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The Tour of Idaho

The Tour of Idaho (T1) is a 1400-mile dirt bike ride that begins in the Malad Range of southern Idaho and ends in the Selkirk Mountains near the Canadian border. It is very likely one of the most difficult long dirt bike rides in the United States. It is NOT a dual sport ride - plated dirt bikes, with lights, are required. There is a dual sport variant, T3, and a 500-mile dual sport friendly East-West Tour known as T2. Idaho has some new requirements for offroad motorcycles. If your bike is plated out of state, you should be fine. Click here to check the rules.

Most of the week or so normally taken to complete the Tour is spent in wilderness areas far from the nearest town including the largest designated wilderness in the lower 48 states - the Frank Church. Cell phones are useless much of the way. Water, food, emergency supplies and fuel must be carried and bikes and riders must be capable of a 200+ mile range day after day. The Tour encompasses extremes of elevation (1486' at Lowell to 10,420' at Railroad Ridge) and climate. 

Technical challenges include mud, snow, extensive sections of technical single track, rocky atv trails, numerous water crossings and deep sand. The variety of plants, animals and geological features found along the way is amazing. The riding is varied, challenging and always interesting. If you are the type of person who feels comfortable rebuilding a bike in the middle of nowhere, or lashing logs together to cross a swollen creek, T1 is for you. 

The Tour is physically passable, i.e., snow, blowdown and other winter remnants are minimized, by late July each year. Some trails in the north (D6) have seasonal closures in effect until August 1st. A last week of July start is generally the earliest that is advised. The route remains open until October during when some trails close for hunting season. There is a distinct possibility of blistering heat, brutal cold and deluges of biblical proportions - rain, snow or both - along the entire route. All of the above may be encountered within just a few hours. 

Some Tour highlights are described below. For a complete description see our maps and detailed route description page, the TID FAQ, the Tour of Idaho Challenge , the Tour of Idaho Facebook Group and the T1 manifesto.  

You are free to use all of the information here anyway that you wish. We ask only that you spend some time exploring the information here (there is a lot) before you email us with questions and that you respect the tradition of reserving the appellation "Tour of Idaho," for those who complete the route as we've described it.

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Idaho-Utah Border
Jenkins Hollow (5762'). D1, Mile 0.
Mile Marker 1
Old Baldy Peak
Approaching Old Baldy Peak (8356') from the south. D1, Mile 22.
Old Baldy
Weston Peak
Skirting the western flanks of Weston Peak (8165'). D1, Mile 24.




Weston Peak
Ruben Hollow
Descending the northern slopes of Weston Peak into Ruben Hollow (7400'). D1, Mile 26.



Ruben Hollow
Oxford Ridge
Beginning the spectacular climb up Oxford Ridge. D1, Mile 30.


Oxford Ridge
Oxford Ridge 
The Oxford Ridge trail straddles the Oneida/Franklin county line (8281'). The city of Clifton, ID and Twin Lake Reservoir lie in the background, some 4000' below. D1, Mile 31.






Oxford Ridge
Oxford Basin
Oxford Basin in the fall (7000'). D1, Mile 34.




Oxford Basin
Sedgwick Peak
Descending from the summit of Sedgwick Peak (9167') along the Portneuf Range Crest toward Lava Hot Springs. D1, Mile 72.




Sedgwick
Robber's Roost
The long, technical climb toward Robber's Roost and Haystack Mountain (9033'). D1, Mile 96.


Robber's Roost
Inkom Pass
Cresting the knoll above Inkom Pass (7500') along the Portneuf Range Crest. D1, Mile 105.




Inkom Pass
Chinese Peak/Scout Mountain  
Looking south toward Scout Mountain (8700') from Chinese Peak (6459') near the top of Blackrock Canyon. D1, Mile 129.





Blackrock Canyon
Tour of Idaho Flagpole and Register
Entering Pocatello (5000'). D1, Mile 133.
Tour of Idaho Flagpole
Slate Mountain Trail
Leaving Pocatello on D2. (5800'). D2, Mile 140.

Slate Mountain
Slate Mountain Trail
Traversing Slate Mountain. (6000'). D2, Mile 142.

Slate Mountain
Crestline Cycle Trail
Nearing the summit of Scout Mountain D2. (8000'). D2, Mile 152.

Scout Mountain
Racetrack Trail
Descending Scout Mountain toward Arbon Valley on D2. (6000'). D2, Mile 162.

Racetrack
Arbon Valley
Lusk Loop, Arbon Valley (5415'). D2, Mile 179.
Arbon Valley
Rockland Valley
Approaching Rockland Valley (4872'). D2, Mile 199.
Rockland Valley
Desert Vista
Challenge point near Fall Creek. D2, Mile 226.
Desert Vista
Fall Creek
Looking north toward the Snake River from Fall Creek (4600') in the northern Sublett Range. D2, Mile 228.
Fall Creek
American Falls
Just west of American Falls on the north side of the Snake River (4417'). D2, Mile  260.
American Falls
Sand Whoops Trail
West of American Falls, on the north side of the Snake River. Thirty miles of sand, dunes and whoops. D2, Mile 264.






Desert Bloom
Sand Dunes 
Just west of  Bonanza Lake. D2, Mile 274.





Sand Dunes
Gasten-Beattie Well
Middle of nowhere, Snake River desert (5087)'. D2, Mile 308.

Gasten Beattie
Snake River Plain
Ten miles north of the middle of nowhere (5160'). D2, Mile 318.
Snake River Desert
Big Southern Butte
Big Southern Butte, a prominent landmark along Goodale's Cutoff, rises 2500 feet above the desert floor and dominates the Snake River Plain for a hundred miles in any direction. D2, Mile 325.
BSB
Big Southern Butte
The view from the lookout on top of Big Southern Butte (7517') in June. The road to the top is steep in sections but suitable for all motorcycles. D2, Mile 350.  





Big Southern Butte
Big Lost River
The view north toward Arco, 20 miles west of Big Southern Butte.  D2, Mile 365.
Arco Desert
Arco
Arco, ID - population 1026, elevation 5325'. Plenty of submarine parking. US 20 is in the foreground. The road out of town toward Arco Pass is in the front of the sail. Arco is a full-service, dirt bike friendly town.  D3, Mile 380. 
Arco Submarine
Arco Pass Road
Approaching Beverland Pass. D3, Mile 386.
Arco Pass
Beverland Pass
Near the summit of the Beverland Pass (7416'). The Lost River Valley is in in the background and the west shoulder of King Mountain on the right. The route takes farm road in the valley at the base of the mountain north to Pass Creek. D3, Mile 392.
Beverland Pass
Pass Creek
Entering Pass Creek Canyon (6222'). Pass Creek road climbs 7 miles to Pass Creek Summit at an elevation of 7722'. D3, Mile 412.
Pass Creek
Long Lost Creek
Looking into the Long Lost Creek watershed (7753'). Mt. Breitenbach and the Lost River Crest are in the background. The Massacre Mountain Loop begins here. This 16.5 mile loop is not for large or heavily loaded bikes. D3, Mile 435.
Dry Creek
Castle Peak
Looking down into Long Lost Creek 5 miles onto the Massacre Mountain Loop (8416'). Massacre Mountain is on the left and Castle Peak is in the center background. D3, Mile 441.
Massacre Mountain Loop
Massacre Mountain Loop
A sample of the narrow and rocky single track on the Massacre Mountain Loop.  D3, Mile 442.
Massacre Mountain Loop
Massacre Mountain Loop
D3, Mile 443.
Dry Creek to Burnt Creek
Swauger Lake
Approaching Swauger Lake (9613'). One of the highest elevations on the Tour. D3, Mile 444.


Massacre Mountain Loop
Dry Creek
A mile below Swauger Lake (8942'). The peak in the background is 11,500' in height and is so homely by Lost River Range standards that it doesn't even merit a name.  D3, Mile 447.
Burnt Creek
Pahsimeroi River
Approaching the Lost River Crest from the east in the just south of Mt. Borah (12,662'), the tallest peak in Idaho (just visible on the right). The unnamed peak in the background is around 11,000'. D3, Mile 468.

West Fork Pahsemori River
Pahsimeroi Valley
The Pahsimeroi Valley. D3, Mile 474.


Grouse Creek
Pahsimeroi Crest
Looking east into Pahsimeroi Valley. D3, Mile 475
Trail Creek
Mt. Borah
Rainbow over Mt. Borah (12,662') from near Willow Creek Summit (6500'). D3, Mile 486.
Rainbow over Borah
Road Creek
Road Creek (8267'). The East Fork of the Salmon and the White Cloud Mountains are in the background. D3, Mile 510.
Road Creek
Little Boulder Creek
Spectacular scenery along the Little Boulder Creek single track trail (7100'). White Cloud Mountains. D3, Mile 540.






Little Boulder Creek Trail White Clouds
Big Boulder/Little Boulder Divide
Crossing the divide from Little Boulder Creek to Big Boulder Creek (9400'). White Cloud Mountains. D3, Mile 544.
Big Boulder/Little Boulder Divide
Chinese Wall
Looking west toward Chinese Wall from the top of Railroad Ridge, the high point of the Tour at 10,400'. D3, Mile 556.






Chinese Wall
French Creek
Rocky single track descent into into French Creek (7200'). D3, Mile 565. 
French Creek
French Creek
The single track trail along French Creek (7100'). D3, Mile 566.
French Creek
Squaw Creek
Heading up Squaw Creek  (7000'). D3, Mile 577.

Squaw Creek
Buster Lake 
Approaching Buster Lake from the west (8800').  D3, Mile 591.
Buster Lake Area
Lombard Trail
Descending into Challis along the Lombard Trail (7600').  D3, Mile 600.
Lombard Trail
Twin Peaks Lookout
The view from Twin Peaks Lookout (10330'). The second point of the Tour above 10000'. D4, Mile 630.






Twin Peak LO
Pat Creek
Pat Creek single track (6250').  D4, Mile 643.
Pat Creek
Camas Creek
Near the top of the Eddy Creek/Camas Creek single track (7000').  D4, Mile 650.
Camas Creek
Van Horn/Alder Creek Divide
Alder Creek (8000').  D4, Mile 656.
Van Horn Alder Creek Divide
Alder Creek
Alder Creek single track (7600').  D4, Mile 674.
Alder Creek
Morgan Summit
Looking back to Van Horn and Woods Peaks (7800').  D4, Mile 690.
Woods Peak
Hat Creek Trail
Hat Creek Trail (8000').  D4, Mile 700.
Hat Creek Trail
Hat Creek Trail
A few miles from Hat Creek Lakes.  D4, Mile 702.
Hat Creek Trail
Salmon River
Crossing the Pine Creek Bridge (4298') over the Salmon River a few miles below Shoup. D4, Mile 769.
Salmon River
NFD 038
The spectacular 4200' climb from the Salmon River at Shoup to the Montana border (7000').  D5, Mile 780.
Leaving Shoup
Beartrap Ridge
NFD 044 along the Idaho-Montana border (8230'). The Salmon River valley is in the background. Twin Peaks, where you were a day ealier, is in the distant background.  D5, Mile 785.
Above Shoup
Midnight Carburetor Repair
Kim Creek Saddle (6000'). Smack dab in the middle of the largest contiguous wilderness in the lower 48 and 80 miles from the nearest outpost. Kim Creek Saddle is very cold after dark every month of the year. It is home to many large, curious and hungry carnivores. It is entirely possible to rebuild the carb of an XR600R at night with a flashlight and a Leatherman tool if one's motivation is sufficiently high.  D5, Mile 860.
Magruder Midnight Repair
Magruder Saddle
The beginning of the "primitive road" section of the Nez Perce Trail in the Magruder Corridor (7040'). D5, Mile 862.
Magruder
Salmon Mountain
The top of the 4000' climb from Magruder Crossing in the headwaters of the Selway River to Salmon Mountain (8228'), the high point of the Magruder Corridor. D5, Mile 864.





Salmon Mountain
Dry Saddle
The vista from Dry Saddle (7796'). Beyond Dry Saddle the Nez Perce trail descends some 2700' in just 7 miles to Poet Creek.  D5, Mile 881. 
Magruder
Elk City ATV Trail Network
Approaching Black Hawk Mountain (5800') along one of the better trail networks along the entire tour. D5, Mile 925.

Elk City
Selway Falls
Nearing Selway Falls (2000'). D5, Mile 956.
Selway
Lolo
Lolo vista from Fish Butte Saddle (5000').  D6, Mile 1000.
Lolo from Fish Butte area
Fish Butte Trail
Single track trail between Lowell and the Lolo Motorway. D6, Mile 1003.

Fish Butte
Fish Butte Trail
Scenery on Fish Butte Trail (6526'). D6, Mile 1005.

Fish Butte Trail
Lolo Motorway
The view from Indian Grave Peak (6300'). D6, Mile 1039.


Lolo Motorway
Windy Ridge
Windy Ridge single track (6288').  D6, Mile 1054.
Windy Ridge
Windy Bill Saddle
Windy Bill single track (5715').  D6, Mile 1054.
Windy Bill
Fourth of July Creek Bridge
End of the Windy Ridge Trail, one of the variants of single track trail north of the Lolo Motorway (2476'). D6, Mile 1060.


fourth of july creek bridge
Quartz Creek
From NFD715 near Gospel Hill (6140'). D6, Mile 1100.
Quartz Creek
St. Joe 
Simmons Ridge, between Heller Creek and Simmons Ridge Lookout. D6, Mile 1122. 





Heller Divide
State Line Trail
Spectacular scenery abounds along NFD 391, the State Line Trail, here near Craddock Peak (6518').  D6, Mile 1150.






State Line Road
Roland Pass
An old railroad bridge viewed from Cliff Creek road near Roland (5309') (4500'). D6, Mile 1170. 
Bridge Wallace
Moon Pass Area
Tunnel on Cliff Creek Road, NFD 326 (5000'). D6, Mile 1174.
Tunnel Wallace
Independence Creek
Independence Creek single track (3800').  D7, Mile 1265.
Independence Creek
Hoodoo Mountain
Looking north toward Priest River from the summit of Hoodoo Mountain (5119'). D7, Mile 1320.
Tower Mountain
Selkirks
The view from the Sundance LO at the end of the route. D7, Mile 1400.
Near the end
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