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Explore 15 Northern Idaho Biking Trails Fit For All Experience Levels

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There’s no shortage of epic outdoor adventures in Northern Idaho. Explore the stunning scenery by bike and pass through designated scenic byways, wind through lush evergreen forests, and shred world-class single-track mountain bike trails. It doesn’t matter if you’re a lean road warrior, a happy wander, or a seasoned stump jumper, Northern Idaho has the perfect ride for you.

Easy Trails
A group of nine mountain bikers are seen posing along the foggy, forested Empire Trail outside Spirit Lake, Idaho.

Empire Trails

Sweeping views of mountain valleys and towering peaks along the Auto Tour Route at the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge outside Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

Auto Tour Route at the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

A single cyclist is seen riding along the paved path of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes in Idaho.

Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

Silver Mountain Bike Park

Silver Spring Mountain Park is a great place for both beginners and pros. With access to the North West’s longest gondola, experiencing Idaho’s best lift-served trails has never been easier. Open through the summer months, this park offers riders 30 single-track trails to choose from and has been named the #1 bike park in the Northwest four years running. Located on the outskirts of Kellogg, Idaho, this is guaranteed to have a trail oriented to your riding style and expertise.

Directions: From downtown Kellogg, Idaho travel three minutes west to the Silver Mountain Resort. Bring your own bike or rent one onsite.

Pine Street Woods

The Pine Street Woods trail system is a network of some of Northern Idaho’s best hiking trails. Explore over 180 acres of rolling hills and healthy woodlands in this community forest. Located just outside Sandpoint, Idaho, Pine Streets Woods is a local favorite for bikers and hikers alike. Take to the well-manicured trails and explore miles of lush Northern Idaho landscape year-round.

Directions: From Sandpoint, Idaho travel eight minutes west to arrive at the Pine Street Woods parking lot. From there, choose from any number of trails to enjoy.

Empire Trails

There’s no limit to your outdoor adventures when you ride the Empire Trails. Make your way from the historic and scenic downtown Spirit Lake, Idaho to the Empire Trailhead located on Inland Empire Paper Company property. Explore 8 miles of single-track wilderness designed to allow bikers and hikers access to the forested mountainside above Spirit Lake.

Directions: Access points for Empire Trails are spread throughout Spirit Lake, Idaho. Follow the signage along Spirit Lake Road to find a trail that suits your fancy. Inland Empire Paper permits are required and can be purchased for $2.50 prior to your ride.

Pend Oreille Trail

Located on the outskirts of Sandpoint, Idaho, the Pend Oreille Trail follows along the edge of Lake Pend Oreille. Just a short drive/ride from downtown, this 1.5-mile trail is rideable all year long and runs along a level wooded track. Fit for the whole family, riders can enjoy views of the Cabinet Mountains and lakeside beaches.

Directions: From downtown Sandpoint, Idaho head east toward the Pend Oreille River Peninsula.

Auto Tour Route at the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

Follow the Auto Tour Route at the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge for stunning views of wetland and grassland habitats. Established in 1964, this 4.5-mile trail offers riders the opportunity to spot over 220 different species of bird, 45 species of mammal, and 22 species of fish. Cruise along through cattail-bulrush marshes, along open-water ponds, and rushing creeks. Catch views of the surrounding Selkirk, Cabinet, and Purcell Mountains. Open year-round, this ride provides some of the most spectacular views up the valley floor all the way into British Columbia, Canada.

Directions: Head 16 minutes west from Bonners Ferry, Idaho to the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge. Follow signage for the auto tour route.

Lakeshore Trail #294

Looking for a beautiful easy waterfront ride? Look no further than Lakeshore Trail #294 along Priest Lake, Idaho. Open year-round, this very popular and well-worn trail traverses the western shoreline of Priest Lake for 7.4 miles. Start Beaver Creek Campground and circumvent the lake until you reach Granite Creek Trail. Cross over five streams, rest at lakeside beaches, and enjoy sprawling views of the Selkirk Crest.

Directions: From Nordman, Idaho head northeast for 20 minutes until you reach Beaver Creek Campground. Start your expedition from there.

Route of the Hiawatha Trail

Take the Route of the Hiawatha Trail for 15.1 miles of pure downhill fun. Running along former railroad tracks, the Hiawatha Trail passes through 10 train tunnels and crosses over 7 sky-high trestles. Known as the “Crown Jewel of Rail-to-Trail Adventures,” this path starts off at the Lookout Pass Ski Area and is a family-friendly trail for all experience types. Coast down the Bitterroot Mountainside and enjoy world-class Northern Idaho views. And the best part? When your ride is over, shuttle services are available to bring you back up the mountain.

Directions: From Taft, Montana, head 10 minutes west to the Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area. Bring your own bike or rent from the resort. Purchase trail and shuttle passes upon arrival.

North Idaho Centennial Trail

The North Idaho Centennial Trail is a 23-mile-long trail that extends from Idaho/Washington state line to Higgins Point, 6 miles east of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Cruise 23 miles along this paved trail and explore numerous rest areas, scenic overlooks, and historical interpretive signs along the way. Built in 1997, the North Idaho Centennial Trail was built in the hopes of connecting the people of the Pacific Northwest with an expanding network of trails.

Directions: Access to the trail can be located at 4th Street, west of Spokane Street in Post Falls, Idaho. Coeur d’Alene access can be found at the Huetter Rest Area.

Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is one of Northern Idaho’s most spectacular trails. Named among the top 25 trails in the nation by the Rails to Trails Conservancy, this 73-mile-long trail is perfect for cyclists year-round. Follow this paved trail from Mullan to Plummer, Idaho and spot endless area wildlife. The trail meanders through the historic Silver Valley, along the Coeur d’Alene River, past scenic Coeur d’Alene, and through the rolling farmlands of Plummer. With 20 developed trailheads and entry points to choose from, cyclists can hop on and off at any time. Enjoy scenic waysides and picnic areas along the way.

Directions: Start in Mullan, Idaho at the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes trailhead. Ride west toward Plummer from there.

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Moderate Trails
 Two mountain bikers stop to catch the views along the Canfield Mountain Trail in Northern Idaho.

Canfield Mountain Trail System

Towering pines and sweeping lake views along the Lakeview Mountain Trail #269 in Priest Lake, Idaho.

Lakeview Mountain Trail #269

 A single mountain biker is seen riding down the single track Brush Lake Trail in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

Brush Lake

Canfield Mountain Trail System

Open to the public year-round, the Canfield Mountain Trail System offers some of Northern Idaho’s most stunning views. Enjoy local wildflowers and native wildlife against the stunning backdrop of the region. Explore an entire network of multi-use trails from logging roads to double black diamond trails. Be sure, before embarking, you research the trails and the necessary experience level.

Directions: From downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho head 10 minutes north to the Canfield Mountain Trailhead.

Lakeview Mountain Trail #269

The Lakeview Mountain Trail #269 boasts panoramic views of the lakes and surrounding mountains, while also offering a 5.5-mile, challenging shred. As the trail descends down the mountain, riders descend and climb over 2,000 feet of elevation. Ride through groves of Douglas fir, pine, and young cedar, and enjoy breathtaking views from open hillsides. Accessible by bike in the spring and summer months, this rugged mountainside trail is a local favorite.

Directions: For westside access to the Lakeview Mountain Trail #269, head south from Nordman, Idaho. For east side access, head north from the Kalispell Bay Day Use Area to the Lakeview Mountain Trailhead.

Brush Lake

Brush Lake Trail, located 25 minutes north of Bonners Ferry, Idaho is an excellent intermediate ride with little elevation gain. This 6-mile trail loops around Brush Lake and includes large rock outcroppings to ride over, as well as a teeter-totter for advanced riders to try. This trail is perfectly suited for beginners trying to hone their skill.

Directions: From Bonners Ferry, Idaho head north to the Brush Lake Campground.

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Advanced Trails
Mickinnick Trail

Follow 3.5-mile out-and-back Mickinnick Trail for a challenging workout. Totaling 7-miles in length, this trail ascends over 2,000 feet through huge rock outcroppings, grassy meadows, open forests, and steep switchbacks. Summit the mountain and experience stunning panoramic views of Sandpoint, the Long Bridge, the Cabinet Mountains, and Lake Pend Oreille.

Directions: From Sandpoint head 10 minutes north to the Mickinnick Trailhead.

Schweitzer Mountain

Schweitzer Mountain Resort offers over 40 miles of scenic trails to explore. Start with a light warm up at Picnic Point and enjoy panoramic views of Lake Pend Oreille. For those looking for a downhill thrill, there’s numerous trails that intermediate and expert riders can enjoy. Start at the Great Escape Quad and travel 1,700 feet down to Schweitzer Village. Or, travel along the Highpoint Trail to connect to a fun, vertical single track that leads you to Schweitzer Village. Other advanced single track trails include Boomerang, BSR, and Huckleberry Hill. Test your skills at this mountain biker’s paradise.

Directions: From Sandpoint, Idaho travel northwest 30 minutes to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Onsite staff can direct you to which trails to take from there.

International Selkirk Loop

Perhaps the most epic road cycling in all of the United States is the International Selkirk Loop. This 280-mile long trail travels through Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia and is not for the faint of heart. Though riders can cycle the entire route (making for the most epic multi-day ride of a lifetime), riders can also hop on at designated spots throughout Idaho. Join an elite crew of cyclists to ride North America’s only internationally recognized scenic byway.

Directions: Riders in Idaho can hop on the International Selkirk Loop from any number of stops in Spirit Lake, Priest River, Sandpoint, Priest Lake, and Bonners Ferry. Visit the loop’s official website to learn more.

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Whether you’re in the market for a laidback ride through secluded parks or long hauls through multiple states, Northern Idaho has a ride suited for every experience level and type of cyclist.