Monday, August 18, 2014

"I Want to Ride My Bicycle"...In Idaho

Idaho may be famous for potatoes, but a little known fact is that Idaho has an abundant bicycling culture that includes many paved bicycle trails as well as miles of single track for the mountain biker: 

  • Idaho has more than 12,000 miles of single track trails and at least twice that in 4-wheel-drive dirt roads.  
  • Trail of the Coeur D'Alene's  is a 72-mile paved path that extends from Plummer, Idaho, to Mullan, Idaho.
  • Coeur d'Alene Parkway.  The parkway is part of the nationally famous North Idaho Centennial Trail, a multi-use recreational trail system that meanders for 24 miles from the Idaho/Washington state line.   
  • The Ashton to Tetonia Trail in East Idaho.

Along with these fabulous trails and miles of ridable roadways there are also several events that take place throughout the year that you can participate in. Here are a few that are taking place through the rest of the summer months. 
Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Bike Festival — Aug. 29, – Sept. 1, 2014 A mountain bike gathering over Labor Day weekend at the Grand Targhee Resort in the Tetons, on the border between Driggs, Idaho, and Alta, Wyoming. Presented by the resort and Teton Valley Trails and Pathways.
Ride to Joseph — September 12-14, 2014   The 200-mile ride leaves from Lewiston and heads into Washington state for most of the day until it reaches Wallowa Lake near  Joseph, Oregon, for an overnight. The return trip follows the same course. Twin Rivers Cyclists..
Bike MS: Cycle the Silver Valley 2014 (Kellogg) Dates: Sept. 13-14, 2014  The fund-raiser for the National MS Society begins and ends at Silver Mountain Resort, Kellogg. Day 1: 20, 50, 75 or 100 miles. Day 2: 25, 35 or 50 miles (off-trail challenge route available on Day 2 only)
WaCanId Ride — Sept. 15-20, 2014  A 340-mile bike tour loop around the Selkirk Mountains encompasses parts of Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. Riders can begin in any of the host towns — Oldtown, Sandpoint, or Bonners Ferry in Idaho; or Creston, Nelson, Fruitvale or Castlegar in British Columbia. Presented by Rotary Club.
C’oeur d’Fondo — Sept. 27, 2014  Cyclists of all ages and abilities can participate in this Lake Coeur d’Alene bike ride. Four options of 108, 84, 37 and 10 miles; the longer rides go around the lake. Benefits the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation.

While you are biking your way through and around Idaho or enjoying one of our many bicycling events please be sure to book your stay at one of the many lodging options in our state. Here is where you can start your search:

1 comment:

  1. I visited Idaho during my us tours but I have no experience of riding there. This region is well known for its lakes, rivers, mountains, and forests. It also offers hiking, biking, or rafting, on a scenic driving tour to its visitors. Sawtooth National Forest is a perfect place for nature lover. It has many miles of hiking and horseback riding trails and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling opportunities to enjoy there.