When in Idaho – Ride

March 14, 2016

Compiled by Kris Parfitt

Photo at right: A family enjoys a scenic overlook along the Trail of the Hiawatha.


From the rolling arid hills of the Palouse, through the jagged peaks of the Sawtooths, to the basin and range landscape in the southeastern region of the state, road cyclists from all over the world have traveled to Idaho for its made-for-biking terrain.

Road bike organizations throughout the state offer opportunities to ride for fun, competition or a cause. Take a look at our sampling of bike adventures and you’ll understand why natural resources aren’t the only reason Idaho is called the Gem State.


The Route of the Hiawatha is considered the crown jewel of the Rails-to-Trails nonprofit that converts no-longer-used railways to usable recreational trails. This cycling tour starts at the Lookout Pass Ski Area and follows a 15-mile downhill route, across seven train trestles and through 10 train tunnels (one tunnel is 1.7 miles long). A shuttlebus awaits at the end, in Pearson, to take you and your bike back to the ski area. Visit ridethehiawatha.com for more details.

More Tours

Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes: friendsofcdatrails.org
Idaho Hot Springs: adventurecycling.org.


Ride Idaho is the Northwest bicyclist’s best-known secret. Each year the organization picks a multi-day ride that cycles through a region rich in beauty, history and culture. Fully supported, bicyclists ride during the day, and enjoy catered meals, wine, beer and live music in the evenings with 400 other biking enthusiasts.

This years’ ride takes cyclists through Central and Eastern Idaho, starting in Sun Valley and ending in Idaho Falls. Visit rideidaho.org for more details.

More Rides

Kootenai River Ride: kootenairiverride.com
Idaho Road Biking: visitidaho.org/things-to-do/road-biking

Fundraising Rides

Starting and ending in Sandpoint, Idaho, the Chafe 150 takes cyclists along Lake Pend Oreille and through the scenic river valleys of the Cabinet Mountains in Montana. The 150-mile ride is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sandpoint. Proceeds from the Chafe150 will fund the Lake Pend Oreille School District to support the needs of students within the Autism Spectrum. Visit chafe150.org for more details.

More Fundraising Rides

Pedal for Patients: pedalforpatients.com
MS Ride – Silver Valley 2016: main.nationalmssociety.org