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Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes bike path follows the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way from Mullan, a mountain mining town near the Montana border, to Plummer, a town on the prairie near the Washington border, offering one of the premier rails-to-trail routes in the Pacific Northwest.

More than 73 miles of paved path takes you from high mountain splendor, through the historic Silver Valley, into the chain lakes region, along the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, over the Chatcolet Bridge to Heyburn State Park, and finally climbs to the Palouse prairie: an adventure for the entire family! The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is a year-round recreational opportunity. The trail, restrooms and wayside rest stops along its length, are routinely cleaned. The trail is beautifully maintained by the Idaho Parks and Recreation and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Many miles of private land are adjacent to the trail corridor. Please stay on the trail to respect landowners privacy.

Group and Special Events please contact the trail rangers at 208-682-3814.

 

More information
Trail Map
Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes
Friends of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

12:24 PM

Springston Trailhead

Get a bird’s eye view of the Coeur d’Alene River, Thompson Lake Wildlife Refuge, and Anderson Lake on this steep hike near the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes Springston Trailhead. The trail is primitive, free, and not signed. Springston Trailhead is three miles from the Harrison Trailhead on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, or an easy four-mile drive from downtown Harrison.

To drive there from Harrison, head north on Hwy 97 and cross the bridge two miles from town. Turn right onto Blue Lake Rd. after the bridge. From there it’s 1.8 miles east to Springston Bridge. Turn right over the bridge to the trailhead parking area. Walk toward Anderson Lake on the dirt road and look for a trail on your left that leads uphill. Follow it around to the right for a good climb.

History of the area

Tip: There is a vault toilet at Springston Trailhead, but you will have to provide your own drinking water.

 

10:35 PM

Coeur d’Alene River

The Coeur d’Alene River extends up from Coeur d’Alene Lake east to Kingston, where it branches into the North Fork,  stretching almost to Lake Pend Oreille, and the South Fork that flows east from almost the Montana border. Flowing through historic mining areas of the Silver Valley past numerous communities, it is a superb recreational river for numerous pursuits, from easy whitewater to paddling and, particularly in upstream stretches, fishing.

Trails: Most significantly, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes offers remarkable bicycling and walking on a paved path near much of the rivercourse downstream from Mullan all the way to the big lake and beyond – 71 miles in total. For hikers, there is an embarrassment of riches in the drainage, with more than three dozen trails ranging from easy day hikes to strenuous backpacking. See the USFS Trails for more.

Camping: In the Coeur d’Alene River area most campgrounds open from May through September 30, with some winter camping available. The Forest Service maintains more than a dozen campgrounds, including RV camping, group camping and five cabin rentals.

Fishing: Brook, rainbow, cutthroat and west slope cutthroat trout are all commonly caught in the Coeur d’Alene; other species include chinook salmon (lower reaches), kokanee salmon and bull trout. Upstream of Yellow Dog Creek no bait fishing is allowed and barbless hooks are required. The North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene is a renowned fly fishing destination, and several outfitters offer guided fly fishing trips.

More information
Bicycling: Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes
Trails, camping and picnicking: Idaho Panhandle National Forests
Fishing: Idaho Fish and Game

8:02 PM

Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park

The Coeur d’ Alene’s Old Mission State Park spotlights the oldest building in Idaho. The Mission of the Sacred Heart was constructed between 1850 and 1853 by Catholic missionaries and members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sacred Heart Mission and the Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park provide an educational experience not found anywhere else, giving visitors an opportunity to examine the dynamics and complexities between Jesuit missionaries and the tribal people among whom they settled in a beautiful park setting. The park features the Sacred Heart Mission church, a restored Parish House and a historic cemetery.

The visitor center includes a gift shop and a new award-winning exhibition “Sacred Encounters: Father De Smet & the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West” to help tell the fascinating story of the Mission, the Tribe and the missionaries.

Located near the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, one of the most spectacular biking trails in the western United States, the Mission is an excellent place to stop for the day while on the trail, a wonderful place to view Idaho history and architecture and one of the most beautiful locations for a wedding and reception.

Information:
ParksandRecreation.idaho.gov
208-682-3814

4:21 PM

Kellogg: Kids & Kickstands

All are welcome to enjoy this family-friendly event on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes in Kellogg, as part of the Silver Valley Chamber Bike Month.

3:33 PM

Kellogg: Ride the Wall Bike Ride

Celebrate the longest day of the year by joining the 23rd annual Ride the Wall bike ride! The event will raise funds for the Silver Valley Fuller Center for Housing. This year, Summer Solstice is on a Friday night so we will be celebrating with live music by Four Peace and a barbecue buffet!
Ride the Wall is a 13-mile bike course that follows the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes from The Snake Pit to Cataldo, then follows the historic CCC-Wall Ridge route with beautiful views of the Coeur d’Alene River and the Silver Valley, and ending back at The Snake Pit.
The Fuller Center for Housing is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. By forming partnerships with local organizations, The Fuller Center provides the structure, guidance, and support that communities need to build and repair homes with the impoverished among them.

12:29 PM

300k Bitterroot Loop – 4 Day Camping and Biking Tour

Day 1: Stay in St. Maries at the Pines Motel (208-245-2545). They will provide a shuttle to either Plummer or Heyburn State Park. This strategy avoids riding on narrow Highway 5 between St. Maries and Heyburn at the end of your journey. Leave Plummer or Heyburn early and ride to the Blue Anchor RV Park in Osburn (208-752-3443 ). This is either a 60 mile or 53 mile ride, depending on your starting point, but it is on a paved trail. The first 6 miles from Plummer are downhill, and then it is essentially flat.

Day 2: Ride eleven miles from Osburn to Mullan on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. Ride from Mullan to the Hiawatha on the NorPac Trail (friendsofcdatrails.org/mullan2hiawatha.html). Remember that passage along the world famous Route of the Hiawatha requires helmets, lights and a $10 use fee for everyone in your party. Friendly Trail Marshals will accept your cash and issue passes. Ride the Old Milwaukee Scenic/Alternate Route (friendsofcdatrails.org/other_trails.html#14) from the end of the Hiawatha to the Telichpa (aka North Fork) Campground. This is approximately 55 miles

Day 3: Continue following the Old Milwaukee Scenic/Alternate Route to Marble Creek. At Marble Creek, cross the St. Joe River, and then head west on Potlatch Road to Big Creek Road (friendsofcdatrails.org/other_trails.html#15). Stay at the Big Creek Forest Service Camp-ground (fs.fed.us/ ipnf/rec/yourplace/cgguide/35.html). This is approximately 32 miles

Day 4: Return back to Potlatch Road and continue west on the Old Milwaukee right of way into St Maries and to your vehicle at the Pines Motel. This will be approximately 31 miles. Contact the St. Maries (208-245-2531) and Avery (208-245-4517) Forest Service offices about camping at their campgrounds and other places along the route. Contact the St. Maries Chamber of Commerce (208-245-3563) about the campgrounds in St. Maries.

Here are some other camping options:

a) Contact the By-the-Way Campground in Pinehurst (208-682-3311).

b) Contact Country Lane Resort on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River (877-670-5927). This full service resort includes tent camping, but is 6 easy miles from Enaville trailhead, so add 12 miles to your adventure.

c) Contact Wallace RV Park (208-753-7121). They have tent sites and a great restaurant.

d) Contact Lookout Pass Ski Area (208-744-1301) about camping in their parking lot or at the Hiawatha trailhead parking lots.

e) There are undeveloped campsites in the Loop Creek area after you leave the Route’s Pearson trailhead. Check with the Avery Forest Service (208-245-4517) about them.

f) You may also pitch a tent on the lawn at the Calder Store (208-245-5278).

 

 

2:39 PM

Kellogg: Turkey Trot

 

Nov 24th 8-11   Annual Turkey Trot at the Snake Pit.  Come out and run to get yourself ready for Thanksgiving! Run as long or as short a course as you would like. Come with a donation of food or money for the food bank, enjoy the 5k trot on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes or a Bloody Mary while you watch!

10:14 PM

Vacation Guides/Maps

Many North Idaho communities produce annual visitor and travel guides, with detailed information on attractions, lodging, dining, travel and visitor amenities. Click to view these digital resources:

Boundary County, Idaho. A detailed map highlighting recreational options in the area. Click to open map»

Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Trails, Idaho. Request a complimentary bicycle trail map detailing the major trails in the Idaho Panhandle, including the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, Route of the Hiawatha, and the Old Milwaukee Road. Click to open»

Biking in Historic Silver Valley, Idaho. An online guide to the many bicycle ride options in Silver Valley. Click»

Historic Wallace Idaho. 48-page visitor guide for our historic mining town. Click to open guide»

International Selkirk Loop. Annual travel guide around the loop. Click to see guide»

North Idaho Centennial Trail. A map of this 24 mile long multi-use recreational trail which starts at the Idaho/Washington state line and ends at Higgins Point on beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. Click to open map»

Priest Lake, Idaho. Annual visitor magazine by the Priest Lake Chamber. Click to open magazine»

Visit Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. A travel guide highlighting activities in beautiful Coeur d’Alene. Click to open»

Visit Post Falls, Idaho. Get maps and the official Post Falls Activity Guide. Click to go there»

Visit Sandpoint, Idaho. Visitor guide of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber. Click to read guide»

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Visit Idaho Adventure Guide. The official state visitor guide features activities, maps, and lodging information for the entire state, including North Idaho. (Published by the Idaho Department of Commerce). Go to Visit Idaho Adventure Guide»

Check out two recent maps published by the Idaho B & B Association, in partnership with the North Idaho B & B Association, featuring an Idaho Bike Map and an Idaho Beverage Map.

2:36 AM

Heyburn State Park

Heyburn State Park is Idaho’s first – and, created in 1908, is actually the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest. This large, 8,000-acre park has 73 campsites plus cabins and cottages, and is open year-round. Located at the southern tip of Coeur d’Alene Lake, the park is along the fabulous Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes – a 72-mile paved bike path extending to Wallace – and features a host of activities including picnicking, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, waterfowl hunting and more.

For hikers, there are a number of trails of interest, many of them suitable for mountain bikes and featuring big lake views:

The Whitetail Loop trail is 6.2 miles with a good climb to elevation then relatively rolling terrain.
The Indian Cliff Trail is a 2.3 mile loop for foot traffic only.
Plummer Creek Fire Trail is 1.5 miles relatively flat walking.
The Lakeshore Loop Trail stays near the lake and is relatively flat for its .9 mile length.

For boaters, there is a launch, dock and marina.