The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is a paved bike trail that stretches 72 miles through the beautiful Idaho Panhandle. The route follows the historic path of the Union Pacific Railroad, and crosses Lake Coeur d’Alene via Chacolet Bridge, a massive, restored train trestle.
With 19 entry and exit points, the trail accommodates a variety of day and half-day trips. Public and private facilities near the trail also allow for overnight journeys. The path can be broken into three general sections. To view maps visit the Idaho Parks & Recreation webpage.
Moving from west to east, the first section begins in Plummer, Idaho, winding through the Pallouse Prairie, then crossing the Chacolet Bridge, where it shadows Lake Coeur d’Alene to Harrison, Idaho, a quaint town with restaurants, swimming and lodging. (15.3 miles flat)
From Harrison, the trail travels through the Chain Lake Area along the Coeur d’Alene River. This section travels by a number of scenic watersheds and ends at the Enaville Trailhead. (31.8 miles flat)
From Enaville, the trail journeys uphill through the rugged mountains of the Silver Valley region, passing through the historic mining town, Wallace, Idaho; then ending at the Mullan Trailhead. (flat then uphill for 24.3 miles)