Sun Valley and Sawtooth Mountains Multi-Sport
Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, transfers, leaders, tour maps and narratives.
Bonus Activity: Rafting on the Salmon River
Timberline van shuttle is included to the starting hotel.
Not included: Airline service to Boise Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Airport 3 pm Hotel 3:30 pm
The excitement of Sun Valley, the challenge of Galena summit, the rugged mountain summits of the Bitterroots and Sawtooths, the pounding rapids of the Salmon River Valley, the surreal setting of Redfish Lake, and the strange landscapes of Craters of the Moon—this is a Western tour at its best.
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 mile 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 wordly 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 the 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 Garden Valley and then continue along the Payette on Day 8 to the Boise Greenbelt that follows the Boise River into the heart of Boise where our adventure concludes.
|Day 1||Arrive, assemble, bike fitting, orientation dinner|
|Day 2||Van transfer to Fairfield, bike Fairfield to Sun Valley (Ketchum)||52|
|Day 3||Hike Pioneer Cabin Loop||8.5|
|Day 4||Van transfer to Craters of the Moon, hike to North Crater, Wilderness Trail, cave trails, return to Sun Valley||8|
|Day 5||Sun Valley - Galena Summit - Stanley||64|
|Day 6||Rafting on the Salmon River|
|Day 7||Stanley – Banner Summit - Payette Canyon - Garden Valley||80|
|Day 8||Garden Valley - Banks - Boise River Greenbelt - Boise||55|
Total Distance: Total cycling mileage: 251 - Hiking mileage: 16.5 miles
- Redfish Lake Lodge
- Tyrolean Lodge