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Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes

Smooth as a baby's bottom, this trail cuts through northern Idaho wildlands on its journey from mountains to lake.
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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 72 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview :  What's not to love about the Trail of the Couer d' Alenes? It's smoothly paved, satisfyingly lengthy, incredibly peaceful, and... more »

Tips:  - Even though the trail is surrounded by rivers, streams, and lakes, bring plenty of your own water. It is not advisable to drink the ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Mullan, Idaho

Mullan is a popular starting point for the trail. From here's it's mostly downhill all the way to the end of the trail.
Not far from here, to the east, is the famous 15 mile Route of the Hiawatha trail with its nine tunnels and seven trestles worth of mountain biking fun.

Wallace is the center of the universe and, in case you are skeptical, it has a sewer cover that proves it.
Wallace is also noted as the principal town in the richest silver mining district in the United States.
Parking and trail access is available at the 6th Street Trailhead in Wallace.

3. Osburn, Idaho

The trail runs right through Osburn, Idaho with its population of a little over 1,500 people.

4. Kellogg, Idaho

This section of the trail is known as the Silver Valley segment because of the rich mining history.

5. Enaville Trailhead

In addition to being one of the trailheads for the Couer d' Alene trail, Enaville is also home to Enaville Resort and "The Snake Pit."
Some people choose to start the trail here if they feel the entire length is too much to tackle in one day.

6. Idaho splendor

Rivers and bridges and wetlands, oh my!!
At this point, you are between the silver mining mountain communities and the Lake Couer d' Alene communities. It's almost like a wilderness on this stretch of the trail.
You'll notice that the trail is smoothly paved, relatively flat (slight grade), and contains some awesome straight stretches. Although... More

7. Lake Coeur d' Alene

You will see only a small portion of this massive lake with its 109 miles of shoreline. The town of Harrison is not only a great place to stop along the lake, but also has good trailside facilities for trail users including a bike shop with a unique collection of cycles of various types.

8. Chatcolet Bridge across the lake

One of the unique and enjoyable activities on the Trail of the Coeur D alenes is crossing the Chatcolet Bridge. In addition to being a very long span over the lake, it has an interesting ramp on either side. The trail looks almost like it has undulating waves on it. Once again, it's tempting to go fast on this portion, but take it easy. Remember... More

9. animals

Whether it's domestic animals like llamas or wild ones like turkeys, you're bound to see some critters foraging beside the trail, in the woods, or through the wetlands of the Coeur D Alene National Forest.