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LODGING, CAMPING, DINING, AND FAQS on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes rail trail, North Idaho's Historic Bitterroot Loop

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The Ridge Condos at Silver Mountain Trailhead
KELLOGG, IDAHO

Morning Star Lodge at Silver Mountain

KELLOGG, IDAHO
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Wallace Inn in Wallace, ID

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The Corskie House
HARRISON, IDAHO

The Ryan Hotel in Wallace, ID

WALLACE, IDAHO

Lakeview Lodge, Harrison, idaho
HARRISON, IDAHO

Silverhorn Motor Inn
KELLOGG, IDAHO

Hercules
WALLACE, IDAHO

Mullan House B and B
MULLAN, IDAHO

stardustmotel
WALLACE, IDAHO

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LODGINGS WITHIN A MILE OF THE TRAIL OF THE COEUR D'ALENES

Corskie House
Bed and Breakfast
Harrison, Idaho

Crow's Nest Retreat
Vacation Rental
Harrison, Idaho

Harrison House
Vacation Rental
Harrison, Idaho

Hercules Inn
Vacation Rental Condos
Wallace, Idaho

Heyburn State Park
Cottages and Camping Cabins
Plummer, Idaho

Kellogg Vacation Homes
Vacation Rental Homes
Kellogg, Idaho

Lakeview Lodge
Motel
Rooms and Suites
Harrison, Idaho

Lux Rooms
Boutique Hotel
Wallace, Idaho

Morning Star Lodge
Silver Mountain
Rooms and Suites
Kellogg, Idaho

Mullan House B&B
Rooms and Suites
Mullan, Idaho

Osprey Inn B&B
Boutique Hotel Bed & Breakfast
Harrison, Idaho

Silverhorn Motor Inn
800.437.6437
Kellogg, Idaho

The Brooks Hotel
Wallace, Idaho

The Pines Motel
St. Maries, Idaho

The Ridge
Condos across from Gondola
Kellogg, Idaho

The Ryan Hotel
Boutique Hotel

The Stardust
Wallace, Idaho

The Wallace Inn
Motel
Wallace, Idaho


LODINGS NEAR THE
TRAIL OF THE COEUR D'ALENES

(These are not on the trail, but within an easy ride, or inquire about courtesy shuttle when making reservations.)

H2H Bison Ranch & Camp,
Camping Cabins
NEAR CHATCOLET TRAILHEAD

Sun Meadow
Family Nudist Resort

Hotel Rooms, Cabin
NEAR CHATCOLET TRAILHEAD

Grandma's Cabin
Vacation Home
NEAR HARRISON TRAILHEAD

Float Home
Floating Vacation Home
NEAR HARRISON TRAILHEAD

Watson's Rose Lake Resort
Vacation Rental Apt.,
Camping Cabins,
NEAR BULL RUN TRAILHEAD

Country Lane B&B and Resort
NEAR ENAVILLE TRAILHEAD

Watsons Rose Lake Resort, Rose Lake, Idaho
ROSE LAKE, IDAHO


LODINGS ALONG THE REST OF
THE BITTERROOT LOOP

ST JOE RIVER AREA AND ST MARIES

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Avery Gift Shop and Lodging in Avery, Idaho
THE BITTERROOT LOOP
AVERY, IDAHO


Riverfront Suites, lodging in St. Maries
THE BITTERROOT LOOP
ST MARIES, ID

Fort Hemenway Manor, St Maries, Idaho
THE BITTERROOT LOOP
ST MARIES, IDAHO


Pines Motel in St. Maries, Idaho
THE BITTERROOT LOOP
ST MARIES, IDAHO

Avery Gift Shop & Lodgings
Avery, Idaho

Scheffy's Hotel and General Store
Avery, Idaho

SPRING CREEK CABINS
208-245-5268
Calder, Idaho

Fort Hemenway Manor
B&B
St. Maries, Idaho

River Front Suites
St. Maries, Idaho

St Maries, Idaho
THE BITTERROOT LOOP
ST MARIES, IDAHO


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TRAIL OF THE COEUR D'ALENES FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. BIKE TRAIL INFO: LODGING, CAMPING, THINGS TO DO ALONG THE TRAIL OF THE COEUR D'ALENES RAIL TRAIL
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UPDATED 3:39 PM 6/22/2016

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook 2015

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Welcome to the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, a paved recreational rail-trail that crosses the picturesque North Idaho panhandle between Washington and Montana. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy elevated this 72-mile trail to its biking trails Hall of Fame in 2010.

The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook is designed to help you transform a pleasant, mostly flat ride on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes into a fun-filled people-powered vacation.

Get tips on necessities like water and restrooms, lodgings, and where to rent bikes and other equipment. Read restaurant descriptions and discover shopping, entertainment, and other recreational opportunities in the area. Find out what to expect at trailheads and in trailside communities. Find handy links to trailside accommodations and restaurants menus on this page.

North Idaho's Bitterroot Loop

There's more! The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook includes cycling tips for the entire 300k Bitteroot Loop. It tells you how to bike between the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and the Route of the Hiawatha (RoH) through national forest on the NorPac Trail; and how to get to Avery, Idaho, from the RoH Pearson Trailhead, then return to Heyburn State Park via the Old Milwaukee Rd. to St. Maries and on SR-5. Only 13 miles of the loop are on state highway. You will learn the best options for avoiding rural highways wherever possible, if you don't want to compete with vehicles or breathe exhaust fumes.

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Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes FAQs

WHERE DOES THE TRAIL BEGIN?

The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is like a string that spans the north Idaho panhandle from Plummer to Mullan. Which end of the string is the beginning?

The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes guidebook starts in Plummer and works east for several reasons. Trail miles are marked on maps beginning at Hn’ya)pqi’nn, the Plummer Trailhead. It is the only trailhead accessible by free public transit from Coeur d'Alene; it is closest to Spokane (the largest city between Seattle and Chicago), and closest to an international airport. The region's history begins with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, and it is their vision and hard work that sparked one of the nation's most popular biking trails.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

There are several ways to get to the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes. Drive, hire a shuttle service, or use a tour company that features the trail. Several lodgings providers offer courtesy shuttles. You can also travel all the way from Spokane International Airport to the Plummer Trailhead using only biking trails and public transit. (See last FAQ).

WHERE CAN I GET A MAP?

Most of the trail is flat

The Friends of the Coeur d'Alene Trails provides printed maps that can be picked up at various businesses along the trail or requested via an online form or email on their website. These are nice because they include the entire 300k Bitterroot Loop network of rail trails. Trailside businesses sometimes run out of these maps during the riding season. In that event, you may want to print one from the Idaho Parks and Recreation Dept. website onto a standard sheet of paper. They also provide links to portions of the trail that you can view, download, and print.

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe sometimes prints maps for distribution, and some may be available at the tribal Fish and Game office near the Plummer Trailhead. You can call the tribe's main switchboard at 208-686-1800 and ask for Fish and Game to inquire about their trail maps.

Trail of CdA over Chatcolet Bridge

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Riding the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is free and there is no charge for parking at trailheads with the exception of a $5 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) for day use in Heyburn State Park. Come without a vehicle, save gas and use the park free. Please see the next FAQ regarding group permits.

WHEN DOES MY GROUP NEED A PERMIT TO USE THE TRAIL?

Groups of 25 or more riding the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes must contact a Trail Manager for details on group use permits. Also, all commercial guide operations and tours need a special use permit from Idaho State Parks and Recreation in addition to a license from the Idaho Outfitters and Guide Licensing Board.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RIDE THIS RAIL TRAIL?

Some people devour the entire trail in one day. Many visitors take two or three days, but there is enough to see and do for a memorable weeklong vacation.

WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO?

Families and friends on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes near Harrison, IdahoThere is enough to do along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes to create a great pedal powered vacation in scenic North Idaho. Look over the bucket list to make sure you don't miss anything.Options include hiking, boating, kayaking, touring, geo-caching, fishing, mountain biking, swimming, dancing, sightseeing, wine tasting, antiquing, and shopping, to name a few. All these fun activities can be easily accessed from with a mile or less of a trailhead. Also, consider extending your stay with Connecting Trips featured in the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook. They have been selected because of their unique offerings, and they are located within an easy ride of the trail or courtesy shuttles can be arranged with lodging providers.

See even more of this beautiful area. The Friends of the Coeur d'Alene Trails website provides excellent itineraries for additional rides near the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.

WHERE CAN I RENT BICYCLES?

Bicycle rentals are available along the trail at three locations: Pedal Pushers in Harrison, Excelsior Cycles in Kellogg and Silver Mountain Sports in Kellogg. New this year, the Friends of Coeur d'Alene Trails have opened a visitor center on Sixth between Cedar and Bank Streets, where they rent Marin hybrid bikes.

ARE GUIDED TOURS AVAILABLE?

Yes. ROW Adventures offers multi-day bicycle tours around the Inland Northwest. They have packages that include full logistical support for your self-guided vacation on local trails that are separate from vehicle traffic. This includes shuttles when necessary, luggage transfers, and lodging within walking distance of restaurants. You may also request a guided trip on The Trail of the Coeur d Alenes and the Route of the Hiawatha with knowledgeable, certified interpretive guides from June 1 to August 30. You will be in the best hands when you engage ROW's services, but don't take my word for it. National Geographic Adventure magazine voted ROW Adventures one of the "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth." Call them at 866-836-9340.

DO TRAILHEADS HAVE DRINKING WATER?

The only water fountain at a trailhead is at Hn’ya)pqi’nn Trailhead (Plummer). Plan to buy plenty of water at trailside stores. Stretches between sources vary from one to 25 miles.

Flowers

ARE THE RESTROOMS OPEN ALL YEAR?

Flush toilets at Hn’ya)pqi’nn Trailhead at Plummer and Heyburn State Park are shut down during cold weather to avoid damage from freezing. The composting toilets on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation are open longer, but generally close in winter. Portable restroom at Cataldo Trailhead is removed during the off-season. Other restrooms stay open year round.

WHAT ABOUT FOOD AND LODGING?

There are many places to eat and stay along the trail but some expanses have no services. Accommodations span from spartan camping cabins, with nothing but wooden bunkbed frames (you bring the matress), to luxury condos with rooftop hot tubs. You can find some amazing deals on very nice lodgings along these trails. Explore the links to motels, inns, vacation rentals, and campgrounds in the vicinity of the trail in the left and right columns. All hospitality providers that are linked from this page support the trail guide and this Web site so when you say you saw them on southlakecda.com it helps everybody. Explore links to online menus. Theb>The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook highlights specialties at restaurants in each trailside community along the way, and explains how to get there.

CAN I PARK MY RV AT TRAILHEADS?

There are no designated RV parking spots at any trailheads, but several have space to park and maneuver large campers and trailers conveniently. These include: Plummer, Chatcolet, Silver Mountain, and Mullan. There are commercial RV parks at Heyburn, Harrison, Cataldo, Enaville, Elizabeth Park, Osburn, and Wallace.

WHERE CAN I PITCH A TENT?Tents at Harrison Campground

Camping is restricted to established campgrounds, such as Harrison City Campground on Lake Coeur d'Alene, pictured here. See the bar on the right for links to other campgrounds along the trail. The webcam link above shows views of the area immediately south of the lakeside campground in Harrison, Idaho.

For detailed descriptions of trailside communities, points of interest, historical insights and connecting trips, get the Trail of the Coeur d'Alene's Unofficial Guidebook.

Trail of CdA in Heyburn ParkCAN I MAKE A BONFIRE?

No bonfires are allowed along the trail right of way. Trail managers also request that people refrain from launching fireworks from the trail.

WILL I BE ABLE TO FIND ORGANIC OR VEGETARIAN FOOD?

Some restaurants offer enlightened dining selections, including wild salmon, salad bars, soups, vegie burgers, and organic ingredients. These are noted in the Trail of the Coeur d'Alene's Unofficial Guidebook. Also, check the menus in the restaurant guide in the right column. Many eateries serve specialties made with huckleberries picked in the surrounding mountains, and a couple of local farmers provide a few naturally grown items to chefs and grocers. North Idaho Mountain Brewery of Wallace provides some of its spent grain to the D&G Bakery.

The Trail of the Coeur d'Alene's Unofficial Guidebook includes a telephone list of trailside lodgings, bike rentals and transportation options to the trail.

CAN I BRING MY DOG?

Pets are welcome if they remain on a short leash and under your control at all times. Please clean up any ‘land mines’ they deposit.

IS THE TRAIL ADA ACCESSIBLE?

The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Guidebook notes trailheads with disabled parking spaces and accessible restrooms. Much of the route is flat. Inclines at Plummer and Chatcolet Bridge are about five percent and engineered with level areas that give you a break from the uphill climb. The grade between Wallace and Mullan is about three percent. Please see related FAQ below, regarding motorized vehicles.

ARE MOTORIZED VEHICLES ALLOWED?

You may occasionally encounter an official motorized vehicle on the trail, but the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is designated for non-motorized use only. An exception is a multi-use section between Wallace and Mullan, which is open for snowmobiles in winter. Motorized wheelchairs have always been allowed on this trail.

Additionally, a new federal rule opened public non-motorized trails in the US to "Other Power Driven Mobility Devices" for disabled riders. (See section 35.137 Mobility Devices). OPDMDs are transportation devices that are not specifically designed for people with mobility disabilities, but are used by them to get around nonetheless. Examples of OPDMDs are the Segway® and electric bikes. If you want to use an OPDMD on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, you have to get a permit in person from trail managers Kathleen Durfee at the Old Mission State Park, 208.682.3814, or Jason Brown with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, 208.686.1118. Call before you go to make sure somebody will be there to process your permit. Local trail managers have the right to regulate the size, speed, and characteristics of OPDMDs and to close trails or portions of trails to them if they can prove they are harmful.

ARE HORSES ALLOWED?

Horses are not allowed on the trail.

WHAT WILDLIFE IS THERE?

Beaver

Much of the trail is rural and one of its charms is the presence of wild animals. Eagles, osprey, blue heron, deer, beaver, snakes, turtles, turkeys, moose, coyote, bear, elk, and cougar all inhabit the region. Cougars have been sighted at several locations along the trail in fall of 2011. Enjoy these animals but don’t feed or approach them. If you see a cute little baby assume a protective mother is nearby. Watch for bear, deer, elk and coyote sign that announces the presence of these animals. Please report bear, cougar or moose sightings on or near the trail within the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation to the tribe’s wildlife program by calling 208-686-6603.

Habitat along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes supports more than 200 varieties of birds. Here is a Bird List compiled by Coeur d'Alene Audobon.

ARE HELMETS REQUIRED?

Helmets are not legally required on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes.

CAN I GET THERE WITHOUT DRIVING?

Yes, but take a deep breath! If you are coming from other parts of the world and don’t want to drive, you can still reach the trail without riding in traffic, except for a few short portions of the Spokane Centennial Trail. There are several options – some more convenient than others.

Here are a couple of quick and easy ways: If you stay at the Coeur d'Alene Casino, you can catch one of the free casino buses from Spokane. You need to call to find out where they will pick you up. Make sure to mention you have cycles.

You can also hire a private shuttle service, or a tour company that handles logistics, such as ROW Adventures .

Spokane Airport Express, based in Spokane, Washington, is a regional shuttle service that wants to help solve your transport needs. Despite the name, they shuttle throughout the area and the owner sounds very willing to find solutions for any size cycle group. You can also call SAE to meet you at a trailhead if you find yourself stranded with a broken bike. 509-413-7986.

Guests staying at the Wallace Inn may inquire about pre-arranged shuttles from the Spokane International Airport when making reservations. Arrangements must be made at least two weeks in advance.

If you have more time than money, or want to travel in a heroically sustainable manner, there are three public bus companies that serve various trailheads, and travelers with bikes are allowed, but it will require great planning and patience.

Getting Here from the Airport

Board Spokane Transit Authority bus #60 from Spokane Airport to downtown Spokane. At the Bus Plaza, transfer to the #174 at Riverside and Post. Stay on the bus to the end of the line (16 miles) at Liberty Lake. STA buses carry bikes on a first-come-first served basis. You can cycle the rest of the way to Idaho on the Centennial trails. Harvard Trailhead is an easy 1.3 miles north of the bus stop on Harvard Rd.

In Idaho catch a free Citylink bus at Spokane St. and Seltice Way. You can reach Plummer Trailhead from there by bus, but it will take three of them: Blue Route, Link Route, and Rural Route. You can eliminate one of the buses by staying on the Centennial Trail to the Riverpoint Transfer Station, then board the southbound CityLink Link Route to the Coeur d'Alene Casino. From there, a Rural Route bus will drop you off at the Plummer Trailhead. See the CityLink Web site for schedules, route updates, and advice on traveling with a cycle.

Cyclists can ride all the way from Spokane, WA, to Coeur d'Alene, ID, on the Centennial Trails. The Spokane Centennial Trail friends website has details about what to expect along this 20-mile stretch, including trail maps, and gaps where you will have to ride in traffic. Mileage counts on the Centennial Trail go from east to west, but you'll be heading east.

Here is how to get to the trail from the Bus Plaza in Spokane. Go east one block on Free bus service to Plummer on Hwy 95Riverside, then north four blocks on Howard. Find the trail next to the carousel in Riverfront Park. Helmets are required in Spokane. Don’t wander over to Division St., where bicycles are illegal.

When you cross the state line, the Spokane Centennial Trail becomes the North Idaho Centennial Trail. You can take it all the way to downtown Coeur d’Alene.

Once in Coeur d'Alene, the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is still about thirty miles away, no matter which trailhead you are bound for. If you don't want to ride in traffic you will have to take the CityLink, call a private shuttle, or hire a boat and captain to zip you and your gear down to the south end of Lake Coeur d'Alene. See the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Guidebook for shuttle service information.

Trailways

Northwest Trailways buses no longer come through this part of Idaho.

WHO OVERSEES THE TRAIL?

A six-member Trail Commission sets policy for the trail. Seats are filled by members of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, the State of Idaho, and the public. Trail policies are officially adopted at commissioner meetings, which are open to the public and scheduled for April and October, but may occur more often if necessary.

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osprey inn b and b, Harrison Idaho

kellogg vacation homes in kellogg idaho
KELLOGG, IDAHO

Watercraft Rentals, Harrison, Idaho
HARRISON TRAILHEAD
HARRISON, IDAHO

Row Adventure Center Cycle Tours

By The Way Campground
PINE CREEK TRAILHEAD
PINEHURST, IDAHO

Wallace RV Park and City Limits Pub
HISTORIC 6TH STREET TRAILHEAD
WALLACE, IDAHO

Trailside Camping

Heyburn State Park, Plummer
City of Harrison, Harrison
Kahnderosa RV Campgrounds, Cataldo
By the Way Campground, Pinehurst
Crystal Gold Mine, Kellogg
Blue Anchor, Osburn
Wallace RV Park, Wallace
Mullan Trail, Mullan

Camping Nearby

(These are not on the trail, but within an easy ride or courtesy shuttle service)

H2H Bison Ranch & Camp, Worley
Sun Meadow Family Nudist Resort, Worley
Watson's Rose Lake Resort, Rose Lake

H2H Bison Ranch
NEAR CHATCOLET TRAILHEAD
HEYBURN STATE PARK, IDAHO

Bike Trail Restaurant Guide

TRAILSIDE DINING
WITH MENUS ONLINE


(Some of these are on Facebook, so you have to be signed up to see them)

Mission Inn restaurant on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes in Cataldo, Idaho
CATALDO TRAILHEAD
CATALDO, IDAHO

Silver Tea Room in Wallace, Idaho
Experience Tea Along the Trail
HISTORIC WALLACE
6TH STREET TRAILHEAD


1313 Club
HISTORIC WALLACE
6TH STREET TRAILHEAD

Albi's Steakhouse and Gem Bar
HISTORIC WALLACE
6TH STREET TRAILHEAD

Blackboard Cafe
HISTORIC WALLACE
6TH STREET TRAILHEAD

City Limits Pub and Grill
HISTORIC WALLACE
6TH STREET TRAILHEAD

Historic Smokehouse BBQ and Saloon
HISTORIC WALLACE
6TH STREET TRAILHEAD

Moose Creek Grill
KELLOGG DEPOT TRAILHEAD

Noah's Canteen
SILVER MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD

Pizza Factory
HISTORIC WALLACE
6TH STREET TRAILHEAD

Snake Pit
ENAVILLE TRAILHEAD
KINGSTON IDAHO

The Nook
HISTORIC WALLACE
6TH STREET TRAILHEAD


Restaurants Without
Menus Online

Country Lane Resort B&B near Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
6 MILES NORTH OF ENAVILLE TRAILHEAD
KINGSTON, ID
Casa de Oro
SILVER MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD

Silver Spoon
SILVER MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD

Red Light Garage
HISTORIC WALLACE
NEAR 6TH STREET TRAILHEAD

The Brooks Hotel Restaurant
HISTORIC WALLACE
NEAR 6TH STREET TRAILHEAD

The Pizza Palace
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KELLOGG-WARDNER TRAILHEAD
HISTORIC KELLOGG

The restaurants listed support the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook and online outreach.



TRAIL OF THE COEUR D'ALENES
BUCKET LIST


Float the River

Tour a Gold Mine

Taste Wine

Mountain Bike

Indoor Water Park

Sample Microbrews

Rent a Boat

See a Play

Zip Line

Visit a Museum

Hike

Golf

Gamble

Skinny Dip

Gondola Ride

Dance to Live Music

Picnic With Buffalo

...All this and much more
on pure pedal power!


Sun Meadow Family Nudist Resort
3 MILES FROM CHARCOLET TRAILHEAD, HEYBURN STATE PARK

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Sheppard Fruit Wines in Harrison, Idaho
HARRISON TRAILHEAD
HARRISON, IDAHO

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