Bitterroot/Sawtooth Rambler Cycling Tour
(includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives)
The rugged alpine summits of the Bitterroots and Sawtooths, the gentle beauty of the Bitterroot and Salmon River Valleys, the surreal setting of Redfish Lake, the excitement of Sun Valley and the challenge of Lost Trail and Galena summits the Bitterroot/ Sawtooth is western cycling touring at its best.
We'll gather in Missoula and ride in the shadow of the Bitterroots through the Bitterroot Valley to Darby, where we'll spend our first evening. We'll climb Lost Trail Pass (6,995') the following morning in the heart of the Bitterroots and then descend into Idaho's Salmon River Valley and an overnight at the Stagecoach Inn in Salmon.
On Day 3, we'll begin to trace the magnificent Salmon to its source near the Galena Summit. We'll ride the Salmon River Scenic Byway to Challis and then enter the Sawtooth National Recreation Area the following day. We'll follow the Salmon through Stanley to beautiful Redfish Lake, nestled at the base of the rugged Sawtooths. We'll spend the night at the historic Redfish Lake Lodge, whose sandy beach and temperate, astonishingly clear water demands a plunge and swim after the day's rewarding ride.
A spectacular climb to the Galena Summit (8,701') and the headwaters of the Salmon highlights Day 5. A long descent follows along the Wood River to the exciting resort village of Sun Valley where two nights and a layover day are planned.
We'll spend both of these nights at the Tyrolean Lodge, with its inviting outdoor pool and hot tub. A number of non-cycling activities are available on the layover day of this biking trip, including hiking in the Sawtooths or a day of whitewater rafting on the Salmon. Count on a visit to the famous Sun Valley Lodge for dinner.
We’ll retrace our route through the Sawtooths for our second evening at Stanley and then ride to the Banner Summit and on into the rugged wilderness setting of Payette Canyon along the wild Middle Fork of the Payette River. We’ll spend a final night in Garden Valley and then continue along the Payette to the Boise Greenbelt that follows the Boise River into the heart of Boise where our Bitterroot/Sawtooth Rambler Cycling Tour concludes.
|Day 1||Missoula - Bitterroot Valley - Hamilton - Darby; overnight at Travelers Rest Lodge||68 miles|
|Day 2||Darby - Lost Trail Pass - North Fork - Salmon, ID; overnight at Stagecoach Inn||74 miles|
|Day 3||Salmon - Challis; overnight at Village Inn||57 miles|
|Day 4||Challis - Challis National Forest - Sawtooth National Recreational Area - Stanley - Redfish Lake; overnight at Redfish Lake Lodge||62 miles|
|Day 5||Stanley- Galena Summit (8701') - Sun Valley; overnight at Tyrolean Lodge||58 miles|
|Day 6||Sun Valley - Layover Day - hiking, whitewater rafting options; overnight at Tyrolean|
|Day 7||Sun Valley-Galena Summit -Stanley; overnight at Valley Creek Lodge||64 miles|
|Day 8||Stanley - Banner Summit - Payette Canyon - Garden Valley; overnight at Garden Valley Lodge||80 miles|
|Day 9||Garden Valley - Banks - Boise River Greenbelt - Boise||55 miles|