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4.61 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.61
31 Reviews

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Aug 31, 2004

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Waigirl
December 27, 2014
After 5 years of yearly road trips I can still…
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StarRider
2 McR Points
September 1, 2014
Very accurate description of the Hwy. 12 ride. I'…
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Written Directions

The directions for this route are very straightforward. Simply start in Lewiston, Idaho on US Highway 12 and take it east all the way to Missoula, Montana (or in the reverse if you want to start in Montana). You'll basically be cutting across the entire width of Idaho.

Scenery

This route covers one of the most beautiful sections of the Lewis & Clark Trail as it winds through the Rocky Mountains of Idaho and Montana. As you ride through the Lolo national forest, look for whitewater rafts on the Locsha and Selway rivers. You'll also see numerous steaming hot springs flowing down the hills along the way. Watch out for deer and mountain goats crossing the highway at random intervals.

Drive Enjoyment

You have all seen the photos of the sign that says "Curves next 67 miles...This is the road! One of the best motorcycle roads in the country with lots of sweeping curves and a few tight ones. There is little traffic and excellent road surfaces. A rock solid 5 ... 5 plus is more like it!

Tourism Opportunities

Sorry... The same sign that says Curves ahead says no services next 75 miles. Make sure you fill up in Kooskia or in Lolo before entering this highway because there's nothing but trees, rivers and twisty roads for lots of miles! At the eastern end of the road, try KT's Hayloft in Lolo, MT (Intersection of Hwy 12 and Hwy 93) for breakfast!

Motorcycle Road Additional info

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Big_Mike
November 7, 2016
282 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
I believe this ride is actually underrated here on this site. It is possibly my all-time favorite road. It has almost no side roads joining it, no overpasses for 100 miles. The scenery is unbelievably beautiful especially the stretch along the Clearwater River from Kooskia to the ID/MT border at the top of the pass and the road has plenty of twisties and sweepers to be enjoyed by all riders.
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Guest
September 1, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
This was by far the best ride on our way back from Sturgis. From Missoula to Lewiston. We stopped by the river at some park and had lunch.
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bbrider
August 28, 2016
4 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
I just experienced this wonderfully, winding and beautiful route the second week of August, 2016. I live in Western NC and ride the BRP, Cherohala , dragon, moonshiner and all the other local roads all the time. Lolo Pass, however, in my opinion, passes them all for continuous curves, beauty, distance, quality of road and overall riding quality. I rode east to west, then turned around and rode back to Lolo Hot Springs, MT. This is a must ride by any serious rider.
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