• North Idaho Centennial Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: ID
    Length: 24 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The North Idaho Centennial Trail is a non-motorized, multi-use trail that meanders 24 miles between scenic Higgens Point State Park on Lake Coeur d'Alene (6 miles east of the city) and the Idaho–Washington border, where it joins the Liberty Lake Stateline Trail. The North Idaho Centennial Trail hugs the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene and parts of the Spokane River, offering spectacular scenery along the way. The trail passes through the Lewis & Clark College and North Idaho College campuses and follows well-marked back streets in Coeur d'Alene. You'll find plenty of rest areas, scenic views and interpretative signs along the way. In 1999 Hillary Clinton designated the trail a Millennium Trail.

    At Riverstone you can pick up the Prairie Trail.

  • Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

    Rail-Trail

    State: ID
    Length: 72 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Few long bicycle trails come any better than the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes. The trail covers 72 entirely paved, wheelchair accessible miles through scenic mountains and valleys in Idaho's Panhandle. The area has a rich mining, railroading and Native American history, too, and there are plenty of places to stop to enjoy the scenery and visit local attractions. So take a few days and plan an outdoor adventure here, exploring the trail in segments. You won't regret it.

    Between Harrison and Plummer the trail is just over 15 miles one way and skirts the shoreline of sparkling Lake Coeur d'Alene. Immerse yourself in this landscape of rolling foothills in the Palouse prairie. A few scattered confers dot the hills. Cross the southern end of Lake Coeur d'Alene over the Chatcolet Bridge. It has a stair-step ramp to ease the uphill climb and makes for an exhilarating ride downhill, rollercoaster-like.

    At Heyburn State Park you can stop for a refreshing swim before carrying on to the western end point in Plummer.

    Between Harrison and Medimont the trail passes through Idaho's chain-of-lakes region, linked by the Coeur d'Alene River. Watch for wildlife through here, including coyotes, otters, beavers, birds of prey, moose, and maybe even a black bear.

    From Medimont east, the trail travels in Idaho's Silver Valley, once one of the most productive silver mining areas in the country. The Cataldo Mission State Park is nearby, and worth a visit, although you'll have a few miles of on-road riding off the trail to reach it.

    From Cataldo the trail follows the Coeur d'Alene River through the Silver Valley. The mountains are more forested here as you head toward Kellogg, the largest town along the trail. There are plenty of places to eat here. Next along the way you'll reach historical Wallace, jam packed with restaurants and cool attractions. While you're here, cycle over to the intersection of 6th and Bank Streets and get your family pic

  • Ben Burr Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

    Spokane's Benn Burr Trail runs for just a short distance through the southeast part of the city. On one end you have Liberty Park, on the other, Underhill Park. In between are old neighborhoods on tree-lined streets. Equally tree-line is the trail corridor, making for a pleasant stroll.

  • Columbia Plateau Trail State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 130 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

    As of late 2011 the Columbia Plateau Trail State Park has developed 38 miles in two segments between Fish Lake near Cheney and Martin Road near Sprague, and between Ice Harbor Dam near the Tri-Cities and Snake River Junction. It passes through the scenic uplands of eastern Washington and along the Snake River. The middle 92 miles are undeveloped and difficult going.

    The trail follows part of the former right-of-way of the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railroad, and you'll see mile markers with numbers referencing the distance from Portland, Oregon. The 23-mile northern segment (Fish Lake to Martin Road) is paved for the first 3.75 miles, from Fish Lake to Cheney, with parking and bathrooms at both locations. The trail then turns to gravel and passes through Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on its way to the Amber Lake and Martin Road trailheads.

    The 15-mile southern segment runs between Ice Harbor Dam and Snake River Junction. You'll likely see much wildlife among the scenic landscape, and interpretive signs tell about key features along the trail. The trail connects to the unpaved Fish Lake Trail on the north, which will eventually reach Spokane. For more information, call Columbia Plateau Trail State Park at 509-646-9218. An access fee is required.

  • Fish Lake Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Fish Lake Trail leaves West Spokane and runs south through open forest to reach Queen Lucas Lake, which is 1.5 miles north of the trail's ultimate planned destination, Fish Lake Regional Park. Upon completion of this gap, two bridges over active rail lines will join this trail to 3.5 paved miles of the Columbia Plateau Trail, serving as a corridor for commuting and recreation between Spokane and the college town of Cheney.

    From the Spokane trailhead, the route follows a mild uphill grade; to your left, trees separate you from US 195 for a couple miles and then from Cheney Spokane Road, which loosely parallels the trail. Half-mile markers guide you through the hot, dry uplands of Eastern Washington.

    The trail follows a piece of corridor of the Oregon–Washington Railroad & Navigation Company (a division of the Union Pacific Railroad) through the Latah Valley, formerly Hangman Valley. At Marshall Canyon, take in railroad history as you travel beside active rail lines through the area known by railfans as "The Funnel."

    The Scribner Road trailhead offers access to scenic Queen Lucas Lake. Experienced commuters might leave the trail at South Scribner Road to continue 2 miles to Fish Lake, where the wide shoulders of the two-lane Cheney Spokane Road and the Columbia Plateau Trail offer separate routes to Cheney (and Eastern Washington University). Just farther south, the Columbia Plateau Trail leads into the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge; a hard-packed dirt and gravel surface, which becomes less passable mid-trail, replaces the paved trail just before reaching the refuge.

    Future plans bridge a short gap on city roads to link the Fish Lake Trail to Centennial Trail State Park.

  • John Wayne Pioneer Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 253 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Crushed Stone, Sand

    Spanning an estimated 253 miles, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is the longest rail-trail conversion in the United States. Much of it is so remote and desolate, however, that weeks will pass in some sections where the only visitors are coyotes, black-tailed jackrabbits, or gopher snakes.

    Anyone traveling the entire length of the trail will experience many landscapes: mountains, dense forests, irrigated farmland, arid scrubland, and the rolling hills of the Palouse region. The route crosses the Cascade Mountains in a 2.3-mile-long, unlit tunnel and traverses numerous canyons and rivers via bridges and trestles that offer spectacular views.

    The trail follows the corridor of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, also known as the Milwaukee Road. Workers completed the railroad's rugged western mainline that connected Chicago with Seattle and Tacoma in 1909. By 1980, the railroad had ceased operations on the right-of-way. The state acquired most of the corridor and named it for John Wayne after a lobbying campaign by outdoorsman Chic Hollenbeck, a big fan of the cowboy actor. Hollenbeck also founded the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders Association, whose members make an annual trek along the trail by wagon and horseback.

    The western segment of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail between Cedar Falls and the Columbia River runs through Iron Horse State Park, a 110-mile-long linear park. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the trail between the Columbia River and Lind, and the remainder from Lind to the Idaho border falls once again to the oversight of Washington State Parks.

    Through most of Iron Horse State Park, the trail surface comprises well-packed crushed rock, except for the 20 miles of loose sand in the U.S. Army Yakima Training Center. Note: As of 2015, this section of trail between the Army West trailhead near Kittitas and the Army East trailhead near the Columbia River was closed due

  • Centennial Trail State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 37.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Centennial Trail State Park, sometimes referred to as the Spokane River Centennial Trail, presents views of rapids and waterfalls on its 37.5-mile snaky run from the Idaho border through downtown Spokane to the rocky canyons west of town.

    As its name implies, workers completed much of the on- and off-road paved trail between 1989 and 1991 during Washington State's 100-year celebration. Spokane served as a railroad crossroads, and the inactive rights-of-way and trestles of the old Spokane & Inland Empire Railroad Company and Great Northern Railway contributed to the trail corridor. Efforts continue to this day to replace road shoulder sections, and 34 of the 37.5 miles are classified as paved, off-road.

    The 100-acre Riverfront Park in Spokane, designed for the Expo '74 world's fair, is the trail's midpoint centerpiece. The unique amusement park's century-old, hand-painted carousel blends with the urban area's natural beauty and history—reflected in bridges, dams, turn-of-the-19th-century buildings, and the old rail depot clock tower of 1902.

    The downtown park is a great point to launch explorations to the east and west. The western section is more wild and rugged as it passes through Riverside State Park to the trail's end at Sontag Community Park at Nine Mile Falls. The eastern segment passes Gonzaga University and continues through a more populated region on much easier terrain. It ends at the Idaho border, where it meets the 24-mile North Idaho Centennial Trail. Drinking water, supplies, and services are limited throughout. Though the climate is hot and dry in the summer, snow and freezing temperatures are common in the wintertime.

    Riverfront Park to Nine Mile Falls and Sontag Community Park: 14.8 Miles Westbound
    This hilly, winding route parallels a remote section of the Spokane River. Leaving Riverfront Park, cross the

  • Liberty Lake Stateline Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 1.8-mile Liberty Lake Stateline Trail is situated between Interstate 90 and Appleway Road in Liberty Lake, Washington. A moderately flat 10-foot wide paved surface makes walking or riding easy. The majority of the trail adjacent to I-90 rests on the former Spokane and Inland Empire railbed.

    The railroad, an electric interurban, built this section of line in the early 20th century to link the towns of Spokane, Washington, and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The line was abandoned in the 1970's and the rail was removed during the 1980's and 1990's.

    The eastern trailhead of the Liberty Lake Stateline Trail connects with the Spokane River Centennial Trail at Spokane Bridge Road. Traveling westward, the trail parallels I-90 towards newly developed portions of Liberty Lake.

    The trail was constructed in the summer of 2002. Trees were added along the trail by Spokane County the following year.

  • PROJECT: Spokane Valley-Millwood Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 6.5 miles
    Surface:

    The Spokane Valley-Millwood trail will connect on both ends to the Centennial Trail, providing a loop and access for residents of Spokane Valley to the non-motorized network of trails in Spokane. The trail will use the abandoned Great Northern Railway right-of-way that is now owned by Spokane County and run adjacent to active freight tracks. A great example of an urban pathway, the project will connect to schools, parks, business districts, transit facilities, neighborhoods, Spokane Community College, and a regional mall. Currently used by walkers, joggers, and mountain bikers, the project will provide a paved trail with adjacent soft surface area for walking and running. The City of Spokane Valley recently secured a grant to complete planning and initial design that should be complete in early 2014.
  • Spokane Iron Bridge

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 0.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    On the eastern side of Spokane, a striking iron railroad bridge spans 560 feet across the Spokane River. Built in 1911 by the Oregon & Washington Railroad and Navigation Company, the bridge serviced mining areas in the Coeur d'Alene district of Idaho and the northern Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. The line closed in 1973 to make way for the 1974 Spokane World's Fair.

    The bridge opened in 2012 and is just steps from the popular Centennial Trail State Park, a paved 37-mile rail-trail that extends to the Washington–Idaho state line.

  • Prairie Trail (ID)

    Rail-Trail

    State: ID
    Length: 4.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Prairie Trail is a spur off the popular North Idaho Centennial Trail, a 24-mile scenic pathway from Coeur d'Alene to the Idaho–Washington state line. The paved spur travels northwest for 4 miles along a former Union Pacific Railroad corridor, connecting parks, neighborhoods, schools and businesses.

    Riverstone Park at the southern end of the trail is a good place to begin your adventure; it offers picnic areas, restrooms and a beautiful lake with fountains. Several restaurants are also located nearby off Riverstone Drive. Farther up the trail, you'll traverse the western border of Ramsey Park, where you can find athletic fields, playgrounds, shaded picnic areas and restrooms.

    The northern end of the trail opens up to offer views of rural landscapes. The trail ends at N. Huetter Road, but future plans call for extending the trail another mile east from here to Meyer Road.

  • Liberty Lake Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 0.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Liberty Lake Trail offers a paved north-south route through a suburb of Spokane. At its northern end, it connects to the famed Spokane River Centennial Trail, which stretches 37 miles through downtown Spokane and reaches the Idaho border. From that trail juncture, the Liberty Lake Trail heads south, paralleling N. Harvard Road. A grassy median separates the trail from the road and a few trees dot the path.

    After a half-mile, the trail reaches Appleway Avenue. If you head east following the sidewalk along Appleway, you'll reach the Liberty Lake Stateline Trail after 1.5 miles. If instead you head south, you'll continue on the Liberty Lake Trail, which now parallels Liberty Lake Road. The trail crosses over busy I-90 on a pedestrian bridge, traverses the Trailhead Golf Course, and ends about a half-mile shy of the city's eponymous lake.

  • Appleway Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    On the eastern end of Spokane Valley, the Appleway Trail parallels the southern side of Appleway Avenue along a former Milwaukie Railroad right-of-way. Although only about a mile, the trail runs through a busy part of town; trail-goers will pass several businesses along the way and residential neighborhoods lie just south of the trail. Extensions for the trail are planned; eventually, it will provide a 5-mile route through the city.