Idaho September 11, 2018
The Highest Driveable Road In Idaho Is Downright Rugged But So Totally Worth It
Some of the best views in Idaho are hard to reach but totally worth the effort. The road featured below is considered the highest driveable roads in the state and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. People with a fear of heights might want to stay away but otherwise, this is an unforgettable journey that you’re sure to love. Once you drive this road, you can officially say you’ve driven along one of the most rugged and scenic roads in the state. What are you waiting for? Fuel up your car and get going!
Located in central Idaho is a dirt road that's considered the highest road accessible to full-size vehicles in all of Idaho. Don't get us wrong. The journey along Railroad Ridge is tough. However, the views at the top make it so completely worth it.
The road is located in Custer County within the White Cloud Mountain Range. The peak elevation of the road is 10,433 so hopefully you don't have a fear of heights! However, if you enjoy a good challenge then this the road for you.
The road to the summit is intense and only vehicles with high clearance four-wheel-drive are recommended. Definitely don't attempt this road in severe weather conditions since avalanches, heavy snowfall, and landslides are known to occur at any time.
Railroad Ridge is a very narrow road with very few pullouts. You'll definitely want to take it nice and slow to ensure you don't drive over any sharp rocks or large dips. As you traverse the road, you'll climb approximately 7,200 feet until you reach the ridge's peak.
Besides the extreme nature of Railroad Ridge, driving along Idaho's highest road is an indescribable experience that is bound to blow you away. After all, the views that are hardest to get to are often the ones that are most worth seeking out.
Prepare to be in total awe once you reach the top. At an elevation of over 10,000 feet, you'll have the most breathtaking views of the Sawtooths to the west and the unending Frank Church Wilderness to the north. Both the Lost River Range and Lemhi Mountains can be seen along the eastern side of state. It truly feels like you're standing on top of the world.
On a clear day, you'll be able to see for miles upon miles. It's this jaw-dropping view that made the tough road totally worth the drive. On top of the views, it's almost guaranteed you'll have the place to yourself. Be still and just take in the incredible majesty of Idaho's rugged wilderness.
Railroad Ridge easily tests the skills and courage of even the most experienced drivers. Although this journey may not suit everyone, it's certainly a journey you'll never forget. On top of boasting spectacular mountain views, you'll officially be able to say you've traversed the toughest and highest road in the Gem State!
For a closer look at the beauty that can be found along Railroad Ridge, check out the awesome YouTube videos below by adventurers
Living Life In Between and Michael O'Meara. Be sure to plan your own adventure on Idaho's highest road soon!
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