The Idaho panhandle is unlike the rest of Idaho. Cattle is replaced by bald eagles and the endless prairies gradually become mountains crowded with Douglas Firs. A good way to immerse yourself in the nature, is the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes.

A 72-mile paved path takes you right through the heart of the forest, along the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, and past the unique mining towns of Wallace and Mullen. Apart of the the Rails to Trails Conservancy, the trail of the Coeur d’Alene became the top 25th trail in the nation fusing history with community. With over 20 strategically placed trailheads, you can immediately enjoy the serenity that the trail has to offer.

 

 

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Three distinct legs

The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes can be broken down into three legs, each leg providing something unique to the trail.

Plummer to Harrison

The trail begins in Plummer, and descends towards the banks of Lake Coeur d’Alene. After 5 miles, a pristine lake will appear through lofty pines. At this part of the trail, you have the opportunity to ride over the Chatcolet Bridge. Trains from the Union Pacific Railroad relied heavily on this historic bridge. The steep incline to the top of the bridge makes for an invigorating, and exhilarating, ride down to the bottom. Beavers, moose, and other wildlife are not uncommon.

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Harrison to Cataldo

This scenic stretch of the trail journeys through a myriad of lakes and streams. Riding along the Coeur d’Alene river will not rob you of the feeling of being secluded. Breathtaking views of quaint lakes, mountain ranges, rustic row boats are abundant. A bald eagle will likely wave to you on this portion of the trial.

 

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The Silver Valley

Just past Cataldo, you will enter the final leg of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. Here you will ride through the mining belt of Northern Idaho. Although the mines are mostly abandoned, riding past the old mining relics will make you feel like a prospector in a past era. The trail winds through intimidating mountain passes, and is arguably the steepest portion of the trail.

 

The 72-mile Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is a whirlwind of adventure. You will not fall short of wonderful experiences for both you or your family. The attorneys at Hansen Injury recommend going outside this summer. Whether you are rafting the Payette, or a leisurely ride through the Idaho panhandle, there is nothing better, or healthier, than enjoying the outdoors.