Shuttle to high altitude, big climb out of 4th of July Basin, on the CDT; ridge and alpine conditions predominate for several miles. Descend a rocky section to a lake before continuing past a large pond in 2-3 miles. Continue up a switchback (hike-a-bike mostly) section to a high exposed ridge. Turn right into Carmen Creek. Descend on very rocky and steep singletrack that eventually turns into doubletrack and then into a rough dirt road then pavement before reaching the Salmon River.