The Idaho Tour in 2022 -Portland Bicycling Club

The Idaho Tour in 2022

We will be returning to northern Idaho July 24-28, 2022, to ride the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes and the Route of the Hiawatha. Both trails are considered world class. This trip is four nights in motels.

On Sunday, July 24, we drive to Wallace, about 430 miles, and stay there that night. We leave the vehicles in Wallace, and on Monday, July 25, ride the 50 miles down to Harrison, right on the bank of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

For two days we stay in Harrison, and on Tuesday we ride the 35 miles, round trip, to Plummer for lunch. On Wednesday, July 27, we ride the 50 miles back to Wallace and stay there that night. There are two 16-mile options from Wallace that can be done on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday if you are after more miles. 

The two 50-mile days are very scenic and follow the Coeur d’Alene River most of the distance. The 35-mile day is the most scenic because much of the route is along Lake Coeur d’Alene. This day has the only hill, a five-mile climb up to Plummer from the lake at a fairly gentle railroad grade.

The Trail of the Coeur d’Alene is a completely paved trail. The Route of the Hiawatha, which is optional, is a 17-mile, one-way, gravel trail that goes through nine tunnels and crosses eight high trestles. You need a fat-tired bike for this. Mountain bike rentals are available, or you could do the entire trip on a mountain bike.

There is no SAG (Support and Gear) support for this trip, so you do need to carry enough with you to survive two days in a motel in hot weather country. This usually doesn’t amount to much. Also, this trip is priced for two to a room, so you need to sign up with your own roommate. I do not match people up in rooms. The one time I did this, all of the people I matched complained about the other one snoring.

This is probably the last time that this trip will be offered.

The trip is limited to 30 people because the only motel in Harrison has 15 rooms, and we have all of them booked. Cost for the trip, four nights in motels, is $335 per person. To register, I will need a 50% deposit per person, $167.50, sent to:

Bud Rice, 506 SW 6th Street, Gresham, OR 97080-9373

If you need more information, contact me at: [email protected], 503-667-0683

I will have an organizational meeting at my house about a month before the trip to hand out maps and to answer any questions.

Bud Rice, Ride Leader