Magruder Corridor

4.7/5 (7 reviews)
Grangeville, Idaho (Idaho County)
Last Updated: 07/20/2022
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The Magruder Corridor Trail is a very accessible trail for most vehicles that takes you into the scenic and remote wilderness. It is on many people’s bucket list due to the fact that this is the only place in the lower 48 where you can be in the middle of 5 million acres of wilderness. There is history at every corner with plenty of information along the way and available from the ranger districts at each end. You can see first hand how a forest regrows after a burn, there have been many big forest fires over the past few decades that have swept through the area, and you get the chance to drive directly through that area. Most of the areas have a healthy regrowth already and the burnt trees offer a beautiful contrast to the greenery and wildflowers when they are blooming.

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Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (7 reviews)
Rose M
Official Crew
5000
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

While this was my 2nd time doing this trail (1st time in 2018). The views were still just as new to me. Seven of us ladies took five rigs on this trail and had an amazing time. The scenery blew us away, the wildflowers were out in abundance. This is true wilderness driving and would seem like it could be boring with the constant dead trees from past fires, but instead, you can't wait to see around every corner and rise. If you do this trail as soon as it opens, prepare to bring a chainsaw as there are always trees down and will need to be cut in order for vehicles to get thru. Sometimes they are cut just enough for only motorcyclists or ATVs. There were some 4x4s, SxS, and motorcyclists, but it never felt like it was busy and truly felt remote.
Trail Review: Magruder Corridor - Rose M
Trail Review: Magruder Corridor - Rose M
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/04/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I ran The Magruder Corridor over Labor Day weekend and it was a great time. I was surprised that even though it was a holiday weekend, there was relatively few people out there. This is a very popular motorcycle route so keep an eye open for bikers! The trip overall was awesome! Nothing technical at all unless you decide to drive up to the lookout. With how remote the road was, and being on my own, I was okay with it being an easier route. The sign at the start on the west side says that an axe, shovel, and bucket are required. I wish that I would have timed my drive out better so that I could have camped along the route!
Trail Review: Magruder Corridor - Paul Kaufmann
Trail Review: Magruder Corridor - Paul Kaufmann
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/06/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

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Trail Review: Magruder Corridor - Daniel Kilfoile
Trail Review: Magruder Corridor - Daniel Kilfoile
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/06/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I’m going to say the trail rating was spot on for more experienced trail riders who are completely comfortable with narrow shelf roads. There were some spots that literally squeezed our comfort zone so I might say the trail can be one number higher on difficulty if that’s a factor for you. Maybe more in a downpour. Other than that, it’s what we expected. Looking at a map, from West to East, I’d say the second quarter of the road is the most challenging. We started up the Burnt Knob trail but my wife refused to go any further up to Burnt Knob in her Rubicon due to the MUCH rougher trail up to the top than the few year old videos we saw. It’s considerably worse. I was climbing 17” rocks in my mildly modded and locked 19 Sahara with 35’s. Stacked a couple of rocks for insurance. The daughter took over driving the bone stock Rubicon after the wife got out to wait. 🥴 The 17 y/o kid did great and got the Jeep up to the pull off near the top and went right back down, surprisingly, with no scraping she said.👍🏼 I decided to not experience the top without them despite being 80% there. Didn’t feel right leaning them down the hill. The views were great but I tend to like change in the scenery a lot so minus the few green sections the distant views up high in the burnt areas were generally similar for most of the day, thus 4 stars. We passed several nice camping spots over the course of the day and it would likely be a more enjoyable experience to make time for one night of camping.
Trail Review: Magruder Corridor - Daniel Kilfoile
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/11/2021

This is one of our favorite trails. Offers a little bit of everything. Roads can be rocky and uneven but we didn’t have any trouble. I would suggest taking a detour and driving down the paradise trail about half way in. Nice path that runs along the river. Make sure to fuel before starting the trail.
Trail Review: Magruder Corridor - Kyle Clark
Trail Review: Magruder Corridor - Kyle Clark
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