Hiking & Trails

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes (Very easy)

It's a great month to be biking the 73-mile Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes in northern Idaho.

You don't have to do the total distance, but it is sure fun to take a four-day weekend or a week to bicycle parts of this Rails to Trails route that travels through state parks and along huge lakes, marshlands and rivers.

The trail takes you over 36 bridges and trestles. The grade of the trail, which was an abandoned railroad, is next to nothing.

It takes an all-day drive to get to the trail's various trailheads, so plan a vacation to see the area.

It's pretty difficult to keep your eyes on the paved trail because of all the wildlife in the area.

How to get there: Drive all day from Boise north to Plummer. Turn east at Plummer on Idaho 5 and go 6 miles to Heyburn State Park.

Open to: Bicyclists, walkers and skaters.

Ideal for: Family bicycling.

Trailhead elevation: Around 2,128 feet.

Destination elevation: Around 2,200 feet.

Length: 73 miles; but you can do any shorter distance from 1 to 10 miles.

Difficulty: Very easy.

Out and back or loop: Out and back or one way with a shuttle vehicle.

Wildlife you might see: Herons, ospreys, deer and lots of waterfowl.

Notes/bathrooms: Restrooms are at 20 developed trailheads. A good starting point is Heyburn State Park.

Information: Link to more information at IdahoStatesman.com

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