The Salmon River

Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
Trip End Aug 22, 2012

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Sawtooth Wilderness Area Ketchum
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Idaho
Friday, August 10, 2012

From Cliff
We rode from Kalispell to Ketchum today and had a great day except for another run in with bloody roadworks that held us up for about 45 minutes!!!

Most of the day we were riding beside the Salmon River which is a fast flowing shallow river with the clearest water.  Saw many people fly fishing on it as well as rafting on it, very long and very beautiful.  We stopped in the town of Salmon at a brewery and had a beer and some lunch and chatted to the very friendly staff.  Glen got some really good video which he is now editing in the room as I sit in the lobby of our hotel in Monticello typing this and trying to remember the highlights of the day, each day is starting to blur into one another now and its gets hard to remember what was what.

I remember that once we checked in at Ketchum we immediately loaded the two washing machines with all our dirty clothes and got that done as it had been a while and we were recycling socks and undies...........

We then went our separate ways and explored the place which is a really beautiful and popular small town in a beautiful mountain valley.  I then climbed a fair size hill and got some good sunset pics and enjoyed the view and the peace and quiet for half an hour or so.

Glen may remember more details of the days riding.

It was a good riding day, a moderate one as we covered 420 miles, but most of it was fairly scenic through the Sawtooth and Bitteroot wildnerness areas. The day started with a great run along the Swan River, Swan Lake and surrounds. It was actually quite a cold start and we both rugged up about halfway along Swan Lake. Trout fishing and hunting seemed to be the main calling along our route. The second half of the day was better than the first as the ride followed the might Slamon river through twists, turns and some nice sweepers. It gets hard sometimes, keeping one eye on the road and the other eye turned to the enjoy the glorious view. The mighty Salmon river climbed gently through the mountain range and we were rewarded with some great views upon reaching the summit (or rather the plateau) of Lower Stanley. From here we were able to follow the river all the way to it's starting foundation as an underground stream.

If you had asked me what I thought Idaho was famous for before doing this trip, I would have said potatoes and wide open spaces. Instead we were treated to some glorious rides through the Rocky Mountains.

After arriving at Ketchum (a very pretty mountain/ski-town) I was feeling kinda peckish and wanted to exlpore the 'frontier' feel of the town. I found myself at the Pioneer Saloon  a great pub with plenty of historic items from golden years gone by. The main reason I went along was when we were at Bertrams Brewery Restauraunt (Salmon) - the owner - Kathy, asked that if we were going to Ketchum, to stop by the Pioneer Saloon and say hello to her sister-in-law, Mary......small world. Unfortunately Mary wasn't working the night I went, but I enjoyed a good hearty steak and a cold ale.

A good night's sleep and an easy start in the to Salt Lake City, Utah!!

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