Coeur d'Alene and Hiawatha Trail Guided Bike Tour
For those looking for a little shorter tour than our 5-day North Idaho tour biking tour, this trip includes the same highlights arranged in a different way. The pace is a bit brisker and includes all the great Idaho rails-to-trails that our region is famous for. Come pedal with us on the very level Washington/Idaho Centennial Trail, then head into the Rockies for the Hiawatha trail and Route of the Olympian before another two days on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes.
These are world-class bike trails traveling through the verdant scenery of eastern Washington, western Montana, and northern Idaho where majestic ponderosas and leafy cedar trees climb into the sky. We minimize driving time and maximize riding time on these artfully designed tours led by our friendly, professional guides.
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Arrive in Spokane
Arrive in Spokane on your own, an easy drive on I-90 or served by most major airlines.
Group Orientation, Riverside State Park to the Idaho Border
We meet you in the morning and get you checked out on 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 9 miles.
Biking Miles: 37 miles total with an optional additional 9 miles.
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 Miles: 24-miles with optional 13 miles.
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 Mullen 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 1870s 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 Miles: 35-mile bike ride with optional 5 miles.
Heyburn State Park, Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, 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 Miles: 16 miles.
Dates & Rates
Make it private! Also available for your private tour for a group of 10-12 at the same price. If you have a smaller group contact us for a quote.
- $1540 per person double occupancy
- $310 single supplement
- $100 standard bike rental
- $280 E-bike rental
- 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 tour as noted
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Airfare/transportation beginning and ending points
- Alcohol with meals
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry
- Gratuities for guides
- Travel protection plan
- Pre-& post-trip hotel
- Parking at hotel when not complimentary
- Bike rental
Standard Bikes: Our fleet is made up of Marin Hybrid bikes with front suspension.
E-Bikes: Electric-Assist bikes are available for rent for an additional$70/day of the tour. We normally have two brands available - Aventon and Pedego. Due to supply chain disruptions we cannot guarantee the exact bike or brand that will be available.
FAQ & More
Guided - Our guided tours offer very similar itineraries that highlight the best of the region you are visiting. On these trips, we provide everything you need including lodging, meals, full van support, maintenance and repairs along the way and professional local guides. Our guided trips are great for groups that would be more comfortable with the assistance of a professional guide who not only is a cheerful team leader, but also shares stories of the historical, cultural, and natural highlights throughout the trip.
Self Guided - On a self-guided trip you are free to go at your own pace, dine on your own, and explore areas that spark your interest. We provide you with a detailed trail guide that will point out restaurants, wineries, stores and landmarks that we think are highlights of the area. Each day, we arrange for your luggage to be transferred to your next hotel, so you don’t have to haul your own gear and can travel lighter on the trail. Our self-guided biking tours are not accompanied by a guide and you won’t have the support of a van for cycling breaks. In addition you will be responsible for handling any minor bicycle repairs along the way. As a plus, our self-guided tours are more affordable than the guided options. You can see our full selection of self-guided tours on the ROW Adventure Center website.
You are more than welcome to bring your own bike on our tours. The bike rental is not included in the basic trip fee and the additional rental fee is indicated on the trip itinerary page. We also offer E-bikes for rent. Our rental bikes come with a water bottle, spare tubes, tire pump, and multi-tool. We also provide bike helmets but you may want to bring your own. Keep in mind that road bikes will not work on the Hiawatha Trail, but if you want to bring a road bike we can rent you a mountain bike for the last day of the trip. As noted, we also have electric-assist bikes available on most of our trips at an extra fee.
We have both “regular” and electric-assist (E-Bikes) available for our tours. Our regular bikes are hybrid bikes designed to be comfortable and more stable than a road bike, but not as heavy as a mountain bike. While racing frames look cool, they are not the most comfortable choice for a ride focused on site-seeing and enjoying the scenery. Plus, racing frames are designed to keep you in an aerodynamic tuck all day, which for most people is not ideal. These routes are on paved bike paths, so we do suggest road or hybrid bikes. If you bring a mountain bike however, you might want to replace the knobby treads with smoother tires that create less friction. (Note: The Route of the Hiawatha is not paved and requires hybrid or mountain bikes.)
E-Bikes or Electric Assist Bikes are ideal for allowing parties with differing abilities to enjoy riding together! You can work as much or as little as you wish with an E-bike. It’s important you are comfortable on a bike, and how to mount/dismount, keep your balance, etc.
Our bike racks and trailers do not accommodate these sorts of bikes. Sorry.
Yes, we encourage you to bring any accessories that you feel comfortable riding with, particularly as we may be covering long distances. Our Marin fleet of “regular” bikes comes with flat pedals that don’t have clip-ins, so be sure to bring both your pedals and clip-in shoes if that’s what you prefer.
In most cases, yes. If you’re renting a bike from ROW Adventures,, we’ll ensure it has had a service and is in peak riding condition before the start of the trip. En route, your guide will be able to do light maintenance and routine mechanics, such as fixing flat tires, pumping tires up, and adjusting seats. Each of the trailers is well-equipped with a tool kit, spare tires, and tubes, and we’ll do replacements free of charge on rental bikes. If you’re bringing your own bike and it needs a replacement, there will be an additional charge.
You will find distances listed on our trip itineraries. Days range from 15-45 miles on average.
The trails on our Rails-to-Trails bike tours are rated from easy to moderate. The Centennial Trail and Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes are both nicely paved bike paths, with few significant hill climbs. The Hiawatha Trail is a crushed gravel path with a slight downhill grade.
A moderate level of fitness is needed for these trips. Depending on your mileage for the day, you may be pedaling for up to five or six hours during the day. You will enjoy your trip more if you are in reasonable shape. Our E-bikes make the riding even easier. However, you should still have good balance and have some experience on a bike, be capable of getting off and on your bike, braking safely, etc. We suggest you spend some time biking at home leading up to your trip to help prepare. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
The trails where we offer these tours are ideal for families and we provide you plenty of ideas on how to make your time together the best possible. We have ideas on places to stop and other activities to break up the biking. For example, when you are in Coeur d’Alene, you might want to take an afternoon kayak tour with the ROW Adventure Center. Or just have a few hours free time to play on one of the beautiful beaches. By special arrangement you can also add a half day of rafting on the Spokane River before you start your ride or at the end, or even a full day of rafting on the Clark Fork. There are many play spots, swimming holes and places for ice cream treats along the way, providing plenty of fun for everyone. If you choose an itinerary with a stay in Kellogg, Idaho your kids might want to visit the fun waterpark too.
The trails themselves are gentle and if you have really little ones we can set you up with a bike trailer. For those a bit older, but not old enough to ride alone, we also have tag-alongs.
Yes! We can create a private departure for your group, or if you have a minimum of 10 people you can take over one of our scheduled dates. Please contact our office to design a custom tour on your preferred date.
Are hotel upgrades available?
On our scheduled guided tours hotels are booked in advance and can’t be changed. You’ll find the name and short description of the hotels chosen for each category on the full itineraries on our website. For a private, custom tour, we can arrange a higher level of accommodation, if space is available.
Sometimes, yes. Other times, no. Many of the historic inns and B&Bs in which we stay only have one bed per room while others will have two separate beds. If it’s important that you and your travel companion have separate beds, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. That being said, only those who pay the single supplement fee will be guaranteed their own room and bed each night.
Yes, on our fully guided bike tours! At every support stop, we will provide a cooler with iced water so you can refill your water bottle. We will also have hydration powder available if you’re in need of a boost.
Yes, we can make accommodations for dietary needs and restrictions as long as we’re notified at the time of booking. Breakfasts are often served at the hotel where you stay and options may be limited.
Yes, if you need a break, the support vehicle will be available and you can opt to hop in the van per coordination with our guides.
Yes, your luggage travels in our van, so it can be accessed if needed.
Yes, guests are welcome to ride along in the van. But keep in mind we don’t offer discounts for guests who aren’t riding a bike and they will pay the regular trip cost.
When you receive your reservation materials, there will also be a packing list included, which will detail all of the essential items you need. We recommend packing clothing for all weather conditions and will suggest waterproof clothing based on your tour’s location and length.
Only in the most extreme circumstances when severe weather events are forecast will we cancel a tour. Otherwise, we will ride on through both rain and sunshine.
Full van support means that our vehicle will regularly meet up with the group along the cycling route to offer light refreshments, water refills, and transport for riders who don’t want to bike the next leg. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there may be stretches of bike paths that have limited access for van support and your guide will let you know ahead of time so you’re aware of your options.
Any necessary adjustments will be made to your bike on arrival to ensure it’s comfortable for you to ride. When making your reservation, it’s important that you provide us with an accurate height and inseam measurement (without shoes), so we can secure the right bike for you. If you have any queries about your bicycle fit, our friendly staff are happy to assist.
Fly to Spokane, Washington (airport code GEG).
Arrive in Spokane the day prior to the trip to ensure you don’t miss the early departure on the first day of riding. Spokane is a great place to explore with many exciting culinary options, things to do and see as well as recreation stores to support any last minute purchases. We will happily provide recommendations on accommodations at your time of booking.
Our guided tours may be booked online. It is always good to start planning your trip earlier than later. Our region is a popular vacation area during the summer months, and lodging is in high demand, meaning our accommodation options become more limited the closer we are to the summer months.