Post #34 September 27, 2017 Arco, ID to Featherville, ID The Sawtooths Daily Miles: 196.6 Cumulative Miles: 4,295.9 There is frost on the bikes this morning. We are bundled up, but damn it's cold. We take on the Sawtooths today, and first up is Antelope Pass, just to the west of Arco. This is God's country, I tell you. Accessible passes, the tips of mountain tops kissed with snow, decent roads. It really is great, and I am happy that we have made it this far. While it is freezing outside, the road is mercifully devoid of snow. We are on dirt the whole time. But we pass what looks like 2-3 inches of snow. It may be the first of the season. Over Antelope Pass and we descend into the Copper Basin. Wide, hard-packed roads make for quick travel. We've been impressed by the roads in Idaho. And the signage. As we pass through the Copper Basin, geographic highlights have signs. "Pophry Peak," I say, as I see the sign on the right hand side of the road. I look up, and there I see what geologic feature the sign is obviously pointing out. "It's like we are back in Disneyland." We follow a river into Sun Valley, which is appropriately named and pictured below. The beauty of the area makes it immediately clear to us why this area is so popular. Dirt bikers, side-by-sides, cyclists, hikers are all around in force. After Sun Valley, we are bummed to report that we had to detour. We had been warned by Sam, by friends up the trail, and by folks here at Advrider that the next road was impassable. Sure enough, there was sign indicating as much as we traversed down road 227 (Warm Springs Road) to Featherville. As indicated by the signs, this mudslide is "15 miles east of Featherville" or "Five miles East of Baumgartner Camp" and blocks the trail. Our friends up the trail, Rob and Derrick, tried to cross it, and failed. "You CAN NOT cross this landslide," he tells us in an email. Alright, if they can't do it, then we're not going to try. While there are many ways go around this one, we went down Warm Springs Road and then cut south to Fairfield, ID via Forest Roads 15 and 95 (I think). It can also be done on Forest Road 94. From Fairfield, you grab the 20 west to 61 north (I think) and up to Featherville. (Other folks have gone south directly from Sun Valley to pick up the 20.) The net result is that you miss 30 miles of the trail from the cutoff we took to Featherville. Instead, you get 70 miles of pavement all the way to Featherville. We saw a reservoir on the way into Featherville. That was our consolation prize.