- Dates: June 20 - September 20*
- Rates: From $99 per person ($139 for E-bike)
- Minimum age: 12
- Trail Types: Biking on pavement, hiking on dirt trails
- Distance: 31 miles of cycling; 1-3 miles hiking.
- Meet/End: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
- Duration: 1-day
- Bike Included: Yes
- Guided: Yes
- Meals Included: Lunch
*Dates subject to change due to events, trail accessibility, and availability.
Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes Bike & Hike
New 2021! A full day of fun that starts in Coeur d’Alene with a shuttle to Plummer, the western portal for the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. The first six miles are an easy downhill ride to the lake where we cross on the old railroad bridge. Another 8 miles takes us to the lakeside hamlet of Harrison where we enjoy some free time in town and a picnic lunch. We ride back along the lakeshore and stop at Heyburn State Park, park our bikes and take either a 1-mile or 3-mile hike on the Indian Cliffs Trail with panoramic views over Chatcolet Lake at the south end of Lake Coeur d’Alene where we can also see the last bit of the St. Joe river as it enters the lake. It’s an easy 500’ up and 500’ down through forests of ponderosa pine and fields of flowers and shrubs.
You choose to ride a regular bike or electric-assist bike.
We meet you at 9:00 AM in the public parking lot near ROW's Coeur d'Alene outpost. After checking on bike sizes we load into our van for a 40-minute drive south to Plummer, located within the boundaries of the Coeur d'Alene Reservation. The Coeur d'Alenes are called Schitsu’umsh in their own language, meaning "Those who were found here" or alternately, "the discovered people." They have lived here for thousands of years and we honor their legacy and their tradition of caring for, nurturing and protecting the environment. We acknowledge that we are visiting their land and hope that your journey with us will create a new awareness of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's history and culture.
The western entrance to the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is located in Plummer, and we unload our van and trailer here to begin our ride. One of the Nation's finest bike trails, it has been named to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. This award-winning paved bike trail is mostly level, or with gentle gradient, since it was the Union Pacific Railroad route that went from Mullan, Idaho to Plummer. The trail is 72 miles in total and on our ride, we travel about 15 miles from Plummer to the lakeside hamlet of Harrison, and then return to Plummer, for a total distance of 31 miles. Along the way, your guides share their knowledge of the area's natural and cultural history in an engaging, enjoyable way.
The first part of our ride is on a gentle downhill slope as the trail drops in elevation towards the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. We pedal through a forest of ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine and fir and ride through a part of Heyburn State Park. After 7 miles we reach the lake and ride onto a long, picturesque bridge that leads to the east side of the lake. The trail then parallels the lakes shore on a level route to Harrison.
We get off our bikes to stretch legs and wander around Harrison, learn about its history and perhaps enjoy an ice cream cone. While you explore our guides prepare a sumptuous lakeside picnic. Before long we get back on our bikes and return along the lake and across the bridge.
We stop at Heyburn State Park for a hike on one of two trails. One option is the 3-mile Indian Cliffs Trail hike and the other is a 1-mile loop on the C.C.C. Trail. We’ll decide which we prefer to do, then head out to see wildflowers, trees and birds. The Indian Cliffs Trail climbs above the lake for spectacular views to the east towards St. Maries and the mouth of the St. Joe River. About 80 miles upstream of St. Maries, ROW Adventures also runs a fun-filled one-day rafting trip on the St. Joe.
After our hike, we continue our ride, climbing back towards Plummer. Those who have chosen our electric-assist bikes will certainly appreciate the extra boost these offer during the 6-mile slope uphill. On arrival in Plummer we load the van and return to Coeur d’Alene by late afternoon replete with great memories and new friends.
Trips available from June 20 - September 20 with daily departures available. Please note, a minimum of 4 paid spaces are required to operate this tour.
- $99 per person (Standard Bike)
- $139 per person (Electric Assist Bike)
- Transportation to and from Plumber for the start of the ride.
- Knowledgeable, professional guides.
- Picnic lunch.
- Bike rental. Our fleet is made up of Marin Hybrid bikes with front suspension or you can opt for a fun fat-tire electric-assist E-bike. Ours are beautiful Aventon "Aventure" bikes that are sure to please. We provide helmets, racks and a water bottle and water bottle cage.
*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.
Does Not Include:
- Breakfast or dinner.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Gratuity for guides.
- Transportation to and from Coeur d'Alene for the start of the tour.
This trip meets at the Public Parking lot immediately west of the Idaho Youth Ranch Thrift Store at 845 N. 4th St., Coeur d'Alene. The meeting time will be provided in your reservation materials. You will be met by your ROW guides who will provide all of your biking equipment and host an orientation meeting prior to starting the tour.