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This 6 day self-guided “Rails to Trails” bike tour takes you to some of the prettiest corners of the northwestern United States – hitting three states in one trip! Biking on paved and crushed gravel trails, explore Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and Western Montana. On this tour you will experience a variety of gorgeous scenery and landscapes, including dense forest, sparkling lakes, rushing rivers, and towering mountains. Following the historical Centennial Trail, which follows the Spokane River, you will pass by the pristine Lake Coeur d’Alene, making your way to the famous Silver Valley in North Idaho. The trip ends along the historical Hiawatha Trail, which follows the old Milwaukee Railway’s route, built in the early 1900’s. Biking through former train tunnels and trestles, alongside stunning views of the Bitterroot Mountains, this is a favorite among rails to trails experiences!
This tour starts and ends in Spokane, WA.
Included Standard Hotels:
About: Hotels selected are subject to availability. Upgrades available in Coeur d’Alene only; please inquire at time of booking.
Local Experts: from our local partner office in Coeur d’Alene – we have you covered! This is our backyard and playground – we can’t wait to share it with you!
Need to Know:
You will want to arrive in advance, as your tour starts tomorrow. Let us know if you need help with your overnight accommodations, as we have special rates negotiated in the area!
Overnight: not included
Meet at our local office at 8:00 am for your Welcome Orientation and bike fitting, and then off you go! Your first cycling day is dedicated to discovering all that Spokane has to offer from the seat of your bike! Explore the downtown area and then Washington’s second largest state park, the beautiful Riverside State Park. Continue riding along the Spokane River Gorge, whose magnificent waters carve out basalt rock and create rushing falls, finishing in this uniquely natural yet urban setting. This day can be as long or short as you like but our recommended route is an out and back.
Distance: 34 mi
Today after breakfast, you are ready to hit the former railway line, the famous Centennial Trail! As you leave downtown Spokane, you will soon cross over the state line for Idaho, making your way into the beautiful and pristine town of Coeur d’Alene. Know for its stunning scenery and cute downtown area, “CDA” as the locals call it, offers an abundance of outdoor activities and recreational options for all ages!
Distance: 37 mi
Overnight: Coeur d’Alene
This morning you can enjoy a leisurely ride to Higgins Point Park, which is a lovely point on the lake, popular for outdoor rec and boating. Be sure to stop and enjoy the views along the way! Cycle through forest and with views of the sparkling lake throughout. In the afternoon, you can relax or perhaps do a kayak tour, for a supplement.
Distance: 16 mi
Overnight: Coeur d’Alene
This morning starts with a 40 minute private transfer to the nearby town of Plummer. From here, you will start your ride to Harrison. Riding along the well known Trail of the Coeur d’ALenes, enjoy scenic views around the southern part of the beautiful lake and all the way into Harrison. This historic town was once the largest on the lake and in the late 1800’s, was a hub for mining boats and the timber industry.
Distance: 16 mi
Today you will continue biking on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. Notice the change in scenery as you pass through wetlands and the rushing Coeur d’Alene River. Keep your eyes peeled along the river for the vast array of wildlife that call this area home; large woodland caribou, grizzly bears and bald eagles, and smaller critters like Coeur d’Alene salamanders, calliope hummingbirds and pygmy shrews. Arrival into Silver Valley, an area with a history rich (literally) in mining. If you wish to ride farther today, you can continue to Wallace.
Distance: 36 or 49 mi
Overnight: Kellogg or Wallace
Today is your last day of the tour, as well as your last riding day. Riding on the famous Hiawatha Trail, you will immerse yourself in the history of the area, following the former railway line that put this area on the map, back in the day! Widely considered the best rails to trails routes in all of the U.S., the scenery and riding experience will not disappoint! Enjoy mountain views and fragrant green forest as you ride through the route’s many tunnels and trestles. If you wish to ride one way it is 15 miles or you can do a round trip at 30. At the end of your day, we will provide transportation back to Spokane, WA, where you can continue your visiting or begin your travels home. Let us know if you would like assistance with lodging in Spokane, should you need it!
Distance: 15 or 30 mi
Self Guided Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)
Note: Your bike is included – Marin Hybrid bikes with front suspension, including a rear tire rack and panniers, headlight mount on the handlebars (for Hiawatha Trail tunnels), water bottle and water bottle cage, flat tire tool kit, and adjustable helmet. You are welcome to bring your own bike but price will not be altered. If you do bring your bike, we are happy to provide you with a rental mountain bike or hybrid for your day on the Hiawatha Trail, as it is crushed gravel.
Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!