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trippertim

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Just curious if anyone on the forum has done any riding in the Idaho Panhandle / Western Montana area (Coeur d’Alene, Wallace, Sand Point etc) ? I’ve been up there with the wife several times while she raced Ironman, and we did the Route of the Hiawatha rail trail (which we LOVED except for the crappy rental bikes), It looks like there are a lot of other forest service roads and old rail beds in the area and we are considering heading up for a vacation and just exploring cruising around on the back roads, rail trails etc on day trips and maybe a day or two over at Glacier NP to ride Going to the Sun Road. I know Rebecca’s Private Idaho is down in the lower part of the state, but I haven’t seen anything on here about the panhandle. Wondering if anyone has any experience or pointers or suggestions.

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trippertim

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I guess this means that I have to talk the wife into this vacation so that I can report back to everybody here on how it is?  :-)

Any other areas people can recommend where we get the following featuresL
  • Body of water to stay on (lake or large river)
  • nearby restaurants and coffee shops etc (but not in a city)
  • good gravel or low traffic roads to ride on
  • Good mountain scenery
  • Reasonable price

Anybody have any other recommendations in CO, ID, WY, UT, etc?  I'm an east coast person and haven't spent a ton of time out west, but we're thinking that is where we want to go this summer.
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Realizing that this thread is one year old, I just joined and saw this.

Up to now, I've only been a roadie.  In NID, if you wish to ride on asphalt, a nice ride is the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, running from the western trailhead at Plummer east to Lake Coeur d'Alene to Harrison, then continuing on along the Coeur d'Alene River to where it crosses the I-90 at Cataldo.  A little further on, it intersects the 90 again at Pine Creek and pretty much parallels the freeway from there on heading east.  I think from Mullan on east into Montana, it is gravel, but I've never gotten that far.  It's a nice ride, through the forest, along the lake and river.

Another paved off-road bike path in the area is the Centennial Trail running from Coeur d'Alene, mostly along the 90 to the Washington border.  From there, it continues along the Spokane River into Spokane.  It's a nice ride, but the asphalt isn't as well maintained as the Trails of the CdA.  Lots of tree root 'cracks'.
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trippertim

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Thanks for the feedback. We've driven along and seen both of those routes and would definitely add those to our list of rides to do. We've talked to some recumbent riders up at the Wallace end about it too and they really enjoyed it.

We didn't make it out to NID for 2015 and 2016's western trip will be to Utah for Crusher in Tushar, so hopefully I can talk the wife into CdA and Montana for 2017!

If you are in the area and getting off on gravel more, make sure to do Route of the Hiawatha, it is amazing (at least for a Blue Ridge Mountain guy). Also, there looks to be quite a few FS roads east of Hayden Lake with only a few dots on the Strava heat map and I got off I-90 around 4th of July Pass and drive around and the roads that area looked really nice.


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I'm much more into MTB'g but my son is all into roadie.  We compromised and pedaled the Trail of the CDA this past October.  Here’s a little RR I did for my MTB buddies.  http://www.imtbtrails.com/forum/threads/a-little-idaho-last-weekend.3280/

Hiawatha was closed for the season when we were up there.  The Friends of the CDA  http://friendsofcdatrails.org/  has an funky little web site with plenty of links.  There is a LOT of fire road above the river and their page has a link to the routes.

We'd do the same trip in a heartbeat but most likely prepare a little better and do the whole thing instead of the short segment.

One caveat - even though you are surrounded by water, the western end of the trail is tainted from years of mining.  There is no reliable water source outside the small towns & mission.  Could be an issue in the hot summer if not prepared.  

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trippertim

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Looks like a fun trip. I definitely need to get back out there sometime. Still have the brochure for the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes sitting next to my desk.
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