About This Site

Not exactly overlanding, not exactly off-roading
This site is a never-ending long-term project. My goal is to create a resource for softroaders who, like me, enjoy exploring little-used roads and tackling minor offroad challenges, without necessarily getting into extensive overlanding expeditions or investing in a heavy-duty off-road vehicle. My own quest for excursions and accessible public roads and lands has led me to an assortment of websites about overlanding, off-roading/ATV, and hiking, as well as various map resources, but nothing dedicated to the modest softroader interested in day trips or overnighters in their daily driver.

The site focuses on Oregon excursions, as that's where I live. But I'm also accumulating a list of excursion ideas I find in other western states.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a suggestion for Oregon or elsewhere in the western U.S.

Part of my goal here is to document lesser-known places to get onto unpaved backroads, which may not be as spectacular as some of the better known trails but which may make it possible to put in a fun day (or even half-day) of softroading without necessarily embarking on a major road trip. That said, I intend to document some of those spectacular trails as well, to help you find some amazing areas when you are able to stray a little farther from home. 

The excursions documented here are to help you decide which areas you may wish to explore yourself. You will not necessarily find precise navigation data, road numbers, or detailed directions beyond a basic Google Maps pin that gets you into the right vicinity. For me, part of the enjoyment of softroader exploring is finding my own way and never knowing quite what may lie around the next bend. Hopefully the information here can help you find areas of accessible land and to determine which areas seem worth exploring to you.

Have fun, travel our public lands respectfully, and I hope to cross paths with you out there one day!

Be Careful!
The purpose of this site is to provide you with ideas for softroading excursions and links to helpful resources. The roads and areas I've listed here are places I've either actually visited, or would be willing to attempt, in my Subaru Forester. It's up to you to make your own determination based on your vehicle's capabilities, and your willingness to risk damage or getting stuck.

Use the information here at your own risk. There are serious dangers associated with softroading excursions. Please always research your excursion before setting off, and be sure you're equipped with adequate navigation tools. You generally cannot rely on Google to navigate, as you probably will not have cell coverage in most of these areas. I use dedicated Garmin GPS as well as an offline navigation app on my phone which does not require internet access for mapping, but I also always travel with paper maps and a compass as well.

Traveling with at least one other companion vehicle is always the wisest approach. Make sure you're fully equipped with recovery gear , food, and water in case you get stuck. Inform someone back home of your plans and where you expect to be exploring.

Overview of Federal Lands in Oregon

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
National Forests
National Parks
Fish & Wildlife
Bureau of Reclamation
Department of Defense
​Tribal Lands

NOTE: This map is intended as a general overview, to give you an idea of the extent of Oregon's public lands and roughly where they are. Please always inform yourself fully before venturing onto public lands. Not all public lands are accessible, or may have seasonal closures. There is frequently private land interspersed, and it's not unusual for BLM and Forest Service roads to cut through private land. These roads may also be gated at times. Research your excursion carefully and inform yourself at local bureaus.