North Idaho and Eastern Washington have some of the most incredible scenic trails for biking in the United States. From the novice to the professionals and with varying degrees of effort, there is something for everyone.
The Centennial Trail is a 60 mile paved multi-use path that connects Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. The North Idaho section of trail is 23 miles long and extends from the Washington border to Higgens Point on Coeur d’Alene Lake. The Spokane section of trail is approximately 38 miles long and extends from the Idaho border to Nine Mile Falls. The trail is good for all skill levels.
Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes offers 71 miles of paved path bike riding between the high mountains in the Silver Valley, the chain lakes region, and the Palouse prairie. Numerous trailheads and parking areas are located along the trail. Contact Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Trails at (208) 752-4721.
Route of the Hiawatha is a world-class and family-friendly bike trail located in the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains on the Montana/Idaho border. The 15-mile dirt trail runs downhill along an old railroad grade. It includes several tunnels and sky-high trestles. Bike lights, helmets and a trail pass are required. A shuttle is available to get back to the top. Fees apply for the trail pass and shuttle ticket. Passes, shuttle tickets and equipment rentals are available at the Lookout Pass Ski Area. Call (208) 744-1301 Directions: Take exit 5 off of I-90, just east of Lookout Pass.
Farragut State Park is a hidden gem for beginner and intermediate mountain bike riders. There are 32 miles of marked single-track. Trail maps are available at the park entrance. Directions: Go east on Highway 54 off of Highway 95 near Athol.
Bull Run Loop follows along Bull Run Lake on a dirt road that is accessed from the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. This 8-mile loop also offers excellent sightseeing. Other trails can be easily accessed from the Bull Run Trailhead. General Location: South on Highway 3 off of I-90 near Rose Lake.
Canfield Mountain Trail System features over 32 miles of dirt trails with fluctuating elevation changes and scenic views of area lakes. Be prepared for climbing and downhill riding with some technical sections. This trail system is popular with local mountain bikers as well as motorized trail riders. General Location: Take exit 14 (15th Street) in Coeur d’Alene and head north to Nettleton Gulch Road. Take a right on Nettleton Gulch Road and go 2.2 miles to the parking lot.
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Area bike shops can provide information on trails and organized group