Just east of Baker City, Oregon, Section 3 of the TransAm crosses the famous Oregon Trail, the route of the westward pioneers in the 1800s. Eastern Oregon is dry and can generate high summer temperatures so carrying extra water is important. The route crosses the Snake River into Idaho and follows several major rivers, including the Salmon and the Clearwater. You'll climb and descend from one drainage to the next. The White Bird Battlefield of the Nez Perce National Historic Park is along the route. There is a beautiful ride along the scenic Lochsa River before climbing Lolo Pass into Montana. The route crosses paths with the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail here. It ends in Missoula, Montana, home of Adventure Cycling Association - stop in and visit us!
This, map 3 of the Trans Am, is a must ride. From Baker City to Halfway, simply stunning scenery. If you drop into Richland in the spring (second half of May), be prepared for endless layers of color on the mountains, with vegetation, flowers, and land. This route spends almost the entire state of Idaho along rivers. Favorite section was from New Meadows to White Bird, along the mighty Salmon River just dwarfed by the mountains. Hwy 95 wasn't great, but the scenery made up for it! Another favorite was White Bird to Grangeville, along old hwy 95. Note: the Lambs Grade down into Stites is VERY steep, and may be difficult to navigate down without disc brakes (or ride up without serious gears!). Rode along the Lochsa River on Memorial Day weekend, which made for far less truck traffic than expected. This section of the Trans Am left us with many, many good memories, and we hope to do it again someday.
TransAmerica Trail Map and Addenda, Section 3
G.Rae Van Sluys on 6/30/16
Unsurpassed! Appreciate the insert w/recent news of changes in accommodations (campgrounds and other lodging).
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Greg Thatcher on 4/12/10
I bought it as a "test" I had no idea how much inforamation may or not be in the map. I was really impressed. I am contemplating a trip when I retire, on my own on the transAmerica. I am hitting some (resistance) which I imagine everyone gets. But when I was 18 I thought it would be the biggest adventure ever. However, in 1968 I knew that an 18 year old on his own crossing the country on a bike would be trouble.