NEW TOUR
Idaho, USA

Sun Valley Road Bike Tour

DURATION

6 Days

PRICE

$2,796

LEVEL

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

DAILY DISTANCE

45-65 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included), Boat Ride, Hiking.

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts. One lunch and one dinner are on your own.

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

Explore majestic, beautiful Southern Idaho, all the way from cowboy country outside of Boise to the outdoor mecca of Sun Valley. Gorgeous Sun Valley: birthplace of the ski lift, beloved by Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Warren Miller, not to mention Ernest Hemingway. The chiseled Sawtooth Mountains: home to more than 50 peaks over 10,000 feet and over 300 mountain lakes. Ride a wide arc through this remote wilderness of expansive views and snow-dusted peaks following wild rivers and mountain grades. Golf, hike, river raft, shop – you can even go fly-fishing or wine tasting. Most of all, breathe the clear mountain air and savor the surroundings.

Pedal Happy comment: While this is indeed a spectacular route, most of the cycling on this tour is along state highways (there are few, if any, other paved roads). Riders should be comfortable cycling highways with varying amounts of shoulder, guard rails and some traffic.

Thanks to Visit Sun Valley for help with photos!

Day 01

Pedal from Idaho City to Lowman on the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway.

Meals

– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Sourdough Lodge

Distance

45 miles

Elevation

+4175 ft / -3785 ft

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Meet us in Boise. Begin riding in Idaho City, a historic mining town where you can still pan for gold. Bicycle the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway – a gorgeous route with stunning views of the Sawtooth Range – beside Mores Creek, then Lamar Creek and finally Beaver Creek. Bicycle into Lowman, on the Payette River, to stay at the Sourdough Lodge.

Day 02

Ride through remote wilderness over Banner Summit to Stanley, Idaho.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Stanley High Country Inn

Distance

46 miles

Elevation

+3475 ft / -1523 ft

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Tackle another mountain pass today. Bicycle up and over Banner Summit, a long but gradual climb. To one side: the Sawtooth Wilderness, with 217,000 pristine acres of rugged forests and pristine lakes. To the other: the Salmon-Challis National Forest, gateway to the 2.3-million-acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, with more contiguous acres of road-free wild lands than anywhere in the lower 48. From the summit – one of Idaho’s highest at 7,056 feet – descend into the town of Stanley, nestled amid the Sawtooth Mountains. Stay at the Stanley High Country Inn.

Day 03

Enjoy a boat ride and a hike to an alpine lake.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Lodging

Stanley High Country Inn

Distance

Hike: 7.2, or 10.3 miles

Elevation

Hike:
+1,215 ft / -1,213 ft, or
+1,895 ft / -1,899 ft

Ability Level

All Levels

Give your trusty steed a rest today and lace up your hiking boots instead. Pack up your rucksack in the morning and set off on a boat ride across Redfish Lake near Stanley. From the other side of the lake, hike into the heart of the Sawtooth Range’s magnificent high country. Pick from two trails to alpine lakes – one easier, one a bit harder – both with magnificent views. Spend another night at the High Country Inn. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Day 04

Cross over Galena Summit on the Sawtooth Scenic Byway - one of the highest paved roads in Idaho.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Tyrolean Lodge

Distance

62 miles

Elevation

+2824 ft / -3281 ft

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Warm up pedaling through bucolic agricultural lands this morning before the road ramps up toward the mountains. Cross over the Galena Summit on the Sawtooth Scenic Byway, a regional showcase as well as one of the highest paved roads in Idaho. Watch for pronghorn antelope, deer, and elk! Top out at 8700’ and enjoy the views from the summit before the big downhill cruise into Ketchum and Sun Valley. Spend the next two nights at the Tyrolean Lodge, just outside Sun Valley proper.

Day 05

Explore Sun Valley today!

Meals

– Breakfast
– Dinner

Lodging

Tyrolean Lodge

Ability Level

All Levels

Explore Sun Valley today! Options abound. Hang out in town and golf, play tennis, take a wine tour, or go shopping. Head to the hills for some horseback riding, mountain biking or more hiking. Find a river raft trip that suits your tastes. Or head out for another road ride. Lunch is on your own.

Day 06

Ride to Hailey on a network of bike paths and celebrate a great week at the Powerhouse Bike Shop.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Distance

Up to 53 miles

Elevation

Up to +969 ft / -1,896 ft

Ability Level

All Levels

Ride 30 miles south to Hailey, mostly on bike paths. Have lunch and check out the famous Powerhouse Bike Shop where you can ogle the coolest new bikes and gear. If your legs haven’t had their fill, ride another 20 miles to meet the main highway before hopping into the van for the journey back to Boise (~2hrs).

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Guaranteed
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Single Supplement
Price
$755
This is not required. It is an optional fee to allow a solo traveler to guarantee a private room for the duration of the tour.

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