Bannock Pass ID, Bitteroot Mts.

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Bannock Pass ID, Bitteroot Mts. Leadore Reviews

walterman9999 walterma…
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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.
Idaho 29, BLM, to Bannock Pass
Idaho 29, BLM, to Bannock Pass
Idaho 29, Salmon N. Forest, to Ban…
Idaho 29, Salmon N. Forest, to Ban…
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