North Idaho's Best Guided Bike Tour

Explore the world-class bike trails of eastern Washington, North Idaho and Montana with the local experts. As a Coeur d’Alene Idaho-based company, this trip is in our backyard. Let us share our stories to enrich your biking adventure on two of the country’s “Hall of Fame” Rails-to-Trails routes including the amazing Hiawatha that leads you through ten tunnels and over seven canyon-spanning trestles!  In addition to the Hiawatha, you ride the Route of the Olympian, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes and the Washington/Idaho Centennial Trail.

These paved or packed-gravel bike paths are mostly level and are a cyclist’s delight. Protected from traffic, these rails-to-trails are true gems that take you along rivers, marshlands and lake shore and through forests of ponderosa pine, fir and tamarack.  Unlike some bike tours of this area that involve lots of driving, our tour is designed to flow organically as you ride from town to town along the route. As we ride, our guides share their knowledge of the area’s natural and cultural history. You always have the option of a ride from our sag wagon (van). We invite you to our home!

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Itinerary

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Day 0

Arrive in Spokane

Arrive in Spokane, Washington at your leisure and and overnight in accommodations of your choosing. 

Day 1

Group Orientation, Ride from Spokane to the Idaho Border

Meet your ROW Adventures guide at 9:00 AM and check out your bike.  Depending on the groups’ interests, we can start our ride directly from town, heading west on the Centennial Trail, through the 9100-acre Riverside State Park and along the Spokane River. Or we can drive to the trailhead at the Nine Mile Falls for a shorter ride.  We can also accommodate a split in the group.  

The greater Spokane area is home to the Spokane Indians, known as the Children of the Sun. They had villages and fishing locations all along the Spokane River.  In 1810 a fur trading post was established at Nine Mile Falls, where our ride begins. The trail follows the gorge carved by the river, passing through massive basalt flows in a spectacular canyon lined with towering ponderosa pines. Our guides explain the geology of the epic and massive Columbia basalt flows of 12-15 million years ago that created this inspiring landscape.  We emerge from the park still following the river and ride into downtown Spokane. The 1974 World Expo was located at the site of today’s Riverfront Park and we see firsthand the remarkable transformation that the Expo created from once-industrial ugliness to a beautiful park with Spokane Falls at its center. 

After a delicious lunch downtown, we take the trail east through the Gonzaga University District of Spokane and parallel the Spokane River until we reach the Washington/Idaho border. From the border, we hop in our van for a short shuttle to the lakeside town of Coeur d’Alene. (Those seeking more miles may continue on the trail all the way to tonight’s accommodations.)  After checking in to our hotel and resting, it’s time for a festive dinner in town.

Biking Miles: 37 miles total with an optional additional 13 miles. 
 

ACCOMMODATION : Springhill Suites by Marriott (or similar)
MEALS INCLUDED : Lunch, Dinner

Day

Ride to Higgins Point, Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes to Harrison

Our morning ride takes us along the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene to Higgins Point, the furthest eastern point of the Idaho Centennial Trail. After our morning ride of 16 miles, we enjoy lunch at another of our favorite spots, then drive about 35 minutes south to the hamlet of Plummer, the western terminus of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. Our lovely, gentle-sloping downhill ride through pines and wildflowers to the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene and Chacolet Lake are on the converted Union Pacific Railroad line.  We cross the lake on a graceful railroad bridge and continue along the shores Lake Coeur d’Alene to the small town of Harrison where we spend the night in a comfortable lakeside inn.  Before dinner you might enjoy a dip in the clear waters of the lake.

The area around Coeur d’Alene is the original home of the Schitsu’umsh people. In the early 1800’s French fur-traders named these people the Coeur d’Alenes meaning people with “heart of an awl” because they were shrewd traders with hearts as sharp as a sewing awl. For decades the Coeur d’Alene Indians traded with the fur trappers. They were introduced to Christianity by the Jesuit missionaries that came to the area in the late 1840’s. In 1878, Fort Coeur d’Alene was established by General William Sherman (a famous Union General of the Civil War) on the land adjacent to the Spokane River’s source from Lake Coeur d’Alene. Soon the town of Coeur d’Alene was established and quickly became a transportation hub for logging and mining in the region.  

Over the past 30 years the economy has transitioned to include tourism and downtown Coeur d’Alene is a charming place filled with art galleries, restaurants, shops and the town’s greatest treasure, Tubbs Hill.  This 130-acre city park offers several miles of hiking trails and shoreline. 

Biking Miles: 16 miles in the morning and 15 in the afternoon.

ACCOMMODATION : Osprey Inn (or Similar)
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, Cataldo Mission, Ride on to Wallace

Leaving Harrison, the trail passes through the Chain Lakes of the Coeur d’Alene River, a series of lakes along the river valley. As we pedal past marshes and water on the raised trail, we may see moose, deer or osprey.  We stop to visit Idaho’s oldest building, the stout Cataldo Mission designed by two Jesuit priests and built between 1850-53 with the labor of some 300 members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.  Soon it’s time for lunch at the local legend of the Enaville Snake Pit. Those wishing may continue to ride to Wallace while others shuttle in our van the final miles. The brick buildings and yesterday-feeling of Wallace captures a moment in time when mining was the main activity of the area. Center of the Silver Valley, more silver was taken from the ground here than anywhere else in the world before or since. Today the town is home to a couple of breweries and some good dining options. We enjoy dinner in town together.

Biking Miles: 35-mile bike ride with optional 10-20 miles

ACCOMMODATION : Wallace Inn (or similar)
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Route of the Olympian, Hiawatha Trail

A short drive across the Idaho/Montana border to the hamlet of Saltese gets us to our starting point on the Route of the Olympian. In the day when railroads were competing for routes west, the ambitious Pacific Extension of the Milwaukee railroad was built to connect west to Portland, Oregon.  Financed by the Rockefellers it was the most expensive railroad ever built at that point in time, costing $75,000 per mile. The most challenging section of the entire route was the 22 miles through the Bitterroot Mountains around today’s Idaho/Montana border, requiring the construction of 21 bridges, 16 tunnels and seven high trestles.  It’s nothing short of thrilling to ride on this legacy trail!

After our 9-mile ride on the Route of the Olympian we arrive at East Portal, the starting point of the historic and spectacular Hiawatha Trail. We start at the East Portal trailhead and immediately enter the two-mile long Taft Tunnel. Before the morning is over, we go through another six tunnels and cross a number of breath-taking trestles that span deep and forested canyons of the Bitterroot Mountains. This is one of the most spectacular, if not the most spectacular, rails-to-trails trail in the United States. It is well maintained, and the gravel route and gentle grade make for an easy ride. Being on a railroad grade, this portion of the trail follows a mellow 1.7% downhill grade from 4160 ft. at the West Portal to 3175 ft. at Pearson, for a total drop of a little less than 1000 ft. in a distance of 15 miles. Along the way we stop for a trailside lunch.  At the trail’s end we can load up in our van, or you may ride back up the gentle grade part way or all 15 miles.

When the riding is done, we return to Wallace to enjoy another evening in this history mining town.

Biking Miles: 24 miles with optional 18 miles downhill from the Hiawatha on the NORPAC trail.

ACCOMMODATION : Wallace Inn (or similar)
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Morning Ride on Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, Explore Coeur d'Alene and Tubbs Hill

We drive a short distance to the eastern end of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes and start riding from Mullen, Idaho downhill to Wallace, mainly for the sake of doing all the miles on the trail!  It’s a short 7-mile ride and when done we head back to Coeur d’Alene for lunch and some free time in town. Walk around Tubbs Hill, wade into the lake for a swim, or wander down Sherman Avenue for some shopping.  Soon it’s time to return to Spokane.  

MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch

Dates & Rates

DatesAdult (USD)Child (USD) 
Jun 07, 2021 to Jun 11, 2021
Price based on double occupancy
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Jun 21, 2021 to Jun 25, 2021
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Jul 05, 2021 to Jul 09, 2021
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Jul 19, 2021 to Jul 23, 2021
Senior Cycling Private Charter
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Aug 02, 2021 to Aug 06, 2021
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Aug 16, 2021 to Aug 20, 2021
Senior Cycling Private Charter
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Aug 30, 2021 to Sep 03, 2021
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Sep 13, 2021 to Sep 17, 2021
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Supplementary Information

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.  All trips require a minimum of 6 participants to be confirmed.

July 19 and August 16, 2021, are reserved for Senior Cycling - dedicated to travelers 50 yrs of age or older.

RATES:

  • $1960 per person double occupancy
  • $400 single supplement
  • $130 standard bike rental

TRIP INCLUDES:

  • 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


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
  • Bike rental
     

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