Bannock Pass ID, Bitteroot Mts.
Bannock Pass ID, Bitteroot Mts. Leadore Reviews
Continental Devide and state line Oct 08, 2014
I was going to Salmon, ID, and points north and decided to see the lower Bitteroot mts on ID 29 covering Bannock Pass into Montana with a short detoure to Lemhi Pass back to Idaho.
Some people say the treeless lower mts are ugly, but in reality they are beautiful. (Check out my photos before you decide.)
I entered ID 29 on BLM property and then got to the Salmon National Forest. I had a beautiful day and enjoyed my ride on dirt road up a shallow canyon. I continued up to Bannock pass where there was a split rail fence near the road because ranchers lease out federal land to raise cattle. They cant block a through road so just past the rail fence was the official sign for Bannock Pass. I stayed at the pass for an hour to enjoy it but it turned out later to be a mistake.
I started down this nice graded gravel road for 15 miles to connect with the road to Lemhi Pass and back on my way in Idaho. I was going down when a semi was going fast and got real close to my bumper so I had to drive faster or die. As I approached the junction for Lemhi Pass the semi was tight against me and I dare not try to slow to turn and missed my road. The semi "pushed me" all the way down to Grant, Montana; and I decided on a different route back. I meanadered in Montana and took Chief Joseph Pass. The bitteroots were much higher in their northern section and had nice trees there, but is was a paved road and I dont camp on paved roads.
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