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This PHOTO TRAIL follows the scenic Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes bike path 72 miles from Mullan to Plummer. This presentation organizes Ed Renkey's photos by location and is a work in progress... a number of photos are still backlogged awaiting incorporation into the matrix. Other photos sent to us by members and friends are present in our Photo Album.
The physically easiest and most historically relevant way to traverse the entire Trail is to start in the mining town of Mullan, six miles from Lookout Pass and the Montana border. The Union Pacific and it's predecessors hauled ore from these rugged mountains from 1886 to 1992. They carried billions of dollars worth of silver, gold, lead and zinc ore west down the Silver Valley, first to Cataldo on the Coeur d'Alene River, where it was loaded on steamships that moved through the chain lake region to Harrison on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Tracks were then laid to Harrison and later along the lake shore to Chatcolet Bridge, where they crossed the lake as the St. Joe River flowed into it. From there it was seven miles to the railroad hub at Plummer on the Palouse Prairie.
Clicking on any of the following images will produce the larger version (800x600 pixels) in a separate window. Use this dropdown navigation box to go to the Trailheads and Wayside Rests shown on the map. Notice that there is no correlation between the numbers on this map that start in Mullan and the mileposts which start in Plummer.

  • Mullan Trailhead    (#1 on map)
    • 71.4 miles from Plummer
    • I-90 exit 68 or 69 to Mullan business district
    • 840 people in town
    • 3250 foot elevation
    • two wayside rest areas
      • Golconda, 67.7 miles    (#2 on map)
      • Restless Rapids, 65.9 miles, restroom    (#3 on map)
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Mullan Trailhead
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Plenty of parking at the Mullan Trailhead
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Leaving Mullan, headed downhill
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NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES ballard
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view from Milepost 70...
what freeway?
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Compressor District I-90 Exit 65 is Very Dangerous!! Watch for I-90 traffic exiting.
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Looking back at Exit 65/Trail intersection
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Golconda Wayside
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South Fork of Coeur d'Alene River from bridge near Golconda Wayside
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Restless Rapids Wayside
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looking upstream from Restless Rapids Wayside bridge
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looking downstream from Restless Rapids Wayside bridge
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Restless Rapids Wayside features a high tech toilet
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Restless Rapids Wayside is 1.3 miles from Wallace
  • Wallace Trailhead    (#4 on map)
    • 64.6 miles from Plummer
    • I-90 exits 61 or 62
    • 960 people in town
    • 2728 foot elevation
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Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum in Wallace from the Trailhead
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looking east from Wallace Trailhead
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looking west from Wallace Trailhead
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looking toward Silverton at Argentine Creek bridge
  • Osburn Trailhead    (#5 on map)
    • 60.4 miles from Plummer
    • I-90 exit 57
    • 1,545 people in town
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looking upstream at the South Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River near Shont Trailhead
  • Shont Trailhead    (#6 on map)
    • 57.4 miles from Plummer
    • I-90 exit 54 (Big Creek)
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Shont Trailhead
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Sunshine Mine Disaster Memorial on frontage road across from Shont Trailhead
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91 miners suffocated because of a fire on May 2, 1972, but 2 others were rescued 5 days later
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looking west at Big Creek Bridge from Shont Trailhead
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looking east, upstream, at the South Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River near Elizabeth Park Trailhead
  • Elizabeth Park Trailhead    (#7 on map)
    • 55.2 miles from Plummer
    • off frontage road between I-90 exits 54 and 51
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Elizabeth Park Trailhead
  • Kellogg Trailhead    (#8 on map)
    • 53.8 miles from Plummer
    • I-90 exit 51, Division St.
    • 2,395 people in town
    • 2220 foot elevation
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former Kellogg passenger depot is now the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center
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picnic area near Kellogg Trailhead
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looking west from passenger depot rail carts to the old freight depot
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looking down on the Trail from uptown Kellogg
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Main Street in Kellogg above the Trailhead -- follow it to Wardner (pop. 215), which lies beneath the Silver Mountain gondola
  • Silver Mountain Trailhead    (#9 on map)
    • 53.1 miles from Plummer
    • I-90 exit 49, Bunker Ave.
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Silver Mountain Trailhead
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Silver Mountain gondola base and Trailhead
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Kellogg Mining Museum above Silver Mountain Trailhead
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looking toward the Central Impoundment Area from the Kellogg Mining Museum
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Central Impoundment Area
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all that remains of the smelter that helped make this "The Silver Valley"
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looking toward Kellogg along the Central Impoundment Area
  • Smelterville Trailhead    (#10 on map)
    • 51.1 miles from Plummer
    • I-90 exit 48, Smelterville
    • 651 people in town
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Smelterville Trailhead
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Smelterville Trailhead
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Smelterville Trailhead
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South Fork of Coeur d'Alene River; looking toward Smelterville from Pine Creek Trailhead
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Interstate 90 overpass; looking toward Smelterville from Pine Creek Trailhead
  • Pine Creek Trailhead    (#11 on map)
    • 48.7 miles from Plummer
    • between I-90 exits 48 and 45, Pinehurst
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Pine Creek Trailhead
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South Fork of Coeur d'Alene river; looking toward Pine Creek from Pine Creek Trailhead
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looking toward Smelterville from Pine Creek Trailhead in February
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Pine Creek Bridge near Pine Creek Trailhead
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Pine Creek looking toward Pinehurst
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trail between Pine Creek Bridge and South Fork Bridge
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bridge over South Fork of Coeur d'Alene River
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looking upstream from South Fork Bridge
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bend in the South Fork just before Enaville
  • Enaville Trailhead    (#12 on map)
    • 47.1 miles from Plummer
    • I-90 exit 43, Kingston, north to Enaville
    • public restroom
    • three wayside rest areas
      • Backwater Bay, 45.5 miles    (#13 on map)
      • Gap Rock, 44.3 miles    (#14 on map)
      • Pine Meadows, 43.6 miles    (#15 on map)
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Enaville Trailhead
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meadow and Trail at the start of Wall Road
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meadow and Trail from a higher point on Wall Road
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Coeur d'Alene River and Trail between Enaville and Cataldo from a high point on Wall Road
Wall Road is but one example of the many mountain bike adventures available on forest roads and "single track" trails that intersect the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes. Some of these are documented and available for download as Microsoft Word documents.
  • Cataldo Trailhead    (#16 on map)
    • 42.0 miles from Plummer
    • I-90 exit 40, Old Mission State Park at exit 39
    • normal river level: 2134 feet
    • four wayside rest areas
      • Latour Creek, 40.1 miles    (#17 on map)
      • River Bend, 38.6 miles, restroom    (#18 on map)
      • Dudley, 36.4 miles    (#19 on map)
      • Cedar Grove, 34.9 miles    (#20 on map)
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Cataldo Trailhead
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Coeur d'Alene river a few miles downstream of Cataldo
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Coeur d'Alene river a few miles downstream of Cataldo
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wetlands between Dudley Road in background and Trail
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Coeur d'Alene River near Dudley rest area
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Coeur d'Alene River downstream of Dudley
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Coeur d'Alene River upstream from Bull Run Lake
  • Bull Run Lake Trailhead    (#21 on map)
    • 33.5 miles from Plummer
    • I-90 exit 34, Rose Lake, south on Highway 3
    • public restroom
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Bull Run
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osprey and nest near Bull Run
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looking towards Bull Run from bridge near Black Rock
  • Black Rock Trailhead    (#22 on map)
    • 31.2 miles from Plummer
    • wayside rest area
      • Lane, 29.6 miles, restroom    (#23 on map)
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looking from Black Rock Trailhead at State Route 3 overpass
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looking east at bridge to Black Rock (approx. milepost 30)
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milepost 29
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milepost 29
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milepost 29
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RR milepost 42 = R2T mileage 26.5
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Medimont Road overpass, looking east toward Black Rock
  • Medimont Trailhead    (#24 on map)
    • 25.8 miles from Plummer
    • I-90 exit 34, Rose Lake, south on Highway 3
    • public restroom
    • three wayside rest areas
      • Cave Lake, 24.2 miles    (#25 on map)
      • Gray's Meadow, 20.7 miles    (#26 on map)
      • Cottonwood, 19.6 miles    (#27 on map)
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bench and table at Medimont Trailhead
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near Medimont Trailhead looking at Lamb Peak
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near Medimont Trailhead, looking at Swan Peak
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Cave Lake near Medimont Trailhead
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cattle grazing near Black Lake
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milepost 19
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milepost 19
  • Springston Trailhead    (#28 on map)
    • 18.4 miles from Plummer
    • I-90 exit 22, south on Highway 97
    • public restroom
    • wayside rest area
      • Anderson Lake, 16.6 miles    (#29 on map)
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Springston Trailhead
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Anderson Lake Wayside and US 97 bridge
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somewhere between US 97 bridge and Harrison
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looking up river from near Harrison
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Harrison Marina
  • Harrison Trailhead    (#30 on map)
    • 15.3 miles from Plummer
    • I-90 exit 22, south on Highway 97
    • 267 people in town
    • marina
    • normal summer lake level: 2128 feet
    • public restroom
    • three wayside rest areas
      • Steamboat Landing, 15.0 miles    (#31 on map)
      • Sqwe'mu'lmkhw, 12.1 miles, restroom    (#32 on map)
      • Hndarep, 10.0 miles, restroom    (#33 on map)
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group of riders at Harrison Marina trailhead
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Steamboat Landing wayside
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Lake Coeur d'Alene from the trail at mile 14
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looking across Lake Coeur d'Alene at Carey Bay from Sqwe'mu'lmkhw wayside
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looking at Shingle Bay from Sqwe'mu'lmkhw wayside
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Hndarep wayside and restroom
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Chatcolet Bridge from Hndarep wayside
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the approach to Chatcolet Bridge from the eastern shore
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Lake Coeur d'Alene at dusk from east of Chatcolet Bridge
When it was a railroad bridge, 18 feet above the lake, it was turned by the man who lived in the house on top of the bridge to accommodate large boats. Originally scheduled for completion in the summer of 2003, the now rigid structure was finally finished and opened in April 2004. It was raised and rebuilt to give a 30 foot clearance to boats and long access ramps for Trail users. click to enlarge this photo by Ed Renkey
Chatcolet bridge from Harrison side
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Chatcolet bridge structure on Heyburn side
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looking down ramp to Heyburn State Park
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  • Chatcolet Trailhead    (#34 on map)
    • 7.5 miles from Plummer
    • public restroom
    • located over the bridge on the western shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene and within Heyburn State Park
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Heyburn State Park Headquarters
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the Marina at Heyburn State Park
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Round Lake and Chatcolet Lake from trail in Heyburn State Park
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  • Indian Cliffs Trailhead    (#35 on map)
    • 6.2 miles from Plummer
    • two wayside rest areas
      • Hnpetptqwe'n, 4.5 miles, restroom    (#36 on map)
      • Hntsaqaqn, 2.7 miles, restroom    (#37 on map)
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Heyburn Road crosses the trail at the Indian Cliffs Trailhead
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Hnpetptqwe'n wayside and restroom
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Plummer Creek and Trail about mile 3 miles from town
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  • Plummer Trailhead    (#38 on map)
    • 0.0 milepost
    • 990 people in town
    • 2722 foot elevation
    • a.k.a. Hn'ya)pqi'nn
If you begin your adventure at the Plummer Trailhead and Veterans Memorial Park, you are actually beginning at MilePost -0.7! MilePost 0 is where the Union Pacific started the Trail near Plummer Junction. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe added the extension and the Tailhead a year or two after Union Pacific finished the trail.

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