Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook
FRONT COVER: RICK SHAFFER, "PRIME MINISTER" OF WALLACE, IDAHO, AND THE TRAIL OF THE COEUR D'ALENES, WITH THE NON-MOTORIZED ACCESS CHATCOLET BRIDGE OVER LAKE COEUR D'ALENE.
BACK COVER: A FORMER RAILROAD TUNNEL ON THE BITTERROOT LOOP
|Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Unofficial Guidebook
Plus Trail & Community Guide for the Entire 300K Bitterroot Loop 2016
by Estar Holmes
122 pages. US $9.95.
The ninth annual edition of this popular guide to north Idaho rail trails is available at participating vendors along the Bitterroot Loop trails and at AMAZON.
Due to unavoidable circumstances, the book is late getting out this year to other stores around Eastern WA and North Idaho. Publisher Gray Dog Press is working now on getting these out to our usual stores, such as Hastings, Auntie's, and others.
What's in this Guidebook?
The guide book is designed to help cycle tourists know what to expect on the 300k Bitterroot 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 be current on the ever-changing scene in trailside communities along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and the other North Idaho Bitterroot Loop rail trails.
You can start planning your cycle vacation before you 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 2016 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. From 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!
What Stores have the Trail Guide?
South Lake Promotions has completed distribution of the 2016 guidebooks to the following vendors along the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and Bitterroot Loop in North Idaho.
Benewah Market, AVUBAH
HEYBURN STATE PARK
Harrison Trading Post
The Bird's Nest
Osprey Inn B&B
Corsey House B&B
The Coeur d'Alenes Old Mission
By the Way Campground
Northern Pacific Depot Museum
Wallace District Mining Museum
Wallace Chamber of Commerce
Avery Gift Shop
"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