Cycling and Mountain Bike Trails in Idaho
Cycling and Mountain Bike Trails in Coeur d'Alene
The Hiawatha Trail 13 Miles, 8 Tunnels and 7 Trestles.
The Hiawatha Trail is a wonderful 13 mile long family friendly bike trail. If you love the outdoors, you will love the Hiawatha Trail. This ride is highly recommended for everyone visiting north Idaho for the first time or coming back for a return visit. The trail is significant in that it is redesigned from a stretch of the most scenic portion of railroad operated by the Milwaukee Railroad. This offers a slow smooth decent through the mountains with stunning views all along the way.
The trial is 13 miles long and starts at the the entrance to the Taft Tunnel. The Taft Tunnel was completed in 1908 and is a strait 1.7 miles long so be prepared with head lamps and head lights for your bikes. This is by far the longest tunnel on the Hiawatha and it is an incredible experience for riders. The trail is clear, strait and well maintained so don't let the dark scare you. The remaining tunnels are much shorter and many do not even require turning on your headlights.
The Hiawatha passes through 8 tunnels and over 7 trestles, railroad bridges that span the deep canyons that the trains passed over on their way through the mountains. These trestles have secure railings and newly designed pathway for safe cycling. The views from these trestles are amazing and you can look across the canyon to see lower sections of the Hiawatha Trail.
There are many locations along the trail to stop for wildlife viewing, photography, picnicking and numerous interpretive signs. The scenery is spectacular, far from traffic and noise and the ride is a comfortable challenge for all ages. This can be a couple of hours, a half day tour or a full day adventure, it's all up to you to make the most of it.
This ride is about a 2 1/2 hour private tour through the Bitterroot mountains with only a reasonable amount of effort, remember you are following a railway that slowly descended through the mountains at a 2% grade. Be prepared with a helmet and light for your reliable bike. At the end of the trial, you will find a picnicking area, bathrooms and a shuttle for the return ride back up to the Taft Tunnel.
The Centennial Trail
The Centennial Trail is a unique paved multi use trail (non-motorized only) that begins on the West side of the state and winds through local communities, along the river and finally ends at Higgins Point on Lake Coeur d'Alene. This trail is 24 miles long and offers scenic views and wonderful insight into north Idaho living.
This is one of the most accessible trails you will ever have the opportunity to ride or walk. You can access this trail at almost any point and travel to many locals throughout north Idaho. A little planning and you can stop at a variety of locations for lunch, refreshments, photography or sightseeing. The simple, easy access and route through some of north Idaho's most scenic attractions make this trail a must see for families and groups of all ages.
This is a paved trail so mobility is easy and the easy access to neighborhood services makes this a good choice for a day out with kids. Rest assured there is much more to do than walk or ride a bike. The trail borders parts of the Spokane River, Lake Coeur d'Alene and downtown CDA. Plan ahead and both your jump off point and exit strategy can result in fun, adventure and some tasty treats.