The Trail of the Coeur D'Alenes
The Trail of the CDA is a luxuriously long, flat, smooth trail that is perfect for riders of all ages and abilities.
The Trail of the CDA is easy riding, and you may be able to ride farther than you expected. However, a certain level of physical fitness is advisable. You should prepare by taking shorter rides closer to home and building up your strength and stamina. Perhaps take a Saturday to see how far you can ride on a local trail before tiring. Then you will know how far you can plan to ride per day on your trip!
Bring plenty of water, although there are lots of little towns along the way where water can be found easily.
The Trail is free to ride. You do not need to get a permit in advance unless you are bringing a group of over 25.
You can get on this trail from either end: Plummer, on the Western edge, or Mullan, on the Eastern side. There are also 17 more trail heads along the way, such as Harrison, Cataldo and Enaville.
If you follow the trail in the same direction as the original railroad, you will see the following destinations in this order:
Mullan to Wallace
Wallace to Pinehurst
Pinehurst to Cataldo
Cataldo to Harrison
Harrison to Chatcolet
Chatcolet to Plummer
Moose are frequently spotted on this trail. While these animals are not especially aggressive, they are very large and should not be approached. This applies especially to mothers with calves, who will be very protective of their young.
Cell phone reception is spotty at best. If something goes wrong with your bike, you could be stranded along the trail. For this reason, you should bring: innertube patches and/or a spare innertube, a small hand pump, an adjustable wrench, and extra water. You should have a basic knowledge of how to change your bike tube and how to make minor repairs such as re-setting a chain, adjusting brakes, etc.
Route of the Hiawatha