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cycling trip Bitterroot and Sawtooth Rambler Cycling Tour

Dates: 7/8 - 17, 2017

(10 days, 9 nights; Sat. - Mon.)


Assembly Point: Missoula, MT

(Timberline van shuttle is included to and from airports; Note: The tour begins in Missoula, MT and ends in Boise, ID)

Not included: Airline service to Missoula; Guide Gratuity

Meeting time: airport 1 pm; hotel 1:30 pm

Drop off time: 6 pm

Tour Cost: $3,500

Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, transfers, leaders, tour maps and narratives.

Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $746

Inn Highlights

  • Redfish Lake Lodge
  • Tyrolean Lodge

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 bicycle touring at its best.

Our Bitterrot/Sawtooth Rambler Cycling Tour assembles in Missoula and we 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 feet) 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 4, 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 ride.

A spectacular climb to the Galena Summit (8,701 feet) and the headwaters of the Salmon highlights Day 6. 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 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, 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 adventure concludes.


Pre-tour Arrive, assemble, van transport, bike fitting, orientation dinner  
Day 1 Missoula - Bitterroot Valley - Hamilton - Darby 68 miles
Day 2 Darby - Lost Trail Pass - North Fork - Salmon, ID 74 miles
Day 3 Salmon - Challis; overnight 57 miles
Day 4 Challis - Challis National Forest - Sawtooth National Recreation Area - Stanley - Redfish Lake 62 miles
Day 5 Stanley - Galena Summit (8701 feet) - Sun Valley 59 miles
Day 6 Sun Valley - layover day - hiking, whitewater rafting options  
Day 7 Sun Valley - Galena Summit - Stanley 64 miles
Day 8 Stanley – Banner Summit - Payette Canyon - Garden Valley 80 miles
Day 9 Garden Valley - Banks - Boise River Greenbel - Boise 55 miles

Total cycling mileage: 518

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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.