The North Cascades Discovery Route is the long and hard way from near Hood River (Pinemont OHV) to near Sisters (Big Lake), it takes up just over 300 miles on the way there, trying to find the best (bad!) dirt-only roads and several old historic wagon roads along the way. These are the dirt-only roads that came BEFORE the FS Development gravel roads, and have NEVER been improved. It is not a quick juant, nor an easy one. It has taken a couple of rather experienced riders a full three day & nights to get there, and three more to get back, stopping lots, taking pictures and getting to camp for early dinner. It has also been done solo in 11 hours riding time (one-way) onna big fast bike with an experienced rider.

Check out our Forum Thread on ADVRider.com

There, ^^^ you’ll find lots of information about the Cascade Discovery Route, Gas stops and Groceries along the way, as well as many Ride Reports while on the Route from various riders of all abilities with all types of bikes.

This is the drawing made by one of 2013’s Route riders, trying to explain this route in map form, overwriting his experience of the CDR on an OBCDR map. The CDR is the light blue squiggly line in the top left corner:
(this is not the actual CDR route, just hand drawn squiggly lines)

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It is a Big Bike friendly route,…..if you wanna work hard, and have some serious challenges along the way, and don’t mind broken blinkers and scratches. That said, some Big Bike riders will absolutely HATE it, and likely curse me for calling such nastiness “fun”. It is Small Bike friendly, too, in that it has only about TEN miles of pavement in that 300+ miles, not counting extra gas/gear stops. There are some fast plain ol’ gravel roads too, just to get to the next great BAD road, and avoid pavement along the way (the MAIN goal of this CDR).

The North Cascades Discovery Route will ride the border roads of four different designated Wilderness areas, where few people have the privilege of being able to travel at all, let alone to have as much fun as we have riding this old and challenging good stuff.

You will find our current free North-end CDR tracks at… cascadediscoveryroute.org

Some pics of said dirt-only old roads that make up the majority of this Route:

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You will find our current free North-end CDR tracks at… cascadediscoveryroute.org

NEW for 2018 are the South Cascades Discovery Route brought to you by ADVRider inmate 97707 from Bend area.  Thanks, Tim !!!!