Washington, Idaho, USA

Idaho Selkirk Loop

DURATION

7 Days

PRICE

$3,680

LEVEL

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

DAILY DISTANCE

40-80 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included) & Hiking

INCLUDED MEALS

All except one lunch and one dinner

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

Northern Washington and Idaho are possibly the closest you’ll get to heaven on a bike. Miles of scenic roads, pristine scenery, summer sunshine, endless vistas, and a paved bike trail make this region a cycling paradise! It’s all about the rivers and lakes and mountains: the Bitterroot, Selkirk and Cabinet ranges, spectacular Lake Coeur d’Alene and Lake Pend Oreille, nestled in the mountain ranges of Idaho’s panhandle. The tour includes a day on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes bike path along the Coeur d’Alene River as well. Breathe deep, ride hard and soak up day after day of glorious views!

Day 01

Begin in Kettle Falls and along the Columbia River.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Comfort Inn

Distance

71 miles (or less)

Elevation

+3,470 ft / -3,531 ft (or less)

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

The Selkirk Mountains range (pardon the pun) into eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and southeastern British Columbia. Begin your week of cycling in Kettle Falls, Washington. Prior to 1941, when the Grand Coulee Dam was erected and this portion of the upper Columbia River was transformed into Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake, a major waterfall plummeted nearly fifty feet carving out “kettles” in the quartzite rock below. Cycle a lovely loop along both sides of the river today and spend the night at the Comfort Inn in Colville, WA.

Day 02

Pedal through million-acre Colville National Forest.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Riverview Motel

Distance

72 miles (or less)

Elevation

+4,777 ft / -4,291 ft (or less)

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Cross from the Columbia River basin to the Pend Oreille River watershed today on a quiet and scenic route through the heart of Colville National Forest – a “gift” from Theodore Roosevelt which is now over a million acres in breadth. This amazing and remote habitat is the home of the last remaining herd of caribou in the lower 48 states, as well as most of the wolf packs in Washington State. Natives revered this region for its salmon, wild huckleberries, and camas prairies – the bulb from this beautiful blue lily was their most important source of carbohydrates. After visiting Metaline Falls, enjoy tranquility, and a gorgeous river setting at the Riverview Motel in tiny Ione, WA (Pop. 375).

Day 03

Ride down the Pend Oreille River into Idaho and enjoy a sunset wildlife viewing boat ride.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Eagles Nest Motel

Distance

87 miles (or less)

Elevation

+3,907 ft / -3,798 ft (or less)

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

If you didn’t do the Metaline Falls and Sullivan Lake loop yesterday afternoon, you will want to do it this morning before heading down the Pend Oreille River. If you rode it yesterday, you’ll know that it’s so nice that you just might want to pedal it again today! For unique views we recommend going in the opposite direction around the loop. Local natives once referred to the Pend Oreille River as simply The River. Today, outdoor enthusiasts often refer to it as The Zoo for its spectacular birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. Cross into Idaho and stay at the modest but comfortable Eagles Nest Motel in Priest River where you can join the owner for a sunset wildlife viewing boat ride.

Day 04

Ride along the Pend Oreille River to Sandpoint, Idaho.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Edgewater Resort

Distance

47 miles

Elevation

+2,398 ft / -2,478 ft

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Today we continue down the Pend Oreille River to Sandpoint, Idaho nestled up against the Selkirk Mountains and the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. Simply put, it’s a lovely ride to a lovely town that is not to be missed. In 2013, USA Today put Sandpoint on its list of “10 Picture-Perfect Mountain Towns” and Men’s Journal described it as “urbane and cultured,” declaring it “Idaho’s Hippest Mountain Town”. We think you will agree! Spend the next two nights lakeside at the Best Western Edgewater Resort.

Day 05

Explore Sandpoint, Idaho. USA Today named it the nation's "Most Beautiful Small Town."

Meals

– Breakfast

Lodging

Edgewater Resort

Ability Level

All Levels

Explore Sandpoint today. Riding, hiking, golf, or fishing – take your pick from a bevy of options for things to do on your own. Surrounded by the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot ranges, Sandpoint is also home to Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, Idaho’s second largest ski resort after Sun Valley. If mountaintops are your thing, shuttle (or pedal) up to the resort and enjoy a complimentary lift-ticket to see the fabulous views from the top. Hike or ride the lift back down. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.

Day 06

Ride south: quiet, scenic roads lead to the beautiful resort town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Roosevelt Inn

Distance

65 miles

Elevation

+1877 ft / -1790 ft

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Sixty-five miles of scenic side roads wind south from Sandpoint to the idyllic resort town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Early French-speaking fur traders called the local peoples the Coeur d’Alene (translation: “awl heart,” meaning ‘sharp-hearted’ or ‘shrewd’). Twenty-five-mile-long Coeur d’Alene Lake is one of the most spectacular places in the Idaho Panhandle. It’s the perfect place to watch tonight’s sunset. Stay at the historic Roosevelt Inn.

Day 07

Ride the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes before heading back to Spokane for your homeward flight.

Meals

– Breakfast

Distance

46 miles

Elevation

+578 ft / -572 ft

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Ride the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes before heading back to Spokane for your homeward flight. This may be the flattest ride in Idaho. The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes bike path follows the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way along the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, into the Chain Lakes region and the historic Silver Valley. You won’t have time to ride the whole thing today, but it still makes the perfect last-day finale ride. And gives you a reason to come back!

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