Idaho Trails – NEW! 

6-DAY / 5-NIGHT BIKE TOUR – $2,450 
2020 DATES: July 5-10, Aug. 30-Sept. 4, Sept. 6-11,
Sept. 13-18 (private tour), Sept. 20-25, 2020   

Our Idaho Trails tour features some of the best and most spectacular rails-to-trails riding in the country. On this trip, you cycle along four well-known trails (the Centennial Trail, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, the Route of the Hiawatha, and the NorPac Trail) in three states (Washington, Idaho, and Montana). This is an ideal trip for those who enjoy no- to low-traffic trail riding on flat asphalt and packed gravel surfaces.

You spend the first two days cycling the Centennial Trail, following the winding Spokane River from the rocky canyons of eastern Washington through the urban centers of Spokane (WA) and Coeur d’Alene (ID). Next, you shuttle to the Route of the Hiawatha, a rails-to-trails route that meanders through the most breathtaking stretches of old railroad lines. Following a sweeping descent on the NorPac Trail, you spend the remainder of the trip cycling the length of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes — through forested mountains and valleys full of aquamarine rivers, lakes and waterfalls. In the 175 miles of trails on this trip, you will cycle across trestles and through tunnels, including the famous Taft Tunnel, which stretches 1.6 miles beneath the Bitterroot Mountains at the state line between Idaho and Montana. These four trails traverse an area rich with railroading, mining and Native American history.

Idaho Trails, Bicycle Tour Itinerary

DAY ONE  | Arrival Day, Distance: 36 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | The Roosevelt Inn

The trip begins at 8:30 a.m. when we meet on Sunday at the Hilton Garden Inn near the Spokane Airport. Bring your luggage and be ride-ready. After brief introductions, we load up and shuttle you in our van to Sontag Park. There you’ll have an orientation meeting, get fitted on your bike, and be on your way. Start pedaling along the Washington portion of the Centennial Trail in the rocky canyons west of Spokane, pass through Spokane’s urban Riverfront Park, and end at the Washington-Idaho state line. At the end of the ride, you shuttle to your beautiful inn in Coeur d’Alene. Enjoy a delicious dinner together.

DAY TWO  |  Distance: 17, 25, or 32 miles  |  Terrain: Easier | The Roosevelt Inn

After a hearty breakfast at The Roosevelt Inn, you shuttle back to the state line, where you ended yesterday’s ride. Then ride the Idaho portion of the Centennial Trail, cycling along the majestic shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Along the way, find plenty of interpretive signs and rest areas to take in the beautiful scenery. You end today’s ride at The Roosevelt Inn. You can spend the afternoon relaxing, exploring the streets of Coeur d’Alene or swimming in the lake. After dinner, a local historian will share the history of Coeur d’Alene.

DAY THREE  |  Distance: 14, 29, or 46 miles  |  Terrain: Easier or Intermediate | Silver Mountain Resort

Pack up and move your home base to a resort in Kellogg for the remainder of the trip. After breakfast, you shuttle 90 minutes east to the trailhead of the famous Route of the Hiawatha. The Hiawatha is well-known for its scenic trestles and tunnels, including the 1.66 mile-long St. Paul Pass Tunnel, which remains a constant 47 degrees year-round. Interpretive signs along the route explain the fascinating history of the Milwaukee Road Railroad. If you’re looking to ride fewer or more miles, we can accommodate! Due to limited services, you enjoy a boxed lunch midday. At the end of the day, shuttle to the Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg. Dinner is at a local restaurant.

DAY FOUR  |  Distance: 19, 31 or 40 miles  |  Terrain: Easier or Intermediate | Silver Mountain Resort

After breakfast, shuttle to Lookout Pass, along the NorPac Trail. Your first 12 miles of the day is a lovely descent into the town of Mullan, where you pick up the official start of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. All day long, you have fantastic views of the rocky, forested mountains, plus views of lakes and streams. If you are seeking fewer miles, you can start today’s ride in Mullan. If you are seeking additional miles, we can shuttle you further along the NorPac Trail, across the state line into Montana. Enjoy lunch in Wallace, and consider a post-lunch tour of the Northern Pacific Railroad Museum or the Sierra Silver Mine. Regardless of your starting point, you end your ride at the Silver Mountain Resort. You are on your own for dinner tonight.

DAY FIVE  |  Distance: 39 miles  |  Terrain: Easier | Silver Mountain Resort

Begin cycling this morning from the Silver Mountain Resort. Today’s ride is entirely on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. As there are few services, we provide a tasty boxed lunch along the route. Enjoy an optional ride to Cataldo Mission to see the oldest standing building in Idaho. If you have time when you arrive in Harrison, rent a paddleboard, kayak or canoe and explore the waters, or hang out and enjoy a brew at The Cycle Haus. At day’s end, we shuttle you from Harrison back to the resort in Kellogg. Final celebratory dinner is together in Kellogg.

DAY SIX  |  Distance: 16 miles  |  Terrain: Easier

Today is our final day of riding. Pack up your luggage and then shuttle to Harrison, where you ended yesterday’s ride. Enjoy the final section of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, through this region of chained lakes. Then cross Lake Coeur d’Alene over Chatcolet Bridge, once a swinging trestle. Keep an eye out for wildlife — as you may spot otters, beavers, coyotes, moose or birds of prey. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. At the end of our ride, we shuttle you for about an hour back to your starting point in Spokane by 3 p.m., where say our goodbyes.

Idaho Trails

6-DAY / 5-NIGHT BIKE TOUR

Make your reservation with confidence. Your 2019 tour is completely 100% refundable up to 60 days of the tour date; 90 days for 2020 tours.

reserveJuly 5-10, 2020: $2,450
Reserve with $500 deposit

reserveAugust 30-September 4, 2020: $2,450
Reserve with $500 deposit

reserveSeptember 6-11, 2020: $2,450
Reserve with $500 deposit

reserveSeptember 13-18, 2020: $2,450 (private tour)
Reserve with $500 deposit

reserveSeptember 20-25, 2020: $2,450
Reserve with $500 deposit

Final payment due 60 days prior to your 2019 tour or 90 days prior to your 2020 tour (personal check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover)

Single Supplement For Private Room: $600

Cancellations: If you cancel your 2019 tour reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined as follows:

  • If you cancel 60 or more days prior to the start of your tour, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 45 and 59 days prior to the start of your tour, you will forfeit 50% of all tour payments.
  • If you cancel between 0 and 44 days prior to the start of your tour, all tour payments will be forfeited.

If you cancel your 2020 tour reservation, your cancellation fee will be determined as follows:

  • If you cancel 90 or more days prior to the start of your tour, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 60 and 89 days prior to the start of your tour, you will forfeit 50% of all tour payments.
  • If you cancel between 0 and 59 days prior to the start of your tour, all tour payments will be forfeited.

INNS

The Roosevelt Inn in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is a luxurious bed and breakfast housed in a former schoolhouse building built in 1905. Enjoy their warm hospitality and ambiance with a great downtown location.

therooseveltinn.com

 

The Silver Mountain Resort offers comfortable rooms in Kellogg, Idaho, and easy access to a range of outdoor adventures and sports, including cycling.

silvermt.com

What’s Included

All daily shuttles to the trails, 5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners (you are on your own for one dinner), all gratuities for accommodations and meals, 3 boxed lunches, leaders, van support, detailed maps and itineraries. Plus, use of a bicycle, helmet, and bike lights. Airfare is not included.

FREE USE OF BIKES

Hybrid bikes are appropriate for this tour, and we are happy to provide you with a bike to use at no charge. Our bikes come equipped with a front handlebar bag, rear carrier, water bottle, mirror and flat pedals. Pedal cages and soft gel seat covers are available on request. We are also happy to put your own clipless pedals (pedals that attach to your biking shoes) and seat on your bike if you wish.

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