Lemhi Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 7,373 ft (2.247m) above the sea level, located in the Rocky Mountains, in USA.
The pass is located in the Beaverhead Mountains, on the Montana-Idaho border. Driving at night, or in poor visibility, is not recommended for drivers unfamiliar with the road. The pass is accessed via Lemhi Pass Road in Montana, and the Lewis and Clark Highway in Idaho, both dirt roads. It’s a beautiful rural gravel road that follows one of the great events of US and world history. Strongly advised a high-clearance vehicle on the Lemhi Pass road, for some sections may be deeply rutted and others very rocky. You'll want to be sure you have a good spare tire, and equipment to change a tire if needed. The last four miles of road below the pass are quite narrow - a single driving lane. Watch for oncoming traffic and be prepared to use a turnout, or back up if you meet a vehicle. Keep in mind that generally, downhill traffic has the right-of-way.
The pass is located within Salmon-Challis National Forest. Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Be prepared for the cold and wind! The weather is generally cool and unpredictable. It can snow at any time of the year. Thunderstorms with lightning, strong winds, and rain or hail are likely in the summer months.
The journey offers an exhilarating driving experience, with superb views. An incredible journey, an unforgettable experience. The area contains the richest deposits of thorium discovered in the United States. This is definitely one road trip that you want to record with lots of photographs. There are lots of viewpoints, official and unofficial. The landscape at Lemhi Pass is very much like it was 200 years ago. You will find native sagebrush and bunch grasses, edged with patches of douglas-fir and lodge pole pine trees.
Pic: Rich McCrea