Take a Spring Ride on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

Out There Outdoors

One of Northwest’s longest paved biking trails, stretching across the Idaho Panhandle for 73.2 miles, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is a great spring and early summer ride. You can ride shorter out-and-back sections from one of several trailheads or take on a larger one-way stretch of the trail.

Whatever distance you choose, your ride could have you pedaling past lakes, along a wild river, through small towns, and past wetlands and woods teaming with birds and other wildlife.

Recently named one of the top 25 trails in the United States by the Rails to Trails Conservancy, the trail extends from the towns of Plummer to Mullan.

Wetlands along much of the route afford the opportunity to see many species of birds, including eagles, swans, hawks, owls, and migrating songbirds. Frequently-sighted wildlife along the trail include coyotes, deer, moose, and elk.

For more info on riding the trail, read past articles about the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes from the OTO archives.

A line of cyclists stopped along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, with water bodies on both sides of the trail. People using binoculars for bird watching.
Stop for bird watching on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. // Photo courtesy of the Silver Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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