Length: 73.2 miles
Trail Surface: Asphalt
The Coeur d’Alenes Trail is a remarkable 73-mile paved path that stretches across the Idaho panhandle, connecting Mullan to Plummer. This extraordinary trail was brought to life through a unique collaboration between the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Union Pacific Railroad, the U.S. Government, and the State of Idaho. As it winds through the historic Silver Valley, the trail follows the Coeur d’Alene River, passes by the picturesque Lake Coeur d’Alene, and continues through gently rolling farmlands until it reaches Plummer. Along the trail, twenty well-developed trailheads serve as entry points, and visitors can find twenty scenic waysides featuring tables for picnics or brief breaks.
Ranked among the top 25 trails in the United States in 2010 by the Rails to Trails Conservancy, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is undoubtedly one of the most stunning paths in the western part of the country. The smooth asphalt surface is ideal for various activities, including cycling, inline skating, walking, and wheelchair use, as well as winter Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, birdwatching, and wildlife observation.