Over the weekend of August 13/14th, 9 vans of the Oregon Vanagon Overlanders took our first trip. We headed up Section 1 of the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR), approximately 120 of miles dust and dirt roads.
So what is the WABDR? Back Country Discovery describes it as a nice way to see the backcountry in Oregon and Washington. The 575 mile back-road route stretches from the arid region in Oregon though the Cascade Mountains and into Canada. The quality of the roads varies greatly. While some sections are maintained gravel, others are very narrow, single lanes with steep grades and no guard rails. Hesitant drivers can opt for one of the alternate sections to pass the sketchier stretches. There are a lot of great places to camp along the route for those that are not dependent on facilities. The entire drive can be completed in 5-6 days.
Section 1 was mostly dirt roads that turned to dust storms as we passed through. The weather was glorious and the roads dusty. Some of us set off on Friday evening towards Carson to camp nearby at the start of the trail, where we waited the following morning for the others to catch up.
I'll let the images walk you along our journey, click on a picture to see the slideshow. Enjoy!