Washington Backcountry Discovery Route Part 3

Washington Backcountry Discovery Route: Part Three

WABDR Part 3

If you've been following along on our Backcountry Discovery trip you will know that we needed to complete a re-do because of a breakdown on notorious Bethel Ridge last August. If you haven't been following along, I hope you will take a look back at Part 1 and Part 2 of our 3 blog journey through the breathtaking wilderness of the WABDR.

We were a little concerned about how cold it might be to go this early in the spring, but we boldly made hotel reservations that we could cancel, just in case it became a week of really bad weather. It turned out to be glorious! So off we went in our little bug to meet up with our friends in Ellensburg, WA.

If you know something about the WABDR and this sounds backwards to you, it's not because we're directionally challenged, it's because we have been doing the WABDR from Canada to Stevenson on purpose. We just happen to live in the Columbia River Gorge and we wanted to be home when we finished the backcountry roads instead of having to drive all the way home from Canada afterwards. We decided to run the roads backwards.

Our first stop was in Yakima WA for a bite to eat. We stopped at Bob's Burger's and Brew because it had good reviews, it was near the freeway and it had a nice parking lot where we could keep an eye on our rig while we ate. The Buggy was full of things and all open so we really wanted safe parking and visibility.

Bob's Burgers and Brew

Bob's Burger's and Brew did not disappoint us. They have great 6 oz. burgers! We sat in the lounge where we had a good view of our vehicle and really enjoyed our meal. I like that they have several side options besides fries. I had a very nice green salad. Superman went for the fries. I'm picky about my fries but I have to say these were really good.

Letting a lot of air out of their tires

The next morning we were all finally on the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route! Time to stop and let out a lot of air from all those tires.

We had 3 large dogs with us on this trip and man did they have a great time!

The bridge in this group of photos is at a campground where we needed to bypass an electrical problem on the Dune buggy. We pretty much had to rewire it. Thanks so much to all the engineers in our group who helped. We were really glad Devon had continued on in the jeep after his injury. To see more on that adventure click to go to Part 2.

Baby Head Hill Descent

Jake and Mercedes

Jake and Mercedes

Tanner and Maya

Tanner and Maya

After a long ride along the ridge top we began our decent into Wenas. There are a few gates to pass through and a few really sandy spots. The second Gate feels a little bit like you are about to enter Jurassic Park.

Tanner and Maya brought a collapsible table that was just what we needed to pool our resources onto and make a few fantastic impromptu feasts.

WABDR 2018
WABDR 2018

Tanner and Maya take a plunge!

The next ridge is a very long hard climb but the views are spectacular! No bad weather or road conditions so far.

Maya and Tanner

Tanner and Maya

After coming into the Nile Valley, we stopped at Elk Ridge Campground. They have a nice little store there and they are really friendly. This is a fantastic stop for a snack and a beverage. It's a very nice campground you might consider coming back to visit again. This time when we stopped in there was a large wedding party staying there. It's a very unique place with lot's of charm and it has a small stream running through it.

Leaving the Nile Valley we crossed a nice big bridge then abruptly begin the climb up Bethel Ridge Road. The road is going through a regrading process this year. It was very strange to see the old road completely inaccessible where we had driven only last August.

The GPS signal was certain we were off of the WABDR tracks but it was obvious we couldn't follow where the coordinates wanted us to go. On we went, up the hill on NEW roads, wide and well graded. Eventually the new road did connect with the original.