Idaho Mountain Biking

Salmon River MountainsThe trails and old mining and logging roads that spider web the Johnson Creek valley are motor vehicle free and offer a variety of terrain and challenge for the mountain biker.

Wonderfully remote and traffic-free abandoned Idaho logging roads and wagon tracks provide for sometimes easy/sometimes strenuous biking trails. The Ditch Creek Road, nine miles of abandoned serpentine logging road, leads from the Johnson Creek Road at 5,200 feet elevation to the trailhead to Rainbow Lake at about 7,600 feet, with countless opportunities to see wildlife and abundant wildflowers on the journey.

The old Thunder Mountain Road, the original packtrail and wagon road leading to the last great gold rush in the West at Thunder Mountain climbs three peaks and descends into two lake basins.  Branches lead to Buck Mountain summit, the Summit Ridge and unending views of the River of No Return Wilderness and limitless mountainscapes. Gentler trails through the Johnson Creek Valley lead right from our door, North to the Johnson Creek airstrip and Cougar Point, where a short hiking trail at the end of the bike path gives views south up the valley and of the tiny backcountry airplanes landing beneath you.  South trails lead to elk and moose wallows, old prospector ruins and lovely forest paths.