Lolo Pass Along the Lochsa River

We head out early for Lolo Pass best known for the famous intrepid explorers Lewis & Clark who crossed near where U.S. 12 crosses the Bitterroot Range. The ride south of Missoula and west is very scenic and the road is excellent.

At the top of the Lolo Pass is a U.S. Forest Service visitors' center that has an excellent collection of literature about the historic area, Lewis & Clark and the famous and revered Nez Perce, Chief Joseph. It is a stop where those of us that want a souvenir pin or item could easily obtain one or more.

We head down the pass to where U.S. 12 runs along the Lochsa River. The Lochsa River flows west towards Lewiston, ID, but before it can reach Lewiston, the river joins with the Selway River to create the the middle fork of the Clearwater River, which with its combined forks is the largest tributary of the Snake River, which the Clearwater joins in Lewiston, ID.

This is a very popular area for fly fishing and rafting, and we view plenty of both as we head west. Soon we are past Powell, ID and getting close to our hotel in Orofino, ID, a town with a rich history involving Lewis & Clark, mining and logging.

Our motel has a treat for us tonight, so with a bottle of wine we go to the courtyard where there is a grill ready to go, large NY strip steaks and piping hot baked potatoes with a fresh salad. It does not get any better than this, which makes this a must place to stop for the night.

Tomorrow is a return to home base for the tours, Ellensburg, WA. The riding will be along U.S. 12, which follows the Lewis & Clark trail.

Dinner at Lolo Pass