Day 7: Medimont to Post Falls
BasicsDATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 11th
DISTANCE: 58.85 miles
ELELVATION GAIN: 3012 ft.
Average Low Temperature in August: 86° F
Average August Temperature: 56° F
Average Rainfall in August: 1.4”
After finishing breakfast and saying goodbye to our generous host family, we begin our last day of riding back on the Trails of the Coeur d’Alene. The first town we pass through is Harrison, nestled at the mouth of the Coeur d'Alene River at the southern end of Lake Coeur d'Alene. It offers a beautiful view of the lake and the mountains. Once a landing for steamers, the community remains a port, but now many pleasure boats tie up at the marina and cruise the clear waters. Harrison’s colorful history mirrors that of North Idaho itself. The gold stampede came through in the 1880s, and the Village of Harrison was incorporated in 1899; it grew to be the largest city in Kootenai County in its heyday. Successive waves of settlement came with the timber boom, steamboats and the railroads, today the town relies primarily on tourism. Be sure to take time to walk around and visit the unique shop and galleries.
Back on the trails we will follow the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene and over the Chatcolet Bridge and into Heyburn State Park, the oldest park in the Pacific Northwest. Leaving the trail and heading out of the park we will ride through Worley and on to Coeur d’Alene and end the ride at our long term parking lot where picture will be taken, memories shared and goodbyes to our new friends with the promises we’ll be back to ride again in 2019.
What fantastic memorable experience!