Idaho & Washington Trail Cycling

Trip Length 5 Days
Group Size 4?12
Activity level
Starting from
$2,299 for REI Members
$2,529 for non-members
Departures Jun 2020-Sep 2020

Wind through the Rocky Mountain Northwest?s less traveled trails on this 5-day, laid-back cycling adventure.

Pedal beneath towering mountain views and Ponderosa Pines as we soak up unrivaled scenery along iconic rail trails. Our journey traverses the Palouse prairie and Lake Coeur d?Alene, bringing us to the Silver Valley and the Route of the Hiawatha, where the trails connect marshy flats to mountain valleys.

Keep your eyes peeled as you breathe in the fresh mountain air?this pocket of the Northwest is home to abundant wildlife where moose, elk and bald eagles are known to frequent the trails.

Follow a 15-mile downhill stretch on a Hall-of-Fame cycling route through gorges and valleys in the rugged Bitterroot Mountains, ending at the Montana border. As we discover the dynamic landscapes of the Idaho panhandle?riding through tunnels, across bridges, and over trestles?we visit historic towns and enjoy meals as memorable as the views.

With their scenic stretches and rich history, Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho make for spectacular backdrops for any cycling adventure.

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Trip Highlights

  • Cycle the famous Trail of the Coeur d?Alenes and the Route of the Hiawatha
  • Ride the Spokane River and Northern Idaho Centennial Trails between Spokane and Coeur d?Alene
  • Spot moose, elk, otter, bald eagles and other wildlife along this 90% car-free cycling route
  • Scenic Rocky Mountain Northwest views with trestle bridges and tunnels

Activities

This trip is rated Easy Active [2]. The route includes several rails-to-trails and is 90% car-free. Participants should comfortable in the saddle for 3-4 hours per day. Rides consist of days covering 20-45 miles in distance with total daily elevation gains less than 1500'. Vehicle support will be available throughout the trip when needed to shorten any day. E-Bikes are available in limited quantity as well.

We recommend a conditioning program beginning at least 1-2 months prior to departure that incorporates rides of at least 15-25 miles. The better cycling shape you're in, the more you'll enjoy all this trip has to offer!

  • Cycling
  • Trail Cycling

What's Included

Four nights accommodations; permits and associated fees; all meals as noted in the daily itinerary and bikes.

Accommodations

Hotels, 4 nights

Your wheels for the journey

Every great tour begins with a great bike, and our top-flight fleet has been carefully curated for your cycling adventure.

Want to bring your own bike?  You can do that too.

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Meet up and cycle the Spokane Valley

Our tour begins in Spokane, Washington, where we meet our guides and cycling companions outside our host hotel near the Spokane International Airport. We take a short van ride to the Nine Mile Falls trailhead on the Spokane River. Our first bike ride heads back through Spokane on the Spokane River Centennial Trail, a 40-mile multi-use recreational trail that follows the river through Riverfront Park past Spokane Falls and the world?s largest Radio Flyer wagon. The trail eventually brings us to the Washington-Idaho border. We ride on the trail directly to our overnight hotel in the town of Spokane Valley. Lunch and dinner included.

Cycling: 30 miles (3?4 hours, paved trail), Elevation gain/loss: +1,576? / -1,215'; Van transfer: 45 mins

Day 2

Cycle Centennial Trail to Coeur d?Alene, Idaho

After a hearty breakfast, we jump back on the Spokane River Centennial Trail, heading east for 9 miles to the Washington-Idaho state border. There we pick up the Northern Idaho Centennial Trail and pedal on to Post Falls and Coeur d?Alene. This lakeside town was named for the Native American people who first inhabited these lands, the Coeur d?Alene Tribe?known as the Schitsu'umsh in their own ancient language. The trail passes through town to Higgins Point, where we reach Wolf Lodge Bay on beautiful Lake Coeur d?Alene. From here you can choose to take a very short van ride to tonight?s hotel or double-back and pedal the 7 miles to get there by trail. All meals included.

Cycling: 32 miles (3?4 hours, paved trail), Elevation gain/loss: +1,047? / -804'

Day 3

Bike the Trail of the Coeur d?Alenes: Plummer to Cataldo Mission

The day starts with breakfast at our hotel before we pack up and transfer 40 minutes to Plummer, Idaho, the endpoint of the Trail of the Coeur D'Alenes. This 73-mile section of the Union Pacific Railroad is a Rail-to-Trail Conservancy Hall of Fame cycling route. We begin in the Palouse prairie and drop down into the lakes region near Lake Coeur d?Alene, where we have the chance to spot moose, elk, otter and bald eagles. In the morning, we cross the impressive Chatcolet Bridge, a 3,100? former railroad swing bridge, as we make our way into Harrison for a lakeside, guide-prepared lunch. As we leave the lakes region, making our way toward the Silver Valley, we stop by the oldest building in Idaho?the Cataldo Mission. Our guides load the bikes into the van as we visit the mission and its nearby visitor center. A short van ride then brings us to our home for the next two nights in Kellogg, Idaho. All meals included.

Cycling: 47 miles (5?6 hours, paved trail), Elevation gain/loss: +593? / -1,160'; Van transfer: 1 hour

Day 4

Back on the Trail of the Coeur d?Alenes: Cataldo to Wallace

Today we?re back on the Trail of the Coeur d?Alenes, where an easy-grade uphill pedal leads us towards historic Wallace, Idaho. Founded in 1884, the entire town is on the National Historic Registry and it maintains the aura of days gone by as a prosperous silver mining town. We tour a silver mine to gain a sense of the area?s historic character. Wallace is also home to the Wallace Brewery Company and North Idaho Mountain Brew?welcome stops at the end of a day of cycling. At the end of our ride, we have the option to take a short van ride back to our Kellogg hotel to check out the town, or to bike the 10 miles back to Kellogg (downhill the whole way). All meals included.

Cycling: 28 miles (3?4 hours, paved trail), Elevation gain/loss: +887? / -301'; Van transfer: 35 mins

Day 5

The Route of the Hiawatha and return to Spokane

Our final day of cycling begins with a short transfer to the trailhead for the Route of the Hiawatha trail, the pinnacle of our journey together. This 15-mile rail-trail is the second Rail-to-Trail Conservancy Hall of Fame route on this tour. Built between 1907 and 1909, this was an active railroad line until 1980, and converted to a recreational trail in 1998. We enjoy a gentle downhill ride through the famous Taft Tunnel (1.6 miles long) and along a crushed gravel trail that passes through 9 tunnels and over 7 trestle bridges?one more than 200 feet high! Although the mileage is low, the views will invite you to pause on numerous occasions to snap an inspirational photo at one of the many stunning vistas in the Rocky Mountain Northwest. With our breathtaking route complete, we enjoy lunch together at the trailhead before loading up the van and heading back to Spokane where we say our goodbyes. Breakfast and lunch included.

Cycling: 15 miles (2?3 hours, crushed gravel trail), Elevation gain/loss: +2,330? / -3,324'; Van transfer: 2.5 hours

Gear List

This gear list has been created to help you choose the best equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff. The weather and other conditions at the time of your arrival will dictate what clothing and equipment you will be required to use each day and what (if anything) can be left behind. It may be a necessary precaution that you bring certain items on the list, even if it is uncertain whether or not they will be needed.

Collection of selected R E I Co-op cycling merchandise and snacks laid out to pack for a bike tour

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Contact Us

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