5-Day Self Guided Bike Tour

This 5-day self-guided itinerary offers a tri-state adventure like no other
Overview
  • Dates: June - September*
  • Rates: From $800
  • Minimum age: 12
  • Trail Types: Paved and crushed gravel
  • Meet/End: Spokane, Washington
  • Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
  • Bike Included: Yes (E-bikes are available for an additional $70/day fee)
  • Hotels Included: Yes**
  • Luggage Transfer: Yes
  • Airport Shuttle: No

*Dates subject to change due to events, trail accessibility, and availability.  

**Hotel nights during your trip are included. Pre and post trip hotel nights are not.

Pacific Northwest Self-Guided Bike Tour

Starting in Spokane, Washington, the heart of the Inland Northwest, this 5-day self-guided itinerary offers a tri-state adventure like no other. Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana offer scenic and pristine mountain landscapes. You pedal alongside the Spokane River as it flows towards the mighty Columbia River, next to the shore of beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene, and then through the historic Silver Valley of North Idaho.

Your last day is spent on crown jewel of rails-to-trails – the historical Hiawatha Trail, biking through tunnels and across dramatic trestles that span canyons of the Bitterroot Mountains on the Idaho/Montana border. At the end we return you to Spokane for your travels home. This trip has plenty to offer in 5 days full of nature, history and superb bike trails.

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Itinerary
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Day 0

Travel from your home to Spokane, WA. Lodging is on your own this day.

Day 1

Spokane - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on the Centennial Trail, 37 miles. Enjoy the Centennial Trail, as you pedal on excellent paved trails along the Spokane River, across the Washington/Idaho border, and into the beautiful lakeside town of Coeur d'Alene.

Day 2

Coeur d'Alene – Morning ride to Higgins Point Park, round trip 16 miles. This section of the Centennial Trail takes you along the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene. In the afternoon enjoy an optional kayak tour on Lake Coeur d'Alene, or enjoy the town on your own.

Day 3

Transfer to Plummer, Idaho and ride to Harrison, 16 miles. ROW Adventure Center provides a transfer to Plummer, Idaho, the westernmost access point to the Trail of The Coeur d'Alenes. Tonight you stay in the lakeside hamlet of Harrison, ID. 

Day 4

Harrison to Kellogg 36 miles. Today is another great day on the Trail of The Coeur d'Alenes. Your ride takes through wetlands and along the Coeur d'Alene River, before entering the Silver Valley, rich in mining history. (Note: If you'd rather ride more, go all the way to Wallace for a total of 49 miles.)

Day 5

Kellogg-Route of the Hiawatha-Spokane. Ride 15 miles on the Hiawatha Trail, the most dramatic rails-to-trails trail yet created in the U.S. This is a crushed-gravel trail. You pass through seven tunnels, the longest of which is almost two miles long, and over a number of high trestles with spectacular mountain views. You can choose to ride just one way, or do a round-trip (30 miles).

At the end of the day, ROW Adventure Center provides transportation back to Spokane, WA prior to your departure back home.

Rates
Rates

We offer our trips from June through Labor Day with our 5-Day Tours beginning on Thursday and Saturday only. See our pricing below. Prices and availability subject to change.

Pricing for 5-Day Self-Guided Tour  

Price Per Person 

One Room 

Two Rooms 

1 Guest

$2,350

NA

2 Guests

$1,325

$1,775

3 Guests

$975

$1,275

4 Guests

$800

$1,025

Trip Price Includes:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at arrival point as needed
  • Standard bike rental. Our fleet is made up of Marin Hybrid bikes with front suspension. Each bike comes with a rear tire rack and panniers, headlight mount on the handlebars (for Hiawatha Trail tunnels), water bottle and water bottle cage, flat tire tool kit, and adjustable helmet.**
    • 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.
  • 4 nights lodging while on the trail. We can provide you with suggestions for lodging accommodations for the nights prior to and after your trip.
  • Orientation Meeting the morning of the first day of riding.
  • Luggage transportation
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • Trailside assistance & emergency support
  • Tour information packet
  • Local area dining guides

**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.

Trip Price does NOT Include:

  • Meals during the trip. However, some of the lodging accommodations will provide breakfast for you, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Lodging for the nights prior to and after your trip. 
  • Parking at hotels when not complimentary 
  • Optional travel protection
Meeting Location

This trip meets at our Spokane Adventure Center at 209 S Washington St Spokane, Washington 99201.  The meeting time is 8:00 a.m. and our guide will provide you with all of your gear and your self-guided bike packets.

FAQ's

What is the difference between a guided biking tour and a self-guided biking tour?

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. You can see our full selection of guided tours on the ROW Website. 

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. 

Can I bring my own bike?

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.

What kind of bikes do you provide?

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.) 

What about E 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.

Can I bring my own pedals and/or seat?

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. 

What is the difficulty of the trails?

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. 

I’ve never done a trip like this before, do I need to be in good shape to do one of these trips?

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.

Are these good family bike trips?

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.

What should I pack in case of rain or bad weather?

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. 

What if my bike doesn’t fit me when I get there?

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.

What is the nearest airport?

Fly to Spokane, Washington (airport code GEG).  

When should we arrive in Spokane?

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. 

Does "self-guided" mean no one is there to help me?

No, with our self-guided tours, we are available to help you as needed. We provide detailed route maps and area information, take care of your accommodation arrangements and transfer your luggage. We provide you with all the tools you need to fix your own flats, but should you need mechanical assistance we are not far away. Our goal is to create a hassle-free experience!

What kind of light do I need for riding through tunnels on the Hiawatha Trail?

We recommend a handlebar light with at least 400 lumens. Basically, the brighter the light, the more you will be able to see. Transitioning from broad daylight to dark tunnels can be tricky and distort both your perception of depth and peripheral vision. Lights are provided with all of our rental bikes, but if you prefer to bring your own light, it’s important that it reveals on-coming bikes and/or pedestrians and will help you to avoid any natural obstacles.

Can my guide fix my bike if something goes wrong on the trip?

Please note, on our self guided bike tours you will need to be able to fix your own bike and do any minor roadside repairs. We will be available by phone should you encounter a situation that requires more assistance.

Is water available to refill my water bottle along the way?

If you’ve elected for a self-guided bike tour then you will need to ensure you pack enough water to keep yourselves hydrated through the day and your ride.

Will I be able to access my luggage during the day?

On our self-guided bike tour, your luggage will be transferred by a delivery service and will arrive about 3pm each day at your hotel; therefore, you will need to pack anything you will need during the day on your bike.

What if I get lost?

Before selecting a self-guided tour, we recommend that you are confident using a GPS or following the paper maps that are provided. If you do get lost, you can contact us for support.

What if I have an accident?

In the case of an accident requiring medical attention, you should call 911. Afterward, please call our emergency contact number for any assistance you may need. We also highly recommend that everyone on our self-guided tours travels with a first aid kit to deal with any minor injuries that may occur.

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Will Haltiwanger
December 19, 2020 at 2:49 pm
This is a nice trip and the personnel are good to work with. I strongly recommend it. There are a few reasons I did not rate it a 5, all easily fixed:
* The lights provided to ride through the Hiawatha tunnel were inadequate.
* There was a glitch at the start and we had to wait in Spokane for someone to meet us at the office.
* The instructions on where to find our lodging could have been better.
On a personal note: I didn't find riding a mile through a dark, wet tunnel much fun. If I go back I plan to ride up from the bottom to the main tunnel, turn around and ride back down skipping the long tunnel.
Ken Molder
December 19, 2020 at 4:01 am
Great trip, well organized and on time!
Virginia Groff
December 19, 2020 at 12:20 am
I would highly recommend this trip for bikers. The trails were flat which made pedaling easy. The sights were incredible. I really enjoyed the trestle bridges and tunnels. All the accommodations were clean and well located with helpful people. The luggage always arrived on time.