Who doesn’t enjoy the comforts of a nice soft bed and delicious home cooked breakfast? Did you know you could enjoy these comforts while biking through Idaho? You can, and it is easier than ever. The Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association (IBBA) has created a map that shows the state’s most popular bike routes and the bike friendly bed and breakfasts, inns and lodges found along the way. Whether you pedal paved paths, mountain trails or 2-lane highways, you are sure to find a fluffy mattress ready to cradle your saddle weary bones.
This list of trails and routes will get you started on a path to biking in Idaho. To request the Idaho Bed & Breakfast Association’s bike map please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-765-5200.
The Panhandle Region – 20 IBBA member properties
There are many trails in northern Idaho that showcase spectacular scenery. The Route of the Hiawatha is the most celebrated trail in the state and features tunnels, trestles and historical markers. The Milwaukee Road Trail connects the communities of Person to Calder and passes through the scenic St. Joe River Valley. This 36-mile trail has grass, stones, dirt and gravel so choose your bike equipment carefully. The North Idaho Centennial Trail hugs the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River for 26 miles and passes through the city of Coeur d’Alene. The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is 72 beautiful miles of paved trail with scenic Chatcolet Trestle crossing over the southern end of the lake. The International Selkirk Loop is a series of highways circling through Idaho, Washington and Canada. A beautiful route, it is considered intermediate to challenging due to terrain and highway road conditions.
Land of Rivers in north central Idaho – 15 IBBA member properties
The Bill Chipman Palouse Trail is a 7-mile path in Moscow is flat, wide and offers opportunities for bird and wildlife watching. The 11-mile Lewiston Levee Parkway Trail is part of the 25-mile Clearwater and Snake River National Recreation Trail that starts near Hells Gate State Park. The
5.3 mile Ed Corkill Trail connects the communities of Juliaetta and Kendrick. Bald eagles and osprey are frequently seen along the trail. Travel for 12-16 miles between Moscow and Troy on the Latah Trail, a former right-of-way of the historic Moscow to Arrow railroad. The BikeCentennial 76 Trail (or Trans-America Trail) begins at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center on Hwy. 12 and covers 275 miles in Idaho. This road route follows Highways 12, 95 and 71 with views of rivers, dams, Hells Canyon and the Salmon River Gorge.
The High Country in central Idaho –7 IBBA member properties
Ride into Idaho’s frontier mining history at Land of the Yankee Fork State Park. Try your hand at gold panning and explore the ghost towns of Bonanza, Custer and Bayhorse. The Wood River Trails are a system of paved multi-use trails connecting the communities around Sun Valley and Ketchum. The 30 miles of trails offer spectacular scenery and easy access to in-town amenities. The Sun Valley to Stanley route along Highway 75 slices through the serrated Sawtooth Mountains. This stunning ride begins with a 2,800-foot climb and ends with an epic 2,500-foot descent winding past several hot springs.
Yellowstone Teton Territory in eastern Idaho – 5 IBBA member properties
The Ashton-Tetonia Trail opened in 2010 and extends nearly 30 miles between the two towns. This scenic gravel trail includes five bridges and restored rail trestles. The 8-mile Victor to Driggs Trail connects the two towns with the Teton Mountains in the backdrop. The multi-use Idaho Falls Greenbelt runs adjacent to downtown and the falls. It connects to Freeman Park in the North and other river pathways to the south making a 10-mile loop. The Ashton Trail System offers a series of routes following lightly traveled public roads around Ashton. The Trestle Loop has moderate hills and crosses Fall River twice, one on a trestle. The Grainville Loops follows the Trestle Loop until Grainville Road and crosses the river on Hwy. 32 (use caution). The Warm River loop follows Hwy 47 for 5 miles and then has 5 miles of gravel so mountain-type bikes are suggested. The Ora Loop, west of Ashton, is relatively flat, lightly traveled and crosses the Henry’s Fork Twice. The Lamont Loop is paved with moderate climbs. All offer beautiful scenery.
Canyon Country in southwestern Idaho – 10 IBBA member properties
The Bear Basin Trail System is single track system near the town of McCall. There are two flow trails, a pump track and around 15 miles of beginner to intermediate cross-country singe track. The 22-mile, paved Boise Greenbelt is one of the area’s most popular, known for its scenic river views, wildlife and access to parks and recreation sites. The Ridge to Rivers Trail System is an interconnected 130-mile network of roads and trails snaking through the hills above Boise. The trails link neighborhoods with public lands and people with nature. The Weiser River National Recreation Trail offers 80-plus miles through desert canyons, evergreen forests and alpine meadows between the towns of Tamarack and Weiser. The trail has stone, dirt and gravel surfaces and includes over 60 historic rail trestles and frequent wildlife sightings.
Magic Valley in south central Idaho – 4 IBBA member properties
Located in Twin Falls, Auger Falls trail is wide, relaxing and easy. Be sure you ride the full six miles of this gravel trail in the Snake River Canyon to see the water falls. Located in Jerome, the Devil’s Corral trail head is located at the top of the grade on Shoshone Falls Road west. The 12-mile round trip ride takes riders to Devil’s Corral on varying surfaces, including stones, so use caution.
Snake River Plains in southeastern Idaho – 6 IBBA member properties
The 13-plus mile Portneuf Greenway trail system follows the Portneuf River through Pocatello connecting nearby cities, parka and Old town Pocatello, and leads to a network of trails. The Pocatello City Creek Management Area is a network of trails covering a variety of ability levels. Riding from March to November, beginners can cruise Rim Trail, Bench and Bail trails for a warm up. Intermediates will enjoy City Creek, Serengeti and The Grove Advance. Over the Top, 911 and Ritalin trails will challenge skills and fitness.
For additional rides and trail information please contact the Chambers of Commerce or Visitors Bureaus in the towns or regions you are interested in. Find more information and Idaho vacation ideas at www.visitidaho.org.