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Highway 21 - Boise to Lowman + ADD NEW ROUTE


11   in Idaho Idaho69 Miles

By Cushman
on September 1, 2008

4.5out of 5

4 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Highway 21 is found on the east end of Boise. Take I-84 east to the Gowen exit and head north. Gowen turns into Hwy 21. Hwy 21 goes all the way to Lowman. No other roads once you get off the freeway. Enjoy it is a great ride!

Scenery

Gorgeous drive. After passing Lucky Peak Reservoir past the rolling hills and into the mountains. Cool stops along the way overlooking canyons, reservoirs and valleys. A big part of the fun of this ride was all the wildlife that we saw, deer, elk, turkey, fox, and coyote. However there is an inherent danger in that as well. Keep your eyes peeled and enjoy.

Road Quality

Lots of turns and hills. The highway itself is kept in great shape by the highway department however, be careful of rocks that slide down on the highway and wildlife.

Roadside Amenities

Great camping and lodging along the way. We found a cool little coffee shack, Muley's Mountain Coffee around mile marker 24, that was a nice place to hang out and there were quite a few other bikes there when we stopped as well. Idaho City is about 40 miles into the ride and there are several places to eat and drink there as well as places to stay. We stayed at the old South Fork Lodge in Lowman. It is now called the Foxes Den. Very cool spot!

Additional Info

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By Guest
on August 29, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1998

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport

Awesome ride real technical in spots. I always stop in Idaho City for Ice Cream!

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By Guest
on April 13, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Scenic road, road quality was above average.

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on February 17, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

It's an easier ride when heading south from Lowman to Boise. The long, tight uphill stretch from Lowman to the first summit is more challenging in the opposite direction as you have to use your brakes much more frequently. If doing the Lowman Loop (Boise-Banks-Lowman-Idaho Citty-Boise), go clockwise. Hwy 21 is also known as the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway. We often continue to the Blue Haven Cafe in Lowman as that stretch has a really nice series of S-curves.

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on January 25, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Cushman is right, the boise to Lowman run is awesome! If you're riding from the Boise area, it makes a nice run if after you get to Lowman you turn west on the highway to Garden Valley/Banks. That ride takes you alon the river and will blow your mind with the windy road 300 feet off the river. You end up in Banks where you turn left and head back to Boise through Horseshoe Bend (great place to stop for coffee and food) and then on to Eagle and Boise. Enjoy!

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