This spring, the Adventure Cycling Association published an Idaho Hot Springs Route with a few single track options. Some of the best single track is supposedly had in the Sawtooth Nation Forest, and with that in mind, I planned a ~week-long excursion with many extra options starting in Ketchum, ID. My 2 week summer vacation allowed me a bit of flexibility in scheduling and after an initial email, Lee Blackwell was interested, and soon booked his flight to Idaho Falls. We drove to Ketchum and started on Friday, 27 June, at 2 pm when the rain finally subsided and the sun began to shine. The next 6 days we would be riding with full bikepacking gear and 3 days worth of food at a time. We didn’t really know what the trails would be like, but Snotel info claimed that the route should be snow free. That didn’t turn out to be true at all places and we did have to heave our bikes through snow patches on some north-facing areas. The route as we rode it is shown below and the full track is on Ride with GPS.
Conclusion: We saw some stunningly beautiful country, rode some excellent trails, pushed up many mountains and through snow, and generally had a grand adventure. There were lots of river crossing and Germania creek was too high to cross. Thanks to the Adventure Cycling crew for getting us out there! It was tough, but well worth it. Detailed day reports will be linked below.