Beaver Creek Summit
The Sawtooth Mountains are a
weekend getaway destination for Boise residents.
But it is not a quick weekend commute. Id21
encounters a total of 4 separate summits on its
route to the mountains. Beaver Creek summit is
the slightly lower one of the Beaver Creek /
Creek double summit. But I think the more
interesting scenery is on the Beaver Creek side.
The profile contains an additional lower
portion, that is not part of the Boise -
Sawtooth Mtns weekend commute (first part of the
northern approach), and this canyon route is
actually the most interesting part of the ride.
From North. The profile
and pictures include the section of road following
the Payette River between Garden City and Lowman.
Here the road climbs an impressive height above
the canyon of the Payette and descends back down
to it. It really feels like a summit in its own
right. But in the meantime the rapids of the
Payette below have also climbed considerably, and
checking the elevation profile, there is actually
less than 500ft gain back down to Lowman. You
could also think of this stretch as the lower
approach to Banner
Lowman just has a gas station without a water
connection and an expensive restaurant. The road
climbs in fairly tight turns through the forest.
After a good workout it, doubles back onto itself
and then breaks out of the forest in a long
straight away for an expansive view of the
forested hills. - The intermittent climbing
continues and the switchback view scenario repeats
itself a second time, one step higher in the
landscape. The top itself is a dirt parking lot
for snowmobilers with an elevation sign.
From South. A short
pleasant forest ride leads to a low point between
Beaver Creek Summit and Mores Creek
A Dayride with this point as intermediate
summit is on page: Mores Creek
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