MEETING LOCATION: Centennial Hotel in Spokane, Washington
MEETING TIME: 8:30 AM on Day 1
AVERAGE BIKING MILES: 15-35 miles per day
TRIP LENGTH: 4 days
RETURN LOCATION: Centennial Hotel in Spokane, Washington
RETURN TIME: 4:00 - 6:00 pm on the Afternoon of Day 4
AGE LIMIT: Minimum age is 12 years
- Services of our talented adventure consultants and professional guides
- All meals/beverages as indicated in the itinerary
- Gratuities for meals and accommodations
- On-trail drinks and snacks
- Van support
- Detailed maps and itineraries,
- All shuttles
- Van support and transportation during the tour as noted
- Helmet, and related biking gear.
- Bicycle (rentals available)
- Airfare/transportation beginning and ending points
- Alcohol with meals
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry
- Gratuities for guides
- Travel protection plan
- Pre and post-trip hotel
Day 0: Arrive in Spokane
Arrive in Spokane on your own, an easy drive on I-90 or served by most major airlines. The preferred hotel is the Centennial Hotel in Spokane.
- Accommodations: Not Included - The preferred hotel is the Centennial Hotel in Spokane
- Meals: Not included
Day 1: Group Orientation, Riverside State Park to the Idaho Border
Meet your ROW Adventures guide at 8:30 AM at the Centennial Hotel and check out your bike. Our morning ride explores Riverside State Park, a nearly 9200-acre park adjacent to Spokane. This was home to the Spokane Indians who lived along the river and remain part of Spokane’s culture. Fur trading was established by the Northwest Fur Company in 1810 at Nine Mile Falls where our trail begins.
Our guides take you through history as you learn about the building of the park starting in 1933 when Camp 7 Mile was established by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). They quickly set to work building roads and the suspension bridge over the Spokane River at the Bowl and Pitcher rapids (later replaced by a pedestrian-only suspension bridge that we see on our ride). The scenery along the river is stunning, with towering ponderosa pines and black basalt canyon outcroppings which are the result of the Columbia basalt flows of 13 million years ago.
We lunch in downtown Spokane and continue our ride on the Washington Centennial Trail east through the University District through the broad Spokane Valley. At the Idaho/Washington border, we offer a van shuttle to downtown Coeur d’Alene, or you may choose to ride the final 13 miles.
Biking: 37 miles total with an optional additional 13 miles.
Accommodations: Springhill Suites by Marriott (or similar)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Ride the Route of the Olympian and the Trail of the Hiawatha
We rise to a beautiful Idaho morning and head east, just over the border into Montana to ride on the Route of the Olympian and the Trail of the Hiawatha. Our ride starts on the Route of the Olympian at the small town of Saltese where the trail, which starts further east in St. Regis, becomes non-motorized. This is hard-packed gravel climbs gently following the St. Regis river, to East Portal where the Route of the Hiawatha begins. Here we enter our first of seven tunnels that are highlights of today’s ride. Few trails combine fun, wonder, and spectacular scenery the way the Route of the Hiawatha does. Peer down into thick forests of pine and cedar from trestles spanning deep canyons. Gaze up at steep slopes covered in trees and learn about the story of the Big Burn of 1910, one of the biggest forest fires in modern US history. Our gravel trail ride is an easy downhill slope. At the start of each tunnel, we stop, turn on our lights and give our eyes time to adjust before pedaling on into the darkness.
At the end of our ride, we have a short drive to the historic mining town of Wallace. The downtown is filled with storied brick buildings, a couple of breweries, good eating spots, and friendly locals.
- Biking: 24-miles Packed Gravel
- ACCOMMODATION: Wallace Inn (or Similar)
- MEALS : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes, Cataldo Mission, Ride on to Harrison
Those wanting to ride the entire length of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes are shuttled 7 miles east to the town of Mullan to begin their ride. Others may start in Wallace. We ride west along the main stem of the Coeur d’Alene River through the Silver Valley. This mining district opened in the 1880s and more silver has been extracted from the shaft mines here than anywhere else in the world. Learn about the history of the region’s mining and the colorful characters that lived here.
We stop for lunch at the local’s favorite, the Enaville Snake Pit where the daring might want to try Rocky Mountain Oysters. After lunch, we stop at the Cataldo Mission, Idaho’s oldest building. The Jesuit missionaries established this mission and guided the construction between 1850-53 with labor provided by the local Indigenous people.
Our ride continues as the trail turns south to follow the Chain Lakes of the Coeur d’Alene River, through marshes and farmland. We usually see waterfowl, osprey, and sometimes deer and moose.
Our destination is the quiet hamlet of Harrison, Idaho set on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
- Biking: 47-mile bike ride with optional 7 miles.
- Accommodations: Osprey Inn (or similar)
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Heyburn State Park, Trail of the Coeur d'Alene's, Return to Spokane
From Harrison, the trail follows the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, then crosses over the lake on a low and scenic bridge that leads to Heyburn State Park. We stop for an optional 2.3-mile hike on the Indian Cliffs Trail for panoramic views of Lake Chacolet and Lake Coeur d’Alene. Our ride continues as we climb the gentle slope through a gorgeous forest of Ponderosa Pines on the edge of the Palouse, one of the world’s most productive farming areas. After a picnic lunch on our route, we arrive at the western trailhead in Plummer, Idaho, and transfer to Spokane.
- Biking: 16 miles.
- Accommodations: Not Included - Return to the Centennial Hotel in Spokane Washington
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Spokane is located in the northeastern corner of Washington state, just a stones-throw from the Idaho-Washington border. You can fly into the Spokane International Airport (GEG) on almost any major airline including Alaska, Delta, Southwest, United, and Allegiant. You should plan to arrive the day before your bike tour starts.
You can easily grab a taxi or rent a car to get into town or your hotel. We recommend all guests stay at the Centennial Hotel in Spokane.
The Centennial Hotel is located in downtown Spokane right along the river with a plethora of restaurants, cafes, and parks within walking distance to explore the evening before your tour.
Provided transportation will begin in the morning on the first day of your bike tour.
Weather in Spokane
We highly recommend checking the weather prior to your trip for an updated forecast and current conditions. We recommend the following websites.
When To Go?
May and early to mid June typically offer some nice cool weather- ideal for bike riding with windbreakers!
July, August, and September are pleasant months to be in Spokane and Coeur D’Alene with average summer temperatures ranging from 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
The weather like anywhere is unpredictable. We ask all guests to adhere closely to the packing list to make sure they are prepared at whatever weather the North West throws at us!
Here at ROW Adventures, our first and foremost goal is for you to have an enjoyable and safe experience. While most of our trips are suitable for beginners, some of our trips are more active than others and it’s important that you understand the physical requirement of the trip you choose.
All of our multi-day biking trips are active adventures that involve some level of physical exertion and possible exposure to the elements including but not limited to wind, rain, heat, sun, cold temperatures and cold water conditions. ROW Adventures is able to accommodate people with physical limitations, disabilities, and medical conditions; please speak with your Adventure Consultant if you think you will require any additional assistance while on the trip. We ask that you consult your doctor if you have health or medical conditions that could impact your ability to participate in an active and outdoor adventure.
As your trip approaches, for your own safety as well as that of the entire group, we want to make sure that you can fulfill the following physical requirements of the trip:
- Wear all protective and safety equipment that is required by ROW Adventures and recommended/required by industry-wide standards.
- Load and unload, on their own or with the aid of a qualified companion, the bus and/or van providing transportation for ROW Adventures activities.
- Perform all biking activities, including following instructions on their own or with the assistance of a qualified companion or adaptive bike.
- The ability to make a quick and controlled emergency stop
- The ability to start and stop on a hill
- The ability to make controlled turns in tight corners
- The ability to ride at 10-14 mph for extended periods of time (We simply can't do the distance of 47 miles in the allotted time otherwise.)
- Able to enter a van with an 18-inch step
- Ability to climb 2-3 flights of stairs
- Experience riding a bicycle for 2-4 hours at a time
Here is a recommended list of things to pack. Add and subtract to meet your needs. Please keep your luggage to one medium sized hard roller luggage as it packs into our trailer more easily. A medium-sized soft duffle is alright, but we recommend a hard-shelled rolling bag. Otherwise, a regular roller bag will work as the next best option. You will also want to bring one carry-on day pack to leave in our support van during the day, where you will access at lunch and other points when we meet up with the van. We will provide 2 Luggage tags per guest. The two-bag guideline is strictly enforced. Please note that if you do not attach the provided luggage tag to your bag, there is a risk that the bag may be left behind.
Required Bike Specific Clothing
Remember that we ride 18-40 miles each day, which may be further than you are used to. This is why we recommend padded bike shorts and a few other things that may be new to you. As well, we recommend checking the weather prior to your trip departure and adjusting the below quantities accordingly based on current forecasts.
3-4 pairs of padded bike shorts or padded liners
1 pair of full-length bike pants or athletic pants
3-4 short-sleeve performance fabric shirts or bike jerseys, bright colors are great for visibility
2-3 long sleeve performance fabric shirts
1 light fleece or performance jacket for layering
4-6 pairs of performance fabric socks
1 waterproof rain jacket
1 pair of waterproof rain pants
- 1 pair of bike gloves, short-fingered and padded preferred
- Helmet (helmets are included with bike rental, but many people prefer their personal helmet)
- 1 helmet liner or thin hat
- 1 water bottle or hydration pack (We provide one insulated bike water bottle and recommend you bring a second one as well)
- Personal handlebar or seat bag (Will be provided if you don’t have one)
- Hydration pack
- Sun brim or visor for your helmet.
- Chamois cream or butter
- Full fingered bike gloves or glove liners *for cool forecasts
- Toe covers for your biking shoes *for cool forecasts
- Helmet or handlebar mirror
- Your personal bike shoes (if clip in, be sure to bring your own pedals)
- Personal bike seat
- Padded seat cover
- Cycling cap
- Waterproof case for your camera or phone
- 2-3 long bottoms (pants, skirt, etc)
- 1-2 short bottoms (shorts, skirt, etc)
- 2-4 short sleeve shirts
- 1-2 long sleeve shirts
- Walking or casual shoes
- 1-2 lightweight layering pieces such as a sweater, jacket, fleece
- Bathing suit or shorts
- Any necessary prescription medications
- Allergy or other needed medications
- Personal hygiene items
- Sunscreen & SPF lip balm
- Back up contact lenses or glasses
- Polarized sunglasses
Layering is a critical component to being prepared for outdoor activities and best prepares you for changing temperatures. First, wear a good wicking layer as your “against the skin layer”. This will help with moisture management and the dryer you are, the more comfortable you will be. Wool or synthetics are the best. They both work – the biggest pro on the wool side is odor control. Wool is naturally anti-bacterial and can be worn for multiple days in a row. It also provides excellent temperature regulation. Synthetics, on the other hand, dry a little faster and are often lighter weight. You can’t really go wrong as long as you aren’t wearing cotton (unless it’s an incredibly hot day!)
- Cell phone and charger
- Credit/debit cards
- Medical insurance cards
- Travel insurance confirmation (if purchased)
Best Things To Do In Coeur D'Alene Idaho: Nearby activities if you are in the area
Best Places to Eat in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho: Check out nearby staff favorites while you are in town!
Best Places to Eat in Spokane, Washington: Check out our recommendations on where to grab coffee, beer, or dinner where our tours begin and end.
Terms & Conditions
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