Traversing Idaho on the CdA
This spring I took another weekend away from biking Puget Sound to traverse an entire state in one ride. That can be done in northern Idaho on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes.
Named for the Native American tribe that used this route before it was a railroad and now a rail-trail, the “CdA” is a 72-mile-long paved path with plenty of nature and a few creature comforts. It’s pretty far between espresso stands, so come prepared.
Read my Seattle Times story for the full report. Here are some more photos to accompany it, and further resources.
These whimsical bike sculptures alongside the Pedal Pushers bike shop in Harrison were crafted by Cathy Britschgi for the owner, John Kolbe.
Chuck Carlson keeps the restrooms clean and the trail free of debris. If you see him on the trail, give him a high-five for his meticulous work.
The Chatcolet Bridge had to be raised on new pilings to finish the trail, which resulted in a fun set of ramps to ride on each side.
Downtown Wallace hosts a number of buildings that survived the big 1910 fire, and one of them houses a microbrewery.
Wallace acknowledges its rowdy past with the Oasis Bordello Museum.
The Red Light Garage in Wallace offers food and drink in a fun, kitschy diner, and welcomes cyclists with hanging bikes.
Amy and Tarra from Coeur d’Alene tackled the trail for a century ride while training for an Ironman (should be Ironwoman) competition. This scene — trees on one side, water on the other, few riders on the smooth asphalt — is typical of the south half of the trail.
The oldest building in Idaho is this church at Old Mission State Park in Cataldo. Its visitors center also serves as the central trail office.
State of Idaho visitor information about the trail
Idaho Parks & Recreation trail information
Nonprofit group Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Trails
Website for Estar Holmes, author of the detailed Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes Unofficial Guidebook