Idaho Bicycle Ride

August 5 – 12, 2017

“Running Wild”

Summary

The Salmon River runs wild through scenic and rugged Idaho – and so will we, on the 2017 Idaho Bicycle Ride. The Wild and Scenic Salmon River cuts through the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the largest wilderness in the lower 48 states. The most massive river in Idaho, the Salmon wends its way through the second deepest canyon on the continent. Our exploration of the river takes us up and down the beautiful Salmon River Scenic Byway, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the view both on and off the river. Our route bookends rides along the Salmon with two more scenic byways: the Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway during the first two days, and the Sawtooth Scenic Byway on the last day. Every day is guaranteed to be memorable, as we go a little wild pedaling three of Idaho’s scenic byways in one spectacular week.

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Total Distance: Up to 478 miles
Total Elevation Gain: Up to 16,156′
Average Temperature in August (Hailey): 82° F
Average Temperature in August (Salmon): 84° F

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Camping on the Ride

Day 0 – Hailey, Idaho: Wood River High School

Day 1 – Arco, Idaho: Bottolfsen Park

Day 2 – Challis, Idaho: Challis Elementary School

Day 3 – Salmon, Idaho: Salmon High School

Day 4 – Salmon, Idaho: Salmon High School

Day 5 – Challis, Idaho: Challis Elementary School

Day 6 – Stanley, Idaho: Pioneer Park

Day 7 – Hailey, Idaho: Wood River High School

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IBR Route Information at a Glance

Day Description Distance
(miles)
Elevation Gain
(feet)
1 Hailey to Arco 71 1,807
2 Arco to Challis 81 2,888
3 Challis to Salmon 58 1,224
4 Salmon layover ride 77 2,384
5 Salmon to Challis 58 2,441
6 Challis to Stanley 58 2,535
7 Stanley to Hailey 75 2,877
TOTAL 478 16,156