Hike & Bike from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
This exciting tour is a day full of discovery and fun! Explore the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, one of the region’s hidden gems. Even if you’re a local resident, our guides will open your eyes to new wonders.
Our adventure begins in Plummer with a mellow downhill ride through a forest of massive ponderosa pines, Syringa, service berry, fir and flowers. Before long we reach Lake Coeur d’Alene and cross a historic railroad bridge, then follow the shoreline of the lake util we reach the village of Harrrison. Near the mouth of the Coeur d’Alene River and the lake, this little town is quiet most of the year, but lively in summer. After some free time and a bountiful picnic lunch we retrace our path along the lake’s shore. After crossing the bridge we stop in Heyburn State Park to hike. Choose from a 1-mile loop on the CCC trail, or a longer 3-mile loop on Indian Cliffs Trail. Our guides regale you with lessons in natural history and you soak in expansive views of Chatcolet Lake and beyond.
Choose between a regular bike or try out one of our fun E-bikes!
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Discover the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes
Meet us at 9:00 AM in a public parking lot in mid-town near ROW's Coeur d'Alene outpost. Jump into our van for a 40-minute drive south to Plummer, in the heart of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation. Schitsu’umsh is the name the Coeur d’Alenes call themselves, and it means “the discovered people” or “those who were found here." We are honored to visit their lands where they have lived for generations. Our short journey today is an opportunity to learn about the Tribe and their culture and history.
The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is known as one the most fabulous rails-to-trails bike trails in the United States and is included in the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. It is separated from any other traffic and is a paved and smooth trail with little gradient. Formerly the route of the Union Pacific Railroad, this trail was part of the way travelers got from Mullan, Idaho to Plummer. In total it covers some 72 miles. Our ride takes us 31 miles as we go out and back to Harrison. While you could do this trip on our own, you won’t learn nearly as much, or have such a fun and relaxed time as you will with our guides. Versed in the trail’s natural and cultural history, our guides share their knowledge with you to create a day of wonder. Plus, we provide the bikes, lunch and transportation to make it easy for you!
You should be comfortable on a bike to enjoy this ride, but you don’t have to be a biker! It’s an easy downhill ride to start as we head to the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. With pure delight we pass through forests and meadows until we reach the lake, cross over the lake on a bridge and continue to the town of Harrison. The trail parallels the lake’s shore making for easy pedaling.
Once in Harrison we explore the town, have an ice cream cone and enjoy a glimpse into the old West. Your guides prepare a delicious lakeside picnic. The it’s back on our bikes and along the glimmering lakeshore. Before long we pause at Heyburn State Park to take a hike on one of two trails. You might want to explore the 3-mile Indian Cliffs Trail hike or go on a shorter 1-mile loop on the C.C.C. Trail. Huge trees, endless vistas and the peace of nature make either hike a great choice. On the Indian Cliffs Trail you look across the lake towards the Shadowy St. Joe. As you look at the calm waters of the river as it enters the lake it might be hard to believe that some 80 miles upstream is a wild whitewater trip that we offer in spring on the upper reaches of the St. Joe.
Back to our bikes an the final climb from lake level to Plummer gets our heart pumping a bit. Much less so if you’re on one of our super-fun E-bikes (electric assist bikes). Before long we’re back in Coeur d’Alene.
Meeting Location: This trip meets at the Public Parking lot immediately west of the Idaho Youth Ranch Thrift Store at 845 N. 4th St., Coeur d'Alene. The meeting time will be provided in your reservation materials. You will be met by your ROW guides who will provide all of your biking equipment and host an orientation meeting prior to starting the tour.
Dates & Rates
|Dates||Adult (USD)||Child (USD)|
|Jun 20, 2021 to Sep 20, 2021 |
E-bikes available for $139
Trips available from June 20 - September 20 with daily departures available. Please note, a minimum of 4 paid spaces are required to operate this tour.
- $99 per person (Standard Bike)
- $139 per person (Electric Assist Bike)
- Transportation to and from Plumber for the start of the ride.
- Knowledgeable, professional guides.
- Picnic lunch.
- Bike rental. Our fleet is made up of Marin Hybrid bikes with front suspension or you can opt for a fun fat-tire electric-assist E-bike. Ours are beautiful Aventon "Aventure" bikes that are sure to please. We provide helmets, racks and a water bottle and water bottle cage.
*You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. If you do, we are happy to provide you with a rental Mtn. Bike or Hybrid Bike for your day on the Hiawatha Trail, as it is a crushed gravel path.
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Breakfast or dinner.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Gratuity for guides.
- Transportation to and from Coeur d'Alene for the start of the tour.
FAQ & More
This trip meets at the Public Parking lot immediately west of the Idaho Youth Ranch Thrift Store at 845 N. 4th St., Coeur d'Alene. The meeting time will be provided in your reservation materials. You will be met by your ROW guides who will provide all of your biking equipment and host an orientation meeting prior to starting the tour.
The trip includes 31 miles of cycling and 1-3 miles hiking.