Day 5: Wallace Layover
Day 5, Our Layover Day, includes several exciting options with the most popular being a half day experience riding the world famous "Hiawatha Trail". Ride Idaho has negotiated special pricing for many layover day activities, be sure to mention that you are a Ride Idaho participant.
The Hiawatha Trail: When the Milwaukee Railroad was operating, the trains traversed through 11 tunnels and over 9 high trestles, covering a 46-mile route that crossed the rugged Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana. The last train west of Butte passed through in 1980, and since then, it’s become one of the most famous cycling destinations in the West. The leisurely downhill compacted gravel trail begins in Montana with the famous Taft Tunnel, which burrows for 8771 ft. (1.6 miles) under the Bitterroot Mountains, bringing you into Idaho. With miles of gorgeous forest views, this trail will lead you past mountain waterfalls and over spectacular bridges. There are 9 more tunnels and 7 high train trestles to enjoy on this 15-mile trail with interpretive signs and magnificent scenery.
Offered as a special side trip for those who sign up, the Hiawatha Trail excursions will leave in two groups and is limited to two hundred participants total, the first group of 100 will leave in the morning and the second 100 in the afternoon; both groups will leave from Wallace. Group assignments will be made on a first-come-first-served basis.
The $65 registration fee for this excursion includes: transportation from camp in Wallace to the trailhead and return transportation from the end, mountain bike rental with helmet and light, and a trail pass for each participant. Road bikes are not recommended and it is advisable that you bring water and snacks.
Lookout Pass, the service provider.
Click the link here to make your reservation:
Scroll down past step 2, to "RIDE IDAHO PACKAGE 9 AUG PRIVATE GROUP, put the number of riders you are registering in the box and scroll to the bottom and put August 9th in the date box and proceed. The next page will ask your name and personal information and then you will proceed to pay, there is no Promo Code necessary, the packaged is already discounted
Lunch will be provided in camp.
Whether you participate in the Hiawatha Trail excursion or not, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the charming town of Wallace and its surrounding area. In addition to its mining history, Wallace is famous for the fact that every single one of its downtown buildings is on the National Register of Historic Places. In fact, the national government had a tough time completing the interstate highway system due to the detour necessitated by Wallace’s protected historic downtown!
Below is a list of optional activitiesRide to Mullan: Those interested in riding further on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes to Mullan, the end of the trail, can do so as a continuation of day 4 into Wallace or on the lay-over day. Mullan is at the east end of the Silver Valley in a sheltered canyon of the Coeur d'Alene Mountains at an elevation of 3,278 feet. The entrance to the Lucky Friday mine is several hundred yards east of the city center. The active mine which produces silver, lead, & zinc, descends more than six thousand feet (1.1 miles) below the surface. Mullan is an easy 7.5 mile ride from camp in Wallace
Lay-over Day Ride Option: For those that just can’t get in enough riding during the week and want a challenge, we have a very scenic 54 mile route that will take you back down the Trails of the Coeur d’Alene and up the Coeur d’Alene River to a point where you will turn and head over Dobson Pass which has a 7 mile, 1700 ft gain with a average 9% grade, then a similar downhill that drops back into Wallace as you pass by the City Limits Brew Pub, a great stop to reward your accomplishment.
The Pulaski Tunnel Trail (five minutes from Wallace, ID) traces part of the route that Edward Pulaski’s crew followed during their escape from the 1910 fires. The trail’s two-mile course brings hikers to an overlook across the creek from the Nicholson mine better known as the Pulaski Tunnel - where “Big Ed” Pulaski saved all but six of his 45-man firefighting crew in August of 1910. The site's harsh history is now buffered by a thick green cloak of spruce and fir, the West Fork of Placer Creek cascades down the ravine. Interpretive signs along the trail tell of the calamitous summer of fire and the people who suffered its scars. Allow two to four hours for the four-mile round trip to the Pulaski Tunnel overlook.
Silver Streak Zipline Tours: Boasting speeds exceeding 55 miles per hour on 10 zips over 250 acres, this is one of Wallace’s top attractions. Their office, the meeting point for every tour, is located in the heart of downtown Wallace. Special Ride Idaho pricing for zipline tours ranges from $70 - $90. Reservations required.
Call (208) 556-1690 for more information. www.silverstreakziplinetours.com
Mining Museum: Mining is a huge part of Northern Idaho’s history, and this museum covers the whole Coeur d’Alene Mining District. Call 208.556.1592 for more information.
Downtown Wallace Walking Tour: Pick up your Wallace Walking Tour Map in camp at the Wallace Visitors Center.
Sixth Street Melodrama: Live and lively, this theater really puts on a show. The historic theater building is the only wood building to survive the great fire of 1890’s. Ride Idaho is working with the Melodrama organizers in hope of having a special performance on one of our nights in Wallace. There will be a limited number of seat for the performance. More information will come at a later time, check back and watch for email updates.
Sierra Silver Mine Tour: You will personally experience the actual methods of hard-rock mining in the richest silver district on earth! A retired miner is your guide you through a real silver mine. On the short trip to and from the mine aboard our classic trolley, you will be treated to a narrated tour of Historic Wallace. 1 hour and 15 minute tours depart from the ticket office every 30 minutes with the first departing at 10am and the last departs at 4pm. Information will be available when you arrive at camp, or at www.silverminetour.org
Oasis Bordello Museum: If your vision of a Wild West brothel includes 19th century gunslingers and glamorous women in corsets, then a visit to the Oasis Bordello Museum may alter your view. It's a museum that was once a cathouse, and it was open for business until 1988. Preserved exactly as it was left when it had to close its doors, is now open for its 23'rd operating season from 10 AM to 5 PM daily with guided tours on the half hour for $5 per person. More information will be available at camp!
Brewery Tour: Here in the Silver Mining Capital of the World and Center of the Universe – Historic Wallace, Idaho – there is a long-standing history of beer – in both the brewing and the enjoyment An impressive list of breweries are housed in Wallace including Sunset Brewing Company, Gem State Brewery, Deluxe Brewing, City Limits Brew Pub and Wallace Brewing. The walking tour map that will be available in camp will help you navigate your way to each of these tasty establishments.