Heralded as one of the best biking areas in the nation, Spokane welcomes mountain bikers, free riders, roadies and cruisers. The likes of Outside Magazine, Sunset Magazine and National Geographic Traveler have spotlighted some of our fantastic regional trails. Whether you’re looking for hours of smooth pavement, miles of trail or an easy scenic cruise…you’ll find it here!
Spokane’s spirit of inclusion supports bikers of all ages and abilities. The city’s annual SpokeFest event attracts over 2,000 diverse riders to celebrate the joy of cycling. Point being: In Spokane, everyone’s invited and there’s always a ride for you. The 37-mile long paved, flat Centennial Trail runs through Riverfront Park offering stunning views of the Spokane River, the Spokane Falls and much, much more. For a day trip, check out the Route of the Hiawatha which runs at a slight decline through the glorious Rocky Mountains. There’s also The Trail of Coeur d’Alenes, a paved route which skirts Lake Coeur d’Alene and passes through the historic resort town of Harrison, Idaho.
Located in the pocket of the Northwest Rockies, Spokane’s world-class ski resorts transform into mountain biking destinations in the warmer months. Come summer, bikers tear through Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Silver Mountain Resort and Mount Spokane State Park. Thrill seekers can bomb down an array of single track trails, and less experienced riders can enjoy alpine views on moderate routes.
But you don’t have to go to the big mountains to hit the trails. Dozens of paths can be found minutes from Spokane. Local favorites include Liberty Lake Loop Trail, Beacon Hill/Camp Sekani and Iller Creek Trail.
With hundreds of miles of natural landscape stretching in every direction, road bikers will revel in the path less traveled. On the Centennial Trail, cyclists can trace the Spokane River 37 miles, and with the exception of a very short road section, they can enjoy the trip without sharing the pavement with cars. Likewise, the non-motorized Trail of Coeur d’Alenes spans 72 miles through the beautiful Idaho panhandle. For those looking to explore the road, the rolling hills of the expansive Palouse offer endless routes with stunning vistas. To learn more, take a look at Out There Monthly’s article, “Let Loose on the Palouse: A Guide To Great Road Riding Right Out Your Backdoor.”
Bikes aren’t always the easiest thing to pack when you’re traveling. Not to worry! At local bike rental shops like MonkeyBoy Bicycles, Spoke n’ Sport and ROW Adventure Center, knowledgeable staff will set you up with bikes and gear and recommend the best trails to get you on your way. Guided trips are available as well. ROW Adventures offers half-day and full-day tours of nationally renowned paths like the Hiawatha Trail, Centennial Trail and Trail of Coeur d’Alenes.
Riverside State Park is one end of the "Centennial Trail", a paved path that starts in Nine Mile Falls and goes all the way to the State Line Gateway Park before entering Idaho and traveling on to