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Washington, Idaho, USA

Idaho’s Silver Valley

DURATION

6 Days

PRICE

$2,998

LEVEL

All Levels

DAILY DISTANCE

30-40 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included). Hiawatha Trail. Gondola Ride. Hiking.

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts. One lunch and one dinner are on your own.

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

Tucked into the Bitterroot Mountains of the Idaho panhandle, the “Silver Valley” is the most famous silver producing region in the world. Since the 1880’s, over 35,000 tons of silver alone has been extracted, along with untold amounts of gold, copper, zinc, lead, and rare crystals. Today, the beauty and serenity of the area, combined with a variety of easily accessible recreation opportunities, have made it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and folks looking to relocate to enjoy their retirement. Ride the entire length of the valley on the Hiawatha Trail and the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, culminating with a day on the Centennial Trail into Spokane, Washington. This network of rail-trails and multi-use paths winds along rivers and lakes through wildlife refuges in the Northern Idaho wilderness – possibly the closest you’ll get to heaven on a bike. Between rides you can go for a hike, splash in the crystal waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene – even fit in a round of golf if you wish. 

Day 01

Explore the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes from Old Mission State Park to historic Wallace, Idaho.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Wallace Inn

Distance

26 miles

Elevation

+953 ft / -379 ft

Ability Level

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After a one-hour shuttle we stop at the Old Mission for an introduction to the area’s early history. Built in 1848, it is the oldest standing building in Idaho. Its longevity is made even more impressive by the fact that it was built by hand in 1848 using only mud, dowels, and straw – no nails, bolts, or screws. From the nearby town of Cataldo, we ride the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes to Wallace, another small-town rich in history. So rich in fact that the entire town is listed on the National Historic Register! In Kellogg, we stop for lunch and a gondola ride to the summit of Silver Mountain to take in the views of the valley and get a birds-eye preview of the week to come. If you arrive in Wallace early this afternoon, or want extra miles, you can continue to the end of the trail in Mullan and back for an additional 15 miles and 850’ gain. Stay at the Wallace Inn for the next three nights.

Day 02

Pedal the scenic Hiawatha Trail. Or ride to a ghost town.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Wallace Inn

Distance

Hiawatha: 15 miles

Elevation

Hiawatha: +140 ft / -1020 ft

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_Icons Beginner

Another fantastic rails-to-trails project, the Route of the Hiawatha Trail was originally hailed as one of the most scenic stretches of railroad in the country. When the Milwaukee Railroad was operating, the trains traversed through 11 tunnels and over 9 trestles, covering a route across the rugged Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana. The “Route of the Hiawatha” is most famous for the long St. Paul Pass, or Taft Tunnel which burrows for 8771 ft. (1.66 miles) under the Bitterroot Mountains at the state line. Enjoy the stellar views with zero traffic on this mostly downhill ride. Or, if you prefer paved roads to gravel riding, you can cycle up a lovely valley along Canyon Creek to the mining ghost town of Burke. Spend another night in Wallace. 

Day 03

Tackle Dobson Pass en route to the legendary Snake Pit. Hike the historic Pulaski Trail.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Wallace Inn

Distance

38 miles

Elevation

+2,103 ft / -2,633 ft

Ability Level

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Pedal a remote road over scenic Dobson Pass to the upper Coeur d’Alene River (or, if the climb seems too daunting, get a boost in the van). Cruise downriver past the remains of old logging and mining operations to Enaville. Have lunch at a local watering hole, the Snake Pit, that has managed to persevere despite floods and fires as well as market fluctuations in the timber and mining industry for over 135 years! Pedal or shuttle back to Wallace and go for a hike on the historic Pulaski Tunnel Trail (4 miles, 900’ gain). Visit the site where, in 1910, Ranger “Big Ed” Pulaski led a threatened fire crew to safety in a mine shaft during the calamitous series of wildfires known as the “Big Blowup” which burned over three million acres in Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Enjoy your last night in Wallace. 

Day 04

Ride the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes riparian corridor to sparkling Coeur d’Alene Lake.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Roosevelt Inn

Distance

41 Miles

Elevation

+626 ft / -613 ft

Ability Level

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Shuttle back to Cataldo in the morning to begin cycling the western section of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, a former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way that follows an even older route once traveled by the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe. The railway carried silver and lead ore from mines in Mullan, Burke and Kellogg to terminals on the Palouse prairie from 1887 up until 1992. Today, it is worth its weight in gold as a scenic bikeway! Leaving the interstate corridor behind, the trail follows the riparian Coeur d’Alene River downriver as it wends through forests and clearings teeming with birds and wildlife. After lunch in Harrison, follow the shoreline of shimmering Coeur d’Alene Lake, eventually crossing to the opposite shore on the Chatcolet Bridge, a converted train trestle over ½-mile long. Enjoy lakeside Heyburn State Park before we shuttle to the historic Roosevelt Inn in Coeur d’Alene. Dinner is on your own tonight with a bevy of tasty options to choose from. 

Day 05

Explore Coeur d’Alene the town and frolic in the lake!

Meals

– Breakfast

Lodging

Roosevelt Inn

Ability Level

All Levels

Winner of the Expedia.com “Cleanest City in America” award, Coeur d’Alene has a burgeoning economy of active retirees as well as youthful tech start-ups. It is renowned as a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes – cyclists, kayakers, bird-watchers, mountain bikers, skiers, hunters, sailors, hikers, fishermen – the list goes on and on. Spend a day seeing what all the fuss is about: swim, paddle board, golf, sail, or take a scenic cruise on (or above!) the lake. Or go for another nice bike ride. The choice is yours. Lunch is on your own today and we spend another night at the Roosevelt Inn. 

Day 06

Cycle the Centennial Trail down the Spokane River to Riverfront Park and Spokane Falls.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Distance

41 Miles

Elevation

+1,018 ft / -1,303 ft

Ability Level

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The Centennial Trail running between Spokane and Coeur d’Alene was built to commemorate 100 years of statehood for Washington (in 1990) Idaho (in 1991). Again, our applause! This pleasant paved recreational path takes you from the lakeshore in Coeur d’Alene down along the Spokane River corridor into the historic brick-and-mortar heart of downtown Spokane. The route does make use of some streets to connect some of the trail sections but is predominantly car-free (and care-free!). The ride, as well as our journey, ends with a spin through Riverfront Park, site of the 1974 World’s Fair. No trip to Spokane is complete without a visit to spectacular Spokane Falls. This sacred site for Native Americans is now the centerpiece of the park – and the last thing you would ever expect to find amidst the bustle of downtown. The thunder of the crashing waters completely overwhelms the background noise of the city, and the rising mist and spray offer cooling refreshment on a hot summer day. Unless you are staying near the airport, there is no shuttle after the ride. You have arrived! 

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