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5 Days Beginner Mountain Bike Tour in Idaho, USA
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Middle Fork Boise River, Elmore County, Idaho, USA

Guided Bike Tour USA

Picture yourself cruising into camp after a beautiful and fun ride only to be met by a freshly prepared dinner and a cascading natural hot spring. That’s life on tour in the Idaho backcountry! Escape Adventures has taken the best scenery, historic sights, and terrain from their classic hot springs tour, and made it accessible for beginner riders. They take advantage of Idaho’s extensive network of jeep road and doubletrack so that van support can be available for riders to customize their rides. Put on your helmet, ride along the tracks, and enjoy the hot springs!

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Jeep road and dirt road
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 71 miles / 114 kilometers
  • Average elevation: 1,372 meters / 4,500 feet - 2,530 meters / 8,300 feet
  • Vacation type: Mountain biking and adventure cycling
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike (225 USD)
  • E-bike: not available to rent for permit reasons (it's not possible to ride e-bikes anywhere, there are specific trails accepted)

Highlights

  • 4 days of mountain biking
  • Relaxing in the hot springs
  • Support vehicle during the tour
  • 2 experienced guides and bike maintenance
  • Community gear and a souvenir shirt
  • Camping gear and first aid
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals and snacks

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


4 days with instruction
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated inside three-man tents near Middle Fork Boise River and at Pine Flats Campground for two nights each. All camping on this trip is at campsites with no running water and pit toilets. There are no shower facilities, but hot springs and cold rivers are a highlight of this trip. There is no cell phone service.

Program

Day 1: Rocky Bar to Atlanta (15 miles / 24 kilometers)

From Boise, you will be shuttled to Rocky Bar, where you have lunch. After checking out the remnants of a jail and saloon that remain in this ghost town, you will head out on your ride. You will follow an old dirt road that passes between Steel Mountain and Bald Mountain as it makes a gradual seven-mile climb, followed by a seven-mile descent. Then one last short climb will bring you to the historic town of Atlanta.

You will stop by the old jailhouse and check out some historic photos of the town's past, from its 1860s gold mining boom to the tourism trade of the 1950s. A historic log home displays what life was like for pioneers in the Idaho frontier. A short one-mile ride will bring you to the camp for the evening, just in time for a great home-cooked dinner.

  • Camp: Middle Fork Boise River (just outside Atlanta)

Day 2: Atlanta

Today the day is yours; relax at the amazing camp or take advantage of a number of more active options. Escape Adventures' optional hike takes you deep into the Sawtooth Wilderness where Greylock Mountain towers over the scene and there are surprises around every corner. A walking tour of Atlanta, the host “ghost town” (population: 20), offers a reveling look at the town, and region's long history. Take your camera to capture some artsy historical shots! You can spend the day by the river and don't forget plenty of good books for relaxing in the hot springs!

  • Camp: Middle Fork Boise River (just outside Atlanta)

Day 3: Boise River and Lowman (19 miles / 31 kilometers)

Leaving Atlanta, you will descend along the middle fork of the Boise River for 15 miles on dirt road, before hopping in the van to shuttle across the mountains to Banner Ridge. You'll have lunch, and then with your legs rested and your stomachs full, you will get back in the saddle and descend down 3,000 feet to the tiny town of Lowman nestled along the banks of the Payette River. From Lowman, a five-mile paved road ride will bring you to the camp.

  • Camp: Pine Flats Campground

Day 4: Banner Ridge and Kirkham Hot Springs (19 miles / 31 kilometers)

After a delicious breakfast at camp, you will head back up to Banner Ridge for some fun singletrack. You will check out some neat self-sufficient yurts before riding the Cougar and Alpine Trails (great introductory singletrack) through the forest. A fun 2,400 feet downhill ride will bring you to the highway, and a mile jaunt on the road will take you to the famous Kirkham Hot Springs. At this popular spot, the springs drop in over rocks and boulders, creating majestic steaming waterfalls. Of course, there are also plenty of soaking pools and an icy river for jumping in!

After you've had your fill of exploring and relaxing at the springs, you will be shuttled back to the camp at Pine Flats Campground. Be sure to take a moment to cherish the starry sky and crisp mountain air on your last night in the forest.

  • Camp: Pine Flats Campground

Day 5: Banner Ridge (18 miles / 29 kilometers)

This morning, you’ll pack up camp for the last time and say goodbye to the Payette River and Lowman. A short shuttle will take you back up to Banner Ridge to try out your new singletrack skills. You will spend the morning exploring the many miles of interconnecting trails across the ridge, stopping at many scenic views along the way. You will have one last delicious lunch before hopping in your shuttle and heading back to Boise. As a special treat, convince your guides to top off a great week with a stop in Idaho City for ice cream! In addition to delicious desserts, Idaho City offers quaint shops and lovingly preserved historic buildings from Idaho's bonanza days.

Note

Escape Adventures’ tour leaving from Boise will meet at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Boise ParkCenter. The departure time for the tour is 08:00 and the return time is 19:00. They also suggest arriving at your meeting location at least 12 hours prior to your departure time in order to have time to rest before the tour. Eating breakfast before meeting the group is advised.

Skill level

Beginner:

  • can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Preparing your mountain bike tour

For optimal physical preparation, Escape Adventures recommends that you ride at least several hours per week during the month preceding the tour. During the tour, you will be on your bike every day, and they can assure you that an unprepared bottom is a sore one! If you can’t ride your bike or don’t own one, take a spin class at your local gym a few times a week. Your level of fitness does affect how much you enjoy your tour. Check the average daily mileage and level of strenuousness, then train appropriately.

Bicycles

Escape Adventures rents quality bicycles from Specialized and Santa Cruz. If you would like to rent a bicycle for your trip, Escape Adventures will fit you with a high quality, durable, and safe ride. The mountain bikes are full-suspension, lightweight, and adjustable.

All bicycle rentals are equipped with flat pedals, a tire repair kit and pump, and a complimentary water bottle. Helmet, gloves, seat pack, and SPD pedals are available upon request and are included in the rental price. Please specify your individual needs when confirming your reservation. If you are leaving a familiar bicycle at home, Escape Adventures highly recommends bringing your saddle and pedals. Your guides will be happy to install them for you during orientation.

Full suspension mountain bike - Specialized Stumpjumper 650b

The Specialized Stumpjumper is the best bang for your buck! This bike features 150 millimeters of front and rear travel, which is plenty of cushions to soak up any bump in the trail. You can visit the Specialized site for more information. Individual components on rental bikes may vary slightly. Please call Escape Adventures for more information.

Support vehicle

For more than a decade, Escape Adventures has been designing their custom fleet of 4×4 trucks, vans, and trailers with rack systems made exclusively for backcountry adventure touring. The support vehicle and driver becomes your own personal support system, bringing you food and drink, carrying your gear safely through the mountains, and lending a bench for a soft ride at your convenience. The exclusive fleet is custom built to go further in the backcountry so you can see places you never knew existed.

Fitness

If you’re a flatlander, you may find yourself gasping for air at 8,000 feet or higher - the higher you go, the less oxygen the atmosphere contains. In addition, a decrease in barometric pressure makes it more difficult for your body to absorb the oxygen that is available. As a result, your body is less able to transport oxygen through the bloodstream and you may develop a condition called altitude or mountain sickness.

Most people only experience mild symptoms - headache, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, and shortness of breath. Rarely, symptoms can be quite serious, such as swelling in the lungs and brain that can be more serious if not properly and quickly treated. Shortness of breath is often a preliminary symptom of altitude sickness, and 8,000 feet is high enough for it to develop. The most common symptom is a headache. While you may not notice any symptoms at rest, this can change quickly when you begin even moderate exercise.

Recognizing and treating symptoms early is the key to preventing the more serious aspects of this problem. The faster you ascend, the less chance you give your body to adjust. A mild case of altitude sickness very closely resembles a hangover, a good reason not to drink alcohol the first day or two after your ascent. Alcohol causes dehydration, which worsens altitude sickness. It’s important to drink plenty of non-alcoholic and decaffeinated beverages to stay well hydrated.

A slow ascent is one way to prevent mountain sickness, but this may not be practical if you’re flying in or only have a few days. Because overexertion is the main cause, it’s a good idea to take it easy for a few days until your body can acclimate. A diet high in carbohydrates (70 to 80 percent) helps increase blood oxygen levels and alleviates some of the symptoms. A high-fat diet does the opposite. Make your trip to the mountains enjoyable. Take it easy the first few days, stay well hydrated, get plenty of rest, eat well and don’t go out too hard. If you start to experience a headache, fatigue, nausea or shortness of breath, it’s time to stop or rest. Keep your guides well informed of your symptoms, they have experience with altitude sickness and can help you make decisions about your care.

Included excursions

  • A visit to the old jailhouse and checking out some historic photos in Atlanta on day 1
  • Checking out the remnants of a jail and saloon in Rocky Bar
  • Exploring Kirkham Hot Springs

Location

The cycling tour will take place in Idaho, USA. It will start from Rocky Bar and end in Banner Ridge. You will bike along the middle fork of the Boise River. You will also visit Rocky Bar, Atlanta, and Kirkham Hot Springs during the tour.

Food

Your guides prepare all the food on the camping trips, starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day. Expect to eat only freshly prepared foods at each meal. You will eat three meals a day and always have fresh vegetables and fruit available. They will serve all meals starting with lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day, along with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Breakfast favorites include blueberry pancakes, huevos rancheros, and crepes. Lunches include delicacies such as Greek salad, veggie-feta wraps, and pasta. Appetizers, like bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, and crudité complement elaborate salads and pastries. Dinner entreés, such as polenta lasagna, steak, salmon, and deep dish pizza are delicious when baked in a Dutch oven or grilled over an open fire. Desserts range from pineapple upside down cake to chocolate fondue. If you have special diet requirements, Escape Adventures can accommodate with prior notice. Vegans and vegetarians are no problem.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • A walking tour of Atlanta on day 2
  • Hike into the Sawtooth Wilderness
  • Relaxing in hot springs

What's included

  • 4 days of mountain biking
  • Atlanta tour on day 1
  • Rocky Bar tour
  • Kirkham Hot Springs visit
  • 2 guides
  • Camping gear
  • Bike maintenance
  • Community gear
  • A souvenir shirt
  • Support vehicle
  • First aid
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from the departure point
  • Lodging before or after the tour
  • Gratuities to Escape Adventures guides
  • Taxes and fees

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Boise Airport (BOI).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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