Fork Road
Darby, MT 59829
(406) 821-3269
Contact InfoIdaho Parks And Recreation
5657 E. Warm Springs Ave
Boise, ID 83716
(208) 334-4197
CommentIdaho OHV Sticker Info


Magruder Road Corridor Trail Photo

Magruder Road Corridor Trail

Photo Submitted 10/4/2016 (Thanks!)

Magruder Road Corridor Trail Photo

Magruder Road Corridor Trail

Photo Submitted 10/4/2016 (Thanks!)

Magruder Road Corridor Trail Photo

Magruder Road Corridor Trail

Photo Submitted 10/4/2016 (Thanks!)

Magruder Road Corridor Trail Photo

Magruder Road Corridor Trail

Photo Submitted 10/4/2016 (Thanks!)

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