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The Tour of Idaho

No support, no back slapping spectators, no cheering crowds - just you, your bike and your wits. The Tour of Idaho (T1) is a 1400-mile dirt bike ride designed for soloists and small groups traveling alone and unsupported 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 commiting and 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 500-mile, shorter and slightly more 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 nine days required to complete the Tour is spent in wilderness areas far from the nearest town. Cell phones are of little use much of the way. Water, food, emergency supplies and fuel must be carried and bikes and riders must be capable of a 150+ mile range day after day.

The Tour encompasses extremes of elevation (1486' at to 10,420') and climate. It crests 10,000' three times and 9000 feet a dozen times more.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 mid to late July each year. A last week of July start is generally the earliest that is advised. The route remains open until October 1st 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. Fires are a perennial problem all throughout August.

For a complete description see our maps and detailed route description page, the TID FAQ, the Tour of Idaho Challenge for how it all works and the Tour of Idaho Facebook Group. The Facebook group is open for all to peruse but membership is restricted to those actually planning a T1 trip. 

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 challenge point style.

We frequently hear from readers who want to know how they can support the Tour. We do sell t-shirts and saws to support this site, but the best thing that you can do financially to help is support access by joining or contributing to sharetrails.org


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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 220.
Rockland Valley
Rockland Valley
Rockland Valley (4700'). D2, Mile 225.
Rockland Valley
Desert Vista
Challenge point near Fall Creek. D2, Mile 246.
Desert Vista
Fall Creek
Looking north toward the Snake River from Fall Creek (4600') in the northern Sublett Range. D2, Mile 248.
Fall Creek
American Falls
Just west of American Falls on the north side of the Snake River (4417'). D2, Mile  280.
American Falls
Sand Trail
West of American Falls, on the north side of the Snake River. Thirty miles of sand, dunes, rocks and singletrack. D2, Mile 284.



Lake Channel
Sand Dunes 
Just west of  Bonanza Lake. D2, Mile 294.





Sand Dunes
Gasten-Beattie Well
Middle of nowhere, Snake River desert (5087)'. D2, Mile 318.

Gasten Beattie
Snake River Plain
Ten miles north of the middle of nowhere (5160'). D2, Mile 338.
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 345.
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 370.  





Big Southern Butte
Big Lost River
The view north toward Arco, 20 miles west of Big Southern Butte.  D2, Mile 385.
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 400. 
Arco Submarine
Arco Pass Road
Approaching Beverland Pass. D3, Mile 406.
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 412.
Beverland Pass
Wildhorse Lookout
The view from Wildhorse Lookout (9938'). Pioneer Mountains in the background'. D3, Mile 486.
Wildhorse
Wildhorse Lookout
Looking northeast toward the Lost River Range from Wildhorse Lookout (9938'). D3, Mile 486.
Wild Horse LO
Big Peak Creek
A typical view along the Big Creek Peak special challenge section (6000').  D3, Mile 555.

Big Creek Peak
Big Smokey Headwaters 
Top of Mule Creek (9000') D3, Mile 570.

Big Smokey
Little Boulder Creek
Spectacular scenery along the Little Boulder Creek single track trail (7100'). White Cloud Mountains. D4, Mile 610.






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. D4, Mile 615.
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'. D4, Mile 620.






Chinese Wall
French Creek
Rocky single track descent into into French Creek (7200'). D4, Mile 625. 
French Creek
French Creek
The single track trail along French Creek (7100'). D4, Mile 626.
French Creek
Keystone Peak
Descending from Keystone Mountain (9000') into Challis. D4, Mile 690.
Lombard Trail
Lombard Trail
Descending into Challis along the Lombard Trail (7600'). D4, Mile 695.
Lombard
Twin Peaks Lookout
The view from Twin Peaks Lookout (10330'). The second point of the Tour above 10000'. D5, Mile 730.






Twin Peak LO
Twin Peaks Lookout
Another view from TPLO (10330'). D5, Mile 730.
TPLO
Pat Creek
Pat Creek single track (6250').  D5, Mile 750.
Pat Creek
Camas Creek
Near the top of the Eddy Creek/Camas Creek single track (7000').  D5, Mile 760.
Camas Creek
East Fork Morgan Creek
Special challenge section (4872'). D2, Mile 765.
West Fork Morgan Creek
Van Horn/Alder Creek Divide
Alder Creek (8000').  D5, Mile 773.
Van Horn Alder Creek Divide
Alder Creek
Alder Creek single track (7600').  D5, Mile 775.
Alder Creek
Morgan Summit
Looking back to Van Horn and Woods Peaks (7800').  D5, Mile 782.
Woods Peak
Hat Creek Trail
Hat Creek Trail (8000').  D5, Mile 785.
Hat Creek Trail
Hat Creek Trail
A few miles from Hat Creek Lakes.  D5, Mile 786.
Hat Creek Trail
Hat Creek Lakes
Crossing the Pine Creek Bridge (4298') over the Salmon River a few miles below Shoup. D5, Mile 790.
Hat Creek Lakes
NFD 038
The spectacular 4200' climb from the Salmon River at Shoup to the Montana border (7000').  D6, Mile 850.
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.  D6, Mile 855.
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.  D6, Mile 930.
Magruder Midnight Repair
Magruder Saddle
The beginning of the "primitive road" section of the Nez Perce Trail in the Magruder Corridor (7040'). D6, Mile 932.
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. D6, Mile 934.





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.  D6, Mile 951. 
Magruder
Elk City ATV Trail Network
Approaching Black Hawk Mountain (5800') along one of the better trail networks along the entire tour. D6, Mile 995.

Elk City
Selway Falls
Nearing Selway Falls (2000'). D6, Mile 1034.
Selway
Pete King Trail
Pete King Trail (3200').  D7, Mile 1060.
Pete King Trail
Fish Butte Trail
Single track trail between Lowell and the Lolo Motorway (4585'). D7, Mile 1096.

Fish Butte
Fish Butte Trail
Scenery on Fish Butte Trail (3900'). D7, Mile 1098.

Fish Butte Trail
Lolo Motorway
The view from Indian Grave Peak (6500'). D7, Mile 1113.


Lolo Motorway
Windy Ridge
Windy Ridge single track (6288').  D7, Mile 1130.
Windy Ridge
Scurvy Saddle
Windy Bill single track (5000').  D7, Mile 1140.
Windy Bill
Scurvy Mountain Lookout
Approaching Rockland Valley (6691'). D7, Mile 1150.
Scurvy Mtn LO
Quartz Creek
From NFD715 near Flyl Hill (6140;) D8. Mile 1271. 


Quartz Creek
Missoula Lake
From NFD320 at the beginning of the State Line Trail (6500'). D8, Mile 1291.
Quartz Creek
State Line Trail
Spectacular scenery abounds along NFD 391, the State Line Trail, here near Craddock Peak (6518').  D8, Mile 1321.






State Line Road
Roland Pass
An old railroad bridge viewed from Cliff Creek road near Roland (5309'). D8, Mile 1338. 
Bridge Wallace
Moon Pass Area
Tunnel on Cliff Creek Road, NFD 326 (5000'). D8, Mile 1342.
Tunnel Wallace
Independence Creek
Independence Creek single track (3800').  D9, Mile 1440.
Independence Creek
Hoodoo Mountain
Looking north toward Priest River from the summit of Hoodoo Mountain (5119'). D9, Mile 1490.
Tower Mountain
Selkirks
The view from the Sundance LO at the end of the route (6300'). D9, Mile 1550.
Near the end
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