Idaho Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
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Ashton-Tetonia Trail

29.6 mi
State: ID
Dirt, Gravel

Bill Chipman Palouse Trail

7.1 mi
State: ID, WA
Asphalt

Boise River Greenbelt

46.1 mi
State: ID
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Boulder Creek Trail

0.25 mi
State: ID
Boardwalk, Gravel

Ed Corkill Memorial River Trail

5.3 mi
State: ID
Asphalt

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Indian Creek Greenbelt

0.6 mi
State: ID
Asphalt, Concrete

Latah Trail

16 mi
State: ID
Asphalt, Gravel

Lewiston Levee Parkway Trail

12.3 mi
State: ID
Asphalt

Milwaukee Road Rail-Trail (Pearson to Calder)

36.1 mi
State: ID
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

NorPac Trail

22.2 mi
State: ID, MT
Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

North Valley Rail Trail

5.9 mi
State: ID
Asphalt, Dirt

Paradise Path

2.2 mi
State: ID
Asphalt

Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail

1.5 mi
State: ID
Dirt

Prairie Trail (ID)

4.2 mi
State: ID
Asphalt

Railroad Right-of-Way Trail

34 mi
State: ID
Ballast

Route of the Hiawatha

15 mi
State: ID
Gravel

Sandpoint-Dover Community Trail

3.3 mi
State: ID
Asphalt

The Strand

2.2 mi
State: ID
Asphalt, Dirt
Accordion

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

73.2 mi
State: ID
Asphalt

Weiser River National Recreation Trail

84 mi
State: ID
Asphalt, Ballast, Gravel

Wood River Trail

36.1 mi
State: ID
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Ashton-Tetonia Trail officially opened in 2010 and extends nearly 30 miles between the towns of Ashton and Tetonia, Idaho. The trail occupies a former rail spur once operated by Union Pacific (the...
ID 29.6 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Bill Chipman Palouse Trail stretches 7.1 miles through the rolling wheat fields of the Palouse region, offering a convenient, paved connection between Washington State University and the...
ID, WA 7.1 mi Asphalt
The Boise River Greenbelt follows its namesake river among towering trees, connecting downtown Boise with neighborhoods and the business district. Leading out of the city both north-west and...
ID 46.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The first step in the small city of Donnelly's plan to build a network of trails around its borders, the Boulder Creek Trail is a short but lovely pathway. The gravel and boardwalk path runs through a...
ID 0.25 mi Boardwalk, Gravel
The Crown Point Railroad Grade runs 2.7 miles along a flat grade, perfect for walking, cycling or horseback riding. The trail is in Lake Cascade State Park and follows the southeast shoreline of the...
ID 2.7 mi Dirt
Once a Northern Pacific Railway line that transported goods, mail and passengers to and from the communities of Kendrick and Juliaetta, the Ed Corkill Memorial River Trail now provides a recreation...
ID 5.3 mi Asphalt
The Great American Rail-Trail highlights some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, well-known geography and storied history across a 3,700-miles-plus route between Washington and Washington....
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Indian Creek Greenbelt is an asphalt path along Indian Creek that links several of Kuna's recreational amenities, including a skate park, BMX racetrack and baseball fields. The trail is...
ID 0.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Latah Trail travels for 12 miles between Moscow and Troy on a 10-foot-wide paved path, paralleling State Route 8 until Howell Road, where it winds north through a forested to Troy's City Park. The...
ID 16 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Lewiston Levee Parkway Trail, part of the Clearwater and Snake River National Recreation Trail, starts at the entrance to the day-use area in Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston and descends the...
ID 12.3 mi Asphalt
The Pearson-to-Calder Trail, part of the Idaho Milwaukee Road Rail-Trail system, passes through the scenic St. Joe River Valley and connects the popular Route of the Hiawatha with the towns of Avery,...
ID 36.1 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The NorPac Trail follows the old right-of-way of the Northern Pacific Railway (hence the trail's name) in western Montana and the Idaho Panhandle, crossing Lookout Pass. The trail runs from Idaho near...
ID, MT 22.2 mi Concrete, Dirt, Gravel
Valley County Pathways, a nonprofit responsible for the rural Idaho county's ambitious trails plan, spearheaded the construction of the popular North Valley Rail Trail as its centerpiece. The trail...
ID 5.9 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Paradise Path forms a critical link between the Latah Trail and Bill Chipman Palouse Trail, two long rail-trails on opposite sides of Moscow, Idaho. Winding within Moscow city limits, the Paradise...
ID 2.2 mi Asphalt
The Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail offers a wooded, unpaved route along its namesake bay between Ponderay and Sandpoint in northern Idaho. In addition to the waterfront views, you can see the Cabinet...
ID 1.5 mi Dirt
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...
ID 4.2 mi Asphalt
The Railroad Right-of-Way Trail winds through the pristine wilderness of Idaho's Targhee National Forest. The sprawling forest is a unit of the even larger Caribou-Targhee National Forest, which...
ID 34 mi Ballast
Note: Route of the Hiawatha is operated by Lookout Pass Ski Area under a special-use permit of the U.S. Forest Service. Trail users must obtain and display trail passes, which cost $10 for adults and...
ID 15 mi Gravel
The paved, flat trail occupies an old railroad corridor connecting Sandpoint to Dover, 3.3 miles south. Begin on Larch Street and head south (heading north would take you to the Milltown Trail). The...
ID 3.3 mi Asphalt
The Strand, sometimes referred to as the Cascade River Walk, meanders along the Payette River with sweeping views of the valley and surrounding mountains. It runs between North Bridge and South Bridge...
ID 2.2 mi Asphalt, Dirt
Accordion
The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes covers 73 paved 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...
ID 73.2 mi Asphalt
The Weiser River National Recreation Trail is a feast of desert canyons, evergreen forests and alpine meadows, following the former right-of-way of a Union Pacific Railroad line between Tamarack and...
ID 84 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Gravel
Known to locals simply as "the bike path," the Wood River Trail offers spectacular recreational opportunities amid the equally spectacular scenery of central Idaho, nestled among the surrounding Rocky...
ID 36.1 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

North Idaho Centennial Trail

What a wonderful trail!

July, 2020 by mike682

My wife Kathy and I ride it all the time. It is a real treasure to our area. It follows Higgins point all the way into downtown Spokane and we have ridden the whole trail. The scenery along it is very spectacular.

Boise River Greenbelt

vastly improved

June, 2020 by fgladics

Today in 2020 the various cities along the trail have made numerous improvements, added a number of parks and replace the bridges and trail segment damage in the flooding of 3 years ago. Today you can ride paved trail from Eagle Idaho all the way to Lucky Peak Dam to the east. The replacement of the bridge to Plantation Island is wonderful. And while the section in Garden City continue to have some rough areas, on the whole Garden City has done the most to improve the trail in their city. The replacement of the Plantation Islsnd bridge and pavement on the island is great. The new widening and resurfacing of the section from Plantation Island behind the former Le Bois horse track in nothing short of spectacular.

Boise River Greenbelt

what a difference two years make

June, 2020 by fgladics

Winter snows have been low. Spring rains have not been bad. New trail addition at west end of trail in Eagle is a great addition. While,as in the past, the Garden Valley section is the least enjoyable it is the most improved and it is clear the City of Garden Valley is working hard to upgrade the trail segments in their city. Perhaps the biggest hilighy is the the replacement ofPlsntation Islsnd bridge tole Bois horse racing facility.

Accordion

Ashton-Tetonia Trail

views and blues (sky that is)

June, 2020 by aparrott58

Rode from Felt to Lamont and from Ashton to Drummond. Nice trail with great views. The only problem were the cross trail ruts caused by the moles digging into the trail in the winter (and leaving mounds of dirt that are uncovered when the snow melts) and the larger mammals who burrow into the trail surface and leave either big holes or mounds. It seems that since this trail is a state park, the state needs to put a little more maintenance on the trail surface and get rid of these frequent holes. The trail surface is rough in areas. Maybe the state left it like this for authenticity? The trestles are stunning. The state is making more parking areas to spread out the use as the 5 THs were crowded on the nice Saturday we rode.

Idaho Falls Greenbelt

Worthy of A Ride

June, 2020 by acewickwire

Location: Idaho Falls, ID
Parking: Ryder Park, south end of trail
Trail Condition: Some sections excellent, some portions older and needs attention. Good number of sections need some brushing work to clear brush, low hanging tree limbs, and weeds from along the trail.
Signage: Very minimal. Take a map along.
Comments: Overall I really enjoyed this trail. Great scenery and variety of art along trail. It passes through a number of parks and green spaces. A number of other trail users were encountered. I rode the complete trail system and logged 16 miles. From south end to northern end the most direct route was 5.7 miles.

Wood River Trail

Rare to find a 20-mile trail as well paved as this one

June, 2020 by bruceamiller@comcast.net

In June my brother and I rode the Wood River Trail from Ketchum to Bellevue and back using road bikes. You rarely find a 20-mile trail as well paved as this one. Historical signage along the way is fun to read. The trail avoids downtown Ketchum, and is close to several other towns' businesses if you need hydration or food. The trail is not shaded, so take hydration. The southern part can get windy.
We did not take the spur to Sun Valley; would do so next time.

Wood River Trail

Smooth as Glass and Few Crossings

June, 2020 by jacmar1

We recently visited Ketchum and road the Wood River Trail from the western edge of town to the end in Bellevue.We have ridden trails in 42 States and this one the best maintained we have experienced.Leaving Ketchum the trail is surrounded by trees and follows the river for about 3 miles.After that the landscape is more open but still a most enjoyable ride.Just a few ups and downs to keep interesting with a few crossings that are well marked for trail users and vehicle traffic.Wish this one was closer to home to enjoy on a regular basis.Do not miss if you are in the area!

Weiser River National Recreation Trail

Good bike trail

May, 2020 by aparrott58

Started at Weiser. Got a flat w/in 3miles of TH. We were riding our fat tire ebikes, each approx 70 pounds. We pushed/towed/tugged the one flat tired bike to a roaded access point through a private farm field, while my husband rode the one good ebike back to TH to get our Jeep and find me somewhere near a farm field. Pushing a 70 pound fatty in soft sand can be a challenge... Found a bike shop, JD's Bike Shop, in Weiser but due to Covid lockdowns, he wasn't open, BUT his phone was on and he was hanging out at his place so he drove over to his shop on his Harley and fixed our flats and a few other issues we were having with our bikes. Jeff was a great guy, we discussed politics and pandemics and for a mere $20 we were off again to finish our adventure.

The next day we started at the Wye TH and rode all the way to Fruitvale and back. We noted that the Hiway 95 bridge was being worked on but the signs for closing the trail were not blocking the trail (going south) so we navigated through the construction debris. At Starkey, the trail is closed with a number of signs and we were re-routed onto the adjacent road. We saw why the trail was closed. There are two lengthy trestles between Fruitvale and Starkey. The Starkey one is missing the entire rail/trail bed due to washout. Only the railing is there. (see picture). Repair for this will be costly. One the way back to the Wye TH, the "closed trail" signs under the Highway were put up but since our Jeep was at the TH, we hurried through this section despite the workers on the highway yelling at us. Yes it is dangerous because construction debris can fall off the bridge onto the trail (including orange peels) but we couldn't walk the 10 miles back to the TH or ride our bikes on the very crowded highway. At a minimum, there should have been a sign on the kiosk at the Wye regarding the closed trail. And there is no mention either of the missing trail at the Starkey trestle or the closure.

The following day was a short one as we rode between Goodrich to Mesa Siding. (Poor directions were given both on the RTC website and the brochures so for those who want to park at Goodrich (there are at least 3 spots on new gravel, but no room for trailers), remember to turn right at the Goodrich Creek road off of Goodrich road. Due to lots of housing development, there are alot of new roads and we ended up making lots of u-turns. There is a trail sign but it can only be seen if you drive from the Cambridge side. We drove in from the landfill side off the highway as the brochure indicated). This stretch of trail is very nice with turkeys, quail and the smell/spoor of a bear under or near the Weiser River bridge. No-one else was on the trail and we were not near the hiway so the peacefulness was very relaxing.

This trail is nicer on the north and middle parts but the south part out of Weiser was not so good and there are lots of puncture vine (aka goathead weed) plants just waiting to flatten a tire. (per Jeff at JD's Bike shop). Also there are very few places to sit and have lunch/snack. We found only two benches on the north end, and only one bench by Goodrich.

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

Trail of the Couer d’ Alene and Hiawatha

March, 2020 by gvb1940

Linked these two trails together. Rode by myself on my Bike Friday Llama.
Stayed in motels 2 nights. Great ride except for getting buzzed by some punk on a quad.

Great American Rail-Trail

Best Trail Ever

January, 2020 by cbyounger

This is the best trail I have ever ridden!

Route of the Hiawatha

A Memorable Experience

October, 2019 by crystal.aker

Was unlike anything I had ever experienced! Be sure to have warm clothing and snacks as the route can take awhile with a group. Highly recommended!

Weiser River National Recreation Trail

Cambridge to Council in October 2019

October, 2019 by rminch

A nice 40-mile round trip from Cambridge to Council and back in early October 2019. Trail surface was mostly dry, ranging from gravel to a bit rocky. Not great for road bikes but good for mountain bikes and very good for the fat-tire (4-inch-wide) e-bike (allowed) I used this time. Most casual mountain bikers might average about 10 MPH. This section is almost all away from the highway and other roads, so very peaceful. Trees and river views increase as you go north. I had to open about eight cattle gates but none were locked and this may vary by season. There is camping and lodging at Mundo Hot Springs and several other places along or near this segment of trail. Thanks to the many volunteers who maintain this great trail!

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