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Washington / Idaho / Montana Rails-to-Trail Tour
$2,480 per person double occupancy
$550 single supplement
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Washington / Idaho / Montana Rails-to-Trail Tour

Join with other Pedego enthusiasts and owners for a world-class bike tour on two “Hall of Fame” rail trails on a trip that travels from eastern Washington to western Montana through the Idaho Panhandle. We ride 15-35 miles each day on dedicated bike trails separated from any other traffic, cruising along rivers and through forests of pine and fir. You ride the Washington/Idaho Centennial Trail, the fabulous 73-mile Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes and the stunning Route of the Hiawatha and Route of the Olympian.

These former railway routes have been transformed into smooth paved or packed-gravel bike paths that make for easy-going and extremely scenic cycling. You pedal along lakes, rivers and through forests with guides who share stories of the local cultural and natural history. You always have the option of a ride from our sag wagon (van).

Each night we stay in carefully-selected local accommodations, enjoy a group happy hour and dinner with tales of the day shared by all.

Price: $2,480 per person double occupancy
$550 single supplement
Date: July 25 - 30, 2021
Deadline to register: May 31
ITINERARY

Arrive in Spokane, Washington, with air service from almost all major airlines, or drive from your home. Arrive in time for an after-dinner 7:30 PM welcome and orientation meeting.

Accommodations: Hotel Lusso or Historic Davenport (or another of the Davenport Hotel Collection)

  • Hotel Lusso or Historic Davenport

    Spokane, WA

Meet your Pedego Vacations guide at 8:30 AM and check out your bike. We transfer 30 minutes east of downtown Spokane for a beautiful ride that winds through Riverside State Park, a 9100-acre park that straddles the Spokane River. The paved trail passes through a fragrant forest of ponderosa pine with time to marvel at the impressive basalt formations created some 12 million years ago as lava flowed from the earth. We learn about about the original people of the area, the Spokane Tribe, known as the Children of the Sun. We also stop to talk about Camp 7 Mile, built in 1933 by the 949th Company of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) who cleared land, built roads and planted trees in what is today Riverside State Park.

Once in downtown Spokane we visit Spokane Falls and the site of the 1974 World Expo. We enjoy lunch at a local eatery, then continue our ride east through Spokane’s University District and on to the Washington/Idaho State line. At this point those who wish can board our van to transfer to Coeur d’Alene, while others may opt to continue riding the final 13 miles to our evening hotel.

Dinner together and a festive evening in Coeur d’Alene.

  • Daily Ride

    37 miles total with an optional additional 13 miles. All paved.

  • Meals Included

    Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Springhill Suites by Marriott

    Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho

Our morning ride takes us along the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene to Higgins Point, the furthest eastern point of the Idaho Centennial Trail. After our morning ride of 16 miles, enjoy lunch at your choice of one of many great restaurants in Coeur d’Alene.

This afternoon is free time to explore downtown Coeur d’Alene! Enjoy the shops and art galleries, take the 2-mile walk around Tubbs Hill on the lake front, or perhaps take an optional half-day lake kayaking tour. Those that golf might want to try and book a time on the Coeur d’Alene Resort golf course.

Dinner together and a festive evening in Coeur d’Alene.

  • Daily Ride

    16 miles total with an optional routes if desired. All paved.

  • Optional Activities
    • Shopping
    • Art Galleries
    • Golf
    • Kayaking
  • Meals Included

    Breakfast and Dinner

  • Springhill Suites by Marriott

    Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho

We drive south 35 minute to Plummer, located on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation and the western end of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. This is home to the Schitsu’umsh people whom the early French fur-traders named the Coeur d’Alenes, which means people with a “heart of an awl.” The early 1800’s fur trappers found the Coeur d’Alene people to be smart and shrewd traders with hearts as “sharp as a sewing awl”. We honor their legacy on this land.

Leaving the trailhead park, we ride on a scenic and slightly downhill path through towering pines until we reach the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene. We cross the lake on an elegant railroad bridge and follow our bike path as it winds along the lake front to the tiny town of Harrison.

After a light lunch and perhaps a dip in the lake, our ride continues on level ground with scenes of the Chain Lakes of the Coeur d’Alene River. Marshes filled with waterfowl and songbirds send fragrant breezes our way. We stop to visit Idaho’s oldest building, the rather stern Cataldo Mission designed by two Jesuit priests and built between 1850-53 with the labor of around 300 Coeur d’Alene Natives.

Our ride continues into the Silver Valley, where more silver has been extracted from the ground than any other place on earth. We end in the small town of Kellogg for our night’s accommodation.

  • Daily Ride

    35-miles. All paved.

  • Meals Included

    Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Morning Star Lodge

    Silver Mountain Resort

We begin the day with a brief drive across the Idaho/Montana border to Saltese to begin our ride on the Route of the Olympian. The ambitious Pacific Extension of the Milwaukee railroad was built at a time when railroads were competing for new routes to the west. The Route of the Olympian and Route of the Hiawatha were financed by the Rockefellers and at the time, the cost was $75,000 per mile, making this the highest-priced railroad ever built. We enjoy this fabulous engineering legacy and ride over trestles and through tunnels on this inspiring trail.

After 9-miles on the Route of the Olympian we find ourselves at the starting point of the historic Hiawatha Trail where we enter the darkness of the two-mile long Taft Tunnel. Before the morning is over, we cross 7 trestles and pass through 6 tunnels in the heart of the rugged Bitterroot Mountain range of the Rockies. The trail is in great condition and is a gravel route that drops gently for 15 miles. Set in the forest with expansive views, we have a bountiful picnic lunch. By mid-afternoon we are back in Kellogg to enjoy another night at the Morning Star Lodge.

  • Daily Ride

    24 miles (optional 18 miles downhill from the Hiawatha on the NORPAC trail.) Packed gravel.

  • Meals Included

    Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Morning Star Lodge

    Silver Mountain Resort

This morning we drive a short distance to the eastern end of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes to ride west, 7 miles to Wallace. This charming town is full of historic brick buildings and elegant mansions built during the boom mining years of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. We enjoy some time on foot to explore the town and have lunch on your own.

After lunch, we have options. Those wanting a hike will go to explore the Pulaski Interpretive Trail to discover the story of the hero in the “Big Burn” of 1910 who invented the most important fire fighting tool in history, the Pulaski. For those who are intrigued by the mining history of the Silver Valley, choose the Silver Mine Tour that takes you underground on a trolley tour led by a hard rock miner who explains the colorful mining history of the area.

By 3:00 pm we’re on our way back to Spokane where we check into our hotel, then meet for a festive farewell dinner to share stories of our adventure together!

  • Daily Ride

    7 miles

  • Meals Included

    Breakfast and Dinner

  • Optional Activities

    Pulaski Interpretive Trail
    Silver Mine Tour

  • Hotel Lusso or Historic Davenport

    Spokane, WA

What's included

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TRIP INCLUDES: Services of our talented adventure consultants and professional guides, all meals/beverages as indicated in the itinerary, gratuities for meals and accommodations, on-trail drinks and snacks, van support, detailed maps and itineraries, all shuttles, van support and transportation during tour as noted. A Pedego bike, helmet and related biking gear.

DOES NOT INCLUDE: Airfare/transportation beginning and ending points, alcohol with meals, items of a personal nature such as laundry, gratuities for guides, travel protection plan, pre-& post-trip hotel.

Hotel information

  • Davenport Collection
    Spokane, WA

    Are you looking for a destination with historic grandeur? Or, maybe modern luxury is more your style. Perfect. Because every Davenport Hotel instinctively, and distinctively, delivers world-class service set amid sublime surroundings.

  • Springhill Suites
    Coeur D'Alene, ID

    Our SpringHill Suites in Coeur d’Alene seamlessly blends style and function, making this the perfect destination for any business or leisure traveler. Pool, fitness center and free Wi-Fi in the lobby help you stay refreshed and connected.

  • Morning Star Lodge
    Silver Mountain Resort

    At the heart of Silver Mountain Resort’s Gondola Village is the Morning Star Lodge – one of the region’s premier Idaho vacation rental and resort condominium developments. The condominiums feature the latest in design and comfort.

Travel information

Arriving
Fly into:
Spokane International Airport
Meeting location:
Hotel Lusso or Historic Davenport
Meeting time:
7:30 pm

Arrive in Spokane, Washington, with air service from almost all major airlines, or drive from your home. Arrive in time for an after-dinner 7:30 PM welcome and orientation meeting.

Leaving
Fly out of:
Spokane International Airport
Departing location:
Hotel Lusso or Historic Davenport
Departing time:

By 3:00 pm we’re on our way back to Spokane where we check into our hotel, then meet for a festive farewell dinner to share stories of our adventure together!

Planning your trip
  • What kind of bikes do you provide?

    Naturally, we have wonderful Pedego bikes for your use on these tours!

  • Can I bring my own bike?

    You are more than welcome to bring your own Pedego bike. Our bikes come with a water bottle, spare tubes, tire pump, and multi-tool. We also provide bike helmets but you may want to bring your own.

  • Can my guide fix my bike if something goes wrong on the trip?

    In most cases, yes. If you’re renting a bike from ROW Adventures,, we’ll ensure it has had a service and is in peak riding condition before the start of the trip. En route, your guide will be able to do light maintenance and routine mechanics, such as fixing flat tires, pumping tires up, and adjusting seats. Each of the trailers is well-equipped with a tool kit, spare tires, and tubes, and we’ll do replacements free of charge on rental bikes. If you’re bringing your own bike and it needs a replacement, there will be an additional charge.

  • How far do we ride each day?

    You will find distances listed on our trip itineraries. Days range from 15-45 miles on average.

  • What is the difficulty of the trails?

    The trails on our Rails-to-Trails bike tours are rated from easy to moderate. The Centennial Trail and Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes are both nicely paved bike paths, with few significant hill climbs. The Hiawatha Trail is a crushed gravel path with a slight downhill grade.

  • I’ve never done a trip like this before, do I need to be in good shape to do one of these trips?

    A moderate level of fitness is needed for these trips. You should have good balance and have some experience on an E-bike, be capable of getting off and on your bike, braking safely, etc. We suggest you spend some time biking at home leading up to your trip to help prepare. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

  • Do you offer custom and/or private trips?

    Yes! We can create a private departure for your group, or if you have a minimum of 10 people you can take over one of our scheduled dates. Please contact our office to design a custom tour on your preferred date.

  • If sharing a room, will I have my own bed?

    Sometimes, yes. Other times, no. Many of the historic inns and B&Bs in which we stay only have one bed per room while others will have two separate beds. If it’s important that you and your travel companion have separate beds, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. That being said, only those who pay the single supplement fee will be guaranteed their own room and bed each night.

  • Is water available to refill my water bottle along the way?

    Yes, on our fully guided bike tours! At every support stop, we will provide a cooler with iced water so you can refill your water bottle. We will also have hydration powder available if you’re in need of a boost.

  • Can you accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dietary needs?

    Yes, we can make accommodations for dietary needs and restrictions as long as we’re notified at the time of booking. Breakfasts are often served at the hotel where you stay and options may be limited.

  • What if I can’t ride the number of miles scheduled for the day?

    Yes, if you need a break, the support vehicle will be available and you can opt to hop in the van per coordination with our guides.

  • Will I be able to access my luggage during the day?

    Yes, your luggage travels in our van, so can be accessed

  • Can someone accompany me on the trip but not ride a bike with the group?

    Yes, guests are welcome to ride along in the van. But keep in mind we don’t offer discounts for guests who aren’t riding a bike and they will pay the regular trip cost.

  • What should I pack in case of rain or bad weather?

    When you receive your reservation materials, there will also be a packing list included, which will detail all of the essential items you need. We recommend packing clothing for all weather conditions and will suggest waterproof clothing based on your tour’s location and length.

  • Are trips canceled due to bad weather?

    Only in the most extreme circumstances when severe weather events are forecast will we cancel a tour. Otherwise, we will ride on through both rain and sunshine.

  • What does full van support mean?

    Full van support means that our vehicle will regularly meet up with the group along the cycling route to offer light refreshments, water refills, and transport for riders who don’t want to bike the next leg. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there may be stretches of bike paths that have limited access for van support and your guide will let you know ahead of time so you’re aware of your options.

  • What if my bike doesn’t fit me when I get there?

    Any necessary adjustments will be made to your bike on arrival to ensure it’s comfortable for you to ride. When making your reservation, it’s important that you provide us with an accurate height and inseam measurement (without shoes), so we can secure the right bike for you. If you have any queries about your bicycle fit, our friendly staff are happy to assist.

  • What is the nearest airport?

    Fly to Spokane, Washington (airport code GEG).

  • When should we arrive in Spokane?

    Arrive in Spokane the day prior to the trip to ensure you don’t miss the early departure on the first day of riding. Spokane is a great place to explore with many exciting culinary options, things to do and see as well as recreation stores to support any last minute purchases. We will happily provide recommendations on accommodations at your time of booking.