Cycling Old White Bird Summit
Ride 11.6 miles gaining 2,913’ at 4.7% average grade.
Summary by PJAMM’s Bruce Hamilton:
This climb starts in the town of White Bird and it’s a long way from everywhere. It is worth your time to interrupt your travels to do the climb if you’re traversing Idaho North-South along highway 95 but this one is quiet and isolated and not on the way to anywhere.
It gets peaceful and remote quickly in these parts.
Photo: 2 miles up the climb.
Beautiful scenery on this one.
There are two roads leading from White Bird to the summit – we took the old highway and recommend it over the new, modern yet busier highway. The road surface is not as smooth and the main highway but only two cars passed us the entire climb. The views are wide open as you ride through high prairie for the first seven miles or so and into an alpine setting for the last few miles. For riding back down from the summit to White Bird the new highway is recommended. There is a wide shoulder and the pavement is new and smooth – the seven mile descent took only about 12 minutes.
That’s a wrap . . .
Thank you Bruce and Stacy!!