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WHERE TO GET THE
TRAIL GUIDE


GRAY DOG PRESS


BRICK AND MORTAR VENDORS


THINGS TO DO ALONG THE
TRAIL OF THE COEUR D'ALENES
IN NORTH IDAHO

North Idaho's Historic Bitterroot Loop

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Float the River

Tour a Gold Mine

Taste Wine

Mountain Bike

Indoor Water Park

Sample Microbrews

Rent a Boat

See a Play

Zip Line

Visit a Museum

Hike

Golf

Gamble

Skinny Dip

Gondola Ride

Dance to Live Music

Picnic With Buffalo

...All this and much more
on pure pedal power!


Share your best, worst or ho-hum trail experiences on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Riders Facebook group. Link to the Trail of CdA Riders Facebook Group

 

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FRONT COVER: PHOTO OF WALLACE, IDAHO/COURTESY OF JOHN DARRINGTON. INSETS FEATURE THE MINER FAMILY STATUE IN WALLACE AND TRAIL RIDERS CIRCUMNAVIGATING THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE AT BANK AND SIXTH STREETS IN WALLACE, ID.


Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook back cover

BACK COVER: TANDEM CYCLISTS ON BANK STREET IN WALLACE

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook
Including the Entire 300K Bitterroot Loop 2015

by Estar Holmes

114 pages. US $9.95.

The eighth annual edition of this popular guide to north Idaho rail trails is available online now at Gray Dog Press, Spokane, WA.

What's in this Guidebook?

The guide book is designed to help cycle tourists know what to expect on the Loop, much of which traverses North Idaho's rugged backcountry. Find out how to get to trailheads, what to bring, where to stay, eat, shop, and play.

The trail guide is updated annually so visitors can stay current on the ever-changing scene in trailside communities along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and the entireNorth Idaho Bitterroot Loop rail trails.

You can start planning your cycle vacation before you even have the book by looking at the Frequently Asked Questions Page. That's also where updates that occur after the book comes out are posted.

Keep in touch with other Bitterroot Loop rail-trail riders on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alene Riders Facebook group. Join the group to post updates, corrections, or any goodies you discover along the way!

Explore North Idaho's Rail Trail Communities

Why zip along the trail as fast as possible when you are not training for a race? North Idaho's rail trails slice through fascinating history and culture against a backdrop of stunning scenery. There are many enriching points to discover, so slow down and bring the cameras!

The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook and 300K Bitterroot Loop for 2015 is filled with practical information, like where to get important things such as drinking water and emergency bike parts, where to eat, stay, and play during your North Idaho rural bicycle adventure. Since there is no camping allowed along the trail-right-of-way, and much of the adjacent property is private, you will want to know exactly where you can get off the trail to do things like camp, sit around a bonfire, and swim. Entries under the individual trailheads are like detailed mini-itineraries for highlights and hospitality services offered in trailside communities.

The Loop is Cycle-Vacation-Friendly

This guidebook caters to visitors traveling by cycle. It's easy to spend a week-long vacation on the Bitterroot Loop. The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook: Including the 300k Bitterroot Loop, tells of fun things to do and see in communities along the bike trails. You don't even need a car because it focuses on places that are within an easy ride of the trails, or where courtesy shuttles are available. Did you know there are shuttle services that will transport you and your gear to a trailhead?

Use This Guidebook if You Tour by Car Too

Even if you prefer to do your touring by car or motorcycle, the guide helps you zero in on places to eat, stay, shop, and enjoy yourself. It highlights a variety of amenities, from galleries, museums, and theaters to wine and beer tasting. It's the only tour guide of its kind that covers the greater south Lake Coeur d'Alene area and Silver Valley in north Idaho. Check out the FACEBOOK PAGE to stay up on things to do along the Bitterroot Loop.

Where Exactly is the Bitterroot Loop?

If starting at the Coeur d'Alene tribal Veteran's Memorial Park in Plummer, you can follow the 300k Bitterroot Loop to Heyburn State Park and the town of Harrison along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes. Then keep going on the trail to Idaho's Silver Valley. Hiawatha TrailFrom Wallace, nestled in the foothills of the Bitterroots, ride to Mullan and take the Northern Pacific trail to Lookout Pass. (This portion of the loop is not for the out-of-shape). Then ride downhill through train tunnels and over tressels on the Route of the Hiawatha.

At the bottom of the Hiawatha, cycle to the outpost of Avery, then along the St. Joe River to St. Maries. Cyclists who overnight at the Pines Motel or Fort Hemenway Manor in St. Maries may request a courtesy shuttle back to Heyburn State Park. This last stretch requires highway-riding on a rural commuter route with barely any shoulders, so inexperiences riders may prefer to be shuttled back to Heyburn State Park headquarters.

See if you think you would like to explore the Bitterroot Loop by checking out some pictures
Photo Collection on Pinterest!




Trail Guide Vendors

Since it's early in the cycling season, guides are beginning to be distributed. It's available online and in store now at Gray Dog Press. Soon the 2015 version will be on Amazon.

Big News

The big news for 2015 is that Benjamin News Group is distributing the trail guide for the first time this year! They've placed an order and I don't know how long it will be until the books are stocked in the brick and mortar stores they will service. I have added the locations to the list of vendors that Gray Dog Press and South Lake Promotions have historically delivered books to. Thank you to all the vendors and advertisers that have hung in and supported the trail guide project for eight years!

I will personally start delivering books to my usual vendors March 19 and put store names in bold when I know they have books. Some delivered by Gray Dog Press are already bold. Note that some rural trailside stores may still be closed or on limited hours, this time of year.

ATHOL, ID
Little Town Market

AVERY, ID
Avery Gift Shop

BONNERS FERRY, ID
Super 1 Foods
Zip Trip #33

CATALDO, ID
The Coeur d'Alenes Old Mission

CLARKSTON, ID
Zip Trip #22, 1227 Bridge St.

COEUR D'ALENE, ID
Fred Meyer
Hastings Appleway
Jiff-ee Mart
North 40 Outfitters
Petersons Family Foods
ROW Adventures on Sherman
Super 1 Foods
Terra Sports on Sherman, on Sherman

COLVILLE, WA
North 40 Outfitters

DISHMAN MICA
Barney's #7 Harvest Foods

FAIRCHILD
Fairchild M/S Mall

FIGHTING CREEK
Fightin Creek Market

HARRISON, ID
Harrison Trading Post, Hwy 97
Lakeview Lodge, Office, Hwy 97
Pedal Pushers Bike Shop, Hwy 97
The Bird's Nest, Hwy 97
The Company Store, Hwy 97

HAYDEN
Super 1 Foods

KELLOGG, ID
Excelsior Cycle, on the trail near Silver Valley Chamber Depot
Kellogg Vacation Homes (Next to Visitor Center)
Silver Mountain Sport Shop, Silver Mountain Trailhead, Gondola Village
Yokes #5

LATAH CREEK
Trading Co Latah Creek

MOSCOW, ID
Zip Trip #16, 340 N. Main St.

PLUMMER, ID
Benewah Market, Hwy 95
AVUBAH, On 8th 1/2 block from SR-5
Heyburn State Park Headquarters
Rising Star Espresso Hwy 95, One block south of Hwy 5

PONDERAY, ID
North 80 Outfitters

POST FALLS, IDAHO
Super 1 Foods
Trading Co Post Falls

PRIEST RIVER
Mitchell's Harvest Foods

RATHDRUM, IDAHO
Steins Market #3
Super 1 Foods

SANDPOINT, IDAHO
Sandpoint Super Drug
Super 1 Foods
Yokes Fresh Market #4

SPOKANE, WA
Aunties Book Store, Corner Main & Washington
Cool Water Bikes, 224 Howard
Fred Meyer, Thor St.
Gray Dog Press/Dittos, 2515 E Sprague Ave.
North 40 Outfitters
Zip Trip #25, 15019 E Trent
Zip Trip #4, 1023 Wellesley
Zip Trip #20, 4017 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd.

SPOKANE AIRPORT
Paradies Shops "Main"

SPOKANE VALLEY, WA
Hastings, Sprague & Sullivan
Trading Co Spokane Valley

ST MARIES, ID
Archie's IGA
St. Maries Harvest Foods
The Bike Shop at Hughes Ace
The Paperhaus on Main St.

WALLACE, ID
Northern Pacific Depot Museum Historic Sixth Street Trailhead
Wallace District Mining Museum, Bank St.

Testimonials

"There's nothing else like it for this trail. It's exactly what's needed for your vacation on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes."

Mary and Larry Lookabill,
former owners of Great Cycles Bike Shop.

"It's a fantastic guide.
I read it like a novel."

Annie Russel,
avid cyclist.

I just got back from a meeting with the book manager at the Shadle Hasting's store. Rants and raves about the trail guide.

Russ, Gray Dog Press, Spokane, WA

"As the title suggests, this book answers questions for those biking or hiking on the popular North Idaho trail. Sounds like it deserves a spot in the daypack, along with the sun block and water bottle."

The Spokesman Review
     

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