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T3 - The Dual Sport Tour of Idaho

T3, the 1700-mile dual sport version of the Tour of Idaho, begins in the Malad Range of southern Idaho and ends in the Selkirk Mountains near the Canadian border. T3 is basically T1 without most of the extremely technical trails and follows much of the same route. It is very likely one of the most adventurous dual sport rides in the United States and without a doubt one of the most fun. T3 is not as demanding as the Tour of Idaho (T1) but much more difficult than the Idaho BDR. T3 is appropriate for most riders on anything but the largest adventure bikes. The most difficult trails are all quad trails. There are a couple of single tracks along the way (easily bypassed) but they are almost completely non-technical and generally downhill.  

Street legal bikes are required. Idaho has some new requirements for off road motorcycles. If your bike is plated out of state you should be fine. Click here to check the rules.

Most of five to seven days normally taken to complete T3 is spent in wilderness areas far from the nearest town (including the largest designated wilderness in the lower 48 states). 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 250+ mile range. T3 encompasses extremes of elevation (1486' at Lowell to 10,440' at Railroad Ridge) and climate. Technical challenges include mud, snow, rocky atv trails, numerous water crossings and sand. The variety of plants, animals and geological features found along the way is amazing. The riding is varied, challenging and always interesting. 

T3 is generally passable by mid July and remains open through early October during most years (though some trails close in late September for hunting season). There is a distinct possibility of blistering heat, brutal cold and deluges of biblical proportions, rain or snow, along the entire route (often within just a few hours) during the entire riding season.

Resources: 500K map, 100K south, 100K central, 100K north, .gpx file

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Idaho-Utah Border
Jenkins Hollow (5762'). Mile 0
Mile Marker 1
Twin Lakes
Emerging from the trees just below the summit of Old Baldy (7500'). In the background is the town of Clifton, ID and Twin Lakes Reservoir. 

Oxford Ridge
Beginning the spectacular climb up Oxford Ridge. 

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. 

Oxford Ridge
Oxford Basin
Oxford Basin in the fall (7000'). 

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

Inkom Pass
Cresting the knoll above Inkom Pass (7500') along the Portneuf Range Crest.

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

Blackrock Canyon
Arbon Valley
Lusk Loop, Arbon Valley (5415'). 
Arbon Valley
Rockland Valley
Approaching Rockland Valley (4872'). 
Rockland Valley
Flint Canyon
Flint Canyon, Sublett Range (5563'). Mile 

Flint Canyon
Desert Vista
Challenge point near Fall Creek. 
Desert Vista
Fall Creek
Looking north toward the Snake River from Fall Creek (4600') in the northern Sublett Range. 
Fall Creek
American Falls
Just west of American Falls on the south side of the Snake River (4417'). 
American Falls
Gasten-Beattie Well
Middle of nowhere, Snake River desert. 

Gasten Beattie
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. 
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.  

Big Southern Butte
Big Lost River
The view north toward King Mountain, 20 miles west of Big Southern Butte.  
Arco Desert
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. 
Arco Submarine
Arco Pass Road
Approaching Beverland Pass. 
Arco Pass
Pass Creek
Near Pass Creek Summit at an elevation of 7722'. 
Pass Creek
Pass Creek
Pass Creek Canyon (6222'). Pass Creek road descends 7 miles from Pass Creek Summit.
Pass Creek
White Knob Mountains
A 10,000' pass above Mackay. 
White Knob
Wildhorse Lookout
(9545'). Pioneer Mountains in the background.
Ramshorn Mountain
The Lost River Range as viewed from Ramshorn Mountain (9895'). 
Twin Peaks Lookout (10,330').  

Twin Peak LO
Gooseberry Creek
Riding high ridges above Gooseberry Creek (7291'). 
Morgan Creek
Sheephorn Mountain
View from the lookout on Sheephorn Mountain (8159'). 
Taylor Mountain
The view west from Sheephorn Mountain.  
Taylor Mountain
Salmon River
Crossing the Pine Creek Bridge (4298') over the Salmon River a few miles below Shoup. 
Salmon River
Stein Mountain Lookout (8555')  Stein Mountain
Ulysses Lookout (7649')  ULO
Blue Nose Lookout (8677')  Blue Nose
NFD 038
The spectacular 4200' climb from the Salmon River at Shoup to the Montana border (7000').  
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.  
Above Shoup
Magruder Saddle
The beginning of the "primitive road" section of the Nez Perce Trail in the Magruder Corridor (7040'). 
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. Mile 881.

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.  
NFD 443
Beginning the long descent into the Selway River Valley at Horse Creek (5400'). Three miles beyond this point the road ends and a spectacular road descends nearly 4000' to the Selway River valley in less than 5 miles. 
Selway Falls
Nearing Selway Falls (2000').
Lolo Motorway
The view from Indian Grave Peak (6300').

Lolo Motorway
Fly Hill
NFD 715 on Fly Hill (6074') nearing the headwaters of the St. Joe River. 
Gospel Hill
Quartz Creek
From NFD715 near Gospel Hill (6140'). 
Quartz Creek
State Line Trail
Spectacular scenery abounds along NFD 391, the State Line Trail, here near Craddock Peak (6518').  

State Line Road
Roland Pass
An old railroad bridge viewed from Cliff Creek road near Roland (5309') (4500'). 
Bridge Wallace
Moon Pass Area
Tunnel on Cliff Creek Road, NFD 326 (5000').
Tunnel Wallace
Hoodoo Mountain
Looking north toward Priest River from the summit of Hoodoo Mountain (5119'). 
Tower Mountain
Upper Priest Lake
A few miles south of the end of T1 on road 1013 (4000')
Near the end
End of the line
A few miles south of the Canadian Border (4184')
The End
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