Each year we make it a point to spend some time away from the office. Taking time to hunt, fish, and travel is something that is required of the whole team to better understand the needs of our customers. To be the lifestyle brand we aspire to be, we have to lead the lifestyle. Without that we would not have the integrity we have today.
The journey started just after sunrise to beat the heat from the summer sun. Starting at the tail end of the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route, we rode across the same beautiful country that Lewis and Clark traversed while mapping our great country. The IDBDR covers over 1,000 miles, starting in Jarbidge, Nevada, and ending at the Canadian border. Jarbidge is notable for being the site of the last gasps of the old west; being both the location of one of the final gold rushes, as well as the one of the last stage coach robberies.
Out here, it is essential to have a reliable GPS device, and physical map is recommended as well. Most of the Idaho portion of the trail is fairly tame, with easily traversable service roads making up the bulk of our trip. Ideal campsites are in abundance and we were able to refuel as we crossed through the small towns dotting the trail, one of which was the beautiful town of Yellow Pine. If you time it just right, you may be passing through the community of Yellow Pine during their annual "Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival", which is held the first weekend of every August. The Frank Church Wilderness Area and surrounding area around the town is great for hiking and fishing and it can be thrilling to spot the populations of elk, deer, bear, and cougar.
The path utilizes the historic Magruder Corridor, a single-lane dirt road named after Lloyd Magruder, a pack train operator who was murdered on the trail in the 1800's. His murder would eventually lead to the state's first legal execution. The Magruder Corridor bridges the 1.2-million-acre Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness and the 2.3-million Acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Two of the largest pieces of undisturbed wilderness in the United States.
The backcountry trip through Idaho was beautiful and something that needs to be experienced. The rich history of Idaho is like a textbook come to life and the freedom that comes from the isolation on the trail is something indescribable. While the idea of a backcountry trip can sound intimidating, traveling along the IDBDR can make the trip much easier to stomach, and is something we recommend to anyone with wanting to get off the beaten path.
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