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Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

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The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes bike path follows the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way from Mullan, a mountain mining town near the Montana border, to Plummer, a town on the prairie near the Washington border. More than 71 miles of paved path takes you from high mountain splendor, through the historic Silver Valley, into the chain lakes region, along the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene, over the Chatcolet Bridge to Heyburn State Park, and finally climbs to the Palouse prairie: an adventure for the entire family!

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The photo shown was selected at random from an ever-expanding Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Photo Album. Click on the photo to open the Album.

 

You will also want to follow the trail in photos taken from Mullan to Plummer. This Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Photo Trail is a large file that will open in a separate window.

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    If you have the FREE Google Earth program installed, "fly it before you ride it."
  • prairie to lake segment from Plummer on the Palouse Prairie to Harrison on Lake Coeur d'Alene (downhill then flat for 15.3 miles)
  • river and lakes segment from Harrison along the Coeur d'Alene River to Enaville (flat for 31.8 miles)
  • Silver Valley segment from Enaville along the South Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River to Mullan (flat then uphill for 24.3 miles)

Our map of the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is part of our Recreational Trails of the Idaho Panhandle brochure that we will send you if you contact us.

We made this map and brochure to be especially useful to you when you travel along this beautiful Trail. In the meantime, please enjoy some cartographer's eye candy as you plan your adventure. For more information about the historical and unusual design of the Chatcolet Bridge, please take a look at April 2004 News and May 2004 News.

The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes began with a path originally traveled by the Coeur d'Alene Indians and evolved into an important rail line that carried rich silver and lead ore from mines in Mullan, Burke and Kellogg to terminals on the Palouse prairie from 1887 to 1992. A summary of this fascinating history is presented as a PDF file opening in a separate window.
The trail is divided into two sections based on management. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe manages the portion within their reservation boundary (14.5 miles between Plummer and Harrison). The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation manages the rest of the trail from Harrison to Mullan. Through a joint powers agreement, numerous cities and counties have agreed to assist the trail managers with law enforcement and maintenance.
    For more information, contact
  • Idaho State Parks and Recreation at (208) 682-3814
  • Coeur d'Alene Tribe at (208) 686-7045
Visit our Links page for more information about these agencies.
 
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