Whether you live in Idaho or just come for a visit, when asked the impression of the state, overwhelmingly the answer will be, wow! And when we announce that the route will be in North Idaho, we hear, “count me in baby”.
The highlights that bring repeat riders back to Northern Idaho is, Lake Coeur d'Alene and Pend Oreille, scooped out during the Ice Age, the lakes now float yachts and kayaks. On the green shores of Coeur d’ Alene and the surrounding towns draw visitors to high-end resorts, restaurants, and lakefront bicycle trails, like the 24 mile North Idaho Centennial Trail that starts in Spokane, pass’s through Post Falls and ends on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene after passing the 18 hole golf course with the 14th hole being a floating green .
Lake Pend Oreille which is grayer and deeper, lies forty-six miles north of Coeur d'Alene on U.S. 95, and after crossing the 2-mile Long Bridge you enter Sandpoint, an easygoing town at its northern shores. Sandpoint provides a more intimate, small-town experience with its boutiques, espresso shops, art galleries, and restaurants’, it has the mellow atmosphere of a university town without the university.
Other highlights of the area include the Spokane River that flows through our first night’s camp In Post Falls. This magnificent river flows 111 miles from Lake Coeur d'Alene, to Lake Roosevelt, which is the Columbia River impounded by Grand Coulee Dam.
Trout Creek Montana best known for its annual Huckleberry Festival (39 Years) is the huckleberry capital of Montana. By the time you leave this town (second overnight camp), you’ll know why this prized berry is so sought after by the residents and visitors from all over the world.
Back into Idaho as you pass through what is known as the silver valley, an area noted for its mining heritage, dating back to the 1880s. Legendaries like Wyatt Earp and Molly B’ Dam left their mark in this silver rich valley that in the 1970’s produced nearly half of the nation’s silver. Today the town of Wallace is not only known for it’s brothels and mining history, but it is the hub for thousand of cyclist that come from all over the world to ride the two internationally famous rails trails, The Hiawatha Trail and The Trails of the Coeur d’Alene. Wallace, the self-proclaimed Center of the Universe will be our layover day, your optional opportunities are to ride the Hiawatha Trail, Zipline through the forest, go on a mine tour, wonder thru the museums or just hang out in one of the several local breweries.
The last two days of this year’s route you will experience riding the majority of the 73 mile Trails of the Coeur d’Alene bike path, formerly the Union Pacific Railroad right-a-way. This area has a rich mining, railroading and Native American history. Watch for wildlife through here, including coyotes, otters, beavers, birds of prey, moose, and maybe even a black bear, as the trail follows the Coeur d’Alene River, Lake Coeur d’Alene, and across the expansive Chatcolet Bridge before entering Heyburn State Park. From here the route will go north and end on the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene culminating a great week of riding with your new best friends and taking home great memories.
Enjoy the Ride!
Cheers! and join us in 2018 creating new friendships
and great memories!
Check-in: Post Falls
Day 1: Post Falls to Sandpoint
Day 2: Sandpoint to Trout Creek, MT
Day 3: Trout Creek, Mt to Prichard
Day 4: Prichard to Wallace
Day 5: Wallace Layover Day
Day 6: Wallace to Medimont
Day 7: Medimont to Post Falls