Perspectives on climate change and the rides we love
Photos and text by Kira Minehart
Perhaps you’ve heard of the Idaho Hot Springs bikepacking loop. It’s a multi-day bikepacking trip that weaves along gold-medal trout streams, flower-dotted meadows, self-made towns, and of course, hot springs. Unfortunately, the season for enjoying this route is getting much shorter and riskier due to climate change.
In June 2021, the Pacific Northwest experienced a record breaking heat wave — just in time for my bikepacking trip along the Idaho Hot Springs route. Before departing, the owner of the one-stop-shop in Lowman, Idaho warned that temperatures would soar above 100 degrees for the next week. My riding partner and I decided to forge ahead anyway, confident that a dip in the multitude of streams would keep us cool.