Coeur d'Alene Trail (September 2013)

Over Labor Day weekend, we rode 109.3 miles from Plummer to Kellogg and back along the Couer d'Alene Trail. The bike path follows the old Union Pacific Railroad route for 71 miles. Here's a detailed map of the trail.

At the start of the ride, it was a cool and sunny 57°.
A few miles into the ride, we saw a moose drinking beside the trail.
A closeup of the moose.
Most of the trail follows Lake Coeur d'Alene or the North or South Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River, so the views along the trail were beautiful!
We rode all the way to Kellogg, which has a war memorial honoring Shoshone County veterans who served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean Conflict.

We stopped for lunch at a picnic table by the trail that overlooks the water, so we could watch boats and jetskiers.

Two of the boats and jetskis we saw along the trail
On the ride back we saw another moose along the trail.

Harrison Marina along the trail

By the end of the day temperatures had risen above 90°, but fortunately, a lot of the ride back was in the shade among the trees.
The southern part of the trail near Plummer actually borders and crosses Lake Coeur d'Alene.
More views along Lake Coeur d'Alene including Chatcolet Bridge
The Chatcolet Bridge over Lake Coeur d'Alene has stair step ramps, making it much easier to climb.

We saw a few small kids riding with their parents, and I even had a seven-year old girl pass me on the bridge on her mountain bike with knobby tires.

The last part of the trail back to Plummer is in the trees, so it's nice and shaded but a bit of a climb, especially after riding for 100+ miles.

    Ride statistics
  • Total distance:
        109.3 miles
  • Total time:
        9 hours, 1 min.
  • Total moving time:
        7 hours, 43 min.
  • Average speed:
        14.2 mph

Route and RidewithGPS data