Murdock Road

Ardenvoir, Washington (Chelan County)

Last Updated: 05/22/2020
4 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 6.29 miles
Highest Elevation: 2969 feet
Duration: About 35 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Ardenvoir
Nearest Town w/ Services: Entiat
Official Road Name: 5320
Management Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
District: Entiat Ranger District


Highlight: Murdock Road
Murdock Road is an exciting trail with an abundance of views. The trail begins in Murdock Gulch, located 15 miles west of Chelan, Washington, in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. As it climbs, the route weaves around the surrounding hills, with amazing views around every corner. Rather than being a lush, flowing forest, this area is thinly treed with lots of brush, making for sharper and more distinct textures when looking at the valleys below. It’s a fun ridgeline drive that’s definitely worth a visit, and sure to leave a lasting memory from your time in the forest. This trail is part of the Washington Cascade Overland Route. Visit Overlanding Across Washington for more information, including which trails to take next.


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Trailhead to Murdock Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Ardenvoir, Washington

Head north on Moe Ridge Rd toward Arden Rd for 390 feet. Turn right onto Mad River Rd for 0.4 miles. Turn left onto Entiat River Rd for 1.1 miles. Turn right onto Mud Creek Rd for 2.7 miles. Stay left to stay on Mud Creek Rd for 0.9 miles



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Jasmine & Jon Hughes

Mapping Crew - Washington

Centered in the pinnacle of the Pacific NW and growing up cruising around the small town of Quilcene, Jasmine grew with a fascination and passion for outdoors and travel, many of those adventures fueled by the family's 1998 Jeep Cherokee. Years later, photography grew as a way to capture and share the adventures being had. After a road trip from Seattle to San Diego in a 1996 Jetta, a 4WD truck would be the next step in going further in photographing the wild places of the West. In December of 2016, a manual 1989 Toyota Pickup was purchased and those dreams would continue to flourish. Jon grew up in a small Wisconsin town. In 2004, his parents decided to purchase a new Jeep LJ. They picked the LJ because of the additional room, as it would be used for a road trip to Florida. After joining the navy, the family Jeep followed Jon down to Georgia and became his own. It took him to Virginia, and then Washington. It wasn't until Washington that things started to happen for Jon and his Jeep. Jasmine, now his wife, got him more interested in hiking, and ultimately overlanding. Over time, Jon and Jasmine realized that they wanted to use the Jeep to tackle harder trails, and spend weekends in ORV parks. It was through this decision that the mostly stock Jeep received a refreshing upgrade after 15 years of driving. Jon usually drives the Jeep when the trail is in question, and to allow Jasmine to document the trails. Currently, Jon has been in 26 states with the Jeep, via family trips and his time in the navy. Jon hopes to travel to every state with his Jeep, including Alaska and Hawaii.
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