Biking the Idaho Panhandle on Rails to Trails

Spend five days biking the renowned Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, learning about regional history, diverse wildlife and the fascinating story of the Idaho Panhandle as you go!
Rating (5)
Program No. 20762RJ
7 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Former railroad trestles stretched across fir-filled valleys and train tunnels plunging into rocky mountainsides form the milieu for a cycling adventure in northern Idaho’s panhandle. On the Couer d’Alene, Hiawatha and Centennial Rails to Trails routes — all of them top-notch recreational bike trails — pedal through charming villages and areas of fascinating history, unique geology and diverse ecology with interpretation by local experts.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Choose Your Pace
Bike 10–30 miles at a leisurely pace on streets with minimal traffic and elevation gains. Many rides offer varying distance options. Several bike paths above 3,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about and take in the small-town ambiance of local mining towns Wallace and Kellogg.
  • Bike the Hiawatha trail, crown jewel of our nation’s Rails to Trails routes, through nine train tunnels and across seven trestles with views of the towering Bitterroot Mountains.
  • While you bike, observe moose, deer, eagles, osprey, turtles and plants along the way.

General Notes

Comfort bike and helmet provided. Recommended are padded bike pants/shorts, bike gloves, comfortable bike shoes (no cleats), handlebar bag, rain gear. Program requires signed liability release waiver. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Big Burn
by Timothy Egan
Describes the beginning of the National Forest Service in preserving much of our natural area as well as the 1910 forest fire that burned much of the area.
John Mullan: The Tumultuous Life of a Western Road Builder
by Keith Peterson
Portrays the history of the area in 1850-1870's. Book available at Amazon.com
Silver Linings
We recommend you watch Silver Linings a 60 minute video produced by KSPS-PBS which provides a good historical perspective of the Silver Valley where we will biking and visiting during our program. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOaC3OzpkT0
The Mullan Road: Carving a Passage through the Frontier Northwest. 1859-62
by Paul D. McDermott and Ronald E. Grin
Focuses on John Mullan as he worked in the Idaho Panhandle from 1859-62. Book available at Amazon.com

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