Idaho Bicycle Ride

August 5 – 12, 2017

“Running Wild”

Tour Itinerary

DAY 0 – Hailey
Saturday, August 5
Hailey Elevation: 5,318′
Population: 8,000
Registration and Camping: Wood River High School

Located in the Wood River Valley just south of Ketchum, the town of Hailey is the meeting point for the Idaho Bicycle Ride 2017. With its wide, tree-lined streets and bustling downtown visitors will find plenty to do before and after the ride. Visit the local museums, take a walking tour of historic sites or make a trip a few miles north to visit the nearby communities of Ketchum and Sun Valley.

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DAY 1 – Hailey to Arco
Sunday, August 6
Arco Elevation: 5,325′
Population: 910
Distance: 71 miles
Campsite: Bottolfsen Park
Total Elevation Gain: 1,807′

The ride starts by heading south and east through the small towns of Bellevue, Gannett, Picabo and Carey. The string of towns gives way to a desolate landscape as we travel toward the vast ocean of lava flows that make up Craters of the Moon National Monument. The monument’s side road is well worth a detour to see the fantastic basalt landscape with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. We’ll roll through the desolation and beyond, finishing in the small oasis of Arco.

Elevation Profile Day 1

IBR Day 1 Profile

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DAY 2 – Arco to Challis
Monday, August 7
Challis Elevation: 5,253′
Population: 1,085
Distance: 81 miles
Campsite: Challis Elementary School
Total Elevation Gain: 2,888′

Continuing on the Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway, we ride from Arco north into the Big Lost River Valley. Across the wide valley to the west sits the White Knob Mountains, but it’s the Lost River Range, just to the east, that provides an impressive backdrop to the route. The Lost River Range is Idaho’s highest mountain range. Starting from the south, lower peaks such as King and Jaggle rise above, while mid-ride we see the jaw-dropping heights of Mounts McCaleb, Leatherman and finally, Borah – Idaho’s highest peak at 12,662 feet. The highway finally reaches the end of the range and crosses the Salmon River to enter the town of Challis.

Elevation Profile Day 2

IBR Day 2 Profile

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DAY 3 – Challis to Salmon
Tuesday, August 8
Salmon Elevation: 3,944′
Population: 3,027
Distance: 58 miles
Campsite: Salmon High School
Total Elevation Gain: 1,224′

With the river as our guide, we travel along the Salmon River Scenic Byway to the town of Salmon. The route travels through the deep canyon carved by the river, with the towering hills providing a varied and beautiful backdrop for the journey north. Following the river closely, the route features sweeping curves and stunning scenery around every turn.

Elevation Profile Day 3

IBR Day 3 Profile

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DAY 4 – Salmon Layover Day
Wednesday, August 9
Salmon Elevation: 3,944′
Population: 3,027
Distance: Up to 77 miles
Campsite: Salmon High School
Total Elevation Gain: 2,384′

The optional ride during our layover in Salmon takes our travels along the Salmon River to an even wilder place. Traveling north to the town of North Fork, we turn to follow the river up into the River of No Return Wilderness, riding to where the pavement runs out. This section of river is popular with river rafters; you might see some of our IBR cyclists taking a day off from pedaling to enjoy a whitewater adventure.

Elevation Profile Day 4

IBR Day 4 Profile

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DAY 5 – Salmon to Challis
Thursday, August 10
Challis Elevation: 5,253′
Population: 1,085
Distance: 58 miles
Campsite: Challis Elementary School
Total Elevation Gain: 2,441′

Today we reverse our journey from two days earlier, passing down the Salmon River Valley along a path used by Lewis and Clark more than two centuries earlier. Keep your eyes open for the deer, elk and moose that often graze the hills and meadows that line the road. It’s amazing how much different a route like this is from the other direction! The ride ends back in the familiar town of Challis.

Elevation Profile Day 5

IBR Day 5 Profile

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DAY 6 – Challis to Stanley
Friday, August 11
Stanley Elevation: 6,253′
Population: 70
Distance: 58 miles
Campsite: Pioneer Park
Total Elevation Gain: 2,535′

We follow the highway along the Salmon River to the tiny town of Stanley. Up in the hills above the river and down small tributaries are many mines from bygone years that made the area famous. Silver Bell, South Butte and Twin Apex are some of the old mine sites on a dirt road that leads adventurers up to a historic mining town at Yankee Fork. It’s a short ride today, so why not go a little farther (16.5 miles) and ride up to Stanley Lake for a fantastic view of the lake with the Sawtooth Mountains as the backdrop?

Elevation Profile Day 6

IBR Day 6 Profile

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DAY 7 – Stanley to Hailey
Saturday, August 12
Hailey Elevation: 5,318′
Population: 8,000
Distance: 75 miles
Finish Line: Wood River High School
Total Elevation Gain: 2,877′

From Stanley we follow the Sawtooth Scenic Byway through the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The Sawtooth Mountains dominate the skies, and we pass near the headwaters of the Salmon River that our tour has followed for much of the week. As we travel south the mountains fall away and the route descends into the fertile agricultural land around Sun Valley, Ketchum and our final destination of Hailey.

Elevation Profile Day 7

IBR Day 7 Profile

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