This route includes parts of IDBDR sections 2 and 3 as indicated in yellow on the map. The orange section includes epic paved roads and is not included in the IDBDR .gpx tracks so you will need to navigate using this map or the Butler IDBDR map. It’s a loop – so jump onto this route wherever works best for you and enjoy!
Starting midway up Section 2 and heading north, riders will encounter scenic gravel roads up to Yellow Pine which aren’t technical but require plenty of focus. The village of Yellow Pine is a highlight of the route and you’ll find just about everything you need at the rustic general store in town.
The historic mining town of Warren has plenty of relics to remind you of how life was over 150 years ago. Burgdorf Hot Springs is a must stop on the IDBDR. The hot pools and cabins are open year-round and make for a perfect respite. From Burgdorf, keep an eye out for the infamous abandoned school bus before you wind down the switchbacks of French Creek Grade to the Salmon River.
After crossing the Salmon River you’ll ride the Salmon River Road west into the town of Riggins where you can rejoin the tarmac back south to McCall or wherever you started your journey!
HIGHLIGHTS: Town of Yellow Pine • Elk Summit • Warren Mining Town • Burgdorf Hot Springs • French Creek Grade Road • Salmon River AKA The River of No Return • Riggins
CAMPING: Burgdorf Hot Springs • Plenty of primitive camping
FUEL: McCall • Cascade • Warm Lake • Yellow Pine • Warren • Secesh Stage Stop • Riggins
FOOD: McCall • Cascade • Warm Lake • Yellow Pine • Warren • Secesh Stage Stop • Riggins
HOTEL + MOTEL: McCall • Yellow Pine: rooms at general store and a small B&B • Warren • Burgdorf Hot Springs: rental cabins (requires two night stay) • Riggins