Carmen Creek to Sheep Creek is a great ride in through the core of the Beaverhead Mountains on the Continental Divide Trail. This section of CDT traverses through stateline meadows then drops on some classic trail through northern Beaverhead peaks. It is safe to call this an Epic Ride.
Accessing the CDT from Carmen Creek is a test of will in gaining over 4000' from the valley floor. Shuttling up to the bridge and the gate cut out 5 miles and a big chunk of the climbing.
Once on the Divide the challenge continues but the riding improves greatly. The trail crosses to Montana and rolls through alpine terrain, over meadows and past lakes, with vistas of the Big Fly Country.
The ride enters Idaho at an old Salmon Nat. Forest sign and the trail begins to improve greatly. You will traverse the head of 4th of July creek on some amazing trail, and if you take a minute to look up you will see the rugged terrain of the Salmon River Country.
The CDT the loses 3000' rowdy feet as it drops to meet Sheep Creek near an old mining cabin. Hang a left here and pick up Sheep Creek (126) for 6 more miles of tough terrain with a couple more rowdy drops.
Finally the ride parallels Sheep Creek through a jungle-like corridor before meeting a gravel road that quickly connects to US93.
This ride can also be done from North to South by shuttling up 4th of July Creek Road, hitting the CDT near the top of Sheep Creek's South Fork and then dropping down Carmen.
An out and back from 4th of July is another great way to access this section of CDT.
Either way, this is classic backcountry riding on the Continental Divide.