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4.67 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.67
3 Reviews

Chief Joseph Run

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By Fido (22 McR Points) on Oct 20, 2011

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Guest
August 21, 2013
Great Road and excellent ride. Head signs on…
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GJRonK
1459 McR Points
September 12, 2014
No traffic at all. Just enough sights to keep it…
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Written Directions

Start in Darby and head south on Hwy 93 toward the Idaho border. Once you start the climb up to the top of Last Trail Pass you will than turn left on to Hwy 43 and climb up to the top of Chief Joseph Pass. On the down word ride you will go through the northern part of the Big Hole Valley where you will drive through Wisdom and then on to Wise River and then end up at Divide when it joins I15. Turn north and drive into Butte your finish point.

Scenery

You will start out in a small western town and ride through the mountains on your way to the top of the Pass. When you enter the Big Hole Valley you will get to see a lot of wildlife along the way. There is a famous Indian Battle field just about 15 miles from the top of the Pass with a very good visitor center. In the summer there is a Pow Wow there. Then as you continue on your ride through the valley you will follow the river all of the way to Divide and quite possibly see Moose as well. Once in Butte you will get the opportunity to visit a lot of mining historical sites.

Drive Enjoyment

Hwy 93 and Hwy 43 are well maintained. There are plenty of mountain vistas and winding roads along the water. There are numerous pullouts to view wildlife or just take a break. Remember to wave as the people along the way are very friendly.

Tourism Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to eat at a couple of different cafes while in Wisdom and get fuel there. Other than that Wisdom is the only place to do this other than at the end of the run.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

Remember to bring along some floss picks because you will really enjoy this ride. Real riders understand the last comment.

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Guest
August 21, 2013
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
Great Road and excellent ride. Head signs on corners no matter your riding ability. Gravel washes down mountain and onto road. Gas up before you go. Limited amenities. Dress warm-it gets cold in higher elevations.
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GJRonK
September 12, 2014
1459 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
No traffic at all. Just enough sights to keep it fun. It's such a peaceful ride, it's easy to let your thoughts wander. I love a road that is so easy on the mind.
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dsears
November 16, 2011
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
I have ridden this route twice and just love the route between I-15 and US 93. If your in the area its a must!
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