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Idaho is a complex shape surrounded by almost-rectangles, for anybody who has ever looked onto a map. It not only looks like a leftover after all the surrounding states took their share. In a historical sense it is that too. But that leftover area has a greater north south reach than any of its neighbors, and it possesses some of the greatest scenery, for which its neighbors are famous, the north western canyons of Columbia tributaries, the arid fault block mountains of northern Utah, and also a few other types of scenery you don't find anywhere else, like the plateaus close to Twin Falls for example. So - the state with the Indian sounding name that was selected because it sounds (American) Indian - but actually is not - has a lot to offer in bike climbing scenery. Also - the elevation table can be a little misleading. Some of the highest summits are actually very small climbs, and some of the lower summits in the northern canyon areas are quite big.





PAVED SUMMITS AND PASSES - HIGHEST FIRST
Name elevation (ft) nearby towns location
  9000 - 9999    
Mt Harrison(ow) 9210 Burley Albion Mtns
  8000 - 8999  
Galena Summit 8707 Ketchum Boulder Mtns, Smoky Mtns, Sawtooth Range
  7000 - 7999  
Id36 Williams Canyon s(u) 7424
Geneva Summit 7186
Banner Summit 7056 Haley Sawtooth Range foothills
  6000 - 6999  
Pine Creek Pass 6764
Border Summit 6358
Mores Creek Summit 6118 Idaho City Boise Mtns
Beaver Creek Summit 6063 Lowman Boise Mtns
Craters of the Moon NP s(u) 6060 Arco Snake River Plain / Pioneer Mtns
  5000 - 5999  
  4000 -4999
Old White Bird Hill Rd s(u) 4420 Grangeville, White Bird Clearwater Mtns
White Bird Hill Rd (sh) 4360 Grangeville, White Bird Clearwater Mtns
Brownlee Summit 4131 Cambridge Hell's Canyon
  3000 - 3999  


UNPAVED AND TRAIL SUMMITS AND PASSES - HIGHEST FIRST
Name elevation (ft) nearby towns location
  9000 - 9999    
Sawtell Peak Rd(ow) 9880 West Yellowstone Centennial Range
  8000 - 8999  
Galena Old Toll Rd Trail s(u) 8810 Ketchum Sawtooth Range
Corral Creek Summit 8733 Mackay Pioneer Mtn foothiills
Danish Pass 8520 St Charles Bear River Range
FR411 Egan Basin s(u) 8500 St Charles Bear River Range
Doublespring  Pass 8320 Mackay Lost River Range
FR408-421 German Dugway s(u) 8160 Bear River Range
FR406 Franklin Basin Rd(sh) 8120 Logan, Ut Bear River Range
Loristica Campground s(u) 8120 Mackay Lost River Range
  7000 - 7999  
Horseheaven Pass 7960 Mackay Lost River Range
Trail Creek Summit 7880 Ketchum Boulder Mtns, Pioneer Mtns
FR538 Oakley - Rogerson Rd s(u) 7840 Oakley, Rogerson Sawtooth NF - Cassia Division
Williams Creek Summit 7810 Salmon Salmon River Mtns
Pass Creek Summit 7641 Mackay Lost River Range
Morgan Creek Summit 7595 Salmon Salmon River Mtns
Pike Mountain s(u) 7580 Hansen Sawtooth NF - Cassia Division
FR28 Williams Lake Rd s(u) 7570 Salmon Salmon River Mtns
FR128 Salmon area s(u) 7440 Salmon Salmon River Mtns
Jensen Pass 7420
FR500 Oakey - Rogerson Rd (sh)-1 7170 Oakley, Rogerson Sawtooth NF - Cassia Division
Elba Pass 7100 Oakley, Almo Albion Mtns
Arco Pass 7000 Arco Lost River Range
Beaverland Pass 7000 Arco Lost River Range
  6000 - 6999  
Green Canyon Pass 6920 Island Park Yellowstone Plateau
Brushy Fork - Spruce Creek Divide 6480 Lolo Bitterroot Mtns
FR544 Indian Springs Rd s(u) 6440 Hansen Sawtooth NF - Cassia Divison
FR595 Lolo Pass - Granite Pass s(u) 6440 Lolo Bitterroot Mtns
FR487 Squaw Creek Rd - Seven Devils Rd s(u) 6220 Riggins Seven Devils Mountains
Emery Pass 6130 Oakley, Almo Albion Mtns
  5000 - 5999  
FR2028 Skookumchuck Rd s(u) 5960 Grangeville Clearwater Mtns
  4000 -4999
FR307 Placerville Rd s(u) 4930 Idaho City, Placerville Boise Mtns
Banner Ridge s(u) 4570 Haley Clearwater Mtns
  3000 - 3999  


ALL SUMMITS AND PASSES - ALPHABETICAL ORDER
A -   UNP   - Arco Pass - (7000ft) - this pass across the extreme northern end of the Lost River Range also has some of the best views on the valleys below
B - PAVED - Banner Summit (7056ft) - on the weeked commuting round between Boise and the Sawtooth Mountains
-   UNP   - Beaverland Pass - (7000ft) - a low pass on a northern rib of the Lost River Range. There is an easily missed arch in the nearby landscape.
- PAVED - Beaver Creek Summit (6063ft) - the Canyon of the Payette is the most intersting scenic feature on this forest route
- PAVED - Border Summit (6358ft) - a low summit on the Wyoming - Idaho border with Oregon Trail history
- PAVED - Brownlee Summit (4131ft) -  a climb out of Hell's Canyon into arrid Idaho
-   UNP   - Brush Fork - Spruce Creek Divide - (6480ft) - a ride into blown down matchstick forest from the Lolo Pass Rd
C -   UNP   - Corral Creek Summit - (8733ft) - perfect view point onto the Lost River Range from the other side of the valley
- PAVED - Craters of the Moon NP s(u) - (6060ft) - a tiny summit on a black cone with a far view
D -   UNP   - Danish Pass - (8520ft) - both approaches of this inconspicuous Bear River Range crossing are from Utah
-   UNP   - Doublespring Pass - (8320ft) - the lower of two wide gaps in the Lost River Range
E -   UNP   - Elba Pass (7100ft) - perfect connecting pass for a dayloop through City of Rocks Reserve
-   UNP   - Emery Pass (6130ft) - located in a favorite scenic area in Idaho: City of Rocks Reserve
F -   UNP   - FR28 Williams Lake Rd s(u) - (7570ft) - thousands of degrees of curvature lead to high point along the edge of the Salmon River Mountains
-   UNP   - FR307 Placerville s(u) - a low dirt road summit that makes loops over higher summits possible
-   UNP   - FR406 Franklin Basin Rd(sh) - shallow approach from Utah, steep rocky ATV trail from Idaho
-   UNP   - FR408-421 summit(u): German Dugway (8160ft) -  a great climbing workout on the Utah Idaho border near Bear Lake
-   UNP   - FR411 Egan Basin s(u) - (8500ft) - unpaved alternative to Bear Lake Lake Summit in Utah
-    UNP  - FR487 Squaw Creek Rd - Seven Devils Rd s(u) (6220ft) - on the way to one of the best viewpoints in the Hells Canyon area: the Seven Devils Rd
  UNP   - FR500 Oakley Rogerson Rd(sh) -1 - (7170ft) - Twin Falls area; it seems you have to live there to know the beauty of this area
-   UNP   - FR538 Oakley - Rogerson Rd s(u) - (7840ft) - a rarely visited, great American landscape, especially interesting during time of the first snow
-   UNP   - FR544 Indian Springs Rd s(u) - (6440ft) - Twin Falls area: scenic lookout route above paved Rock Creek Rd
-   UNP   - FR595 Lolo Pass - Granite Pass s(u) - (6440ft) - all the veiws missing from Lolo Pass can be had from this summit
-   UNP   - FR2028 Skookumchuck Rd s(u) - (5960ft) - a Salmon River Canyon climb on a smooth dirt road
G - PAVED - Galena Summit (8707ft) - Idaho's most alpine scenic paved pass through the Sawtooth Mtns
TRAIL  - Galena Old Toll Rd s(u) (8810ft) - trail alternative to Galena Summit
- PAVED - Geneva Summit (6923ft) - part of the annual Logan - Jackson ride
- PAVED - Gilmore Summit  (7186ft) - a long stretch without services through fascinating dessert ranges
-   UNP   - Green Canyon Pass - (6920ft) - small forested pass near Island Park and West Yellowstone
H -   UNP   - Horseheaven Pass - (7060ft) - exploring the remote east side of the Lost River Range
I - PAVED - Id36 summit(u): Williams Canyon (7424ft) - an alternative to Utah's Logan Canyon - if traffic is a problem
J -    UNP  - Jensen Pass (7420ft) - scenic ride in the middle of old fur trapper's country
L -    UNP  - Loristica Campground s(u) - (8120ft) - an out and back road to high campground in a bowl of the Lost River Range
M - PAVED  - Mores Creek Summit (6118ft) - one of the Id21 summits between Boise and the Sawtooth Mountains
-    UNP   - Morgan Creek Summit - (7595ft) - long summit road through the endless forests of the Salmon River Mountains with an interesting dry canyon on the west side
- PAVED  - Mt Harrison(ow) - (9210ft) - a scenic climb to a laid back ski area 
O - PAVED - Old White Bird Hill Rd s(u) (4420ft) - fascinating old highway near Grangeville, where the Salmon River exits the mountains, my favorite Idaho climb
P -   UNP   - Pass Creek Summit - (7641ft) - one of two wide gaps in the Lost River Range
-   UNP   - Pike Mountain s(u) (7580ft) - a "Lookout Type" mountain in the plateau maze between Twin Falls and Oakley
- PAVED - Pine Creek Pass (6764ft) -  busy road on the way to Yellowstone
S -   UNP   - Sawtell Peak Rd(ow) - (9880ft) - microwave dish on a wedge shaped mountain, adjacent to GDMBR
T -   UNP   - Trail Creek Summit (7880ft) - a very popular, partially unpaved climb from the ski areas around Ketchum
W - PAVED - White Bird Hill Rd s(u) (4360ft) - can be used to construct a partial loop ride together with the more interesting Old White Bird Rd
-   UNP   - Williams Creek Summit - (7810ft) - long road through forest and firewood cutting area in the Salmon River Mountains



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