Electric Bike Tour on Idaho's Iconic Rails-to-Trails
Join ROW Adventures for world-class Pedego e-bike tour on two “Hall of Fame” rail trails on a trip that travels from eastern Washington to western Montana through the Idaho Panhandle. We ride 15-35 miles each day on dedicated bike trails separated from any other traffic, cruising along rivers and through forests of pine and fir. You ride the Washingon/Idaho Centennial Trail, the fabulous 73-mile Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes and the stunning Route of the Hiawatha and Route of the Olympian.
These former railway routes have been transformed into smooth paved or packed-gravel bike paths that make for easy-going and extremely scenic cycling. You pedal along lakes, rivers and through forests with guides who share stories of the local cultural and natural history. You always have the option of a ride from our sag wagon (van).
Each night we stay in carefully-selected local accommodations, enjoy a group happy hour and dinner with tales of the day shared by all.
Our E-bike tours use Pedego Electric Bikes, an outstanding high-quality bicycle that is comfortable and perfect for our rides. Learn more about our fleet of Pedego Electric Bikes.
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Arrival in Spokane, Washington
Arrive in Spokane, Washington, with air service from almost all major airlines, or drive from your home.
Riverside State Park, Washington/Idaho Centennial Trail, and Coeur d’Alene
Meet your Pedego Vacations guide at 8:30 AM at the Centennial Hotel in Spokane, Washington, and check out your bike. We transfer 30 minutes west of downtown Spokane for a beautiful ride that winds through Riverside State Park, a 9100-acre park that straddles the Spokane River. The paved trail passes through a fragrant forest of ponderosa pine with time to marvel at the impressive basalt formations created some 12 million years ago as lava flowed from the earth. We learn about the original people of the area, the Spokane Tribe, known as the Children of the Sun. We also stop to talk about Camp 7 Mile, built-in 1933 by the 949th Company of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) who cleared land, built roads, and planted trees in what is today Riverside State Park.
Once in downtown Spokane, we visit Spokane Falls and the site of the 1974 World Expo. We enjoy lunch at a local eatery, then continue our ride east through Spokane’s University District and on to the Washington/Idaho State line. At this point, we board our van to transfer to Coeur d’Alene, for a festive evening and dinner together.
Biking: 37 miles total. All paved.
Coeur d’Alene Exploration
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 18 miles, enjoy lunch at your choice of one of many great restaurants in Coeur d’Alene.
This afternoon is free time to explore downtown Coeur d’Alene! Enjoy the shops and art galleries, take the 2-mile walk around Tubbs Hill on the lakefront. Those who golf might want to try and book a time on the Coeur d’Alene Resort golf course.
Dinner together and a festive evening in Coeur d’Alene.
Biking: 18 miles total with optional routes if desired. All paved.
Trail of the Coeur d’ Alenes to Harrison and Kellogg
We drive south 35 minutes to Plummer, located on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation and the western end of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. This is home to the Schitsu’umsh people whom the early French fur traders named the Coeur d’Alenes, which means people with a “heart of an awl.” The early 1800’s fur trappers found the Coeur d’Alene people to be smart and shrewd traders with hearts as “sharp as a sewing awl”. We honor their legacy on this land.
Leaving the trailhead park, we ride on a scenic and slightly downhill path through towering pines until we reach the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene. We cross the lake on an elegant railroad bridge and follow our bike path as it winds along the lakefront to the tiny town of Harrison.
After a light lunch and perhaps a dip in the lake, our ride continues on level ground with scenes of the Chain Lakes of the Coeur d’Alene River. Marshes filled with waterfowl and songbirds send fragrant breezes our way. If time allows, we stop to visit Idaho’s oldest building, the rather stern Cataldo Mission designed by two Jesuit priests and built between 1850-53 with the labor of around 300 Coeur d’Alene Natives.
Riders are welcome to load up in Cataldo for a shuttle to Kellogg. Riders looking to add extra miles can continue for 11 miles into the Silver Valley, where more silver has been extracted from the ground than any other place on earth. We end up in the small town of Kellogg for our night’s accommodation.
Biking: 42-miles. All paved. (Optional 11 miles for those wanting to continue from Enaville to Kellogg)
Route of the Hiawatha
We begin the day with a brief drive across the Idaho/Montana border to Saltese to begin our ride on the Route of the Olympian. The ambitious Pacific Extension of the Milwaukee railroad was built at a time when railroads were competing for new routes to the west. The Route of the Olympian and Route of the Hiawatha was financed by the Rockefellers and at the time, the cost was $75,000 per mile, making this the highest-priced railroad ever built. We enjoy this fabulous engineering legacy and ride over trestles and through tunnels on this inspiring trail.
After 9-miles on the Route of the Olympian, we find ourselves at the starting point of the historic Hiawatha Trail where we enter the darkness of the two-mile-long Taft Tunnel. Before the morning is over, we cross 7 trestles and pass through 9 tunnels in the heart of the rugged Bitterroot Mountain range of the Rockies. The trail is in great condition and is a gravel route that drops gently for 15 miles. Set in the forest with expansive views, we have a bountiful picnic lunch. By mid-afternoon, we are back in Kellogg to enjoy another night at the Morning Star Lodge.
Biking: 24 miles Packed gravel.
Mullan to Wallace, Optional Touring, Return to Spokane
This morning we ride from Kellogg to the eastern end of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes at Mullan. We visit the small town then turn around and ride back west 7 miles downhill to Wallace. This charming town is full of historic brick buildings and elegant mansions built during the boom mining years of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The morning's highlight is an underground mine tour led by a hard rock miner who explains both mining technique and machinery as well as the history of mining in the area. We also learn about Edward Pulaski, a hero in the biggest fire in U.S. history, Idaho's “Big Burn” of 1910 . After the fire, Pulaski invented the most important fire fighting tool in history, the Pulaski. Enjoy lunch on your own and time to explore Wallace.
By 2:30 or 3:00 pm we're on our way back to Spokane. If we did not have time on Day 3- we'll stop at the historic Cataldo Mission, home to Idaho's oldest building, constructed by members of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and Jesuit Missionaries between 1850 and 1853. The story of the Mission of the Sacred Heart, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is key to understanding the history of U.S. westward expansion and the role that missionaries played in the period after the initial contact between fur-traders and Native peoples, and the arrival that started a decade later, of homesteaders, miners, and the U.S. military.
Our tour ends upon arrival in Spokane when we return the group to the Centennial Hotel.
Biking: 11 miles from Kellogg to Wallace with an optional 14 more to Mullan and back to Wallace. All paved.
Dates & Rates
Make it private!
Private trips available for groups of 10-12 riders at a 5% per person discount. If you have a smaller group and want a private trip, contact us for a quote. All trips require a minimum of 6 participants to be confirmed.
- $2,825 per person
- Rooming charges based on double occupancy. Single Supplement: $490
- Meeting Location: Centennial Hotel in Spokane, Washington
- Meeting Time: 8:30 AM on Day 1
- Return Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM PST
- Retun Location: Centennial Hotel in Spokane, Washington
- Trip Length: 5-days
- Age Limit: Minimum age is 12
- Bicycles & Gear: Pedego Bikes Included with tour price
- Services of our talented adventure consultants and professional guides
- All meals/beverages as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodations as noted 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
- A Pedego bike, helmet, and related biking gear.
- 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
- 6% Idaho sales tax
Due to the manufacturer's specified weight limits on our Pedego bikes, riders must not exceed 250 lbs.