There are new off road routes being created that will ultimately cross 10 western U.S. states. These routes will be a great opportunity for off road enthusiasts to experience some of the most beautiful and remote sections in each state. These routes are officially called the Backcountry Discovery Routes and are being created by the off road motorcycle community. The Utah, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho and Oregon routes are already completed while the others are being scouted.
The Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route (ORBDR) consists of seven (7) defined routes and one (1) loop that crosses various segments of Oregon. The original route was created in 1992 with the cooperation of the Oregon Off Highway Vehicle Association (OOHVA), Oregon State Parks (OSP) and the United States Forest Service (USFS). The cumulative riding distance is approximately 1,600 miles and winds through the Cascade mountains, Oregon high deserts and various pristine and remote locations. A rider can encounter a plethora of riding conditions, wildlife and scenic areas all in a days ride. Riders are calling the ORBDR one of the finest backcountry routes yet. View the interactive map here
The River Pilot Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route tour proceeds through the majestic Cascade mountains, John Day Wilderness and Northeastern Oregon rugged and wild mountains. The tour is a combination of self guided and supported riding with lunch and snacks provided throughout the day. Riders can leave their luggage in the van and focus on riding without the extra weight. The tour guide rides as a lead or sweep based on the situation, while riders will be in small "two up" groups so everyone has a chance to ride at their own pace. Sure, take your time, soak up the scenery, practice and roost where you please. Oregon has it all.
With highly accurate GPS map data you will be assured of always knowing where the route, attractions, lodging and fuel is. If something breaks or you need some tools, the tour guide and van driver will be of assistance to get you back on the trail. With over 1,040 statute miles of National Forest Service (NFS), country and county roads, you will test your skills in off road riding. If you are looking for more dirt and exploration than this, you might want to consider the Dakar Rally or being a geologist!
Our tour is paced for success so you can expect to explore with confidence. After this ride your skills will be polished and your abilities will be expanded. Oregon offers mountain views while in the saddle like Mt. Bachelor, Three Fingered Jack, The Sisters and many others. The trails are gently traveled and there will be times when you ride all day and the only traffic you see will be your riding partners. You'll cross two rivers, see wildlife and mark new campgrounds that you will want to visit in the future. Oregon is THE new place to be in the west.
Join River Pilot Tours on the ORBDR. Our experienced team will guide you along the way and the good news is when we are done, there are 9 more routes to go. River Pilot Tours - "Come Along For The Ride"
Note: The final day in the tour itinerary is the departure day. No activities are planned unless otherwise specifically included at time of booking.
Approximate Total Miles: 1,040
Miles Per Day: 150, longest is 200
Riding Conditions: Dirt, mountain roads, forest roads, paved roads
Riding Difficulty: Moderate to advanced - technical riding, mental and physical endurance
Motorcycle Licensing: Street legal dirt or adventure bike
Highlights: Scenic views, secluded trails, wildlife viewing, mountain and technical riding, lakes, meadows, small group size, Crater Lake, Malhuer Ford, Black Rock lava fields, Tumalo Falls, fire lookout visits, Fremont Powerhouse
Motorcycle basic requirements:
1. Dual sport or adventure motorcycle
2. 160+ mile fuel range (dirt) minimum. 200 mile range recommended
3. Suggest skidplates for the motor
4. 400cc or greater displacement (450-800 cc recommended)
5. DOT approved dirt tires
Motorcycle Rental: Standard rental is KLR 650. Other rentals available
Minimum Departure: Tour departs with a minimum of 6 persons
Climate: Climate conditions are consistent during the season. Expect temperatures from 50-95 degrees fahrenheit. Summer to Fall gear recommended. Minimal chance of precipitation. Download the River Pilot Gear Pack Checklist for gear preparation information