With more than 19,000 miles of trails for bike enthusiasts - from beginners to professional thrill seekers - mountain biking in Idaho is sure to take anyone for a ride. Due to Idaho's remote wilderness, many trails are yet to be discovered and others have not yet been ridden because of their remote locations or difficult terrain. However, the 19,000 miles of trails that have been discovered have earned Idaho the only solid "A" rating for mountain biking in the entire U.S. by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (2000).
Trails can be found everywhere from Moscow and Coeur d'Alene in the northern Panhandle, all the way down to the lower half of the state where excellent terrain can be found in areas such as McCall, Cascade, Donnelly, Sun Valley/Ketchum and outside the capital city of Boise. Try a nice, peaceful ride along the Boise River down the Boise Greenbelt, a scenic ride on a remote mountain trail or desert back road, or check out the steep, technical climb up West Mountain Trail in Donnelly. Or if you're looking for a little more wind in your face, spend your time cruising down Bald Mountain's Downhill Advanced Trail.
Once a railroad passage called Milwaukee Road, the Route of the Hiawatha features what was once noted as one of the most scenic stretches of railroad in the country. With the rails removed and construction complete, the wilderness biking and hiking trail path winds through 10 tunnels and seven high trestles on this 15-mile route which crosses the Bitterroot Mountain Range. It's best known for the long, cavernous St. Paul Pass, or "Taft" Tunnel, which descends into darkness for 1.66 miles underneath the Idaho/Montana state line. This relatively easy trail is great for riders of all ages and ability levels from beginner to novices alike.
The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is a spectacular scenic trail with 73 miles of paved asphalt running through Idaho's Panhandle along the Coeur d'Alene River, perfect for mountain biking, hiking, inline skating and much more. This trail, created through a partnership between the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Union Pacific Railroad, the U.S. Government and the State of Idaho, begins in the historic Silver Valley and runs along rivers, Lake Coeur d'Alene and past scenic farmland. This is another trail great for all ages and ability levels and offers plenty of trailheads and waysides with picnic tables and benches for an afternoon break.
Guided tours are also available throughout the state and offer anything from single-day tours to week-long bike-and-hike camping trips. No matter what type of mountain biking adventure you're looking for, you're sure to find it on the trails in Idaho.