119.0 Miles (191.51 km)
- Distance: 119.0 Miles (191.51 km)
- Rating: 2-B, Mostly pretty mellow, a few challenging corners, but lots of emptiness in places too. Ratings Explained »
- Travel: Either direction for best results
- Start: Ketchum, ID
- End: Challis, ID
- Fuel: Ketchum, Stanley and Challis all have fuel
The Salmon River Plain to the south is very plain and very boring. When you arrive in Ketchum you're at the southern tip of some very good riding.
Immediately you climb in elevation into the Sawtooth National Forest. At the top theres a massive overlook that provides an amazing view of the distant Sawtooth Mountains to the north-west. Be sure to stop and savor the view. The road drops again and becomes a typical Idaho road passing down the center of long alpine valley with towering mountains always just out of reach.
In Stanley you can turn west and head back towards Boise, or East towards Challis where the road will get a helluva lot better. It feels just like Lolo Pass (ID-12) only we feel the scenery isn't quite as good however the road is a bit more entertaining because it feels like the same seven corners are repeated over and over again as you follow the meanderings of the Salmon River. When you arrive in Clayton, the terrain flattens out, and the road becomes more relaxed.