Our Sun Valley Multisport Tour assembles in Boise, ID for an evening of dinner and orientation. On Day 2, after a car shuttle to the community of Fairfield, we will warm up our legs on the flattened plains before making the gentle climb, primarily on a bike path, up to the resort town of Ketchum at the base of Sun Valley ski area. We’ll spend three nights at the Tyrolean Lodge, with its inviting outdoor pool and hot tub. Day 3 we can enjoy the beauty of the surrounding mountains with a loop hike to Pioneer Cabin. This is a local’s favorite hike, and we’ll easily loose the crowds of the town as we climb 2500 feet over 3.6 miles to a cabin maintained by the US Forest Service. The trail combines fields of wildflowers with incredible mountain views as it crests a ridge on its way back to the trail head. Upon our return there will be plenty of time to explore the culture of Sun Valley.
Day 4 will start with a van shuttle to the other worldly land of Craters of the Moon National Monument. You will feel like you have been transported in a sci-fi film as you explore craters, buttes, cinder cones, caves and lava flows. We will take a series of shorter hikes to explore the incredible variety in this area.
We return to our bicycles on Day 5 for a spectacular climb along the Wood River to the Galena Summit (8,701 feet), and then a descent through the headwaters of the Salmon River to beautiful Redfish Lake, nestled at the base of the rugged Sawtooths. We’ll spend two night at the historic Redfish Lake Lodge, whose sandy beach and temperate, astonishingly clear water demands a plunge and swim after the day’s ride.
A trip to the Salmon River Valley would not be complete without a raft trip on its exciting waters. For Day 6 you can choose between a gentle float and a heart pounding Class III High Adventure trip. Either choice is sure to instill a sense of awe for this wild river. Day 7 it’s back on the bikes to ride to Banner Summit and on into the rugged wilderness setting of Payette Canyon along the wild Middle Fork of the Payette River. The miles will quickly fade behind you on this mostly downhill ride. We’ll spend a final night in Lowman at the newly refurbished Southfork Lodge. Our final ride continues down the Payette on Day 8 to the town of Banks. Here the traffic picks up, so we will van shuttle back to Boise where our adventure concludes.