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Old 05-10-2015, 08:00 PM   #1
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Magruder Road ?

Anyone know about snow levels? If it like most of northwest not a lot of snow pak..

Wondering if it might be passable mid June this year?
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:25 PM   #2
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Call the Ranger Station...

Red River Ranger District, 208-842-2245

Then let us know.
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Old 05-11-2015, 03:35 PM   #3
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I actually spoke to them the other day about a ride in early June. He stated that as of right now you would run into some snow in June but could still make it. Stated that the snow would be frozen on the road in the morning and thaw on the sides of the road mid day. But weather can always change lol.
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Old 05-12-2015, 06:53 AM   #4
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I want to trailer my little dual sport over there behind my truck camper to explore the area. Looking for suggestions on a place to camp that's not far off the pavement near the west end of Magruder.
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Old 05-12-2015, 08:21 AM   #5
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Huge,

Start with Elk City, that is last stop for gas/groceries on the west end. There are camps there and down the road towards the "start" of the Magruder road climb. It's about 150 miles through to gas in Darby, MT.

Also check out the Best of Montana 1K thread; Timmer and others there have logged a lot of relevant places in the area.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:15 AM   #6
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I want to trailer my little dual sport over there behind my truck camper to explore the area. Looking for suggestions on a place to camp that's not far off the pavement near the west end of Magruder.
How close to the start of Magruder road? Elk City close, or close close?

If very close, there is a campground about 4 miles up Red River Rd from the turn off at the Red River Ranger Station. It's less than a 1/2 mile from Red River Ranger Station to the start of Magruder road.

Another option, but is more primitive than the campground, little over 1/2 mile past the start of the Magruder is an old logging road on the left if heading south toward Dixie. Not sure of the number. There is a turn around in a ways, but can't remember how level it is.

In my opinion the first several miles of Magruder is the normal forest service road, i.e. kind of boring. However, there are a couple trailheads up the road I think you could easily get a small trailer too. I've see 5th wheel horse trailers parked there and I think the road is wide and good enough should you meet oncoming traffic. First one is 14 Mile Tree I believe, ah about 14 miles in, but you get most of the "I can't see past the tree's on the side of the road" part out of the way. There is another spot about 17 miles in. Granite Creek CG?

I think I took picture's of the camp area's up the Magruder (for future reference and memory loss purpose's), but I'd have to look them up later today if these appeal to your camping needs.

The first two spots mentioned might be on video, but that's questionable.

If you haven't been before, the Magruder is well worth it. And don't forget to take and/or allow some side trips off the Magruder. Green Mtn lookout and Burnt Knob lookout. Burnt Knot LO road is very very rough. Green Mtn, not as bad, but this has been a few years ago. I do have a memory problem, as in a few years later the rides were either very easy or very hard. Nothing in between!
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Burnt Knob LO is a rough "road!" The group thought we were heroes riding up there on big ADV bikes until we told 'em we ditched all our bags in the bushes at the bottom!

Would be big fun on a small bike, great views weather permitting.
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:54 AM   #8
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I want to trailer my little dual sport over there behind my truck camper to explore the area. Looking for suggestions on a place to camp that's not far off the pavement near the west end of Magruder.

If your going up with a camper and you want to ride around and explore that is what I did last fall. I stayed at Red River Campground, really nice... 4 miles up is Red River Hot Springs resort. there are also some free camping along this road but I liked this place, clean, potable water new tables and fire rings! Elk City is about a 20 minute drive and the "The Store" has everything you need.

There are a but load of trails and old mining roads to explore in that area.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nezpe...16636&actid=29
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:25 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the tips.
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:14 PM   #10
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my 2 cents... the Magruder is disappointing... the LoLo trail is more fun to ride... but like opinions and ass holes... everyone has one
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You never know if, when you can run the Magruder, Snow, slides, fires....
Always check before entering.

The Magruder runs over 8,000 feet. There will be snow in June. The real question is will the trees be cleared?

I agree, the technicality of the Lolo (it runs pretty high up on a long set of ridges) is better than the Magruder, but the allure of "no bailout" (which the Lolo has a couple in 120 miles), still makes the Magruder interesting and unique.

But why limit your fun? Run them both together. Less than 450 miles, two nights loop.

My October solo Lolo/Magruder ride.

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Old 05-15-2015, 11:03 PM   #12
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Can Magruder and/or Lolo be ridden on OHVs (non-street legal bikes or ATVs)?
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Old 05-16-2015, 06:15 AM   #13
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my 2 cents... the Magruder is disappointing... the LoLo trail is more fun to ride... but like opinions and ass holes... everyone has one
Might be dissappointing from a hard rider's POV, but it is spectacular to see.
Magruder is better to spend time on...off the bike also

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Can Magruder and/or Lolo be ridden on OHVs (non-street legal bikes or ATVs)?
Yes, until you hit pavement on the Darby side.
Darby town allows OHV also.
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:21 PM   #14
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my 2 cents... the Magruder is disappointing... the LoLo trail is more fun to ride... but like opinions and ass holes... everyone has one

Not only is the riding more varied but the views are in my opinion much better on the Lolo...I found the Magruder to be more of a "4 wheeler" stomping ground that a wilderness experience....

But hey, I could be wrong.


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Old 05-17-2015, 08:56 AM   #15
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I rode both trails at separate times in the last couple of years. I rode the Magruder fully loaded 1-up on a 2001 Tiger. I rode the Motorway fully loaded 2-up on the same bike. I can't say the Motorway was any more difficult, but certainly more interesting in that you had to steer and react more often. I liked the Magruder more for the isolation and wilderness nature of the area but both were unforgettable to me. I will ride them both again soon.
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