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Salmon River/River of No Return

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By Guest (2 McR Points) on Oct 01, 2003

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ROADWHORE
42 McR Points
January 13, 2013
This was one of my last rides for the year and…
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Trapper
57 McR Points
November 23, 2011
Rode US Hwy. 93 north from Kingman, Arizona up to…
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Written Directions

You can start from Stanley (ID) and take 75 east about 50 miles to Challis, ID. Here you will find US 93 and want to take that north another 60 or so miles and you'll role right in to Salmon. Be aware that the ride from the south or the west to Stanley is a great ride also. I rode up from the south from Ketchum and while not hair raising, it was a great ride, a few mountain pass's to cross and a twisty road. But the road from the west (hwy 21) sounds awesome based on the bikers I talked to in Stanley (check out Boise to Twin Falls - Mountain Peaks to Lava Fields Tour).

Scenery

Follow right on the edge of the twisting Salmon River (HWY 75) in central Idaho from the top of the Sawtooth Mtns to the desert! This is a great route in one of the deepest canyons in the US. You are not riding at elevation like the Beartooth. You are at the bottom, right beside the river, and the curves and drop offs are endless. Just a great enjoyable ride!

Drive Enjoyment

The road is in good shape with endless curves.

Tourism Opportunities

Fairly quiet road when i was on it. Lots of scenery changes, from the green lush high elevations down to the desert! White water rafting is popular on this river and you will be passing them all day! Lots of campgrounds near the top and a dip in the river to cool down is possible just about anywhere you want to pull over.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

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Salmon River/River of No Return
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ROADWHORE
January 13, 2013
42 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
This was one of my last rides for the year and will be one of my first this spring. Great riding even thou there wes a big forest fire on the North Fork of the Salmon River. smoke wasent too bad but a lot of firefighter traffic. stayed in the town of Salmon and enjoyed it and it was very inexpensive place to stay. we were lucky to get a room with all of the firefighters in town.
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Trapper
November 23, 2011
57 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Rode US Hwy. 93 north from Kingman, Arizona up to Polson, Montana. Then went east around Flathead Lake up to and through Glacier National Park in July, 2009. Veered north onto State Route 75 in Shoshone, Idaho going through Ketchum and over the Sawtooth MTNS. into Stanley. Very good and memorable ride along the Salmon River. I rate it among my top five rides in the lower forty-eight.
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Vchamp
September 18, 2018
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
This is an incredible ride. Very pretty and fun ride along the river and through the mountains and countryside. A nice balance of twisties and open rode. Watch for rocks and game (especially early AM and around dusk.) Try to stop at the hot springs in Stanley and don't miss Red Fish Lake. The view of the Sawtooths from Lower Stanley is like someone painted the perfect mountain backdrop on a canvas. Highly recommend! Gorgeous scenery.
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