Trail of the Coeur D'Alenes is a hiking and biking trail in Benewah County and Kootenai County, Idaho. It is within Idaho Panhandle National Forests. It is 39.9 miles long and begins at 2,738 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 79.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,019 feet. Along the trail there are wetlands.
Trail of the Coeur D'Alenes Professional Reviews and Guides
"This description covers the western section of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, the part that is closest to the Spokane–Coeur d’Alene area. The 42-mile length of this route is too long for a day hike, and backpacking possibilities are limited because of the lack of campsites close to the trail. For these reasons, the best way to hike this trail is with a support shuttle from a base camp or other lodging close to the route.
Good places for shuttle pickup and drop-off are mentioned in the hike description as shuttle points. Much of the land along this part of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is within a wildlife management area. Take your time along this easy trail and enjoy the wildlife. There are interpretive signs at most of the waysides that are well worth reading.
The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is accessible for visitors with physical challenges."
--Fred Barstad, Best Hikes: Spokane - 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides).
"If you’re looking for one of the longest paved trail in the country, visit the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, located in the northern panhandle of Idaho. It runs for 73 smooth, flat miles, offering a diverse mixture of timber and mining towns against a backdrop of wetlands, rivers, lakes, and mountains. Toss in wildlife viewing and food stops. The result is an endless opportunity for admiring the region’s lush scenery and rail history."
--Natalie Bartley, Best Rail Trails: Pacific Northwest (Falcon Guides).
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