Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook
FRONT COVER: THE COEUR D'ALENE TRAIL IN HEYBURN STATE PARK - INSETS FEATURE THE WARRIOR STATUE AT THE PLUMMER TRAILHEAD AND RIDERS NEAR HEYBURN.
BACK COVER: RECUMBENT CYCLISTS
RIDE ALONG LAKE COEUR D'ALENE
Photos by Estar Holmes, (c)2014 South Lake Promotions, Inc.
|Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook
Including the Entire 300K Bitterroot Loop 2014
by Estar Holmes
103 pages. US $9.95.
The seventh annual edition of this popular guide to north Idaho rail trails is available online at Gray Dog Press, Spokane, WA.
What's in this Guidebook?
The trail guide is updated annually so visitors can stay up-to-date on the ever-changing scene on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and all along the Bitterroot Loop rail trails.
This 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. Updates that occur after the book comes out appear on the Frequently Asked Questions page. Also, you can participate on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alene Riders Facebook page by posting updates or corrections you discover along the way.
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.
It's easy to spend a week-long vacation on the Bitterroot Loop. There is plenty to do off the trails. Use this guidebook for details about how to get around the cycle trails with or without a car.
The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook and 300K Bitterroot Loop for 2014 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.
Trail Guide Vendors
In addition to Gray Dog Press and Amazon, the guidebook is sold in stores along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene metro area. Brick and Mortar vendors may be sold out this time of year, so call first.
When new books are distributed, their names are bolded. This being the end of season, none of the businesses are bolded except ones I'm pretty sure have books left. (A lot of the stores along the trail are closed or on limited hours this time of year).
Avery Gift Shop
Scheffy's Motel and General Store
The Coeur d'Alenes Old Mission
COEUR D'ALENE, ID
Museum of North Idaho
ROW Adventures on Sherman
Terra Sports on Sherman, downtown Coeur d'Alene
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
The Creamery, Hwy 97
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
Benewah Market, Hwy 95
AVUBAH, On 8th 1/2 block from SR-5 in Plummer
Heyburn State Park Headquarters
Rising Star Espresso, Hwy 95, One block south of Hwy 5
Aunties Book Store, Corner Main & Washington
Gray Dog Press/Dittos, 2515 E Sprague Ave.
Book Parlor, 1424 W Broadway Ave.
SPOKANE VALLEY, WA
Hastings, Sprague & Sullivan
ST MARIES, ID
The Bike Shop at Hughes Ace
The Paperhaus on Main St.
Northern Pacific Depot Museum Historic Sixth Street Trailhead
Silver Pine Trade Post Corner Sixth and Bank St.
Wallace District Mining Museum, Bank St.
"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."
“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