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NW Bike Rides
One might think we're spoiled living and biking in Portland and Oregon. But, bike paradise extends beyond the boundaries of Oregon, and you might find yourself looking for some good rides on a camping trip or road trip in the Northwest. Lucky for us, we can take our bike paradise on the road trip!
Cruising East / West on I-90 from Spokane, Washington to Montana via the panhandle of Idaho, offers some great rides and spectacular and varied scenery.
The Route of the Hiawatha Rail-Trail
Wallace, Idaho is close to the trail head of Route of the Hiawatha Rail-Trail, you can continue through Wallace onto a forest service road toward one trail head. You can also find bike rentals and gear here, not to mention a local brew house, good food, a bit of history and the beautiful old mining town...You can ride a 30 mile loop, or in summer they have a shuttle which you can use to do an easier and more level 17 mile stretch.
There are trail user fees as well as shuttle service fees.
The Route of the Hiawatha Rail-Trail has 9 tunnels (some very long!) and over 7 high train-converted-to-bike-bridges. You also get to ride past waterfalls, and up to high ridge vistas, and near/through old train and mining ghost towns.
Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Bike Path
This trail extends through the Idaho panhandle essentially from near the Montana border extending to near the Washington border / Spokane. The paved trail is about 72 miles long and for a portion travels along lake Coeur d' Alene (a huge lake).
You can start in Mullan, near Montana border, or in Plummer, near the Washington border of Idaho.
This is really a trail within trails and from Mullan you can find plenty of easy to challenging mountain bike trails to have fun on. There's really just too many bike ride options. For a map, pictures, directions and more information about this Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Bike Path, visit Wallace, Idaho's city website.
Idaho is full of good bike ride options for either road bike or mountain bike riding.
Idaho has many dedicated bike paths and trails, throughout the whole state as well as great rails-to-trails rides. Learn more about the Northern Idaho bike path system and the work that "Friends of the Trails" are doing to make the bike riding options even better in the future!
Of course, you might just find too many bike trails on your way down I-84 in the gorge Hood River area and never leave Oregon!