Cycling

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Coeur d ‘Alene is a cycling town! In fact, the entire North Idaho region is full of beautiful, scenic bicycle trails. If you are a cyclist, you will be thrilled with all the options available to you.

The North Idaho Centennial Trail 

The Centennial Trail is a multi use recreational trail, which meanders for 24 miles from the state line at the Idaho/ Washington border to beautiful Higgins Point, six miles east of Coeur d’Alene. This scenic trail runs along the Spokane River to Post Falls where it runs through neighborhoods and eventually to wooded areas leading to Coeur d’Alene. At the west end of Coeur d’Alene the trail again meets the Spokane River and follows it to Lake Coeur d’Alene. The trail then follows the lake shoreline to Higgins Point, an Idaho State Park, which draws throngs of spectators in the late fall and early winter to view the annual visit of bald eagles as they migrate south. This scenic trail composed primarily of Class I separated and paved trail with some small segments of Class II trail. The trail has numerous rest areas, scenic views and historical interpretative signs to add to the enjoyment of one of the most beautiful trail systems in the country. The North Idaho Centennial Trail offers accessibility to walkers, runners, bicyclists, handicapped and people of all ages. The Centennial Trail is only a few blocks from The McFarland Inn Bed and Breakfast and our complimentary bicycles make it easy to enjoy this gem. For more information, visit www.northidahocentennialtrail.org

The Route of the Hiawatha

The Route of the Hiawatha has  been called one of the most scenic stretches of railroad in the country, and now, the historic converted Milwaukee Road rail bed is one of the most spectacular biking and hiking trails in the world. Visitors can witness rushing mountain streams, deer, elk, moose and an endless vista of the towering Bitterroot Mountains. The 15 mile trail winds through 10 tunnels and over 7 trestles in the rugged Bitterroot Mountains on theIdaho/Montana border. The route is best known for the long, dark St. Paul or “Taft Tunnel” that burrows for 1.7 miles under the state line. The best part is – it’s all downhill at a mild 2% grade and provides a shuttle service back to the top. When finished, the Route of the Hiawatha trail will extend approximately 46 miles and allow a bicyclist or hiker to ride or walk the Route between St. Regis, Montana and Pearson,Idaho. The Route of the Hiawatha is operated by the same company that runs the Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area, which is also on the Idaho/Montana border – right off the I-90 freeway on the state line. Helmets and lights are required, as are trail tickets, and both rentals of equipment (including bikes) and tickets are available at the Lookout Pass Ski area lodge. For more information, visit www.skilookout.com/hiawatha

The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is a rail to trail conversion which began as a path originally used by the Coeur d’Alene Indians that evolved into a mining transportation rail line operating from 1887 until 1992. It has 72 miles of paved path that stretches from Mullan to Plummer. The trail crosses 40 bridges and goes through 13 towns and some of the most beautiful terrain in North Idaho. Visit www.friendsofcdatrails.org

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