Idaho Panhandle Tour
7 Day Tour
Meet Saturday, June 7; Ride Sunday June 8 - 14, 2014
Non-refundable deposit: $190
Total cost: $760
Single supplement: $455
Rider limit: 32
Tour leaders: Sue Matthews & Jan Van Fredenberg
Full payment due by March 6, 2014
The Idaho Panhandle tour is a clockwise loop starting and ending in Spokane, Washington. The route travels north on the spectacular Centennial trail toward Chewelah before heading east to Sandpoint, Idaho on little travelled scenic roads. After following Lake Pend Oreille and the Clark Fork River into Montana, the route heads southwest over Thompson Pass back to Idaho and the small town of Kellogg where we will spend a rest day. We then spend a day following the spectacular Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes through the small towns of Harrison and Plummer, ID. Continuing into Washington, we ride through rolling farmlands back to Spokane. This 397 mile, 7 day tour has something for everyone, tremendous variety in scenery, mountain passes, lakes and streams, plentiful opportunities for sighting wildlife, and two beautiful trail systems.
Download the route map: Idaho_Panhandle_Tour.pdf
What to expect
This tour provides the STANDARD Level of support as described on the Club Tours FAQ page.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
This tour is rated as Moderate. This tour has a 66-mile daily average though two days are over 80 miles. Several days are nearly flat but two days include a mountain pass for a total elevation gain of approximately 19,000’. Riders should be able to cycle comfortably 60-80 miles at a moderate pace and have experience climbing extended stretches with grades ranging from 4% - 7%. Although the route generally traverses lightly travelled rural roads, there are occasional stretches with no shoulder or significant traffic.
Although mid June in eastern Washington can be very warm, northern Idaho and western Montana are similar to northwest Washington. Be prepared for rain as well as warm dry weather.
This tour will provide both snacks and lunch on riding days. Breakfast and dinner are your responsibility; however some of our accommodations provide continental breakfast.
Quality of lodging varies from basic to traditional motel chains such as Red Lion and La Quinta.
Go Green! We encourage carpooling. The start point for this tour is approximately 300 miles from Seattle. AMTRAK also serves Spokane.
All elevations were computed using RidewithGPS. Actual elevations may be less.
Saturday, June 7
We meet the first night in Spokane and get to know each other during a brief informational meeting.
Sunday, June 8
Spokane, WA to Chewelah, WA - 62 miles, approximately 3500’
The day begins at Riverfront park on the Centennial trail. We explore this trail through beautiful Riverside park to its northern end. Shortly after leaving the trail, we begin climbing on rural roads before descending to Williams Valley where we continue heading northwest towards our day’s end in Chewelah.
Monday, June 9
Chewelah, Wa to Sandpoint, ID - 80 miles, approximately 5,600’
Our day begins with a nine mile, gradual, 2300’ climb over Flowery Trail pass. After our descent we avoid the highway and head toward the Idaho/Washington border in Newport. Following the Priest River we continue toward Sandpoint ending our day after following a bike path across Lake Pend Oreille.
Tuesday, June 10
Sandpoint, ID to Thompson Falls, MT 84 miles, approximately 3,300
The beautiful Lake Pend Oreille and the Clark Fork river are our constant companions today as we travel southeast along a scenic highway toward our eventual day’s end in Thompson Falls, Montana. The road is dotted with interpretive signs and the landscape has you seeking waterfowl and moose throughout the day.
Wednesday, June 11
Thompson Falls, MT to Kellogg, ID - 66 miles, approximately 3,700’
Shortly after leaving our night’s lodging we turn west beginning a gradual climb over Thompson pass, where we leave Montana and enjoy a great descent into Idaho. We follow the river down valley before turning back east for the short ride along the Trail of the Couer d’Alenes to Kellogg.
Thursday, June 12
Rest Day in Kellogg, ID
Spend the day touring Kellogg, its museum,riding the eastern end of the trail to tour the historic town of Wallace, take a short hike, or just relax.
Friday, June 13
Kellogg, ID to Worley, ID – 68 miles, approximately 2000’
We most of our day on the spectacular Trail of the Couer d’Alenes. We first travel through the Silver Valley, then past lakes, marshes, streams, and rolling farmlands; crossing bridges and trestles toward Plummer. There is a very good chance that we could spot wildlife including moose. Our day ends In Worley.
Saturday, June 14
Worley, ID to Spokane, WA - 37 miles, approximately 1500’
Today we continue past rolling farmlands and high city vistas before eventually reaching the hustle and bustle of the city and Riverfront park where we began just one week earlier.